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Stainless steel nuts/bolts/fittings query
#1
Hi
there's a local car boot sale, and one of the traders has been selling for some time a selection of stainless steel nuts bolts etc.
Can anybody on here offer advice on sizes/threads of common fixings on the D please?
Vin 11789 (probably #50 of the Middle East batch of 50)
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#2
Lots of M4, M5, M6, M8 bolts of varying lengths. They all go into rivnuts throughout the car or fix into nuts and washers for holding trim on etc.

It's very difficult to precisely ascertain exactly what and of how many, so I just started off with a good selection (50 or so of each) of many different sorts and started using them up as and when. You then start getting a feeling more than anything for what you're using most of.

Not very helpful I know, and an expensive way to do it, but it's immediate. Otherwise you have a labourious exercise of taking notes throughout the exploded diagrams and lists and buying accordingly.
Rissy
Chris M. Morionem qui loquitur multus sine cogitatione.
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May 1981 vin#1458
"LEX" aka "Wonkey" - Officially used in Britain's Greatest Machines (80's episode) with Chris Barrie.
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#3
M7 is a common one as well, though difficult to get hold off.
Chris
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#4
great stuff - appreciate the answers.
Vin 11789 (probably #50 of the Middle East batch of 50)
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#5
damn it - went to the boot sale - guy's on holiday so no luck today! Sad
Vin 11789 (probably #50 of the Middle East batch of 50)
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#6
eBay is a good source of bits. I've bought lots of stainless from a seller called Kay's (kayfast1), and have always been pleased with their stuff and their service.

Other more traditional sorts of sources are:

Namrick

Nuts Bolts and Things

Both of which you can find their websites through Google.
Rissy
Chris M. Morionem qui loquitur multus sine cogitatione.
(Forum Member 288)
(DOC Member 663)

May 1981 vin#1458
"LEX" aka "Wonkey" - Officially used in Britain's Greatest Machines (80's episode) with Chris Barrie.
Grey Wheels
Grooved, flapped Bonnet
Black Leather Interior
Chassis: #1073
Engine: #2839

Main Car(s):

2005 BMW M3 E46 Shape 3.246 Straight Six in Velvet Blue
1999 Honda Civic MB6 Shape 1.8VTi VTEC in Pirates Black
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#7
Stainless steel is MORE LIKELY to seize in aluminium than plated steel.
Martin Gutkowski
DeLorean Cars
http://www.delorean.co.uk
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#8
stunned_monkey Wrote:Stainless steel is MORE LIKELY to seize in aluminium than plated steel.

+1 on that stainless and aluminium will happily weld themselves together, plated mild steel and copper slip are a much more friendly match with aluminium.

J
www.classicdelorean.com
Colchester - Essex - UK
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#9
The vast majority of the fixtures that you are likely to want to replace are M6
Get yourself a mixed box of washers, spring washers, lock nuts, plain nuts and bolts.

I got this kit from Spalding Fasteners in M6 and M8 which was a good place to start:

48 M6 Full Nuts
18 M6 Nyloc Nuts
74 M6 Flat Washers
72 M6 Spring Washers
18 M6 Penny Repair Washers
18 M6 x 12 Set Screw Fully Threaded Bolts
18 M6 x 16 Set Screw Fully Threaded Bolts
18 M6 x 20 Set Screw Fully Threaded Bolts
16 M6 x 25 Set Screw Fully Threaded Bolts


Some of the more heavy duty fixings for things like bumpers, louvres, seats and tank plate are M8

A handful of M4 pozidrive....the torsion bar end cover trim springs to mind

M5 holds the front wings on and the corners of the spoilers to the wings and the metal trays behind the seats...

M7 is an odd size and only used in the engine where stainless is not recommended
Richard H. DOC 365 VIN 1274
http://www.deloreans.co.uk
In theory, theory and practice are the same. In practice, they are not.
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#10
I have always found that a slight bit of copper grease on reassembly is helpful and may reduce galvanic activity.
Chris Parnham

Factory Used RHD Auto. AXI 1699

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#11
Screwfix have a good selection of stainless bolts (set screws)which are convieniently 16 and 20mm length so saves cutting,at good prices too,surprisingly Halfords came up trumps for m7 which is a mainly automotive size
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#12
I still have a small quantity of DeLorean spire nuts (part number SP10158). Originals are currently unobtanium from DMC and in my experience they also have a tendency to corrode really badly. The ones I have are an improved version in stainless steel.

[Image: delorean-sp10158-spire-nut-ret-stainless-steel-003.jpg]

Here's a link to my old post in the for sale section:

http://deloreans.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=20&t=4809

It's one of those annoying little parts that you don't think you'll ever need and then when you do, you look on the DMC online store to find the dreaded $0.00 and discover that sure enough, they're no longer available. I've seen guys over in the USA welding nuts on to the original brackets and all sorts but that seemed a bit of a messy solution to me.

Cheers,

Phil
1982 DeLorean VIN 12173 (a.k.a VIN 601)
1989 Alpine GTA V6 Turbo
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#13
if those are M6, then they look a lot like captive nuts. they are designed to fit in 19" equipment racks.. as you'd see computer or audio equipment bolted into them.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cage_nut

i think this is my first post.. but i've been lurking for quite some time.

so hi.

Smile
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#14
Yes, they are M6 cage nuts
Martin Gutkowski
DeLorean Cars
http://www.delorean.co.uk
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#15
Yep that's right, as fitted to server racks and DeLoreans :wink:
1982 DeLorean VIN 12173 (a.k.a VIN 601)
1989 Alpine GTA V6 Turbo
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