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Re: [Shop-talk] Nuts and Bolts

Subject: Re: [Shop-talk] Nuts and Bolts
From: John Miller <>
Date: Sun, 18 Aug 2013 17:32:02 -0700
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On 8/18/2013 2:46 PM, Jeff Scarbrough wrote:
> Here's a question for discussion...What do you do with all the old
> nuts and bolts you collect?

I have this discussion with myself regularly.  Often quite loudly.

> Do you throw them in one big coffee can?  Sort them somehow? Or
> (gasp!) toss them and buy new whenever you need them?

I keep generic sizes and shapes (SAE 1/4-7/16 in size increments from 
3/4 up to 3 or so, M6/M8/M10 in a smaller range of sizes) in inventory, 
buy 'em from McMaster-Carr.

But...there's all kinds of oddball and interesting fasteners that come 
out of things you disassemble, and it's really a PITA to sort and stock 
all those things.

They all go into gallon-size buckets my wife brings home from work (the 
gallon size were usually olives or salad dressing, the five-gallon ones 
pickles) and get sorted when the stack of olive buckets gets too tall 
for me to work around.

That's one of those "it's ten PM, everyone else is in bed, get your 
sorry ass out to the shop and do it" jobs.

Slightly less painful now that I've got speakers and amps and a little 
Bluetooth dongle wired up in the garage and shop so I can blast my 
Dollyrots and Girls From The Clouds Pandora channels while I work, but 
I've still got a WHOLE LOT of those jobs stacked up.

> Been cleaning the shop today, and pondering buying one of those HF
> tumblers and polishing all my old hardware...

Most of the good factory stuff has yellow zinc or cadmium plating, or 
some sort of passivating, that you don't want to knock off if you don't 
have to, so watch out for polishing.

I need to come up with some sort of plating setup for various stuff, old 
OE-specific nuts and bolts like the Ford 5.0 rocker-cover bolts with the 
stud that sticks up for the plug-wire loom to snap onto, the airbox 
snap-latches for the same application, etc.


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