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.


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:

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.


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.


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!


CE Marked Fasteners For New Build Agricultural Shed

ce marked fasteners for agriculture

Thomas Smith Fasteners recently won the contract to supply all of the fasteners for a new agricultural building. These pictures tell the story.


Since 2014, all fasteners in a permanent construction, whether domestic or commercial build, need to follow and be approved to CE standards.


ce marked bolts construction industry





Fast Turnaround – Special UNC Zinc Nickel Bolts to Abu Dhabi

zinc nickel special unc bolts

Thomas Smith Fasteners were delighted to help out a new client in Abu Dhabi, UAE, who had an urgent requirement for special UNC bolts in Zinc/Nickel Plated.

These bolts, which were required for a power station, were manufactured in our machine shop before being sent to our local platers for the Zinc Nickel finish.

From receiving the order we were able to turn-around in just 4 working days.

Another satisfied customer!

BSW & BSF Nylon Insert Nuts added to Online Shop

bsf and bsw (whitworth) nylon insert nuts nylocs

The others say obsolete – we say they are right up our street!

To complement our vast range of BSW (Whitworth) & BSF Bolts and Setscrews, Thomas Smith Fasteners is excited to announce that we now stock a large range of Nylon Insert Nuts Type P.

These nuts are becoming obsolete around the fastener trade but we are aware they are critical components of certain assemblies.

Our range starts at 1/4″ dia to 1″ and can be purchased on our online shop or you can contact us via email or telephone for larger quantities.

BSW & BSF Socket Head Assorted Kits added to Online Shop

mixed kit of bsf and bsw socket head bolts nuts and washers

Never say we don’t listen to our customers!

After numerous requests, we have now introduced BSW and BSF Socket Head Assorted kits to our range, which are now listed on our online shop.

The kits start from 120 pcs to 526 pcs and are packed in a durable box.