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    When i built Lucy i tightened all the fasteners so the slots all faced the same direction. dash rail, dash panel, front apron, front fender screws, rear view mirror, junction box cover wing nuts and so on.: When the windows are up all the riser handles are in the same position.
    Does anyone else do this? Is this normal?:
    3 ~ Tudor's
    Henry Ford said
    "It's all nuts and bolts"


    Mitch's Auto Service ctr

  • #2
    It's probably not normal since I try to do that too, except head nuts and wheel nuts, maybe we're nuts

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    • #3
      What brought this on is i was helping Beauford with his dash panel through text so he sent me the final picture of it installed. All his screw slots were all over the place so i hammered him on it.
      He said i was sick and needed help:
      3 ~ Tudor's
      Henry Ford said
      "It's all nuts and bolts"


      Mitch's Auto Service ctr

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      • BILL WILLIAMSON
        BILL WILLIAMSON commented
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        This is only done on ROLLS-ROYCE/JAGUAR! Or on your cupboard handles.
        "Maybe" you're OCD?---Ever watch "AS GOOD AS IT GETS"? It's FUNNYas shit!
        Dad Guardian--(You need one--LOL)

      • Beauford
        Beauford commented
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        HAHAHA! What did Bill say? What did I say? Sound familiar? LOL

    • #4
      LOL

      I wouldn't call it anyway shape or form "normal".

      I'd call it anal since I doubt very much that anyone on the assembly line would have had the job of checking the alignment of any of the nuts and bolts.

      Thinking deeper about it, the ONLY nut to bolt that HAD to have proper alignment were the main bearing bolts of the engine, or you wouldn't be able to install the cotter pins. And possibly the radiator lower attachment bolts.
      You wana look waaay far up da road and plan yer route because the brakes are far more of a suggestion than a command!

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      • #5
        I do that on a lot of the car where they show. But I,m sure the factory did not.
        I also like all the tires to be mounted the same. When in the spare tire carrier the valve stem should be down, and the tire name center under the valve stem.

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        • #6
          Originally posted by George Miller View Post
          I do that on a lot of the car where they show. But I,m sure the factory did not.
          I also like all the tires to be mounted the same. When in the spare tire carrier the valve stem should be down, and the tire name center under the valve stem.
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          3 ~ Tudor's
          Henry Ford said
          "It's all nuts and bolts"


          Mitch's Auto Service ctr

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          • #7
            Mitch I think you need help. You are to fussy. That will get you in trouble when you work with other people. They will never be able to do it good enough. Don,t ask how I know.

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            • #8
              He told me my dash was wrong...I was like "how the F is it wrong" Mitch said screws are all different direction. I laughed forever...He's a AWESOME help but I usually have to do more work when I shoot him a pic. Oh, or spend more money as a part is crap. He's a good dude just a little picky!

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              • #9
                Being a maintenance trainer where I work. I get all of the new hires. I always remind them that there are usually 2 or 3 ways to get the same results and am never anal on how things are accomplished as long as the finished project works prolerly. Yes, I think lining up fasteners is a bit anal, but if it makes you feel better then do it. Just don't try to push it on the next guy. Rod
                Much of the social history of the Western world, over the past three decades, has been a history of replacing what worked with what sounded good.

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                • Beauford
                  Beauford commented
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                  Rowdy....he convinced me. Dash is all better now. LOL

              • #10
                You know, this reminds me of a saying I have had since the my early days of chemical abuse, and it goes like this...

                "You do your thing, and I'll do mine. Just don't do yours on mine."
                You wana look waaay far up da road and plan yer route because the brakes are far more of a suggestion than a command!

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                • #11
                  Originally posted by George Miller View Post
                  I do that on a lot of the car where they show. But I,m sure the factory did not.
                  I also like all the tires to be mounted the same. When in the spare tire carrier the valve stem should be down, and the tire name center under the valve stem.
                  Is that "be" down, or "point" down?
                  I thought the stem should be at the top and point down, so water doesn't run into the hole.

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                  • Mitch
                    Mitch commented
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                    Yea stem at 12:00 pointing down towards 6:00

                  • George Miller
                    George Miller commented
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                    That would be at the top pointing down.

                • #12
                  Mitch,
                  You're just OCD as they call it... although I like to do them all uniform as well so you are in good company.
                  Larry

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                  • #13
                    Thanks Mitch! This joint is fun, flaming E- birthday cards and the likes, Guest sign up and join in the fun!

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                    • #14
                      Mitch, you are normal because I have been aligning screws every since my grandfather showed me how awful a light switch plate looked with all the screws all over the place. I even align the screws on hose clamps.
                      mike
                      Michael
                      1928 speedster
                      1929 closed cab p/u
                      1930 standard roadster
                      1931 deluxe tudor sedan
                      1967 ss/rs conv.camaro

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                      • #15
                        I do this when I build a flintlock. It is common practice on these to get anal and line up the screws on the butt plate, trigger guard, and barrel tang. Oh, sorry, another forum.

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                        • #16
                          My wife (Mrs. Lucky) says I have CDO. Thats OCD in the right order.

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                          • #17
                            On a dash and dash rail we align the screws horizontal so everything looks even.
                            The same thing on the tail light bezel..
                            You guys already know that I'm nuts buy i am healing. :

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                            • #18
                              I'm not sending Mitch any pics I can create my own mental issues.

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                              • #19
                                Whoa...........you guys are going to have to go back over your fasteners and line up all the slits in the lock washers.
                                Now you won't sleep until you know they are lined up. LOL

                                About the only thing I do is make sure the washer face of nuts is against the part or lock washer, if the nut isn't identical on both sides.
                                On flat washers, which are punched out, they have a slightly curved edge, which I face away from the part.

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                                • #20
                                  Hey Tom i do that also, face the curved edge away from the part, same with the nut which sometimes has a curvature on the corners on one side as u mentioned.

                                  Oh and don't forget about snap rings, they have a flat side also ;)
                                  3 ~ Tudor's
                                  Henry Ford said
                                  "It's all nuts and bolts"


                                  Mitch's Auto Service ctr

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                                  • #21
                                    *rolls eyes* You guys are so anal, on my car, it is lucky to have all the mounting bolts and nuts assembled. I do however use the proper tool to ensure the heads are not all buggered up by improper drivers and such.

                                    No need making it look worse than it already does.
                                    You wana look waaay far up da road and plan yer route because the brakes are far more of a suggestion than a command!

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                                    • #22
                                      Originally posted by Mitch View Post
                                      Hey Tom i do that also, face the curved edge away from the part, same with the nut which sometimes has a curvature on the corners on one side as u mentioned.

                                      Oh and don't forget about snap rings, they have a flat side also ;)
                                      Good point on the snap rings. I always face the flat side against the thrust, so it's the least likely to work out of the groove.

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                                      • Mitch
                                        Mitch commented
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                                        Same here,, Less chance of it slipping out

                                    • #23
                                      Mitch,
                                      I try to do as you do. Not only on my Model A but also on electrical plate screws.
                                      Dave

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                                      • #24
                                        Gregg (RIP) lined up the slots on my dash rail, I made him put them back, CROOKEDY!
                                        I even caught HELL, for removing my NEW tire sticker, from my SPARE!
                                        Dad Pissy

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                                        • #25
                                          If you're an artist, you're an artist in everything you do. I want things to look good, like I took some care in the assembly. I checked my window glass to make sure I had the same side out on all windows.

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