I got the shackles painted and put on today – gives it a nice finished look!
Now I just have to locate the correct clevis pins(?) for the shackle pins without spending $12 ea for them! It is a shame what a simple chain and 2 pins or clips(depending on the application) are going for from the surplus dealers. Which got me thinking. I have been looking around and found a couple of manufacturers that will make the shackle pins and ring clips to my spec. The chain is available locally. Would there be any interest from my subscribers in a set of securing chains and hardware? A set would be:
4 – for the front and rear shackles (4 – 5″ chain, 4 – drive pins to secure the chain to the bracket and 4 – clips)
Using this type of clip:
2 – for the top bow to w/s rods (2 – 5″ chain, 2 – drive pin and 2 – home made securing pins or shackle clips like pic above)
2 – for the top bow wing nuts (2 – 5″ chain, 4 – ring clips)
2 – for the passenger seat pivot brackets (2 – 5″ chain, 4 ring clips and 2 home made pins). Pic borrowed from Kaiser Willys. Chain will be steel, not brass – unless I can find a cheap source for it. Or you could get the shackle type clips instead of the pins.
And finally a gas tank strainer chain (1 – 5″ chain, 2 – clips like the 2nd picture or 2 – ring clips )
The price would be dependent on how many I bought – the more I buy, the lower it costs for me to have them made. I’m sure I would be able to sell different size kits – Full Jeep kit, Bow Support Rod kit, Shackle kit or Seat Pivot Bracket kit. I would also be able to sell individual chains for each application. The price would, for sure, be less than everybody else is charging (looks like about $12 per pair) and shipping would be alot cheaper.
So, if there is enough interest, I will pursue this and get some pricing lined up. If not, I will forget it – it’s not really worth my time (and money up front) to make a few dollars off of 50 sets (a few dollars off of 100 sets might be worth it though!). I am just guessing, but they will probably be in the $6/assembled chain range. There are 11 chains in the full set, so probably around $65/set. Price may be more or less – again, that depends on quantity.