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Cant find a carriage bolt!

Postby jingo » Fri Dec 08, 2017 7:26 pm

Been reading the forum for a while, very helpful, this is my first post.

I just pushed my 'new' 1970 Ranger LB 390 C6 farm truck 2300 miles east from Arizona...long drive. Took a chance on the PO's engine, tranny, and brake rebuilds and fortunately it worked out...mostly :D

Mechanically the truck is a good runner, rust free, but lots of work ahead. Current projects include rebuilding the Western side mirrors, crafting a vinyl headliner (parchment), new hood, bench seat from a 2000 SD crew cab, straighten/paint rear bumper. All small stuff before I get setup to start pulling panels, doors, bed to rust-proof, block, prime, and paint.

Between reworking the seat, mirrors, headliner, hood - and buying a couple of spare doors, instrument cluster, etc while I was in Arizona - I lost one of the rear bumper carriage bolts!!! No big deal I thought, except that I can't find one anywhere.

Its a 9/16"-12, 2 inches long. I've got the nut, no bolt, and a freshly spruced-up bumper with a square hole in it. Grainger, Fastenal, ACE, NAPA, HD, Bolt Depot...nobody home.

Anyone know where I can find this bolt?
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Re: Cant find a carriage bolt!

Postby Manny » Fri Dec 08, 2017 9:39 pm

:wel: to the forums. For a half decent grade carriage bolt try one of the suppliers NPD LMC. Or www.mcmastercarr.com they have anything and everything. Welcome again!!! :thup:
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Re: Cant find a carriage bolt!

Postby Lone Ranger » Sun Dec 10, 2017 2:32 pm

I would just cut a bolt to length. When I redid all my mirror hardware I bought 2 long bolts and made like 8 small headless bolts for my acorn nuts. Acorn nuts must be made of gold cause they are freakin expensive!!
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Re: Cant find a carriage bolt!

Postby lennyp » Sun Dec 10, 2017 4:29 pm

:wel: from Massachusetts.

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Re: Cant find a carriage bolt!

Postby Mancar1 » Fri Dec 15, 2017 11:31 am

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Re: Cant find a carriage bolt!

Postby jingo » Sun Dec 17, 2017 11:55 am

Thanks all for the suggestions.

I never did find a simple 9/16" SS carriage bolt except in DC and LMC, both at a premium for a chrome head non-SS bolt.

I guess I'm trying to find things that I know exist in the general market, rather than from the specialty suppliers...but its easier said than done. I'm going to move my posts into other forms, I still have a bunch of things I'm looking for that are hard to find, but must be offered somewhere.

What I really wish is that I could find a good donor wreck with all the bits and pieces I'm struggling to find. Can anyone here suggest a good salvage yard with old trucks in the DE-PA-MD-VA area?

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Re: Cant find a carriage bolt!

Postby Lone Ranger » Sun Dec 17, 2017 5:31 pm

I got most of my hardware at tractor supply or farm and fleet. I used eBay for all the body bolts- no sense using rusty hardware and new stuff looks so good!
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Re: Cant find a carriage bolt!

Postby Bullitt74 » Fri Jan 05, 2018 7:04 pm

:wel: from Alberta!

Be sure to post when you find good replacement parts from available sources, as this adds to the body of knowledge on this site! :thup:
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Re: Cant find a carriage bolt!

Postby crazyhorse » Mon Apr 02, 2018 12:50 am

Mr Jingo, :wel: to the best site period. :fr:

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