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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old Aug 6th, 02, 04:13 AM Thread Starter
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I'm scrambling to locate a special bolt for a '69 vert.

It's the bolt that holds the convertable top cylinders in place. The end of the bolt is smooth (like a carrige bolt, except reversed) and is threaded about half way up the stem.

Unfortunatly none of the usual supects ie...Rick's, Classic Ind, NPD carry these pieces of hardware.

Anyone know of a specialty hareware maker that might have these?

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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old Aug 6th, 02, 04:16 AM
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I bought a front end bolt kit from AMK products. Everything was in separate bags, and labled nicely. You can find them at AMKPRODUCTS.COM. I may have a catalog at home, and check it tonight if you want.
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post #3 of 15 (permalink) Old Aug 6th, 02, 04:40 AM
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I'll check tonight when I get home. I have a 69 conv parts car.

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post #4 of 15 (permalink) Old Aug 6th, 02, 04:45 AM
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Is it something like this?
If it is, it's called a shoulder screw and Mc Master Carr sells this and a whole bunch of different types. Search their site www.mcmastercarr.com

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post #5 of 15 (permalink) Old Aug 6th, 02, 05:05 AM Thread Starter
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Rick- Appreciate any help, thanks.

ORENCH- just reverse the thread and smooth area, and thats what the bolt looks like...I'll check with your references, thanks.

67killerb- thanks, I'll give them a try

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post #6 of 15 (permalink) Old Aug 6th, 02, 02:57 PM
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Gray - a carrage bolt has a button or smooth head and a square section right under the head that locks into a square hole so you don't need a wrench on the bolt head. What you want if I understand you correctly is one of 2 hex head bolts that don't have threads on the end of them. Call Steve or Scott at Steve's Camaros 650 873-1890 and see what he has. Tell him you need fasteners for a power convertible top ram and he'll know exactly what you want.

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post #7 of 15 (permalink) Old Aug 8th, 02, 05:16 AM Thread Starter
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All,

I found a place in Calif that re-produces and makes everything for convertables, specialty bolts included...

They do come at a cost though...$15 bucks a bolt, and they only sell them in pairs..ouch

Oh well, if you need it, you need it.

Their # 800 333-1140

thanks for all your help

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post #8 of 15 (permalink) Old Aug 8th, 02, 05:19 AM Thread Starter
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Almost forgot, here's thier web address
http://www.convertibleparts.com/
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post #9 of 15 (permalink) Old Aug 9th, 02, 06:18 AM
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Grey,

I have a suggestion for you since you own a ragtop.

Instead of replacing the bolt w/orig style and its nut, why not replace the upper bolt with a clevis pin and hitch pin, similar to the towing hitch pin on the receiver.

This way, come winter time, one can disconnect the cylinder yoke from the frame and sink the cylinder rod into the cylinder for safekeeping to prevent rusting of the shaft and tearing up the seal next spring when the season opens?

I did this to another brand of conv I had and it worked great. You can get them from McMaster-Carr and thet accept c/cards and ship to your door. They even have them in Stainless Steel.

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Everett,

Your suggestion is a good one but the bolt(s) in question are the ones that hold the ram in place, there is no nut on them...

The ram I replaced a few weeks back had a rod that was quite pitted. If you store a ragtop it might indeed help to disconnect the rods from the top and lower the rods into the rams...

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post #11 of 15 (permalink) Old Aug 10th, 02, 06:22 AM Thread Starter
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DjD,

Do you by chance have any "profile" pics of your '69 ragtop. It looks awesome BTW.

If so, would you mind e-mailing a pic or two.

[email protected]

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Thanks for the complement. Here's two, one from each side...





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post #13 of 15 (permalink) Old Aug 10th, 02, 09:58 AM
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Hey Dennis, please stop torturing me. Every time I see your car with the new set of wheels, I can't get to sleep trying to find a way to afford a set of those for my 68. No kidding, that car looks awesome.

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post #14 of 15 (permalink) Old Aug 12th, 02, 04:16 AM
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DJD, whats the wheel and tire combo on your 69?
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Thanks ORENCH,

...gawa the rears are 275/40-17x8 and the fronts are 235/45-17x9.5 Wheels are Budnik Anvil and tires are Nitto.

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