Vintage Drum Forum the best vintage drum forum on the Internet - Vintage Drum History - Vintage Drum Questions

Go Back   Vintage Drum Forum > Restoring Vintage Drums

Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 02-12-2018, 02:42 PM
salty 1322 salty 1322 is offline
Vintage Drum Guru
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Port Colborne, Ont., Canada
Posts: 1,849
Default Making Wing Bolts

For months, I have been restoring several WFL flat base concert snare stands and few Ludwig 1400 cymbal stands. I have been very lucky in that I have obtained wing bolts from members of our forum. Thanks again guys! The folded wing bolt used to anchor the sliding arm on the WFL snare basket, in my opinion, is flimsy and easily bent. I've done a bit of research talking to a couple of machinists and some googling and have made a few wing bolts which I think are stronger and more durable. Supply and demand seems to have dictated that wing nuts are a lot easier to obtain than the bolts, at least where I am. Since the folded bolt had a 10-32 thread, a few bolts were bought at the local hardware store. Some wing nuts, washers and finally a product called Permatex Red Threadlocker. It has a holding power of 3,000 PSI. I had a nut to fit the bolts. First cut the head off the bolt to the length required. I used a vice. Use the regular nut as a guide. File off any burrs. Apply a couple of drops of Permatex to the "good" end of the bolt. Attach the wing nut. Next, apply a bit of Permatex to the underside of the wing nut and press the washer in place. The washer has no purpose really other than to help the bolt look more finished. Allow the new wing bolt to cure for about thirty hours. Works perfectly! Not Ludwig but, does the job!
Just a drummer who loves all things about vintage drums! Nothing more, nothing less.
Reply With Quote
Old 02-12-2018, 04:18 PM
idrum4fun idrum4fun is offline
Vintage Drum Guru
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 4,465
Default Re: Making Wing Bolts


Sounds excellent! Now...if we could only see pictures!There must be someone who can help you with this!

Reply With Quote
Old 02-12-2018, 04:46 PM
J!m J!m is offline
Vintage Drum Guru
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: North Haven, CT
Posts: 1,307
Default Re: Making Wing Bolts

Search industrial supply and/or fastener companies for "Thumb Screws" rather than "wing bolts".

I found some nice looking ones at Manhattan Supply Co. (MSC) but not in 10-32. They are not the only guys out there...
Cobalt Blue Yamaha Recording Custom 20b-22b-8-10-12-13-15-16f-18f
Red Ripple '70's Yamaha D-20 20b-12-14f
Piano Black Yamaha Recording Custom Be-Bop kit 18b-10-14f
Yamaha COS SDM5; Yamaha Cobalt Blue 5-1/2x14; Gretsch round badge WMP; 1972 Ludwig Acrolite; 1978 Ludwig Super Senditive; Cobalt Blue one-off Montineri; Yamaha Oak (6X13!); DW collectors 5-1/2X14 maple; cheap 3.5X13 brass piccolo
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:59 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright 2009 VSDwebdesign