I know what you mean as far as nuts etc,
I bought a bumper pack from one of those places that advertise in the back of
Pract. Class. Not bad, but too many lock washers and too few nuts/bolts.
Otherwise I use a local hardware store (the best I have ever seen) that is
part industrial and even has a small engineering works! B & Q is a bit of a
disaster! for specialist bolts (ie the pretty ones fo the hard top I have to
order from Kippings etc.
I think (although I am not totally sure) that my 1500 BL workshop manual has a
whole list of bolt sizes, and torque specs at the front. Also the Kipping
catalogue has its nuts and bolts coded in such a way that you can work out
what they are and then buy locally.
I'm looking at a front suspension rebuild and I want to replace all the nuts
an bolts, so i'll be on the hunt soon..
> This whole subject I think is something that needs more exploring. I
> generally tend to order all nuts, bolts, etc. from the big suppliers,
> simply because I know I'll get something which fits, and is the appropriate
> strength/grade for the task. But I realise that I pay over the odds for
> this, and I also feel stupid phoning Kippings to mail-order a few pence
> worth of nuts - the postage sometimes costs more than the parts! (I
> usually try to order at the same time as something else, but sometimes it
> just doesn't work out.....)
> I know that many listers have vast amounts of experience in engineering,
> automotive or otherwise, and can confidently go into a hardware store and
> buy exactly what they need, but my attempts to do this in the past have
> usually fallen flat. Often this is because I can't find a part that fits.
> Do many stores stock only metric bolts now?
> I did once manage to find a nut for the exhaust manifold-downpipe, only to
> have it fall off a couple of weeks later - apparently I'd bought one in the
> wrong material (can't remember what) and it expanded due to the heat. Ok,
> stupid I know, but I'm not an engineer (well, I'm a computer engineer, but
> this isn't very relevant). Of course I know that exhaust manifolds get
> hot, but I *don't* know which materials expand more than others.
> What would be really cool is a list of all the nuts, bolts and other common
> parts that go into our cars, and a spec for each one - something that I can
> take into a hardware shop, show them, and without any more questions be
> given the correct thing. Does anyone know of a resource like this? If
> not, would anyone with a website be willing to host it - I'm sure that if
> the list all got together we'd be able to get a sizeable list of bolts
> without too much effort.
> I'd also appreciate some pointers from UK listers on where to go to get
> these parts. I tend to try places like B&Q, but as I said, I often don't
> have too much joy.
> Date: Thu, 5 Apr 2001 19:47:35 +0100
> From: "Graham Stretch" <email@example.com>
> Subject: Re: 1500 Hard-top Questions
> Hi Richard, Mike
> The 1/2" AF bolt should by rights have a 5/16" thread on it.
> On the whole Triumph stuck to the system of into steel use UNF (fine)
> form, into aluminium use UNC (coarse) thread form.
> Common sizes on Triumphs
> 5/16 AF = 3/16 UNF or alternatively 2BA
> 3/8 AF = 3/16 UNF or alternatively 2BA
> 7/16 AF = 1/4 UNF or UNC
> 1/2 AF = 5/16 UNF or UNC
> 9/16 AF = 1/2 UNF or UNC
> 5/8 AF = 9/16 UNF (bolt often found with a 3/4 AF nut on)
> 3/4 AF = 5/8 UNF
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