My Bendix cover screws seem to have gone walkabout . . .
I've been replacing everything I can on this project with stainless and would like to order some screws to hold this cover on. Nothing I have tried fits including 1/4" (both fine and course) and even some No. 12 course that I had in inventory. Nothing quite fits.
What did Ford use here?
Vintage Paul, still plugging along . . .
They are #14-24.
Thanks Ken, it will be fun to try to find some of those in stainless!
You're right about that. They are also a non-standard head size--Smaller. You might order the replacements (with lock washers) and plate them nickel. It's hard to tell the difference between SS and nickel plate but who's gonna look there anyway?
This post from last July gives info, if you want ss ones, you could use metric.
6mm allen head work well and easy to put in. IIRC the allen wrench that fits is 5mm.
I have an extended (about 8") long hex set that are 3/8" socket drive. They would make putting that cover on with allen's almost a pleasure. Of course the Old Man tossed the Phillips screwdriver salesman out (I've read some where) so I doubt he'd go for it!
It was Robertson of Robertson fastener who Henry Ford didnt want to do business with early on.
Philips head screws were not invented until 1936. Most car makers including Ford started using them in the early 40s
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I've had the same problem and solved it by buying 6mm phillips head screws at the local hardware. I try real hard not to use phillips head on a model T but hex head will not work, and these are out of sight anyway .
You can tap them out to 1/4 20 and use socket head cap screws. You can get those at any hardware store. Dan
How long should these screws be?
Why use stainless? You can't see them. Why not just buy some from Langs, and be done with it?
We make these, Bob
"Why use stainless? You can't see them. Why not just buy some from Langs, and be done with it?"
Well Larry, perhaps its just vanity in the case of a Model T, but I have a feeling that there are really only two kinds of hardware - stainless and rusty. I really am trying to make this T oil tight and if that is unsuccessful, it may really not matter. We will see how that goes!
"We make these, Bob"
Do you make these in stainless? It doesn't matter in my case as I already ordered the screws in the metric size. We will soon know how well that works out!
As i remember stainless and cast iron end up fusing together. so prolly not a good idea.
I use an anti-sieze compound to keep all working together and have never had issues in years of use on other old auto projects.
it may be with machined surfaces or something, i just remember stainless and cast iron dont get along well.
No they are plain steel, we have sold thousands with no problems and mode in U.S.S. Bob