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Old December 3rd, 2010, 12:53 AM
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Rivet Tool Recommendation

can anyone recommend a rivet tool? maybe from northern tool? im looking to use it to install a passenger side seat box & also use it on ST half door cappings.
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Old December 3rd, 2010, 03:01 AM
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Rufus,

I have been working on a 93 110, including removing the seat box and replacing both ends (due to severe corrosion). I have been using the LR OEM rivets sourced from Rovers North and a hand held rivet gun. By far the worst part of the job has been the riveting. Whatever you do, I would recommend an air powered riveter.

By the way, are those Nantucket oversand vehicle permits on your rear cross member? I have a 95 d90 SW that lives on the island.
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Old December 3rd, 2010, 03:25 AM
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always used Big Daddy rivet gun @ work... might be an overkill for yah...but i do this as a profession...trying to rivet 1/4 rivets with those handheld plainly suck...
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Old December 3rd, 2010, 03:37 AM
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Buy whatever rivnut tool I said I bought on here. It does rivets too and it is 10x better than the simple rivet gun I had. Land rover rivets are really hard to install and the big tool makes it easy (the little tool required a block of wood and all of my 230lbs of force to use).

PS careful as the centers of the rivets fly when you put them in. Use safety glasses.
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Old December 3rd, 2010, 09:48 AM
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Ron, 'Rivnut' tool? I don't recognize that. Where did you get it? I've got to do the capping on my tub, after I get everything else done, and I don't look forward to it. The only rivet gun I've got is a smaller one from Home Depot.
And, Dan, you mention a Big Daddy. Source please?
I guess I'll look these up and make a decision from there. Thanks guys.
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Old December 3rd, 2010, 09:59 AM
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I have a craftsman air riveter that my girlfriend got me for Christmas one year. Love it. I had a couple of cheap made in China air riveters before where you had to pull the trigger multiple times to pop the rivet. The Craftsman is a single pull every time, even with very large stainless steel rivets. Hand rivet guns are jokes and tend to jump on larger rivets and mess up surrounding finishes. Do that to your paint job once and you will wish you went pnuematic
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Old December 3rd, 2010, 10:11 AM
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An air riveter can be had cheap and is so handy to work with.
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Old December 3rd, 2010, 11:30 AM
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Jim had one I really wanted that worked with a drill
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Old December 3rd, 2010, 11:41 AM
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Jim had one I really wanted that worked with a drill
I have that one from McMaster and it is awesome for basic needs. Even works with my cordless drill.
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I just bought a pneumatic one from Harbor Freight for like $35 and it works wonderfully. I used it set all the rivets for the cappings on my tub and it was one of the best tools I have bought yet.


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I got this one:

http://www.northerntool.com/shop/too...rfno=200394105

I am sure they have a replacement version.
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I got mine from Grizzly, I wanted one that did up to 1/4 shank rivets...
http://grizzly.com/products/H6136

Have probably put close to 3000 rivets through it in the past 2-3 years and never once had an issue.
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I have a craftsman air riveter that my girlfriend got me for Christmas one year. Love it. I had a couple of cheap made in China air riveters before where you had to pull the trigger multiple times to pop the rivet. The Craftsman is a single pull every time, even with very large stainless steel rivets. Hand rivet guns are jokes and tend to jump on larger rivets and mess up surrounding finishes. Do that to your paint job once and you will wish you went pnuematic
Good advice Doug.

I totally agree, while I haven't done any riveting with the Rover, I've put a few nice scratches in other things using a cheap M.I.C. riveter. Once I got a Craftsman I haven't taken the other one out of the drawer. The other thing thats annoying about any (hand) riveter that isn't a single pull is you never know where on the rivet you are and when its going to pop off.
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thanks guys for all your help. eventhough an air riveter is best, I dont have the storage space for the whole set up so I am looking for the next best thing.

I was looking at this:

http://www.northerntool.com/shop/too...Product%20Page

or one of these -maybe the drill attachment -your thoughts?

http://www.mcmaster.com/#rivet-tools/=a22ce5

Scott - yes that out on Great Point Nantucket. In fact, there is a bonito / albie / Spanish Mac rod leaning up against the vehicle in the pic. Maybe I have seen your 90 out there.
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Scott - yes that out on Great Point Nantucket. In fact, there is a bonito / albie / Spanish Mac rod leaning up against the vehicle in the pic. Maybe I have seen your 90 out there.
Rufus,

Look for us next summer we usually are out at Great Point once a weekend. An Arles Blue 95 SW with black diamond reinforcing plates on the sills and rear quarter panels and standard LR running boards. Hope to have the 110 there in 2012.
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Maybe I have just been lucky but a cheap hand rivet tool has worked fine for me.
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I am reading past posts and am trying to figure out the rivet size for the standard LR rivets that would be used for ST half door cappings and for the seat box.

from a past post from Mike at ECR

Factory # is RU610313L

.158" dia
.5" long

so I am wondering is it .156" (5/32") ?

http://www.roversnorth.com/store/p-6099-pop-rivet.aspx


Does anyone know the right size? is it 5/32" or are they metric? if they are metric I just want to make sure my rivet tool will work ok with them.

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Revisit. I have some gift cards after Christmas. Ron and Doug, what models did you guys have?
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I bought this one from Amazon the other day. It hasn't arrived yet but seems well-rated. Thought about a Snap-on or one of the McMaster units but I'm not doing enough rivets to justify that.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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