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Old 02-11-2018, 06:45 PM   #2
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Default Re: what tool do I need to install hood corners

What I have done to install the rivets in the hood corners, which is a 2 person job, is make a buck from a bolt or rod first. Make the end concave to match the semi-tubular rivet head. Doing this allows the "buck" to be put in a vice to support the rivet inserted in the hood through the leather. Then you need a semi-tubular rivet "set", which can be purchased at most suppliers. Have a helper hold the hood horizontal with the rivet head positioned on the "buck" in the vice and then with a hammer carefully tap the rivet "set" on the raw end of the rivet. I install the leather rivets before assembling the hood sections. Taping or lightly hammering the rivet "set" will roll over the edges of the rivet. Make sure the rivet "set" is the correct size for the rivet (there are different sizes) or the roll over wont come out right.
Rusty Nelson
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