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Steve McQueen’s 1963 Triumph TR6 Motorcycle

Steve McQueen’s 1963 Triumph TR6 Motorcycle is an exciting piece of motoring history, and was on display at MotoGP last weekend.

The bike was the star of the final scene of The Great Escape, where McQueen’s character makes a bid for freedom by trying to jump the machine over a barbed wire fence into Switzerland.

After the film, the bike was sold to a farmer, who used it to herd cows, but it was then stored in a barn for decades.

The TR6 Trophy is a motorcycle that was made by Triumph in Meriden from 1956 to 1973.

During this time it was a successful model, particularly in the US.

The competition variant, popularly known as the “desert sled” won numerous competitions throughout the late 1950s and 1960s. 

Steve McQueen‘s fondness for the model is well known

M30 x 180 Studbolt EN1.7709 C/W Nut & Washer

Specially manufactured Studbolt in EN1.7709 material ordered and delivered within 3 working days.

Due to our expertise and ever growing machinery improvements we are able to offer a huge range of products to various different industries. I.e. Classic Car Restorations, Oil & Gas, Construction, Heritage Rail , Offshore, Nuclear and many more.

We can offer CNC manufacturing in house, Cut & Roll Threading plus Secondary Operations –TurningMillingDrilling and Grinding.

If you require special & standard fasteners we are here to help, no matter how big or small your order may be.

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Classic Ferrari 365-GTC4 Restoration – Part 13

Ferrari Gearbox

The 5 speed gearbox on the 365 GTC/4 was built by Ferrari and was not a bought in unit. Each box has its own unique number:

Having rebuilt the engine, it seemed sensible to have the gearbox stripped and inspected, especially as 2ndgear was sometimes difficult to engage. Not knowing who to approach, I spoke with various contacts in the classic car field but without a great deal of success. 

One day I was driving to work on the M6 and decided to call at my engine rebuilder, Headshop UK in Warrington, and ask John if he could recommend a gearbox specialist. John told me that I needed to contact Young Paul at Selector Gearbox Center in Liverpool, John further added that Young Paul has been involved in the industry all his life and was trained by his father Old Paul who still owns and works in the business.  A meeting was arranged at Selector’s facility in Speke, Liverpool. The gearbox workshop area is small but is a hive of specialist activity. A Miura gearbox was being completed and I was pleased to have found a local workshop that ticked my boxes. 

The gearbox was duly delivered to Speke with the only condition that any fasteners required needed to be supplied by www.thomassmithfasteners.com   

Unlike most classic rebuild activities, Selector was able to start within a month which was a bonus.

The next visit was to view the stripped-down box and Young Paul produced a list of parts that are needed, see below, but this was not detailed enough. 

It was explained that more detail was needed to purchase the parts and that the 365 GTC 4 parts manual was required as it details all the unique part numbers that were used in the build process in 1971

TAV 23 details the parts used on the second gear shaft.

Some gears showed excessive wear and had to be replaced .

The identification process was not difficult but many of the original Ferrari part numbers have been superseded and it was challenging to detect the new numbers.

Once all the parts were sourced, the gearbox was rebuilt and is now stored waiting to be fitted into the car.

Metric & Imperial Thread Identifier

The Thread Detective
Fed up of struggling to identify bolt and nut threadforms? You need to buy our thread finder! The Thread Detective is a precise and easy-to-use thread identifier for both bolts and nuts, consisting of thread checkers conveniently assembled onto a wire lanyard. It is especially well suited for distinguishing between similar inch and metric thread types.

Identify thread types of Metric and Imperial Fasteners Quickly and Easily

The Combo Thread Detective has the following checking sizes:

UNC and UNF: 6-32, 8-32, 10-24, 10-32, 1/4-20, 1/4-28, 5/16-18, 5/16-24, 3/8-16, 3/8-24, 7/16-14, 7/16-20, 1/2-13, & 1/2-20,

Metric: M4x0.7, M5x0.8, M6x1.0, M8x1.0, M8x1.25, M10x1.0, M10x1.25, M10x1.50, M12x1.25, M12x1.5, & M12x1.75.

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Aerospace Fasteners

3/8-24 UNJF 3A X 3/4 F/T 12PT FLANGE CAP SCREW BLACK OXIDE C/W 3/8-24 UNJF-3B 12PT FLANGE NUT BLACK OXIDE

Earlier this week we shipped this specially manufactured part to one of our Aerospace customers.

UNJEF = Unified National Extra Fine thread series with external thread controlled root radius offering superior performance and durability.

Thomas Smith Fasteners supplies products to various market sectors worldwide, including:

  • Oil & Gas
  • Nuclear
  • Power generation
  • Construction
  • Engineering
  • Defence
  • Agriculture
  • Automotive
  • Electrical
  • Offshore

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FORGED-EN24 CONROD BOLT

Not your usual kind of bolt!

We recently received an order for 820pcs of this specially manufactured part.

What is a Conrod Bolt?

Bolt used for fastening connecting rod caps. The Conrod cap bolts must be subject to at least two screwing operations during the productive cycle of the engine and must therefore be engineered to guarantee a more constant distribution of the axial load.

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Ribble Steam Railway Locomotive Restoration

One of our valued customers has kindly shared the current restoration project at Ribble Steam Railway which we are delighted to be part of!

We are proud to say we have a history of supplying various fasteners to the Heritage Rail sector.

Even going back to the days when Fred Dibnah used to regularly visit our workshop for fasteners when he was working on his steam engine.

In the last 20 years we have switched from furnace fired forges to induction heating, back then grade 8.8 (metric) and Gr S/R (imperial) was the limit on manufactured bolts, we can now produce high tensile grades up to 12.9 as well as many different materials such as Stainless Steels, Exotic Alloys, Super Duplex and Non-Ferrous.

Our machinery has also improved significantly which allows us to manufacture to a high specification. We offer CNC manufacturing in house, Cut & Roll Threading, plus Secondary Operations – Turning, Milling, Drilling and Grinding.

As you can see on the first image the boiler is being worked on and is at a specialist boiler smith. The chassis has also gone undercover for its final strip down. This is the current restoration project and we are excited to see the end result.

The Loco below is a 1930 petrol shunting engine manufactured by Howards of Bedford. This beauty worked at Ford Paper Works in Sunderland until 1970. We had the pleasure of producing and supplying parts for this restoration.

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Huge Stocks & Onsite Manufacturing

Our vast product range ensures that we have the fastener to meet your needs.

From stock or rapid manufacture, Thomas Smith Fasteners has the range and expertise to supply virtually any kind of industrial fastener.

Along with Metric, UNC and UNF sizes, we specialise in harder to find BA, BSF & BSW threadforms.

Fasteners can be supplied in most materials, grades and surface finishes.

We supply parts to various different market sectors world wide https://www.thomassmithfasteners.com/markets/

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