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02-13-2007, 02:25 PM
I'm looking for brake shoe rivets or smaller ones. My purpose is to fasten ridgid window channel to vent assembly. Standard rivets and gun don't work.
Thanks in advance,

02-13-2007, 03:35 PM
Try a glass shop. Thats where I got mine.

55 Speedster
42 Champ Coupe

02-13-2007, 06:21 PM
Don't know if they're the right size, but for light duty work I get aircraft rivets from the local light plane repair shop (Cessna dealer or independent shop).

63 Avanti R1 2788
1914 Stutz Bearcat
(George Barris replica)

Washington State

02-13-2007, 09:42 PM
Go to your local Ace or True Value hardware store and look for tubular rivets. You'll find a blister pack of assorted rivets.
Also buy some loose bearing balls just a little bigger in diameter than the shanks of the rivets. Put the rivets through the two pieces of metal and place a ball on the end of the tube. Use ViseGrips to squeeze the ball down to spread the tube a little, then take the ball away to flatten the end of the rivet and tighten up the assembly. Of course, the ball will fly away the first time you try this, so buy a bunch of balls. Use some putty or Crazy Glue to hold the ball in place. It takes 4 hands to do this job well, so get a friendly helper. I also drilled a shallow hole in the end of a 3/8" square piece of steel stock to use as a rivet set to turn the tubular part over, but the ViseGrips will work pretty well. It's pretty hard to get the rivet head to sit still on something heavy while you put the "rivet set" in place and beat on it, especially with window channels.

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