The original clips on my 27 Roadster front springs are fastened with square headed bolts. Is this Ford hardware?
Original and repo parts appear for comparison.
Eric...FWIW the spring clip bolt heads on my '20 are square...I can only assume Ford original.
Yes. Ford clip bolt is 4 flats, really not a true square, but almost. Have made new ones by grinding off the edges of hex bolts, just give each corner a bit of radius.
Nice detail to do on your restoration, can spot T with 'Non-Ford' fasteners on the spring clips real easy....good way to show you know your T Stuff
Original Ford spring clip bolts
This is exciting... I'm finally finding something authentic that survived on this car. Cool!
Eric: Check with Bob Bergstadt. He has a lot of that stuff. If he doesn't have them, I may be able to help. BTW, that nut is kinda special too. It's somewhat of a jamb nut, being used in a few other places too, like the front bow to windshield clamps. I think it's 1/4-20, and 1/2 across the flats.
Where do you find the spring clips for the early taper leaf spring with the leaf curled up....
Now for another question...
The rear spring clips on my car are riveted to the spring leaf. Is this how they were supplied?
I have 6 pre '15 T's and the spring clips are different on almost all of them. All have tapered springs but some have spring clips with curled ends, some are riveted to the spring and others have a dimple that sits in a depression on the spring. I have always assumed that there were a few suppliers and each one had it's own style but it could be wrong about that.
The nuts are special too. If you order "Heavy Hex Jam Nuts", they'll match the original instead of those off-the-Chinese-shelf nuts.
The rear springs on some '26 and '27 have those 'riveted' spring clips, they maybe aftermarket springs, but sure might be Ford.
Most spring clips were punched, and had a turned down tab that fit in the spring leaf hole to keep the clip from sliding.
So you might leave them, could be correct
On one rear spring taken apart, the riveted clip could be removed, its short shank just fit into the hole in the leaf, wasn't smacked or 'riveted' into the hole, rather it was riveted to the clip.
Mine look like the one in the last picture. I tried to knock the pin out of the spring leaf but it wouldn't budge. No matter, I've cleaned everything up and painted the graphite lube on the leaves and will reassemble now.
Thanks for the confirmation!