Author Topic: Looking For Original Cover Rivets  (Read 1472 times)

Offline lscman

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Looking For Original Cover Rivets
« on: October 07, 2013, 07:42:34 AM »
Does anyone have a source for the original style front bumper cover rivets as the originals had raised rings on them and the junk you buy now is smooth?Looking to make it look original like the factory?

Offline bluemax

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Re: Looking For Original Cover Rivets
« Reply #1 on: October 07, 2013, 04:00:02 PM »
I have wondered if you could take one of the newer style rivets and have the heads turned in a lathe to "create" the original "look". The rivit could then be re-phosphated. Just a thought.

I don't have any of the original's left to compare. If I did, I would try it.

Offline lscman

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Re: Looking For Original Cover Rivets
« Reply #2 on: October 07, 2013, 07:39:26 PM »
Certainly a thought but way too much trouble to go to for some ole Mustang that isn't worth much....What happened to all the overstock that Ford had is what I'm wondering but haven't heard too many people ask about these rivets and I wonder why?Is no one noticing the junk they sell now doesn't look like the original?

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Re: Looking For Original Cover Rivets
« Reply #3 on: October 08, 2013, 08:31:13 AM »
I have several boxes of NOS rivets and they are all of the newer style (no ribs). I would not call them "junk", just not assembly line or "concours" correct.

I can only assume that Ford changed suppliers or the oem changed their process.

As far as "trouble", that is for you to decide. Some people go the extra mile to pefect the small details such as this. I will admit, that at this time, the later model cars are not being restored to the level of detail as the early models are.

Offline jwc66k

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Re: Looking For Original Cover Rivets
« Reply #4 on: October 08, 2013, 12:29:51 PM »
I've had good luck with Hanson Rivets http://www.hansonrivet.com/ and J-C Sales http://www.rivetsinstock.com/
Check out their current on-line catalogs and then make a call. You would be surprised what you can accomplish on the phone. Many times they will supply small quantities of samples if you ask. The other surprise is how many of the salespeople have had Mustangs.
Jim
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Offline lscman

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Re: Looking For Original Cover Rivets
« Reply #5 on: October 12, 2013, 12:19:22 PM »
jwc66k Thanks for the info will check them out....As far as taking a 3/16 rivet and turning a bunch as I believe there are 6 lines in them you would never be able to hold and do them in any precise manner and as anal as most people are who restore and judge these cars they would probably find something wrong with them.On the other hand if you have DEEP pockets then I certainly believe they could be done which leaves me out!