Bolt Kits Designed to Make Engines Look Pretty


   Old Cars Weekly ran into Chuck and Karen Clark at the Iola Old Car Show. Good-looking, shiny engine hardware is what Chuck sells at his business called Bolt Locker. Karen, a school teacher, designed the www.boltlocker.com Website so Chuck can get the word out.


   At Iola, Chuck Clark had a number of his complete stainless steel bolt kits carefully mounted on display boards in neat, well-organized arrangements. Nearby were some of his suspension kits, a few electronic fuel-injection (EFI) units he had rebuilt and some examples of parts he had powder coated.

   Bolt Locker’s main focus is the stainless steel engine bolt kits. Imagine you’re building up a big-block Chevy V-8 and you want to dress it up with stainless steel Allen-head bolts. You can simply order Bolt Locker’s No. BBS 2010 kit. In it you’ll find four water pump bolts with lock washers, two water neck bolts with lock washers, a distributor bolt and lock washer, 10 timing cover bolts and lock washers, 16 intake bolts and washers and 56 other Allen-head fasteners and washers for the valve covers, fuel pump, oil pan, headers etc. With these ready-to-go kits you’ll find it easy to build the prettiest engine in town.

(To read this story in its entirety check an upcoming issue of Old Cars Weekly)

2 thoughts on “Bolt Kits Designed to Make Engines Look Pretty

  1. Chuck & Karen Clark

    Hello John,
    It is so nice seeing the article that you wrote about us. We have been doing the bolt business for a very long time.(8 years) I know that you spoke primarily with Karen, and she apparently did a wonderful job explaining what we do in our cottage business. Your interest in our little operation rather overwhelmed us. We are so excited to see the story on your blog, and can not wait to see it in print.

    We are very much, died in the wool, car nuts. Both Karen and I really spend a lot of our time trying to help fellow rodders, mucsle car guys and restofiers, that we sometimes forget that we are in the business to show a profit. For us, it is a way of life. The Iola show is our family vacation every year. But the sad part of this years show was that one member of our family could not attend. That is our 65 Chevy Belair Station Wagon. Lusielle as she is known is the tow and go car for our displays and a semi daily driver for Chuck when we are at home. It is still a work in progress. Yet she still manages to turn a few heads driving around town. She could not make it to the 2007 show becuase Chuck just had to see what she could do from a standing start, which resulted in a completely distroyed 12 bolt rear end. I guess thats what you get when you mix high torque engines and heavy cars. It just seems amazing that the much touted 12 Chevy rear end would turn out to be the weak link.

    Please keep the articles about us little guy companies coming. Growth is good but not is it results in the loss of the 1 to 1 connection with every customer.

    Thanks again
    Chuck & Karen Clark

  2. Chuck & Karen Clark

    Hello John,
    It is so nice seeing the article that you wrote about us. We have been doing the bolt business for a very long time.(8 years) I know that you spoke primarily with Karen, and she apparently did a wonderful job explaining what we do in our cottage business. Your interest in our little operation rather overwhelmed us. We are so excited to see the story on your blog, and can not wait to see it in print.

    We are very much, died in the wool, car nuts. Both Karen and I really spend a lot of our time trying to help fellow rodders, mucsle car guys and restofiers, that we sometimes forget that we are in the business to show a profit. For us, it is a way of life. The Iola show is our family vacation every year. But the sad part of this years show was that one member of our family could not attend. That is our 65 Chevy Belair Station Wagon. Lusielle as she is known is the tow and go car for our displays and a semi daily driver for Chuck when we are at home. It is still a work in progress. Yet she still manages to turn a few heads driving around town. She could not make it to the 2007 show becuase Chuck just had to see what she could do from a standing start, which resulted in a completely distroyed 12 bolt rear end. I guess thats what you get when you mix high torque engines and heavy cars. It just seems amazing that the much touted 12 Chevy rear end would turn out to be the weak link.

    Please keep the articles about us little guy companies coming. Growth is good but not is it results in the loss of the 1 to 1 connection with every customer.

    Thanks again
    Chuck & Karen Clark

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