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Old 08-22-2019, 07:42 PM   #1
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What gauge is the annealed safety wire for the bolts that hold the fuel tank on 1936 Club Cab
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Old 08-23-2019, 06:41 AM   #2
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What ever fits in the hole?
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Old 08-23-2019, 12:05 PM   #3
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It's close to baling wire size like .040" or so. Soft black steel wire is out there is different gauge sizes but not like it used to be. I've seen the smaller rolls called steel stone wire. Aircraft safety wire is mostly stainless steel but it comes in convenient diameters and small rolls. It's more expensive that the plain steel stuff.
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Old 08-23-2019, 02:22 PM   #4
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Thanks for the reply. I found the stainless wire all over the place but having a hard time finding annealed wire and I didn't know what gauge
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Old 08-23-2019, 02:51 PM   #5
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Just use the stainless, one roll will last you a life time and will never rust. Wish I had a $100 for every inch of safety wire that I have used.
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Old 08-23-2019, 03:30 PM   #6
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Thanks for the reply. I found the stainless wire all over the place but having a hard time finding annealed wire and I didn't know what gauge
Stainless steel safety wire is in an annealed condition.
As previously stated, measure the hole in the bolt to find the size you need
or take the bolt to the hardware store to check the fit.
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Old 08-23-2019, 05:24 PM   #7
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Rebar Tie Wire is 16 gauge. "Available at all your finer hardware stores".
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Old 08-23-2019, 06:39 PM   #8
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Rebar Tie Wire is 16 gauge. "Available at all your finer hardware stores".
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Rebar wire is near .062" so it's pretty large diameter. It may not fit in smaller bolts. If it has a hole bigger than 1/16" it may work OK. I think the standard is 16.5 gauge witch is kind of a strange size. In aviation, the .040" and .032" are generally the most common for safety wire. I use .025" for cannon plugs and small screws.

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Old 08-24-2019, 10:55 AM   #10
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A.F. was mostly 032 dia. Still have some. Thanks all!
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Old 08-24-2019, 01:15 PM   #11
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If you've ever wrestled with installing the wire in the recess on the back of a transmission or torque tube you know too big or too stiff wire is a very bad idea.
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