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vetteson
03-04-2017, 12:37 PM
I guess my '55 Speedster bumpers used rectangular bumper bolts. Is there a current replacement e.g. 30's-40's Ford (which are available)?

SN-60
03-04-2017, 12:41 PM
I guess my '55 Speedster bumpers used rectangular bumper bolts. Is there a current replacement e.g. 30's-40's Ford (which are available)?

You're right about that. Although round head bumper bolts work just fine, rectangular ones were originally fitted to your Speedster. (all the way around)

Studebaker International have the rectangular bolts readily available! :)

StudeRich
03-04-2017, 12:45 PM
There is much discussion here in prior posts about the '55 to '64 C & K Models having either Round or Oval Bolt heads on the corners/sides of the Bumpers.

Studebaker Vendors have a limited supply of the Oval head type.

http://studebakervendors.com

SN-60
03-04-2017, 01:03 PM
There is much discussion here in prior posts about the '55 to '64 C & K Models having either Round or Oval Bolt heads on the corners/sides of the Bumpers.

Studebaker Vendors have a limited supply of the Oval head type.

http://studebakervendors.com

I've looked into this fairly closely Rich. '56-'64 C/K's may very well have used round bolts on the sides, but all original factory photos of '55 C/K's that I've seen indicate that oval head bumper bolts were used 'all the way around'!....Ed :)

StudeRich
03-04-2017, 01:13 PM
So it must be the REAR bumpers that many Hawks had the Round type on the sides, I am not in either "Camp", I never checked that out. :o

56GH
03-04-2017, 01:35 PM
Check at http://stores.restorationspecialties.com/bumper-bolts/

Bill L.

hausdok
03-04-2017, 01:43 PM
I'm pretty sure that the last time I was poking around on the Tacoma Screw website I found some chromed rectangular-head bolts that were identical to the ones that were originally on my P.H.'s bumpers. Check out their site. If they have them they might be able to sell them to you at a lower price than SI can.

vetteson
03-04-2017, 03:32 PM
I guess my '55 Speedster bumpers used rectangular bumper bolts. Is there a current replacement e.g. 30's-40's Ford (which are available)?

Thanks everyone, got plenty of leads now.

SN-60
03-04-2017, 05:31 PM
So it must be the REAR bumpers that many Hawks had the Round type on the sides, I am not in either "Camp", I never checked that out. :o

Yes, I've also seen many (if not all) Hawk series C/K's with round bolts at the rear side locations.....but as far as the '55's go, 'oval' bolts appear to have been used in ALL bumper bolt locations. (IMHO)

unclemiltie
03-04-2017, 05:42 PM
The original style oval bolts had the heads wrapped in stainless. Some reproductions were all chrome.

SN-60
03-04-2017, 06:04 PM
The original style oval bolts had the heads wrapped in stainless. Some reproductions were all chrome.

And those stainless caps, if not damaged, buff up to a beautiful 'gleam'! :!: :)

hausdok
03-04-2017, 11:46 PM
Something like this?

http://www.tacomascrew.com/s.nl/it.A/id.6214/.f

Somebody above said that Restoration Specialties had them and they were right.

http://stores.restorationspecialties.com/bumper-bolts/

1954khardtop
03-05-2017, 06:25 AM
My '54 had round bolts on the side holes of the rear bumper when my father in law bought it in the '60s. We always assumed this was correct, and I put it back together that way. After reading this thread I got curious and checked my 51-54 chassis parts book. It shows the oval shaped bolt in all locations, no round ones.
I'm not going to lose any sleep over it, but will probably change them out at a convenient time.

SN-60
03-05-2017, 07:00 AM
My '54 had round bolts on the side holes of the rear bumper when my father in law bought it in the '60s. We always assumed this was correct, and I put it back together that way. After reading this thread I got curious and checked my 51-54 chassis parts book. It shows the oval shaped bolt in all locations, no round ones.
I'm not going to lose any sleep over it, but will probably change them out at a convenient time.

Good information Dwight!, I'd guess the round bolts at the rear sides probably were phased in.......in 1956.

raoul5788
03-05-2017, 07:13 AM
The way Studebaker used what they had "at the time" I don't doubt that some vehicles left the factory with round bolts. It's certainly possible.

1954khardtop
03-05-2017, 07:26 AM
To be clear, my parts book only covers up to '54, so I can't answer the OPs question on his '55.

SN-60
03-05-2017, 11:22 AM
To be clear, my parts book only covers up to '54, so I can't answer the OPs question on his '55.

OK, I opened the chassis manual for '55, and it appears that only one part # is mentioned for ALL the bumper bolts....I'd guess they mean the bolts all should be rectangular (or oval head)

bezhawk
03-05-2017, 11:27 AM
I would call the factory bolts as more rectangular than oval. The ends are more squared off than the aftermarket replacements. True they are not sharp corners, but they are not the same as the replacements.

StudeRich
03-05-2017, 12:06 PM
That's right, this BB004-SCR is close, but without the rectangular with rounded corners shape it's not correct, it's TOTALLY Oval.

http://stores.restorationspecialties.com/bb004-scr-sold-individually/

And Tacoma Screw has none.

SN-60
03-05-2017, 12:19 PM
'Rectangular head' indeed would be the best description.

1954khardtop
03-05-2017, 12:27 PM
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Here's one on my car, and one from my parts stash. I got them from a vendor at Reedsville a few years back. The top and bottom are straight and parallel, the ends are curved.

SN-60
03-05-2017, 12:30 PM
They look like the right ones to me Dwight.....It's amazing how even real old ones, if undamaged, can be buffed up to look almost 'jewel like'! :!:

rockne10
03-05-2017, 12:57 PM
Tom Karkiewicz has a plentiful supply of both from original vehicles (stainless wrapped heads).
I noted on my '63 Cruiser that all the bolts were oval, except when the extensions were added to each side, front and rear, calling for round. Just to throw another wrench in to the monkey.

SN-60
03-05-2017, 01:00 PM
Tom Karkiewicz has a plentiful supply of both from original vehicles (stainless wrapped heads).
I noted on my '63 Cruiser that all the bolts were oval, except when the extensions were added to each side, front and rear, calling for round. Just to throw another wrench in to the monkey.

Yes, and there's no mistake about round ones being used on the extensions....I had a few sets of those, in factory boxes, and the round bumper bolts were included in the box with the bumper extensions.