I need to find some brass or copper tubular rivets to attach some leather straps to a new canvas top for my ww2 military vehicle. No retail stores in my area (NAPA, Rural King farm store, welding shop, hardware store, Menards, etc) carry any kind of rivets (the kid at Menards was intrigued to learn there were other types of rivets besides pop-rivets).
I was able to find plenty on-line. I guess setting rivets is only something us old farts know anything about...Some day all those rivet tools you've been hoarding will be nothing more than wall hangers.....
Have you tried Tandy Leather, page 127 of the 2014 buyer's guide.
I live in the sticks.....4 hours to the closest Tandy store. I now have rivets on order thru ebay. I was just miffed that nobody at the retail level keeps them anymore.
I also found out that I can't get innertubes for old skinny truck tires at farm stores anymore....lawnmowers & 4 wheelers is all they keep these days....
McMaster-Carr. Look on their website. They've got everything and they ship.
Yeah, go in your local "hardware store" and ask for pump leathers, brass cloth, or lamp wicks. The days when you could find stuff like that in a small town are long gone.
I'd start with Big Flats. Jim specializes in rivets and rivet tools.
Name one (repairable) product made today that uses them. That's the problem - not the hardware store that doesn't carry restoration supplies.
I'm with you though. I long for the days when things like rivets were easy to find and people knew what they were.
Dan is on the mark, people do not fix things anymore. We are a throw away society. I still like to tinker with supposedly unfixable items and maybe at least repurpose them for other uses. KGB
I went into the farm store, and a little city part time employee girl came up ask if she could help me. I said I need a wagon box nut (dumb looks is still free) she said "they don't make that anymore. Quick wit way of saying I don't know what that is.
well I said come with me and I will show you where I got four a couple of days ago. Why would a farm store hire some one that don't know which end of a cow gets up first.
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Forgot put this in the search bar
brass tubeular rivits
Steve, Keith, I agree! Its a large reason so much of the population is broke.
I get tired of fixing neighbors issues like assembling parts backwards while they run there plastic up so now I am picky about what is fixed! You soon find out what folks to help.
I'm not sure about brass type rivets but a bus body is held together with hundreds of rivets. I've done my share of repairing body panels. There are a couple of bus parts suppliers in North Carolina.
Or any bus garage around your town.
I'll give you my dumb look....what is a "wagon box nut"?
I remember as a kid riveting new blades on the sickle bar mower we cut hay with. That was before anyone with the last name Tillstrom owned an angle grinder or cordless drill. On a few occasions one of the blades would break off quite a distance from the house and out would come the bar for a field replacement. Finding a convenient rock always was helpful.
This is why it's important to put tools in kids hands even if they don't want to. I have projects for my 9 yo grandson all the time. When you see a junk mower set out for the trash think of it as higher learning for these kids. Even if they tear it up you're not out anything. If they fix it let them sell it on CL.