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Old 07-09-2020, 05:37 PM   #1
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Default Windshield Frame Press-In Nut

Do any of you have any experience with installing a "windshield frame press-in nut" (Bratton's part #30100)? I've got a 30 Std Cpe with a recently painted frame and it is in excellent condition with the exception one of the press-in nuts is missing in one of the brackets. The bracket is also in excellent condition, just needs the nut installed. The knurled side of the nut is much too large to fit the bracket's existing opening and I could grind it down and use JB to help hold it or enlarge the hold in the bracket. Could also buy a new bracket (#30092) with the nut installed, but as I said, the frame has recently been painted. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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Old 07-09-2020, 06:52 PM   #2
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I would drill the hole in the bracket to the proper size and then use a bolt or the screw that attaches to the swing arm to pull the press in nut into the bracket.
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Old 07-09-2020, 08:06 PM   #3
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I could never get them to seat right. After 80+ years the hole was worn. I couldn't figure out a way to tighten the hole so the press-in nut would hold tight. That thing is fighting lateral forces.

If I had to do it over again, I could go around the hole with a punch to tighten it in before pressing in the nut.

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Old 07-09-2020, 08:27 PM   #4
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If the hole is too large, it is a 1928-1929 windshield frame.
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Old 07-09-2020, 09:21 PM   #5
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We had the same problem recently on my grandson's 1930 Tudor. One of the press in nuts was missing on the windshield stanchion. We went to a local Model A store and bought the needed item. However, no way did it fit. What we did was enlarge the hole and file a "D" in it so that the nut slipped in. Then we liberally applied JB weld to the nut and the hole and let it sit over night and it worked fine.

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Old 07-10-2020, 01:09 PM   #6
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All good comments, thank you. I'll measure the ID of the hole in relationship to the knurled nut and enlarge the hole slightly - plus the JB treatment.
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Old 07-11-2020, 01:17 PM   #7
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If the hole is too large, it is a 1928-1929 windshield frame.
That is fascinating. I didn't realize that they press-in nuts were different by year. Yes, in fact, my 1930 got an incorrect 28/29 windshield sometime during its life. It took me a long time to figure out why the windshield wouldn't close and seal correctly. It turns out that the shelf-like strip on the bottom of the windshield is different on the first generation cars. I'm not surprised that there are other differences.

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