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Old 11-14-2011, 04:23 PM   #1
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Solid rivets with the dot

Anyone know a good source of brazier head rivets with a dimple, but no letters and the same head as airstream ones?

I have been buying the ones from VTS, but they don't have the dimple, otherwise they are great to have.

Attached is a photos of an unused rivet from the 50's.

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Old 11-14-2011, 04:39 PM   #2
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Hanson Rivit and Supply - 800-777-4838 www.hansonrivet.com

MS20470-AD5-4 or ,5,6 depending on how long you need them. 4 is good for two sheets aluminum. 6 is quite long.
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Old 11-15-2011, 10:46 AM   #3
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The P/N you seek is AN455AD4-4. Try a google search. They are not very common anymore and have be superseded by the universal head MS20470AD. Again the first number afer the alloy designation is diameter in 1/32ths and the length after the dash is in 1/16ths. As you are in Europe there are metric equivalents but I do not know what they are.
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Old 11-15-2011, 11:27 AM   #4
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Check Aircraft Spruce & Specialty. They have a good website and will send you a free catalog.
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Old 11-16-2011, 01:35 PM   #5
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Many thanks everyone.

I have spoken with Hanson and they would have to custom make up AN455-AD5-4 and AN455-AD5-8 for me. Cost would be around 4c each compared with 2c to 3c each from VTS. With 10,000 minimum per body length and a ten week lead time.

I have spoken with Aircraftspruce, (Kim), they don't carry any AN455 rivets.

I'm thinking of sending Hanson my original sample and having them make up a batch with the 5/32 body. But don't wish to reinvent the wheel.

Any last minute advice before I spend out unnecessary bucks with be great.


Rivet name breakdown
Bazier Head = AN455
2117-T4 = "AD" with dimple
Body dia in 32s of an inch 5/32: "5"
body Length in 16s of an inch 1/4 "4" or 1/2 "8"
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First have them send you a sample of MS20470-AD5-4. They are almost the same. I have used them and you would hard pressed to find them when mixed with original. And they have a dimple.
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Old 11-16-2011, 08:16 PM   #7
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Hey Sam, just thinking out loud but would the snap be the same? I mean if the head shape is different to the universal MS20470 then that would be a consideration. (there's always the tape up technique but I suspect that wouldn't be quite your cup of tea).
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AC43.13 shows all the rivet head styles and what replaces them
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