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Bolts - What Do You Need?

I have my first project (59 Ford) down to the frame and am getting ready to start reassembling.

My questions are as follows:

1) What type of bolts would you recommend for a driver that I'm planning to put a lot of miles on. Possibly some snow/salt exposure? Grade and coating?

2) What range of bolts are you keeping stocked in your garage and how are you storing them?

3) Any preferred supplier?



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I've had pretty good luck with a company called totally stainless. They may have a kit already assembled for your car. Stainless is about the equivalent of a Grade 2 or depending on the alloy, grade 5. Its hard to compare them to steel though since most alloys of stainless used in fasteners are a bit softer than steel regardless of their tensile strength. Stainless can be used for body mounts, tranny crossmembers, hose and tubing retention, and things of that sort that don't see a ton of stress. For tranny mount bolts, engine mounts, and things like that I prefer Grade 5. For things like suspension I say stick with a specific suspension grade bolt. Typical graded fasteners are basically different levels of hardened steel. The higher the grade, the stronger it is but the more brittle it becomes. Most suspension bolts are a specific chromemoly alloy that makes it stronger, but not necessarily brittle. They more resemble main bolts or rod bolts. High tensile strength without being brittle.

If you assemble all of it and then paint over the heads you shouldn't have much trouble. Grade 8 stuff is dense enough that it rusts much slower than grade 2 and 5.
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grade 5 for anything that is not high stress
grade 8 MINIMUM for high stress and suspension components.
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I go overkill and use Grade 8 zinc coated coarse thread bolts. Coarse thread because the threads are larger than those on a fine thread bolt. Yeah they can get kinda pricey but it's well worth it. My philosophy is "Build it with overkill strength so you don't have to worry about it breaking".
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