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Old 05-17-2018, 08:17 AM   #1
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Question about 1928-29 front spring U bolts - All the U bolts I have are a D cross section, but the problem is they all have stripped threads where the nut tightens. All the parts houses I have checked only sell U bolts with a round cross section. Does anyone know of any parts houses that sell D cross section U bolts? If I can't find any, I will buy some that have a round cross section, and keep looking for D cross section bolts at swaps.
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Old 05-17-2018, 10:34 AM   #2
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Dave,

Check the swap meet page. I have a good set of original bolts with the plates listed. I will bump it to the top of the page. There are pictures of the bolts and plates.

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Old 05-17-2018, 10:39 AM   #3
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I'm sure all the vendors have them, I just checked Bratton's and Snyders.
https://www.brattons.com/front-sprin...-feb-1930.html
https://www.snydersantiqueauto.com/crank-guide-u-bolts

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Old 05-18-2018, 12:20 AM   #4
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I'm sure all the vendors have them, I just checked Bratton's and Snyders.
https://www.brattons.com/front-sprin...-feb-1930.html
https://www.snydersantiqueauto.com/crank-guide-u-bolts

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Thanks Bob, but these are the round cross section ones. The ones I am chasing are a D cross section.
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Old 05-18-2018, 12:24 AM   #5
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Dave,

Check the swap meet page. I have a good set of original bolts with the plates listed. I will bump it to the top of the page. There are pictures of the bolts and plates.

Frank
Thanks Frank, but I think the postage to Aus would be a bit too much. I'll keep looking locally.
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Old 05-18-2018, 04:31 AM   #6
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How much different would the postage from Frank be as compaired from Snyders or Brattons?
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Old 05-18-2018, 07:02 AM   #7
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How much different would the postage from Frank be as compaired from Snyders or Brattons?
I understand what you're saying Steve. The postage from our local parts vendor will be a lot cheaper than any postage from a US vendor or used parts from the US.
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Old 05-18-2018, 08:18 AM   #8
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I am not a fan of repro parts, but with a little effort, I think you could convert round repro U bolts to look and behave like original U bolts by using a Dremmel to grind off the round bottom where it fits on the crossmember. I am sure the U bolts would still be strong enough once modified. Just a suggestion.
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Old 05-18-2018, 08:41 AM   #9
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you could always change the starter crank bearing to the later type that uses the u bolts if you can find it easier than the d bolts,page # 419 service bulletin.
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Maybe you could buy some that have a round cross section and have a local blacksmith modify them.
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Old 05-18-2018, 11:00 AM   #11
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Have you tried Bert's Model A Center in Englewood, CO? It's worth a try and he should be able to tell you what the shipping is. If anybody would have them I'd say he would.
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Old 05-19-2018, 01:49 AM   #12
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Sometimes the shipping quote is more than a return flight fare.

I know a bit of am exaggeration, but US post is a rip off.

And what I have bought from US vendors they have taken a loan of me by packing it in a huge box with about 30 old newspapers as filling.

At least I had something to read on the dunny while I fumed at the rip off and laziness.

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