(Topic ID: 168416)

Rivet clincher too wide for bracket


By erichill

4 years ago



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    #1 4 years ago

    My first time out re-riveting a classic Bally ball guide and I've discovered my clincher is too wide for the lower rivet. What's the best way to approach this? Bend the bracket out before riveting then tap it back square over the corner of an anvil? Maybe use a transfer punch instead?

    Any insight is much appreciated. Thanks!

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    #2 4 years ago

    Sure looks like you could catch it f you went in at an angle. As long as the centering stud on the die is over the tubular rivet hole; it should work. What's it hurt to try. Drill it out if it doesn't work.

    #3 4 years ago

    Use a Transfer Punch.

    You get a giant set at HF for $8

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    #4 4 years ago

    or grind a flat on one side of your clincher tool to accommodate the flange.

    #5 4 years ago

    Thanks guys. Grabbed a transfer punch set on the way home. Will report back later!

    #6 4 years ago

    I ran into this very early on. I had an extra roll over die so I just ground one side down on one of them. Thought perhaps it might weaken over time but to this day it still work fine. At this point making ramps, I suspect I've set at least a couple thousand rivets with it.

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    #7 4 years ago

    I've had this problem in the past as well. I was able to bend whatever was in my way, then bend it back. I would highly advise not to do what I did, it worked but it was really stupid and impatient of me. I'm looking forward to hearing how the transfer punch works for you.

    #8 4 years ago

    The transfer punch got it 80% of the way there. The point bottomed out inside the rivet before the rivet was fully clinched. Ended up using a pin punch to gently tap down the perimeter of the rivet until it was nice and snug. Doesn't look original, but it will all be hidden underneath a plastic.

    Thanks all!

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