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Re: *Rear Fender Rivets*
olezippi #1371532 Fri Jul 31 2020 08:42 PM
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Here's a good presentation of tubular or hollow rivets that are used for the rear fender brace.
Tubular Rivets [hansonrivet.com]
These guys probably sell in minimum lots of 1000 (I haven't asked). They should also be available at the larger hardware stores. Measure the thickness of the fender and brace and the shank diameter and add the clinch allowance. You'd need a setting tool as well.


Kevin
First car '29 Ford Special Coupe
#2 - '29 Ford pickup restored from the ground up.
Newest Project - 51 Chevy 3100 work truck. Photos [flickr.com]
Busting rust since the mid-60's
Re: *Rear Fender Rivets*
olezippi #1371538 Fri Jul 31 2020 10:15 PM
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The head of this rivet is very thin. I use a small flat blade screwdriver type bolt and nut. I chuck the bolt in a cordless drill and run it on a bench sander with the drill on. A poor man's lathe if you will. It is nice to have an original rivet handy to match it up while sanding.
I then prime it with epoxy primer and have it painted body color, and assemble it when the fender comes back from the painter.

Re: *Rear Fender Rivets*
olezippi #1371544 Fri Jul 31 2020 10:48 PM
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I really haven't noticed them until I read this post.
My 1950 3100

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Re: *Rear Fender Rivets*
olezippi #1372269 Thu Aug 06 2020 05:46 AM
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A teacher, but always an apprentice.
I talked with a fellow at a show once about his gorgeous 53 Chev truck. I asked him if his rear fenders were reproductions and he replied, “Yes, how could you tell?”

I told him that his rivets were wrong. He asked how that could be. I noticed that the rivets indeed looked stock in height, diameter, etc. But one thing gave it away, the distance between the two rivets was too large and I told him so. It was quite noticeable to any AD fans out there but to an untrained eye you’d never know.He said he’d never been asked that before so quickly in a conversation before. He always had to reveal that they were replacements.

Now, I wonder if reproduction fenders come with these rivets or do they have to be installed by the owner? If they require installation perhaps we should give the center to center dimensions, in case someone doesn’t have an original brace to use as a template.


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1951 GMC 9430 1 ton dually—-Shiny!

1970 Chevrolet C10 - Grandpa’s- My first truck.—in progress to shiny
1972 Chevrolet C20- rusted
1970 Chevrolet K20 Suburban—rusted.
1950 Chevrolet 1300- in progress to shiny.

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Re: *Rear Fender Rivets*
olezippi #1372349 Thu Aug 06 2020 11:01 PM
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My green turd shows the rivets at 1" OC.


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If I'm not working on my truck or VW camper, I'm fishing with the wife or smoking Salmon.
Re: *Rear Fender Rivets*
cmayna #1372374 Fri Aug 07 2020 01:34 AM
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Originally Posted by cmayna
My green turd shows the rivets at 1" OC.
Yep, same here. But mine was an orange turd. grin


Kevin
First car '29 Ford Special Coupe
#2 - '29 Ford pickup restored from the ground up.
Newest Project - 51 Chevy 3100 work truck. Photos [flickr.com]
Busting rust since the mid-60's
Re: *Rear Fender Rivets*
olezippi #1372453 Fri Aug 07 2020 04:18 PM
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Here are mine. Notice that on one side that things are just a little cock-eyed! Must have been part of a Monday morning or Friday afternoon work shift--LOL!

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Re: *Rear Fender Rivets*
olezippi #1372481 Fri Aug 07 2020 07:47 PM
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Fox: fyi, here are my “rivets” again: centerline is 1”. I purchased these reproduction rear fenders from Classic Industries in KC about 15 years ago. Those fenders had the braces and rivets already installed
(w a CL of 1”). I’d drilled out the rivets before I painted the fenders and took the easy way out reattaching the braces with allen head machine screws, in the same spot...unpainted...I like the look.
Good luck, Dave

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Re: *Rear Fender Rivets*
olezippi #1372530 Sat Aug 08 2020 03:39 AM
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A teacher, but always an apprentice.
Good to know. I’m not sure how that guy’s rivets ended up spaced out so far, but it wasn’t 1/32”, more like 1/2”, so it was noticeable.

Are your repros steel or glass by the way?

Last edited by Fox; Sat Aug 08 2020 03:39 AM.

In the Stovebolt Gallery [stovebolt.com]
More pictures here [photos.app.goo.gl]

1951 GMC 9430 1 ton dually—-Shiny!

1970 Chevrolet C10 - Grandpa’s- My first truck.—in progress to shiny
1972 Chevrolet C20- rusted
1970 Chevrolet K20 Suburban—rusted.
1950 Chevrolet 1300- in progress to shiny.

Parts trucks-
1951 GMC 9300
1951-GMC 9430
1951- Chevrolet 1300
Re: *Rear Fender Rivets*
olezippi #1372548 Sat Aug 08 2020 01:29 PM
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Fox, my reproduction rear fenders are steel.


1948 5-window 3100 Chevy
327 V-8 TBI 700R4 Posi 3.73
"Old Blue"
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