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TSF sponsors a local running event

Thomas Smith Fasteners were delighted to sponsor a local running race which was held in Astley on Sunday 23rd October. The event named “Gin Pit 5” is a popular trail race. 200 runners from running clubs from all the over the North West took part. Congratulations to Michael Hampson of Burnden Road Runners and Laura Riches of Leigh Harriers who won their repsective races.

HMS BELFAST BOFORS ANTI-AIRCRAFT MOUNT

1/2 BSW X 3/4″ SLOT RAISED CSK

Restoration of twin Bofors Anti-aircraft Mount

Our customer has kindly shared photos of a Restoration project they are working on for HMS Belfast Bofors Anti-aircraft Mounts.

HMS Belfast is a Town-class light cruiser that was built for the Royal Navy.

She is now permanently moored as a museum ship on the River Thames in London and is operated by the Imperial War Museum

Thomas Smith Fasteners supplied 1/2 BSW X 3/4 SLOT RAISED with special head dimensions.

Manufactured in house by our sister company Smith Bullough.

We are extremely pleased that we could offer our service for this project.

Do you have any restoration projects that require fasteners?

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.

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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.

Do you have any questions or enquiries?

Contact us today!

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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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