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Rivet attempt - Failed
#1390398 Wed Dec 30 2020 03:37 AM
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So I bought some tubular rivets (pictured) and figured I could build a rivet squeezing tool from a pair of HF locking pliers. But It had too much flex to be able to curl the open part of the rivet over to clinch it. My plan was to use them to replace a few rivets on the hood of my truck and assemble the grille bars. Unless I can find someone who will loan me a rivet squeezer, I'll be stuck with using bolts instead. I sacrificed the rivet setter that goes in an air hammer to build the squeezer, so would have to buy another to use that method. But I can't get an air hammer in to rivet either the hood or the grille. frown

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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]
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Re: Rivet attempt - Failed
klhansen #1390409 Wed Dec 30 2020 04:47 AM
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A set of compound leverage bolt/chain cutters would probably get the job done, but the cutting jaws would have to be modified to squeeze the rivets properly.
Jerry


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Re: Rivet attempt - Failed
klhansen #1390412 Wed Dec 30 2020 04:54 AM
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You're probably right, Jerry. The toggle linkage on the vice grips just wasn't enough to do the job. I think the rivet on the jaw was starting to give as well. I'd have to cut that rivet set piece off the vice grips to weld to the bolt cutters. I may have to try that.


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: Rivet attempt - Failed
klhansen #1393001 Sun Jan 17 2021 04:44 AM
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Update: Cut the rivet setter off the vice grips and welded it on a 14" bolt cutter. Worked fairly well, since the bolt cutters were quite a bit more rigid than the vice grip pliers. I was able to install 5 rivets along the hood seam with it.


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: Rivet attempt - Failed
klhansen #1393008 Sun Jan 17 2021 05:51 AM
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Good show- - - - -thinking "outside the box" has worked for me for a lot of projects.
Jerry


The murder victim was drowned in a bathtub full of Rice Krispies and milk.
The coroner blamed the crime on a cereal killer!

Cringe and wail in fear, Eloi- - - - -we Morlocks are on the hunt!

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