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Bolts & Fasteners: The Best Buys In Small Parts

If You're Overpaying For Little Stuff, Then We've Found The Best Buys In Small Parts

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Electrical Components
Here's where we could probably fill the entire magazine with ideas, parts, and wiring kits, so we really had to exercise self-control and not stuff this section with part numbers. While most car crafters don't worry much about what wire they buy, they really should. The wire you find at the local hardware store or auto parts store generally uses an inexpensive insulator that can quickly become brittle. We found a company called Del City that supplies many aftermarket companies with high-quality electrical wire and components. Del City's SAE spec wire is designed to withstand continual exposure to as high as 257 degrees F. Generally, you would expect to pay more for a quality wire like this, but we purchased 100-foot spools of 18-gauge black and red wire for less than $7.00 each. When we checked at the auto parts store, we found a 30-foot roll for $6.99, so by purchasing in bulk, you get three times as much wire that's also a superior quality.

We also went looking for the good stuff like Weatherpak connectors. If you're not familiar with these components, GM used to use them on the TPI cars. While a special tool is required to make the connection, Weatherpak fittings offer excellent weather-resistant connections that are also simple to disconnect. Del City sells a 425-piece system in a plastic box that contains 10 each of the one-, two-, three-, and four-way connectors plus all the little rubber seals and wire connectors for the outstanding price of only $44.07. If you are wiring a street car, these make for excellent quick-access wire connectors. For the assembly tool, MSD sells a slick spark plug wire crimping tool with removable jaws through Summit Racing. You can then purchase a set of Weatherpak crimping jaws for $35.00 that will keep the tool cost to just over $100.00. Plus, you'll have a nice spark plug wire crimping tool as a bonus.

Del City Components
Description PN Source Price
1/0 battery cable, 25 feet 5210205 Del City $58.33
Copper battery cable lug, 3/8, (10) 906845 Del City $4.90
Copper battery cable lug, 5/16, (10) 906645 Del City $4.60
18-gauge primary wire, black, (100) 1118101 Del City $5.62
10-gauge primary wire, black (100) 1110101 Del City $28.78
16-14 gauge butt connector, (100) 222005 Del City $4.62
16-14 gauge ring terminal, (100) 151085 Del City $2.78
Copper battery cable lug, 3/8 inch, (10) 906845 Del City $4.90
Copper battery cable lug, 5/16 inch, (10) 906645 Del City $4.10
Plastic box, rounded bottom 990260 Del City $7.62
Relay, 12-volt 70A 73998 Del City $4.60
Two-stud firewall junction block 70000 Del City $5.41
MSD spark plug wire tool 3505 Summit Racing $69.95
MSD Weatherpak jaws 3509 Summit Racing $34.95
SOURCES
Summit Racing
Akron
OH
800-230-3030
330-630-0240
www.summitracing.com/
Del City
Milwaukee
WI
800-654-4757
www.delcity.net
Aircraft Spruce
Corona
CA
877-477-7823
www.aircraftspruce.com
Mad Enterprises
Springville
CA
559-539-7128
www.madelectrical.com
Bolt Depot
North Weymouth
MA
866-337-9888
www.boltdepot.com
TMK Industrial Fasteners
Moreno Valley
CA
909-374-9769
Classic Tube
Lancaster
NY
800-882-3711
716-759-1800
www.classictube.com
Tool Barn
Omaha
NE
866-597-3850
www.toolbarn.com
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