Jump to bottom
Behold! The elevator flat head bolt!
Hope this helps those in serach of the perfect orange track bolt. Well, here it is!
damn proud of those aren't they?
there is the link
You can also check out McMaster.com
Oh yes, they are rather proud of these bolts, as I mentioned in another post. I have found a local bolt and supply store here in my home town that will sell them much cheaper, and will sell me as many as I wish to purchase. Find a well stocked locally owned hardware store, they'll probably have them. Also, search the net, you can always find them cheaper with a little diligence.
You can make your own by simply grinding a carriage bolt flat. There is a carriage bolt that has a head almost exactly one inch wide. The thread will be somewhat large, perhaps a half inch or so, yet necessary to get the head wide enough. Personally, since I have found elevator bolts locally, I will be purchasing some here in my home town. I will test them with the orange track I have and post my results. If they work, I will get a local price and post it Monday August 8. If any forum member wants me to pick some up, I will be happy to forward them to you. One every one or two feet should do the trick.
For the blu track lovers, a one eighth inch canvass offset clip is perfect for securing it to the wood foundation, as blu track is almost one eighth of an inch thick. Voila!
Thanks for the link. These are about the lowest prices I have found for elevator bolts. They will probably need a little size adjustment. I'm curious what size I will find Monday at my local store called Interstate Bolt and Supply here in Statesville, NC.
The $33 posted at the google site was for a box of one hundred bolts. Erm.........just to let you know for qualification purposes. That translates into 3.3 cents per bolt dude; shipping of course would factor in the equation as well. All you'd have to do is fore go a few 12 packs of brew and bingo, they'd be yours!
All in fun!
FTE's and Redlines to all!
When I was formulating my first reply, I was going to comment
on their $33 bolt. I'm glad that I had gone back to double-check
and noticed that it was for a box of a hundred before I made
a smart-alek comment because I was locked and loaded
For those who haven't checked yet, here is the elevator bolt. One example of many.
Doh! Missed that, those are cool bolts nonetheless.
The elevator bolts do work, but some head adjustment was necessary. Only had to knock off about a 16th of an inch on the head diameter. No open heart surgery here, just a few careful swipes on the grinder. I let the bolt spin in my hand while wearing a glove. The bolt fits snug and allows the track to lay flat. Overall, a great success. Size adjustment will vary depending on the size of bolt you purchase. My local proprietor charged me .50 for one bolt. It would appear the a better deal can be had online at the website Mark suggested.
I wanted to commend you Jobe for all your excellent posts and your fervor for this hobby. You seem to enjoy the racing and working with the many Hot Wheels diecast 1:64 scale cars available. I played with my first Hot Wheels track when I was 12 in 1968. So, from day one, I remember the old TV commercials and the many boys at school playing with these amazing cars. My favorite and most fast car is my 2000 series Jet Threat 3.0. I have begun an FTE and axle mod on it and am anxious to test its new performance. I also have begun collecting the NASCAR hood open series manufactured by Motrosports Authentics, which I plan on racing in their own class. Amazing detail and quality, albeit they have inferior wheels. The rubber tires are usually out of round. An FTE mod definitely recommended.
Everyone's posts have been tremendously appreciated and I can see you guys take this seriously amidst the fun and enjoyment. Thank you Redline for the opportunity to share and learn. Your Fantasy League Racing is truly inventive and interesting, as is your website and cleverly designed racing track.
Thanks for the kind words, Larry. I like to think we all really enjoy what we do considering how "silly" diecast racing is. One thing I've really enjoyed from meeting everyone is our collective DIY spirit. I'm a DIY person not only because I'm a cheap bastard, but because I like the challenge of building something with somewhat raw materials. It's just fun and think a lot of the guys here enjoy that as well.
I mean, heck, this is an entire thread talking about a single bolt!