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screw heads

Post by John Cederstrom » Fri Jun 23, 2017 7:12 am

Were they using oval head slotted screws for hardware in 1946? I'm restoring 1946 Garwood Ensign.

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Re: screw heads

Post by charlesquimby » Fri Jun 30, 2017 1:13 pm

Here is what I have heard: Pre-war are slotted; post-war are Frearson, not to be confused with the ubiquitous Phillips drive. BUT. During the immediate post-war period, builders were using up their stocks of slotted screws before transitioning to Frearson, and 1946 puts your Garwood right there. It is also my understanding that Frearson head screws were manufactured by Reed and Prince, and they are sometimes referred to as Reed and Prince drive, a misnomer. CQ

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Post by maritimeclassics » Fri Jun 30, 2017 1:22 pm

Although some what true you can find both types of screws in late pre-war boats and different manufactures used different screws through different years. Century used straight slot screws for most of there boats. Ask the question in the Gar Wood section and wait for an expert to answer, someone should be able to help.
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Re: screw heads

Post by jim g » Fri Jun 30, 2017 4:11 pm

I restored a 1946 Gar Wood 19' runabout. Every screw in it was a slotted screw and it won best in its class at the Antique Boat Museum show. Don't get to picky with whats correct on the post war ones. As the Gar Wood boat company was putting whatever they had to get them out the door.

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