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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
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.
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.
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