In Reply to: Re: Drive Rivits Removal posted by Gaspump on August 03, 2018 at 17:54:08:
McMaster-Carr for drive rivets. Measure carefully.
Getting them out of a blind hole will not be easy if you can't get a grip on the stub. They are hardened. If you try to spot and hand drill the rivets out you WILL make a mess.
Best option is a GOOD quality end cutter (nippers). Side cutters or slip joint pliers have never worked for me. Vice grips MAY work if the jaws have been ground true on the end. I have a Knipex end cutter. I used it for the plate on my tractor. In spite of using the nippers two rivets on the bottom of my data plate broke off flush.
I sanded the remains, moved the data plate an eighth up and redrilled the holes. Plate covered two holes and the paint covered the shadow of the ground off rivets pretty well.
That said you could rip the data plate off the rivets and pull out any pieces left under the head, leaving a .030"(?) gap between the head and substrate. Might be enough to get side a side cutter, ViseGrip or slip joint plier around the head with enough purchase to twist the rivet out. Machinist friend suggested that.....after I had replaced my data plate.
My South Bend lathe needs a new threading chart. I've ordered one and am going to try his method when the plate arrives. May not be a fair comparison though, as the machine has never been exposed to the elements.
I do like the look of a new data plate, decals, and original style gauges on a freshly painted machine. A lot cooler than a scruffy data plate and faded, beat up gauges. Gotta say they look good. THe parts don't break the budget, always a good thing.