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Model T Ford Forum: Forum 2014: Body bolts
Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By michael grady on Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 06:50 pm:

Hi guys

16 touring restoration, newbie here.

Trying to install the 6 body to frame bolts. Front two are in. Any tricks/tips for lining up the holes for the other four bolts. Is this a two man job ?

Getting close!

Thanks!

Michael


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Royce in Dallas TX on Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 07:12 pm:

Install taper punches in each hole. Remove one at a time and install each bolt but don't tighten until all bolts are in.

Don't forget the splash aprons are trapped between the frame and body!


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By michael grady on Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 07:19 pm:

Taper punches. Hardware store item?

Thanks Royce.

Michael.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Donnie Brown on Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 07:32 pm:

If you have no taper punches/pins just take some round rod about the size of the bolt holes and sharpen the ends like a pencil. Now you have some taper punches. Drive them into the holes to align the holes for you. Some pry bars are pointed also. We call them "spud wrenches" in the Boilermaker and Ironworker trade.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By michael grady on Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 07:40 pm:

Ok - thanks. Sounds like a two man job.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By john kuehn on Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 08:01 pm:

You can get a set of long taper punches at Harbour Freight Tools. I used them on my 3 T restorations. Reasonably priced and surprisingly good quality for the price.
You will find they work very well aligning body brackets to frame, running boards, fenders and etc.
I have a feeling the Ford assembly guys way back when used them or something similar when putting the "T's" together on the line.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By michael grady on Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 10:21 pm:

Picked up a couple at HD for 11 bucks each tonight.


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