Belt buckle repair

  1. 123hotchef Member

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    My father wants me to fix his belt buckle he has tried glue already. I was thinking solder or a quick blast with the tig.
    Looks kind of like a olive that has fallen of the pin that pushes into the leather.
     
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  2. gordon stephenson

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    I have made quite a few brass belt buckles with very similar attachments, Cant see why it would need an "olive " on the pin, I used to make the pin from an O BA brass cheese head screw, Thin the head down then file the in to shape while spinning it in an electric drill, Leaving a ball shape on the end. Hold the buckle gently in the vice and heat from underneath, Melt a small drop of silver solder at the pin position, Put the pin on the silver solder spot and reheat until it flowed, Once set slightly bend the pin slightly to form a shallow hook to fit into the belt hole without slipping, Depending on the length of your pin, It maybe just needs a slight bend,
     
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  3. 123hotchef Member

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    Cheers will plumbing solder suffice it's all I have
     
  4. gordon stephenson

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    I would think so, if the base of the pin is of a decent size, Maybe 10 or 12mm diameter.
     
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  5. 123hotchef Member

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    Maybe I.will.just solder the olive back on
     
  6. gordon stephenson

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    I'm still puzzled, what purpose does the olive serve.?
     
  7. Screwdriver

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    Silver solder would be ideal but looking at it, a decent glue would probably hold it firm too.
     
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  8. Tom O Member

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    It’s like pulling a lollipop out of the kids mouth once it’s in it’s harder to get out!
     
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  9. Migmac

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    Just look at my belt buckle. It has nothing on the pin but it does point back towards the other end of the buckle slightly.
     
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  10. 123hotchef Member

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    It holds the buckle firmly in the hole well that's what the old man said I don't have the belt
     
  11. gordon stephenson

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    Crazy design, If the pin is long enough just give it a little bend, Job done,
     
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  12. 123hotchef Member

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    Thanks I'll try I have a belt I can try it on
     
  13. 123hotchef Member

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    It was too short. It didn't take to solder either. And now I have vaporized the pin.
    What's my option make a new pin from a brass screw and solder it on. 20200802_111608.jpg 15963634846227418765195090181310.jpg
     
  14. tom2207 Member

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    use a nail , wire nail head will be the ball , then a drop of braze.
    Or a copper nail and solder it , if you have one . But you may end up polishing it afterwards.
     
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  15. 123hotchef Member

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    well i cant get the poxy brass to stick to the buckle, looks like it is a casting that has been brass platted
     
  16. tom2207 Member

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    pot metal probably ,, ignore the pin for now , can you get a braze puddle on it ,, that would be a good start ,, file a wee bit at the back and see what colour shows up , if its silver its probably got a high zinc content ,,
     
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  17. 123hotchef Member

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    too late its scrap now I just melted through it! doh
     
  18. 123hotchef Member

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    i should have epoxied the thing back on in hindsight, but hey i know what i can get the old man for Christmas now!
     
  19. tom2207 Member

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    todays thought ,,, drill through the eye , say 2.5mm or the likes , tap it to 3mm screw a low profile stainless set screw in , and bung a flange nut on the in side ,,,, buff the head down so the stainless screw head becomes a shiny eye from the front , screw will work as the pin from the back.
     
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    oops ,,, I typed too slow ,,, sorry about that.
     
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