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But how does a broken drum brake spring get out without removing the drum? They’re also a lot heavier than what’s shown in the op’s pic
Does anyone have a pic of a spring on the front brake hose? I've never seen one there on a 40.
Looks a little light for the slave return spring... my vote is carb/throttle return spring.
It gives me a great/terrible idea for an April Fools Joke... although it wouldn't be any fun if the driver didn't notice.
The nut looks like a wiper arm retainer.