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Old 01-09-2011, 01:43 PM   #1
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Not content after installing reproduction body sockets. Destroyed one (do not recall the vendor as they were ordered early in restoration) and the outer lip of the others do not lie flat against the sheet metal.

Suspect finding 8 originals is out of the question so am inquiring about anyone’s experience with Bratton’s #28880 body socket? Catalog states “new tooling much better quality than in the past”. Mac’s (A81002) seems to be a similar item but a bit less expensive.

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Old 01-09-2011, 02:54 PM   #2
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I've been purchasing from Bratton's for a long time and know they usually try to stock the best available restoration repro parts for the old As. That doesn't mean they have a different product than everyone else is selling though. I would like to hear some experienced input on this as well since I will be needing to install some in a 29 roadster project soon.

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Old 01-09-2011, 04:02 PM   #3
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I had so many cheap repro sockets that blew up and fell apart.

Used a washer to tap the crimping on the back-side and still had trouble with them.

Did find a quality set from a vendor in French Lick (MARC Meet), but cannot recall who it was.
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Old 01-09-2011, 04:24 PM   #4
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Chuck - Try Lebaron Bonney for body sockets. Ron.
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Old 01-09-2011, 05:04 PM   #5
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A+L Parts had a supply of N.O.S. original nickel plated sockets.. He had them on ebay a couple of times . Their price was a set for roadster was $39.00 ...[Deluxe Phaetons had 2 more then roadster] .Don't know if they have anymore . ?? Before Al died he was looking on making them better then whats out there.
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Old 01-09-2011, 05:15 PM   #6
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Old 01-09-2011, 05:27 PM   #7
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Has any body looked into www.RestorationStuff.com It has a lot of hard to find items. Check it out.
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Old 01-09-2011, 09:44 PM   #8
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I got mine from Lebaron Bonney and have no complaints.
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Old 01-09-2011, 11:12 PM   #9
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Original sockets were made out of brass and nickled plated. Some of the replacement are made of stainless; trying to set these in the body, due to their hardness, its difficult to up set the crimped end which locks the socket in the hole. I've tried using a wood dowel and a metal punch; you almost dent the area trying to up set the crimp.

I gave up and had some originals nickled plated.

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Old 01-10-2011, 08:35 AM   #10
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hints on how to remove the poor fitting repros w/o 'spinning' and destroying paint?
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Old 01-10-2011, 07:04 PM   #11
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It really hurts your feelings when you dent the door trying to set the socket. You can guess how I know. One of those mistakes you only make once.
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Old 01-11-2011, 07:31 PM   #12
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i feel your pain! mine is on a quater panel .. ugh
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