...be careful what bolts you use. I wasn't thinking when I just grabbed some out of a drawer, and this is what happened.
Why is the side flattened at the end? Because I had to cut the nut off after the threads stripped. Fortunately I have some Anderson bolts, and I'll be using those. If you're buying parts from one of the other dealers and want to include wheel bolts in the order, ask and be sure they're from RV.
McMaster-Carr has grade 8 carriage bolts. I used these when I rebuilt my wheels. You can also buy them from any of the parts houses but as Steve says, make sure they are high strength.
I think the current run of these bolts are fine. There were some a few years back, junk! They did what Steve is showing. It did not take much of a pull to strip them.
I think grade 8s are too brittle for this application. Just IMHO.
Carriage bolts have the wrong head. It's flatter than the head on correct bolts. RV's are Grade 5.
Call me ignorant! What's an RV?
R.V. are Mr. Anderson's first two initials.
R.V. Anderson supplies the replacement bolts.
John H, "Ignorance is a fact. Stupid is a choice." Nothing bad about being ignorant about something. Many of us long-timers here get used to a sort of shorthand with people and things we know well. We don't think anything about a short "RV", no spaces, no initial's required periods, and the fact that those two letters mean something entirely different to 99 percent of the nation doesn't bother us. WE know it is R. V. Anderson. And we know who his brother is. Both are well respected providers of quality new replacements for our ancient model Ts.
Never be afraid to ask. And if anybody gets nasty, or even snide? Ignore them.
“Our business here is not to know all things, but those which concern our conduct”, as stated by John Locke.
I know enough to be dangerous when it come to these vehicles, slowly gather knowledge and soon will be restoring wheels. Can you purchase these bolts directly from RV and does he contribute other products pertaining to this hobby?
A "wee bit" off the topic, but ... !