M20 x 60 14.9 Bolts for pressure-critical equipment

14.9 bolts valves pressure equipment tested with full certification

A major utilities company recently contacted us with an urgent requirement for M20 x 60 14.9 bolts for use on pressure critical equipment.

The bolts were manufactured in our onsite workshop to the customer’s specification, with the required chemical & mechanical quality tests being carried out in our fully-equipped Quality department.

The bolts were manufactured, tested and delivered in less than a week, along with full certification.

As well as our extensive stock range of finished bolts and fasteners, we can manufacture non-standard metric and imperial bolts to the customer’s specifications quickly from ex-stock blanks, and can also forge and machine specials in most materials and grades. We can help with any aspect of your fastener requirements. Contact our Technical Sales team with any enquiries.

Oil & Gas Project – M20 x 6 Metre Tie Bars Galvanised

M20 x 6 metre tie bars galv oil & gas fasteners

Recently we had a request to help a customer out on some M20 x 6 Metre Tie Bars Galvanised for an oil and gas project in the North Sea. The rods were needed very quickly to hold buoys together on a platform.

It is challenging to locate EN19T bar in 6 metre lengths. We purchased oversize bar in the heat treated condition and had it turned down and reeled to ensure straightness. We managed to get the bars into our machine shop and threading to M20 x 2.5 pitch.

Once the threads were finished, we spray galvanised the threads in a controlled enviroment and delivered to the customer within 7 days.

Another satisfied customer!

A superb model carousel made with our fasteners!

You may remember that a regular customer of ours is a very talented model maker – we posted this fantastic London Bus created using our fasteners.

He recently came back in for more stainless steel screws to finish his latest project – this amazing carousel!

This intricately detailed project took around 900 hours, and used our M2 and M3 stainless steel nuts, bolts and screws.

model carousel thomas smith fasteners

We also supply BA screws, which are typically used in model making – the London Bus model used BA screws.

We love seeing our fasteners put to such creative use. If any of our other customers would like to showcase their work using our fasteners, we’d love to hear from you. Contact us!

Copper Bolts Exported to the Caribbean

copper c101 bolts fine pitch

Thomas Smith Fasteners recently secured an order from Grenada in the Caribbean for various sizes of special Copper Hexagon Fine Pitch Bolts.

The Cooper C101 bolts, which are being used in a power station, were manufactured in our onsite workshop.

Classic Ferrari 365-GTC4 Restoration – Part 8

This classic car restoration project is proving to be slower and more challenging than anticipated! Our last report hoped that work would start in early 2014, but at last in summer 2015 the engine restoration is starting to gather pace.

The image below shows the engine block with the original Ferrari identification numbers – F101 AC 001 number 00174.

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A new set of pistons were received from JE Pistons in the USA and replacement valves also arrived in Autumn 2014.

v12 engine pistons for classic car restoration

The engine has been thoroughly examined and cleaned, the piston liners machined and little other damage was found.

ferrari v12 pistons

ferrari crankshaft v12

A few of the engine studs showed thread damage, and as Thomas Smith Fasteners is a leading manufacturer and supplier of both metric and imperial fastenings to the classic and historic car industry, we were easily able to manufacture the replacements in Grade 10.9 material (with M8 x 1mm pitch one end and M8 x 1.25mm pitch the other) on our CNC machining centre.

v12 engine studs cnc machined grade 10.9

ferrari v12 engine studs 10.9 classic car

The studs have recently been delivered to John at Headshop (UK) in nearby Warrington. These studs will be used in the rebuilding of the short engine using the gaskets that have been supplied by Maranello classic parts.

v12 engine gasket set

Here are links to previous posts in this series:

Part 7 – Engine stripped down, diagnosis

Part 6 -Bodywork, oil & water issues

Part 5 – Replacement door sills and exhaust

Part 4 – Alternator, driving on the roads

Part 3 – Engine, front wing, braking system, MOT

Part 2 – Car history

Part 1 – Introduction

A visit to Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railway

Manager Gary Stevens recently visited Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railway whilst on holiday in Wales. Thomas Smith Fasteners supply many vintage and heritage railways with imperial bolts, including the Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railway.

welsh highland railway fasteners

They operate two unique narrow gauge railways with completely different personalities.

Together, they offer the chance to explore the beauty of Snowdonia from over 40 miles of narrow-gauge railway.

beddgelert railway heritage

Gary chose to take his family on the Caernarfon line but got off at the lovely village of Beddgelert. His daughter Annabel got her picture taken on the footplate of the train.

ffestiniog heritage railway

A great day out for all the family which is highly recommended.

For more information, visit the Ffestiniog railway website: http://www.festrail.co.uk/

Another satisfied customer! Super Duplex Bolts to Norway

super duplex stainless steel bolts

We recently had a request for a small quantity of Super Duplex stainless steel hexagon bolts from a customer in Norway.

These bolts were being used for subsea design work in the Norwegian Sea. The customer was delighted to receive the goods within 7 days of placing the order.

McCains win Thomas Smith Fasteners sponsored Race

Abbie McCain, 15, won the Thomas Smith Fasteners sponsored pony race at Knutsford Races on Sunday 17th May, riding Little Bull. Abbie’s sister Ella finished 2nd, making it a great afternoon for family McCain.

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Abbie is a good rider, whose future career as a jockey is keenly anticipated. The picture above shows Abbie and her father Donald McCain, a leading racehorse trainer.

tsf-knutsford-mccain-prizes

Gary Stevens, manager of Thomas Smith Fasteners (pictured above with daughter Annabel), was on hand to present the prizes for all three pony races.

Thomas Smith Fasteners Sponsors Knutsford Races

thomas smith fasteners sponsors knutsford races

Thomas Smith Fasteners is to sponsor at the Knutsford Races point to point steeplechase this Sunday (17th May).

Manager Gary Stevens will be in attendance and will be presenting prizes to the winners of the pony races. Thomas Smith Fasteners is sponsoring one of these races for up and coming jockeys.

Knutsford Races is a point to point steeplechase race meeting that is a great family day out in the Cheshire countryside. In addition to the steeplechases and pony racing there are plenty of other activities for all of the family such as amusements and funfair, specialist trade stalls and bookmakers.

For more information, visit the Knutsford Races website.

We look forward to seeing you there!