I worked on our 100+ year old horse cart today. The main leaves in the springs needed to be changed due to the previous owner welding in two inch extensions. I had them made this summer at E & H Spring Shop in eastern Ohio. They did an outstanding job and charged me about half of what I was expecting to pay. I'm just getting around to installing them; such a procrastinator!
The two top springs are the new ones. The workmanship was top-notch but there was one small issue. The width of the 100 year old spring is not a standard size for the stock produce today. I either had to go larger or smaller. I told the guys at E&H to go larger and I would file the extra 1/8" off of the eyes and mounting pad. I went out to the storage bin and got a piece off the cart to use as a size gauge to see how far I had to file.
The cart is looking all sad and droopy without the leaf springs on one side. The spring work on the leaves and on the seat is absolutely beautiful. I'll have to get a picture when I have them done. I filed my little heart out and ended up finishing both eyes on one spring and got a good start on the mounting area.
Depending on how much I work with Bonnie tomorrow, I'm thinking that I should be able to get one side finished and repainted. I only have to get a horse collar and a set of lines and I'll be ready to start ground driving Bonnie. I think we're probably a long way off from hitching her to this heirloom though.