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Old 07-08-2014, 03:40 PM   #1
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Air Rivet Tool Suggestion

I am going to be using Olympic, and pop rivets galore.
1952 Silver Streak Clipper. Inner skin replacement, belly pan, and at least 3 outer panels.
No bucked rivets.
Need a good air tool. Any one tried the $70 Harbor Freight one. Not the cheap $40 one.

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Old 07-08-2014, 03:47 PM   #2
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I've got the cheapo HF pop rivet tool. I've reinstalled my bellypan and my interior with it, and haven't had any problem.

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Old 07-11-2014, 07:38 AM   #3
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Murphy must have been watching when I submitted that post...I went to use my air riveter last night, and the main valve was sticking, disassembled to find one of the rubber valve components shot, and no replacement in the kit of seals and spare parts that comes with the thing. What to do...
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Old 07-11-2014, 09:29 AM   #4
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If they are 1/8" rivets just use a manual tool. You don't want to install 3/16" Stainless rivets with a hand tool.

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Old 07-11-2014, 12:16 PM   #5
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I've been using the 40 dollar one, hope Murphy doesn't get me cause it works pretty good. Definitely does better on the smaller 1/8" rivets than the larger ones, but even with occasional jams, its much faster overall and it saves the muscles in your hand.

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Old 07-11-2014, 12:29 PM   #6
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I have been using the bigger one for years. It certainly isn't an "everyday" tool, but I've had very good luck with mine.

I reassembled just about every interior panel of my Safari with it.

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Old 07-11-2014, 02:32 PM   #7
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I have been using the blue one from Harbor Freight, accomplished belly pan install with 3/8" big head rivets, shell install using 1/8" pop rivets and inner skin install using 1/8" rivets. The thing is still going, saved my hands for sure. Just watch that each discard shaft comes out, I didn't and had to take apart and fish out about 4 shafts stuck in's easy just look down the barrel looking for daylight

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