I'm getting a new bed and some body work done to the truck. The old bed and bolts were shot! Any suggestions on finding a set of new bolts or suggestions on using alternates? I called ford and they want something like $130 for 6 bolts! There has to be something more reasonable.
McMaster-Carr has a pretty good online catalog for hardware, you might check there and see if you can find something that will work and save you a bunch of cash.
McMaster-Carr is great, but I am not sure they will have a true bed bolt. Might have the right shape and length in stainless. For original hardware it is hard to beat thepowerstrokeshop.com. LMC Truck would be a good aftermarket sorce.
hesaintrn1, try this fastenal.com. Is there such a thing as bed bolts? Good luck.
Is there such a thing as bed bolts? Yes if you are dealing with someone that sells truck body parts. If you are trading with Fastenal or McMaster-Carr you will be buying carrige bolts. The trick is going to be getting carrige bolts with a "good" enough plating to hold up to the exposure. That was why I mentioned stainless in my earlier post. When we were building street truck using the 60-66 Chevy short/narrow bed platform we would use stainless to assemble the bed sides, front, fenders, and the wood floor.
For you guys that are not familar with McMaster-Carr, they are an excellent outfit to trade with. Have everything and usually ships the same day.
The only place that I know of that carries the OEM bolts is Ford. LMC Truck and National Parts Depot do not carry them.
But, they are only grade 5 carriage head bolts, nothing special. Any bolt supplier, like Fastenal, should have or be able to order the right size & lenght for you. Just take one of the old ones in for them to measure.
95 F250, XLT, 2WD, 5 Spd, 4.10 l/s, SuperCab, Longbed. Beans Stage II's, Adrenaline HPOP, Wildman 6 pos. chip, SMF, Open air intake, EBPV gutted, SSX, downpipe, CAT gutted, shimmed FPR, GPR control switch, gauges (Pyro, Boost, AMPs, mechanical Oil Pres. & mech. Water Temp.)
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Hard to believe the price of those bed bolts. Up here the dealer wants $16 per bolt plus $6 for the nuts (with no threads). With tax that's about $25 per hole and I have eight holes for the box to be mounted. Image $200 to hold the box on. Wish I'd have never cut them off, should have just heated them up and took them out that way eh!
I to cut my bed bolts and need new one sill look for what I need to work and hold up it look's like the net is the best place to get them but to have 8 bolts ship'ed from BFE that is just to much (looking back I could kick my own a** for that on ) but will not cutting no more bed bolts unless I have to !!! u would think to get a bolt would not be this hard
and cost 125-200 for 8 bolts and nut what is the world coming to LOL
1996 F-250 XLT 4x4, "Heavy Metal", 7.3L Powerstroke, ZF S5-42 transmission with Valair clutch and flywheel, Supercab, 8' bed, Riffraff 6637, HPX, Dieselsite 203 degree thermostat, 3" Downpipe to 4" straight pipe exhaust.
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