In Reply to: Re: 52 8N front grill latches posted by Mike D on January 02, 2018 at 11:20:30:
The pin diameter should be a standard fractional inch size, nothing exotic, that's how these Fords were engineered. Roundstock is available at McMaster-Carr. I'd go with a good tough steel, not cold rolled (i.e./e.g. 1018)maybe even a tool steel for long life, wear resistance. I'm not near my 8N right now so can't measure mine. I also meat to say the pinholes are in the hood, not doglegs. I was thinking of the pivot holes at the bottom. Doglegs have a threaded insert at the bottom to accept the pivot bolt. Originally this was a 5/16-24 x 5/8 L special shoulder bolt with a .403 shoulder for the pivot bolt. It is one of the few parts that slipped through the cracks when they wrote the parts books. Many fellas use a 5/16-24 bolt but must use caution. too long and you can screw it out into the sheet metal of the dogleg. Some get a long bolt cut off the head and just use it as a stud but again use caution. If you do decide to repair your own and make some new pins, why not document the procedure and we can post it in our HOW-TO's forum.