Nuts and bolts are funny things. When you start a car restoration you picture body panels, engine blocks and newly upholstered seats. But the lack of the correct fastener can stop a restoration cold. Such little things have a very important job. In the case of National Parts Depot those humble nuts, bolts and assorted fasteners were the foundation for the largest classic car parts supplier in the country. And it all started with a rusty Model A.
Jim Schmidt had a dream: to restore a Model A. When he was 14 that dream started to take shape in the form of a rusty 1928 Model A saved from a local scrap yard for the princely sum of $50. Jim dove in and found that the tin worm had worked its way deep into the car, with the bulk of the fasteners being too far-gone to reuse. But where do you buy new fasteners to restore a Model A? That question did not have an answer
Published Dec 7th, 2015
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