* Bars, Stays and Top links

Posted on February 26th, 2011 by ploughmyfield. Filed under General.

Recently I purchased a couple of stabiliser bars to go with the stabiliser brackets I have also aquired. I bought them on eBay and in the same lot was a top link. I didn’t think much of it as from the picureand the description it didn’t look in great shape and I also already have a top link. Apart from the rack fitted at one end for use with some implements including the rear mounted mower there was a chain fitted to the other end.

Stabiliser Bars

I have been fascinated by the chain as it looks original. It stops you losing from the top link  the top link pin that connects to the implement and latch pin that goes through the pin to stop it coming out. by chaining them all to the top link. It uses a small metal bracket (details below) The bracket is chained to the link at one end with one of the 11/16″ coach bolts that also holds the two top Link sections together at the other end. 5 links along the chain splits into 2 and 3 links along the clevis pin is attached. 5 links in the other direction is the implement pin. Well I think it’s 5 links along as that bit was missing.

To Link Chain 

Chain Only

Chain Bracket Detail
1/8″ is a bit thick and it’s more like 0.1″. on the fold line the shape is bent up by 15 degrees or so.

I haven’t seen a complete chainassembly as an item you can purchase from the usual suppliers. It certainly would add that realistic finishing touch. I wonder if they were no good which is why they have all been lost or maybe they where too fragile?

I’m going to have a go at making a good copy and price it up as to how much it will cost as another item in the shop. Don’t hold your breath.

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