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Old 30 October 2004, 16:27   #1
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Can anyone help me get some bolts....?

Okay, here's the story (not in balamory today, sorry.)

Two of my coils were broken, tried to get them undone about 3 months ago, bolts were rusty, 5 of 6 snapped, the 6th is heavily corroded.

Tried ordering them via American Marine Imports, but they dont get made anymore, and nobody has a clue if there are any in stock anymore.

They are the bolts that secure the Coils down to the frame above the engine.
pic of bolt

It is 2 Inches and 1/16th long
3/16th wide (lower diameter)
The head is 5/16th
and 7/16th (from head to thread) is unthreaded.

They appear to have been made of steel/iron dipped in brass or copper.

Anyone, PLEASE if you know where to get 6 of these, or have any PLEASE help!

I have my whole outboard complete right now.. and only thing that is stopping me are these 6 bolts, which appear to be impossible to get.

Thanks,
Daniel.
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Old 30 October 2004, 16:35   #2
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Send me a e mail with the engines Serial number and i will look at work on Monday im sure ive got plenty lying around. ( Couldnt get your picture to work)
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Daniel, not sure about the material, but you should be able to get something suitable. Most fasteners are high tensile steel, plated, or stainless. It depends on which part you want to be sacrificial, as you can't stop corrosion!

We used a place called namric a little while ago - I'll go check...
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Have a look at these:

http://www.namrick.co.uk

http://www.a2a4.co.uk
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if turbo diesel can't help you there is an excellent bolt company in portsmouth. If they don't stock what you wanr they will make it! let me know if you are still in trouble and I'll check out the address for you.
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Thanks for the quick replies guys, i have just sent an email off to Turbo Diesel, and hope that he will be able to find *something* that might fit

Thanks again,
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Old 30 October 2004, 18:52   #7
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Why don't you get a suitable size bolt, any pitch thread and tap the holes to suit the bolts. Sorted. You can even fit stainless bolts that way.I don't know the engines but a rough guess would be 6mm or 8 mm thread.
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Or even make the bolts your self; I had the same trouble with a vintage Evinrude not so long ago. Couldn't find a suitable bolt anywhere, so I made one!
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DIY bolt

Tim, having worked in many bolt-making factories in the past, I'm intrigued... how did you do this, or did you modify an existing bolt?
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Sadly Wayne, dont agree with tapping things out, as the holes go through a plastic cover at the top, and the base that they secure onto is cast aluminium.. so i could make a terrible mess of it (let alone drilling, not even tapping!) I want to try and keep the thing original and restorable without any drilling that could damage the whole thing. Besides, if they decided to stick that size bolt on there in the first place it would have been chosen for a reason.

As for Tim, dont have a lathe here!!! i wish i did.. i would have made 6 by now but i dont have a lathe! (and i dont fancy filing by hand!)

Also, dont think i have any AF tap and die sets.. just Metric... and perhaps some WitWorth's kicking about from the stone age.
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