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PartsPete 02-07-2012 11:31 AM

how to do proper old school rivets
Good afternoon all...So I am looking to do some small interior pieces using copper and riveting it together and looking for tip on how to do it. If you have any thoughts or suggestions I would love the pointers. Thanx in advance.

DanTwoLakes 02-07-2012 11:46 AM

There are a lot of different styles of rivets and different ways of attaching them. All you need is the copper rivets of your choice and a setting tool or something to peen over the shaft of the rivets.

nine4gmc 02-07-2012 12:09 PM

in for info! thanks for posting.

35WINDOW 02-07-2012 02:31 PM

If you are going to use Steel Rivets, then you have a few choices to choose from-

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3. Buy a Rivet gun (generally, 3X is best for most things)-,6214.html

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It really depends on what you are doing, what kind and how far they are from the edge of the part, or where in the Car they are located.

If it's a part that you can Rivet before the install, a Hammer and Vise can do many Rivets, or a Hand Squeeze can do them faster and better, but they have limited reach.

A Rivet Gun will set about any of them, but it takes practice to understand how hard to hit them, and you don't want to be banging them in-just 3-5 hits and they should be good-it's like Welding, you mess up and learn. If you are Riveting on a car, you will probably need a helper to hold the Bucking Bar-I will generally make a few pieces, clamp them in a Vice, then have my helper watch what happens when I hit them so they can understand what to do-

I will use a Roper Whitney punch (if I can) to make the holes (better), or a drill (not as good), Cleco it together, and Squeeze or Rivet-

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