Knowing that some folks advocate bronze bushings for springs and perches, I did a little searching online. I found some, and the prices seemed reasonable. But then that problem we discussed the other day, shipping, reared its ugly head. When the shopping cart added up the numbers, shipping more than doubled the total. Mister Thrifty didn't like that, and bailed. So has anybody found a source that's reasonable in both prices and shipping?
Just buy some bearing bronze and turn your own. You do have a lathe? This way you can make them fit precisely.
Nope, no lathe yet. For now I need them ready made.
Steve mcmaster carr have good selection and good service
Steve: I have had luck at my local bearing supply--do you have one close by? Regards, Tim
No, Tim, not out here in Podunk. Occasionally I get up to Wichita, so I'll see if there's such a place there. A few minutes ago when I went to town for groceries, I checked the possible local sources. The farm supply and the hardware store both had a few bushings, but none close to the right size. At all three auto parts stores when I asked for bronze bushings, also known as bronze bearings, all I got was blank stares. None of them had a clue what I was talking about. I'll see what McM/C has.
BRC Bearing in Wichita is where I get mine. They're not open on Saturday's tho.
Have you tried calling the original retailer. Computers are far from perfect and we (online retailers) often set up the pre-calculated shipping costs a bit high online to account for mistakes, otherwise we end up loosing our asses. If you call and talk to a person, often times they can quote you a more accurate price. Good luck
So here's how it turned out. After getting prices from BRC, I called Steve Lang and asked if the "brass" bushings in the catalogue are really bronze. He looked it up, and the answer is yes. So the choice was between bronze bushings from BRC for $34.32 plus $11 freight to their store, plus my 120 mile round trip drive to Wichita, and bronze bushings from Lang's for $35.60 plus shipping direct to my mailbox. Not a hard choice. The fronts are back ordered at Lang's, but that's OK. The rears are the ones I need right now. Even if they don't go out until Tuesday, I should have them by Thursday.
Steve at Langs gave me the last two oversized bushings they had for the front, they are .750" OD x .562" ID. I did find them in McMaster as Steve suggested if I wanted more. These obviously need to be turned down on the OD, and I too do not have a lathe.
However, I was lucky to have a generous person turn some bushings for me to size. So using your resources are the best options sometimes.
Now assuming you have holes and shackles that are going to take standard bushings, having another source would be preferable. Where did you find the bushings with the high shipping price that scared you off---just curious.
Then you found a resource, that while you may have not check initially, found the price to be reasonable. Sometimes I wonder how the Lang's or anyone make money on these items when I find what is the same thing for about the same money. Surely they can't be buying that much at one time.
Steve, we have most Model T bushings in Brass.
I can't link directly to the page.
Choose the 9/16" ID in the left pane at which time a new page will open.
Choose the Cast Bronze bushings........mind you reaming will probably be required.
By the way......McMaster charges actual shipping only.
Glenn, brass or bronze? Big difference. Dave
Here's two we've used for years, Steve, although it sounds like Langs took good care of you.
I've sent quote requests to both. I'll report when I receive replies.
I am fortunate enough to have a local bearing supplier just a mile or two away and they usually have what I need or can get it. If I am out-of-town or need bushings/bearings delivered to where I am, I normally deal with these guys:
They sell/deal in just about every bronze/Oilite bushing that you could want or need. Just get in touch with them as to you specific needs. You pay the shipping for a small Flat Rate Box, for whatever they can cram into the box.
We use only Brass for that
OK, here's the verdict from Judge Jelf: Lang's or Chaffin's. In theory you can save a few bucks online. But then you find out about the shipping, or the waiting time, or whatever other deal breaker is involved, and you might as well have gone to a Model T dealer to begin with. One thing that sent me looking elsewhere was seeing the ones in the catalogues listed as brass. I called Steve Lang, and he checked the specifications from the manufacturer. The bushings are actually bronze. I didn't ask Glen, but I suspect the ones he sells are the same. I was a bit surprised that the other major dealers sell only the steel bushings.
Ya know Steve, why don't you give 'em a call and request postal service. I was ordering a $9.00 part and shipping was automatic FedEx for $17.00. I called 'em up discussed the prob. and they said sure we can put it in a padded envelope and mail it. Cost under $2.00. Even "If it fits,it ships was cheaper than FEDEX. Give it a try.
Bunting won't sell direct. You have to order from the local dealer (an hour's drive away). To heck with that. I'll buy from Chaffin's or Lang's and have it in two days instead of six weeks(!).