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My next project, after I finish completely rebuilding my A/C system on my '97 Thunderbird Sport, is to completely rebuild my front & rear suspensions. I've already got 90% of the parts I need for the rear suspension (including hubs that I had Stuart Spencer, of the Factory Five car enthusiasts crowd, install new wheel bearings into & clean up - they look freaking brand-new!!), and I'm starting to procure all the parts for the front suspension (my front suspension rebuild is also going to include a new rack-and-pinion unit).

Anyway, I want to replace the front shock lower mounting bolt/nut with new ones, and I'm wondering if anyone has a source for the bus, as they're obsolete from Ford, and my local dealer says no one shows that they have any, still (the bolts, he said, are still available from Ford, for roughly $13 each).

My intention is to just remove the old front shocks & lower control arms as one complete unit on each side, and not try to deal with removing the lower shock mounting bolts, which I know from experience can be a REAL pain!! I rebuilt my front suspension back in 2009 (my front end has never felt right, despite having a new steering rack installed in 2012, after towing it from Cleveland, OH, where I used to live, out here to Phoenix, AZ, where I moved to a little over 3 years ago; the rubber boots on the ends of my rack have been torn for well over a year, and that's why I want to replace it again).

Anybody know what kind of a nut is used in the front shock lower mounting bolt, so I can go into NAPA or Carquest (did you guys know Advance owns Carquest?), and get the correct nut?

Size? Hardness? Thread pitch?

Thanks,

Dennis
 

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M14 x 2.0. The nut doesn't have markings, but since the bolt is 10.9, I'd say get a 10.9 nut as well. Most importantly, it needs to be a nyloc style. I'd probably add blue threadlocker on there as well.

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The bolt is nothing special, aside from the fact that it has that tab that makes loosening/tightening a lil bit easier. Just a standard 10.9 Grade flanged hex bolt.
 

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M14 x 2.0. The nut doesn't have markings, but since the bolt is 10.9, I'd say get a 10.9 nut as well. Most importantly, it needs to be a nyloc style. I'd probably add blue threadlocker on there as well.

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Belmetric Yellow Zinc

I personally like the yellow zinc coating, lol :D

The bolt is nothing special, aside from the fact that it has that tab that makes loosening/tightening a lil bit easier. Just a standard 10.9 Grade flanged hex bolt.
Thanks for the info, sir - it's very much appreciated!

Yeah, that's really why I want the factory bolt; just for the tab on it (I'm kinda anal, like that, LOL)!

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Thanks for the info, sir - it's very much appreciated!

Yeah, that's really why I want the factory bolt; just for the tab on it (I'm kinda anal, like that, LOL)!

Dennis
Tabs can be welded onto new bolt heads if the heat input is kept to a minimum. Tried it myself a couple of times. So long as the bolt shank under the hex doesn't get red-hot to lose the temper from heat-treat (aka: if you mistakenly use oxy-acet welding), then its all good.
 
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