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Wanted J3 tailwheel spring-this could have been bad.

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If anyone might have an extra J3 tailwheel leaf spring laying around I'm in the market. Yes, I can buy new.

I dodged a bullet today. Flew the Tu-holer. Made my normal gentle landing and as I taxied back to hangar I lost steering, like the rudder pedals were frozen. I was pointed at hangar and got back with minor braking. About 15' from my ramp the pedals broke loose but the nose went up in the air a bit.

Tailwheel spring broke and took the AL steering yoke with it. No other damage.

Jack
 

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Jack, I’ll check in my hangar, I might have my old one.... but it will only be a week from now. Will let you know.
 

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Jack I was able to have one made at my local truck spring repair place, just copied my old one.
 

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I’ve also had success having a new spring made at the local truck springs manufacturer.
 

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thanks but there isn't a "local" spring place here. My buddy who did my cases thinks there is at least one set in his hangar. "Inverted" thanks, I'll let you know what I find.
 

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I know I can buy a new assembly from several vendors but as usual I'm looking for one someone has taking up space on their shelf or under their bench. I will need to modify(shorten) the unit and prefer not to cut-up a new one.

ilikeitinverted- came-up empty here so still interested. (I'm robing the spring from the Acroduster to get back in the air but still need another one)

Thanks again,

Jack
 

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One of my friends found one so I'm good to go. Just got finished making a bushing to enable me to do the swap that I no longer need so back to airport to first put the AD2 back together and then fix the Tu-holer. I wish I would have bought another "Scott" type stearing arm instead of spending a day making one that still isn't finished. As usual after not touching a torch for several months I had to teach myself how to weld again.....

Oh well.

Again my sincere thanks for helping out or at least wanting to.

Jack
 

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Hi Jack, looked high and low and no luck... it must have not survived last spring cleaning, glad you found one! -Igor
 

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Thanks for looking. Yes I'm good to go, well almost. I made a stearing arm but not satisfied so I ordered another Scott type from ACS. I did try it out but I had to grind it to clear the spring at full deflection, well I could make another one right but easier to spent another $50 than to work another half a day in the cold. Rather work on the franken engine.

Thanks again,

Jack
 

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