How much demand for truss head bolts, hub caps?

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Re: How much demand for truss head bolts, hub caps?

Post by retro-roco » Fri Jul 21, 2017 2:30 pm

I bought the castle nuts off ebay because they matched the specs and I presumed I would need some when I rebuilt my cart. What I did not anticipate was how difficult it would be to find the correct screws. I have 6 of the 10 1" long screws that are in good shape. The other 4 are ruined. I have none of the correct longer screws.

I appreciate your machinist friend stepping up and taking on this project. My quandry is the question why am I looking at approaching $80 to $100 for the "correct" screws and nuts, and the parkerizing I'll have to do to the nuts (wish they came parkerized!); when I can buy the correct lengths of coarse threaded screws and nuts for much less. At the end of the day, who will even know!!
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Re: How much demand for truss head bolts, hub caps?

Post by Av8er » Fri Jul 21, 2017 4:26 pm

retro-roco wrote:
Fri Jul 21, 2017 2:30 pm
I bought the castle nuts off ebay because they matched the specs and I presumed I would need some when I rebuilt my cart. What I did not anticipate was how difficult it would be to find the correct screws. I have 6 of the 10 1" long screws that are in good shape. The other 4 are ruined. I have none of the correct longer screws.

I appreciate your machinist friend stepping up and taking on this project. My quandry is the question why am I looking at approaching $80 to $100 for the "correct" screws and nuts, and the parkerizing I'll have to do to the nuts (wish they came parkerized!); when I can buy the correct lengths of coarse threaded screws and nuts for much less. At the end of the day, who will even know!!
One suggestion. If you have access to a media blaster/sandblaster you can blast the nuts to a mat finish and use gun blue to darken them. A friend of mine did that to restore a garand bayonet. When he showed it to me I would have swore that the blade was parkerized. Another option is to just buy enough of the correct bolts to replace your bad ones to save money. Again, if you mix coarse and fine thread bolts in different locations, who would know.
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Re: How much demand for truss head bolts, hub caps?

Post by Av8er » Fri Jul 28, 2017 3:28 pm

NOW HAVE M3A4 HAND CART TRUSS HEAD BOLTS AVAILABLE FOR SALE. I now have a very small quantity of reproduction truss head bolts available in all four sizes used on the M3A4 hand cart. Each bolt has been individually cut on a CNC machine with the correct 24NF threads and has been parkerized to a wartime finish. Bolts are $4.00 each, or a complete set of 16 for $60.00, plus postage. PM me with your request, payment by PayPal.
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Re: How much demand for truss head bolts, hub caps?

Post by retro-roco » Sat Jul 29, 2017 12:04 pm

Awesome! One step closer to having my cart back together... Thanks for offering these Paul.
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Re: How much demand for truss head bolts, hub caps?

Post by retro-roco » Thu Aug 03, 2017 10:04 am

Huge shout out to Paul Wida ( Av8er ) for the work he did to reproduce the correct truss head slotted screws. Here is a pic of the screws as delivered, and a few other misc. parts needed for my hand cart. The hub cap and gaskets are also from Paul. The castle nuts are from the ebay vendor Ddayquartermaster1944. When purchased they are bare steel, NOT parkerized as shown here.

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Thanks again Paul!! Can't wait to start re-assembly!
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Re: How much demand for truss head bolts, hub caps?

Post by matt506 » Thu Aug 10, 2017 8:00 pm

Take my word for it these bolts are the best. Love em worth ever dollar! Mine were parkerized! matt
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Re: How much demand for truss head bolts, hub caps?

Post by xandre » Wed Oct 18, 2017 12:14 am

Hello Paul Wida (Av8er)!

I would like to buy a complete set from you for my Rock Island!
Will send you a PM!

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Re: How much demand for truss head bolts, hub caps?

Post by Av8er » Wed Oct 18, 2017 7:12 am

xandre wrote:
Wed Oct 18, 2017 12:14 am
Hello Paul Wida (Av8er)!

I would like to buy a complete set from you for my Rock Island!
Will send you a PM!

Best regards,
Xandre
Email with details has been sent to you. Castle nuts for bolts will also be available soon.

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