Oval Head Square Drive Project

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Model T Ford Forum: Forum 2015: Oval Head Square Drive Project
Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Jim Kelsey on Tuesday, October 06, 2015 - 01:15 am:

I have been at a loss to find oval headed 12-24 screws to go in the dash on my Canadian car. The nickel finish has worn off, due to 88 years of use, and polished stainless is a close 2nd (plus it won't rust). I was able to find some flat head 12-24 on e-bay last month and, with a bit of filing, I made the flat head screw oval headed.

Essentially, I threaded the flat headed screw into an acorn nut and clamped it into the drill press. Then, taking a fine file, pressed against it at an angle, to create the oval head. A bit of sandpaper and a polishing wheel and the oval head is made. The top left is the original screw and to its right is the flat 12-24. The bottom two are ones that I filed down.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Dale Peterson College Place, WA on Tuesday, October 06, 2015 - 01:21 am:

Looks good, my solution was to buy SS oval head screws off the shelf at a hardware store in Cochrane, Alberta while on the National Tour this summer.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Bill Harper - Keene, NH on Tuesday, October 06, 2015 - 01:22 am:

Clever! Bravo, well done.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Wayne Sheldon, Grass Valley, CA on Tuesday, October 06, 2015 - 02:46 am:

That is exactly what I mean when I say a "little creativity goes a long way"!
Beautiful!


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Bill Alexander in Albion, Maine on Tuesday, October 06, 2015 - 07:39 am:

Mike's has Robertson screw sets.


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