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    I`m impressed by some of the aircraft style rivet jobs I see on rods these days,but you dont see them on the shelf anywhere.It surely is an old school craft that I`d like to try out in the near future.For instance, the interior on Donsrods son`s roadster pickup. Where can one find the "special tools" and rivets to do that kind of work?
    If it aint steel it aint real

  • #2
    Check Graingers or McMaster Carr. They have all kinds of rivets. Tool are a hammer or air hammer and a heavy steel buck.
    AKA dmw56
    1951 Ford F1 build
    http://www.killbillet.com/showthread.php?t=9285

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    • #3
      So you have to hammer each and every rivet with an air hammer and a buck behind it?
      If it aint steel it aint real

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      • #4
        Originally posted by ponchotom89 View Post
        So you have to hammer each and every rivet with an air hammer and a buck behind it?
        YUP! Each and every rivet.
        AKA dmw56
        1951 Ford F1 build
        http://www.killbillet.com/showthread.php?t=9285

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        • #5
          I guess you could cut off the heads and glue them on ;)

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          • #6
            That`s why I consider it a lost art. All are evenly spaced and "hammered"without a discernable flaw. Gotta take a long time. I bet it takes a lot of practice to get them all to come out the same.
            If it aint steel it aint real

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            • #7
              why not just use pop rivets?

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              • #8
                Originally posted by T/C View Post
                why not just use pop rivets?
                Because he wants it to look good!
                AKA dmw56
                1951 Ford F1 build
                http://www.killbillet.com/showthread.php?t=9285

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                • #9
                  You got that right punkinrat
                  If it aint steel it aint real

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by ponchotom89 View Post
                    I`m impressed by some of the aircraft style rivet jobs I see on rods these days,but you dont see them on the shelf anywhere.It surely is an old school craft that I`d like to try out in the near future.For instance, the interior on Donsrods son`s roadster pickup. Where can one find the "special tools" and rivets to do that kind of work?
                    Thanks for the compliment, Poncho. I will find out tomorrow from my Son where he got his rivet gun and rivets. The gun made very short work of bucking the rivets, and that was actually the easy part of the job. The tough part was laying it out so they were evenly spaced and symetrical.

                    I'll post back where he got his.


                    Here is the gun and rivets he used:



                    Here is what the rivet looks like before bucking it.




                    And here is the finished interior:



                    And some of the panels he built for it.




                    Don

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                    • #11
                      That is unbelievably cool Don.
                      - Jeremy

                      1939 GMC/Ford Truck <--- build thread
                      1928 Ford Model A Coupe <--- Next project
                      1926/7 Model T Coupe
                      1970 Ford "Grabber" Mustang Fastback <--- "Muscle car"

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                      • #12
                        Hey Don thanks for your input.I agree w/Fastback and that`s why I would like to learn how. I take it those are aluminum. I have a drawer full of all different size steel rivets my dad had but, no tools.
                        If it aint steel it aint real

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                        • #13
                          How would you use the hammer type on say patching a body panel that you cannot get behind?

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by T/C View Post
                            How would you use the hammer type on say patching a body panel that you cannot get behind?
                            You don't. You have to have access to both sides or you cut a patch panel and weld it in. On my old circle track cars we use a ton of pop rivets.
                            AKA dmw56
                            1951 Ford F1 build
                            http://www.killbillet.com/showthread.php?t=9285

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by punkinrat62 View Post
                              You don't. You have to have access to both sides or you cut a patch panel and weld it in. On my old circle track cars we use a ton of pop rivets.
                              Alright that's what i thought and why i was asking why not to use pop rivets cause i have no clue how i could do some of the spots where i want them with the hammer type. I want them to all match so pop rivets it is for me. Thank you for the help. Had never seen it done before so did not know.

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