With an old car you’re always on a search for hardware. Or at least I am! Here’s a couple of pieces that I found hard to find, and some other sources for replacements.
Hinge pins are hard to get. They are 8mm Clevis pins with a slot for a clip. Luckily 8mm is only .0024inches different than 5/16″, so there’s another whole world of English measurement options:
|Original Pin, New Clevis Pin, New Clevis Pin in Hinge|
|Assembled Hinge with Stainless Washer Spacers|
I got my Clevis pins from McMaster Carr. They were inexpensive.
|German Club (top) and generic (bottom)|
I took a deep breath and decided to purchase the German Club pins at $12.00 each. They were very nice, and obviously took a lot of machine work to make (an integrated grease channel and grease fitting on the end are not cheap to fabricate).
|Too bad they don’t fit!|
Unfortunately they did not fit under the car; the entire assembly was too long. I purchased a generic version of a 10mm pin with 8mm threaded end for $1.35 each from BoltDepot.com. They are not stainless, so I make sure to keep them well lubricated.
|Heinkel Bonnet Hinge with Rivet and Zinc end cap|
The come in really handy in another place: the sunroof. The arm is usually held on by a clip, which in my case looked flimsy and fell off. The caps look tailor made for this application:
|Heinkel Convertible Top Arm held in place with Zinc end cap|
|Another view of the end cap on the Heinkel top|
Have you come up with any unusual hardware replacements for your car? Let me know!