Minor metal work question

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  1. Zunga

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    Hey all I had a issue with my car battery yesterday. I got a new one installed and the car running. The bracket that holds it down was rusted solid. Its a piece of sheet steel that lays flat on the battery. Two thin threaded rods go thru each side with a nut. The bottom of the rods is a simple hook. It catches in a slot. You tighten down the nuts and your done. The plate is fine. The nuts are rusted onto the rods. Since its a drive to anywhere to get a replacement. I thought I'd try to make them. I just need threaded rod and I can put the bend in the bottom. I haven't a clue who would carry thin and thread rods like that? Any ideas. Thanks.
    Cheers Jim
     
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    Home Depot sells all thread, is that what you are looking for?
     
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    I had this issue last winter.... Drove around to several stores look in for replacement rods with my battery tied in using a ratchet strap.

    NAPA and a few other stores had replacement battery mounts, but not the right size. Ended up using all thread rod for a week or so then modifying the old rods using spacers (in my case the old rods were too long)
     
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    Home Depot and Lowes have threaded rods with their metal stock. Maybe some of the local hardware store would too. I've heard great things about Canadian Tire, is it possible they might have something?
     
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    Thanks all. I've got a rona near by. All thread looks like what I need. I'm going to check them out when they open. :dblthumb:
    Cheers Jim
     
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    Most auto parts stores sell a universal battery hold down for under $5
     
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    Just glue the battery down with pine pitch and if need be wrap it with jute or paracord. :)
     
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    I was thinking some heavy fish line. A couple of cod hooks on each end in a truckers knot. I'm likely to stall on a coastal highway. Might as well have extra tackle. LOL
    Cheers Jim
     
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    Multi use stuff. If you tie the battery in with paracord, and then eventually have a breakdown or dead battery, you can use the paracord as a two strap to get home. :)

     
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    Cod hooks have a big eye. I could probably squeeze some 550 thru it. Split the diff and have the best of both. But I'd still have to hook a pretty big fish to tow a Subaru!:4:
    Cheers Jim

    Edit: their bigger than I thought. You get two strands thru them.

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    Zip ties in a pinch.
     
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    Hardware store should have all thread rod for just a few dollars.
    Shane
     
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    had the same trouble years ago with a Isuzu pup. i just replaced it with a rubber bunge type cord. stayed that way for several years till i junked the truck
     
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    I had the same thing happen in my suv last winter the problem with the allthread is that without heating it will not bend into a hook without snapping.
     
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    Hard to beat. Easily done and won't corrode. You may have to piece multiple zips to reach. Probably better to get some heavy duty ones. All joking aside these are some of the most versatile fasteners around. I frequently reuse zips by lifting the tab with the thin tip of a knife. Once you slip the knife under the tab it normally slides out readily.
     

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