Last Call: Witness Protection Program Edition

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  1. Where do people go when they can’t find a bolt? I cannot track down a flathead M12 bolt with 1.5 pitch (fine thread) and 55mm (+/- 5mm) length anywhere on the internet. Closest I could do was BMW lug bolts, but the taper is 60º instead of the 90º on regular flathead bolts.

    1. Hmm…well, my usual online go-tos would be McMaster and, for metric stuff, Mr. Metric (the latter largely because they have a brick-and-mortar local to me), but fine-pitch metric stuff always seems to be tricky to find. Maybe try Misumi? Their website is terrible to navigate (I actually keep and use a paper catalog for them, and find it to be much more efficient…), but they do have quite a bit of slightly oddball stuff. Generally not cheap, though.
      Might also be worth checking Fastenal and Olander (though again, not the easiest-to-search websites…really makes me appreciate the website design of McMaster).

      1. Thanks for that. I hadn’t checked McMaster, Misumi or Fastenal. Contacted Olander’s parts department, awaiting reply. It’s not looking good.

      1. Wow! If only I needed 10.
        My RX7 has an aftermarket front sway bar held on by some custom machined sway bar mounts (see: 1/2″ thick steel slabs with holes in them) that necessitated flathead bolts for weird geometrical reasons (The screw was not orthogonal to the steel sway bar mount- the bevel needed to be cut at a 10º angle). While disassembling, I somehow managed to both snap and strip one of the bolts.
        The company that made the sway bar, ReSpeed, is dead. The bracket on the car is a custom piece made by the PO because they couldn’t find the OEM sway bar mounts, which the sway bar supposedly utilized. The trouble is, I had the sway bar mounts, and they looked like they needed some fabrication to work, whereas the one-off steel slabs were “plug and play”. So, I threw out the OEM mounts, and now very much regret that.
        Keep EVERYTHING!
        I wonder if I could drill through the broken screw’s head and cut off the threads to use it as a conical washer on a hex bolt. Or just jam a hex bolt in because the steel slabs aren’t going to break.

    2. can you find a longer one? thread three nuts on and chop the screw down to length. jam the two nuts closer to the head together, then hold the screw with them and spin off the third nut to clean up the threads. add a chamfer with a bastard file or a belt sander.

      1. When you say “add a chamfer” do you mean add a chamfer to a socket cap screw like this? That could work.

        1. nah, i mean a chamfer to the end of the thread where you cut it off, to make it easier to thread into stuff. trying to file a socket cap screw sounds like a nightmare if you don’t have a lathe

          1. Yeah, the problem is I can’t find a longer bolt. I can’t find a flat head M12 fine thread in any length, save for what’s posted in the other comments.

          2. balls. how about drilling the hole out and installing a Helicoil in a size you can actually find? or just turn it into a through hole with a nut?

          3. Yeah as I said in the first post, the lug bolts seem to have the wrong taper angle. Plus they’d really look out of place (not the biggest concern honestly).
            Helicoil is probably the most elegant option if I really can’t find this bolt.
            Thanks for the help!

      1. Great place! I don’t what their online service is like, but if you’re local to one of their stores, they’re fantastic. Certain items might only be listed by the case/bag/multipack that you don’t need, but if it’s in stock they’ve always been willing to sell by the piece.

  2. You’ve gone through a wormhole and into a multiverse where the Carpocalypse really did result in a GM-Chrysler merger.

    1. Love old service stations photos.
      If I had a scanner, or a smart phone for that matter, I’d post a great pic I have of my Grandfather. I think it’s a publicity photo or advertising of his service station. In it, he’s wearing a white lab coat, pumping gas into his Hemi powered ’56 D-500, with a girl wearing a poodle skirt and saddle shoes looking on affectionately. No exact date, but family thinks it was from 1957 or 1958. I have it blown up and framed and matted on my wall.

      1. Very cool! No camera or webcamera on a laptop either?
        What is so striking with these old buildings is that they have a much more individual architecture than is the case today. We like to complain about the obesity and conformity of new cars, but the same is much more true about service stations.

    2. Very nice, thanks for the link!
      They didn’t have my local station, on the left edge of this image. Unfortunately it was demolished sometime in the 60s. Not so much sense for vintage in those days!
      Edit: It is an Esso now, maybe it wasn’t back then, I will have to ask some veterans around here.

      1. Cool – they’re asking the public to identify the non-labelled ones; maybe you’ll find it. Which fylke is this?

        1. This is in Østfold, I will have a close look at the non-labeled images, maybe I can identify some of them.

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