Hollow rivet tool for brake lining

  1. harryb94 Member

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    Anyone know where I can get the tool for the hollow rivets used on brake linings? Need to do the ones on my tractor but the only tools I can find are in america, after something either like this [​IMG]
    Or this
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    Or anything that will get the job done really!
     
  2. MattF

    MattF Member

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    Look for the little presses seamstress's and such use for fitting those little snap fittings. They're very similar. Easy enough to make, (or get someone to make, if you don't have the gear yourself), specific tooling for one.
     
  3. Anguz

    Anguz Forum Supporter

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    knock the swivel part off of a suitably sized g clamp
     
  4. Use a suitable sized ball bearing and a hammer, if you keep losing the ball weld it onto a piece of bar and make a punch.
     
  5. harryb94 Member

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    Only trouble is I think they need to be formed back over more than that would allow, more like this (first image I could find showing what I meant):
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    Although doing it in a two stage type action might work, starting off with the ball bearing type idea and then using something concave to finish the rivet off. Getting hold of one of the little presses sounds like a good idea though
     
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  6. gordon stephenson

    gordon stephenson Forum Supporter

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    Hand riveting as described above will work fine, don't forget the flat head of the rivet will need supporting while doing it,
     
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  7. cocker

    cocker Member

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    What about a motorcycle chain riveting tool ?
     
  8. Masterofnone Member

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    It is important to use the correct tool for the chosen rivet and the correct rivet in order to have control over the process so it is repeatable and consistent. Which really means using a press for best results.
    You can hammer them but the linings will have less life, are more likely to be poorly seated, come loose or fall apart.
    I have seen a lot of glued and riveted linings that have come away and jammed in brake drums so tightly that is has been impossible to move the vehicle forwards or backwards and many broken/ damaged drums and backplates trying to remove them afterwards.
    There are a lot of things that need to happen in the correct order for the rivet to expand correctly in all the right places and hold the lining tightly to the shoe without splitting or causing small cracks in the lining which will cause it to fail.
    Ferodo used to do a set of punches that matched their rivets but do try and find the correct tool for the rivets you are using.
    We used to reline our own years ago but now send them to our local factors and they get them relined for us if necessary.
    A quick search online may reveal somewhere local (hgv workshop etc) that you could take/send them to that has the correct tooling.
     
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    galooph Forum Supporter

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  10. harryb94 Member

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    Well I've been having a read around online and it seems most people with these tractors either use a ball pein hammer, a centre punch or the round end of a push rod so similar to what's been suggested, since I've already got all of these I think I'll give it a try like that first. If it goes horribly wrong I can always get the proper tool, thanks for everyone's help!
     
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