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Ramp rivets - replacement

By Kas24

4 years ago


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#1 4 years ago

I have a Judge Dredd and the main ramp is damaged . I have the ramp and finally found the decales. But all the opt gates are riveted to the ramp.

How do I replace these rivets once removed?

Where do I buy the rivets?

#2 4 years ago

I'm looking for this answer also. I also would like to know what tool everyone is using for crimping rivets. Any problem areas to look for would be great also.

#3 4 years ago

You will need to drill the rivets out. You can then install new ones, but you will need some kind of press or hand tool.

#5 4 years ago
Quoted from Kas24:

I have a Judge Dredd and the main ramp is damaged . I have the ramp and finally found the decales. But all the opt gates are riveted to the ramp.
How do I replace these rivets once removed?
Where do I buy the rivets?

It's complicated. I how no idea what length rivets you need unless I see the ramp and you may also need more than one type of rivet press.

If you want to send me everything, I could do it for you. Let me know. No charge.

#6 4 years ago

As info, the rivet type is called a semi-tubular oval head rivet. The standard rivet is 1/8" in diameter, however as Bryan_Kelly says, the length of the rivet is the key. I've done 1000's of rivet on ramps. I use a rivet press and I also use a hand held rivet die (support the head of the rivet then hammer the die to roll over the rivet)

The hand rivet tool can be used for almost all riveting and is available at Hanson Rivets for $25 (Item #HT174). You can also purchase rivets at Hanson's as well. If I had to guess, I would think the length rivet you would need is either 7/32" or 1/4" (they sell them in increments of 1/32"). Not sure if there is a minimum order on rivets from Hanson's as I order in lots of 100.

There is a video of me using the hand held rivet roll over tool at the top of this page...

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/swords-of-fury-custom-ramps/page/8

#7 4 years ago
Quoted from Freeplay40:

As info, the rivet type is called a semi-tubular oval head rivet. The standard rivet is 1/8" in diameter, however as Bryan_Kelly says, the length of the rivet is the key. I've done 1000's of rivet on ramps. I use a rivet press and I also use a hand held rivet die (support the head of the rivet then hammer the die to roll over the rivet)
The hand rivet tool can be used for almost all riveting and is available at Hanson Rivets for $25 (Item #HT174). You can also purchase rivets at Hanson's as well. If I had to guess, I would think the length rivet you would need is either 7/32" or 1/4" (they sell them in increments of 1/32"). Not sure if there is a minimum order on rivets from Hanson's as I order in lots of 100.
There is a video of me using the hand held rivet roll over tool at the top of this page...
https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/swords-of-fury-custom-ramps/page/8

Man you made my day. I have a whole set of whirlwind plastics that I need to rivet and didn’t want to build a press nor did I want to bother someone with sending them off. Thanks. I’m buying one of those

#8 4 years ago

One other thing to note is that whenever the rolled over portion of the rivet is going to be against plastic, a washer should be used. Just look at the underside of any flap riveted to a ramp. Washers also available at Hanson's.

#9 4 years ago

Not sure if the op is in the same boat I am in when it comes to ramps and rivets but wanted to know if the the master kit here would cover most situations as far as rivets go.

http://www.pinrestore.com/Riveting.html

#10 4 years ago
Quoted from codered9394:

Not sure if the op is in the same boat I am in when it comes to ramps and rivets but wanted to know if the the master kit here would cover most situations as far as rivets go.
http://www.pinrestore.com/Riveting.html

Yes it would.

#11 4 years ago
Quoted from codered9394:

Not sure if the op is in the same boat I am in when it comes to ramps and rivets but wanted to know if the the master kit here would cover most situations as far as rivets go.
http://www.pinrestore.com/Riveting.html

Yes, that's a good starter kit. I also see that he again has the hand rivet tool in stock so you can get everything you need from him.

#12 4 years ago

NEVER try and drill out a rivet holding plastic parts together. The drill will grab the rivet, heat it up and melt the plastic. The best thing to do is gently grind off the open side of the rivet with a small cutting wheel on a Dremel tool and then just push it out with a punch by hand. The small rivet press is good but complex ramps won't fit in it. These Tatco rivet presses are amazing: https://www.browntool.com/Listview/tabid/344/CategoryID/54/Level/a/ProductID/180/Default.aspx
well worth the bucks.

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