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Author: Subject: Fitting Semi-Tubular Rivets by Hand
John P

posted on 20/5/19 at 08:05 AM Reply With Quote
Fitting Semi-Tubular Rivets by Hand

Hi,

I have an Austin 7 where the clutch linings are riveted to the pressure plate using brass semi-tubular rivets.

I am replacing the linings and there are only eight rivets to fit so I am hoping I can either peen them using just a centre-punch followed up by possibly a ball pein hammer or similar or alternatively buy a simple hand punch with the correct form to turn the end over but I've not been able to find anything at a sensible (ie cheap) price.

The rivets are 3/16" diameter "Tinsman" style so I can support the flat end on a piece of rod and the strength of the riveting probably isn't too critical as, in effect, they are there to hold the lining in place rather than take much load.

Any advice / suggestions,

John.

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rusty nuts

posted on 20/5/19 at 09:44 AM Reply With Quote
Iíve riveted brake linings on VWs loads of times at a main dealers using a hammer operated riveter , Iíve also done it at home using a piece of steel held in a vice as an anvil and a brake pipe flaring die to form the rivet head . Canít remember if I used an op 1 or op2 die or both but it worked well
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nick205

posted on 20/5/19 at 02:05 PM Reply With Quote
There must be a Austin 7 owners club with members who'd advise on this?

My old work boss had an Austin 7 based Speedy and spent most of his no work time fettling such things. I'm sure he belonged to an owners register and club as well.

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Mr Whippy

posted on 21/5/19 at 06:08 AM Reply With Quote
What you describe sounds just fine, those rivets are still used on cars today and the punches required only a few quid with vids on youtube showing you how to do it.
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dave r

posted on 25/5/19 at 01:09 PM Reply With Quote
ball bearing and a vice





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but this jacket makes it impossible.

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