Join Date: Dec 2017
Location: In the snow belt of Ohio
Thierry, thanks for adding that info. I got a call this weekend from another BB member to sell one of his spare buckets for these two that I need, so I'm hoping I don't break the cage nuts getting them out, or shoot them across the room where I can't find them. That's why I use towels on my benches!
Yes, there would have been a few ways to rig the bucket's cage nut location to work without the stock parts (who would ever see them, right?), but I don't like finding that kind of stuff from other previous owner's work in the past, so I didn't want to contribute to that on this 101. Very few original parts on this car needed replaced, so I'm trying to stick to replacing any exact, original parts with the same as much as possible. I know it's not an unearthed SZ, but there it is.
There are certainly small and large original parts on this 101 Alfa Normale that defy a "installed by that year" inclusion that has made it occasionally hard to order necessary bushings, etc. I'm still convinced many Normales got the empty the old parts bins treatment that Veloces maybe did not. My '61 of December-built 101 has a mix of late-style ('62) Giulietta factory additions that I really appreciate, and then some 750 parts like small bushing trailing arms, for instance that doesn't make sense. For a non-transition car, it must just like to stay related.
Anyway, thanks to all for your input. I did way more searching than I thought I was ever going to, but absolutely no one sold them in my Giulietta's small size, 10mm outer, hole size about 7mm. All the big and small fastener vendors apologized for not having anything small enough to help. Belmetrics still got my cash though for plenty else like fuel line parts and brake lines.
Hopefully the search for these hen's teeth cage nuts is now over. Now, if I can just make sure I'm routing everything through the firewall correctly, out of the correct spots...