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JClark
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From: Atlanta, GA USA
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posted 10-30-2002 09:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for JClark   Click Here to Email JClark     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I recently completed my engine bay / suspension restoration, or atleast the cleaning and painting phase. Now I need to reassemble. I want to be sure that I'm using the correct bolts (head stamping, washer, and finish) to reassemble the various components. The area has been disassembled sometime in the car's history and I'm not sure which of the bolts are original to the car. I need information on the correct fender bolts, hood latch assembly bolts, outer shock tower bolts, and export brace bolts on a '65 model. I'm not building a concourse car, but I want all of the larger, more visible bolts to appear correct. Thanks a bunch.

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Justin Clark
1965 C Code Convertible
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Kman
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From: Meriden, Conn USA
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posted 10-30-2002 10:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Most of the major Mustang suppliers carry packaged bolt sets for the applications that you listed. I bought mine at Mustangs Unlimited here in Conn. being as they are 30 mins away from my driveway, but pretty much all of them list them in threir catalogs.

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1965 K-code coupe
1987 LX 5.0 notch

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JClark
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posted 10-30-2002 10:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for JClark   Click Here to Email JClark     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks, but I don't want to have to replace anything I don't have to. My list is already too long. The catalogs I've seen list the different bolts, but they don't specifically spell out which bolts are used for which locations - only which bolts were typical to a specific year. If I half of the bolts I currently have are correct, then I'd like to reuse them, but I don't know what correct is.

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Justin Clark
1965 C Code Convertible
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Kman
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posted 10-31-2002 10:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The only catalog that I have seen with photos of different, specific bolts is from AMK products and that was a while back - you may want to check them out to see what their current catalog looks like. Your best bet as far as what bolts are correct may be to look at a completed car at a show or cruise that has the correct hardware in place. Also, remember that any bolts you do buy will have a different finish (fresh plated or black oxided) than you old bolts which are likely rusted or painted and the old and new will be mis-matched from a cosmetic standpoint.

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1965 K-code coupe
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cynot65
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posted 10-31-2002 02:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cynot65   Click Here to Email cynot65     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Justin, I would highly recommend that you get yourself the Jim Osborn books that you see at the top of this page. They will be able to give you the part number for the bolts that you need. I know that the suggestion was made already but I am glad that I went for the bolt kit. They look fantastic AND well worth every penny spent on them. And so were the Osborn books too.
Just my 2cents worth
Tony C*

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65 Convertible, Vintage Burgandy/Standard Black Interior, 289, 4spd
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