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  • Soft Top Frame Rivet Repair

    Anyone here have an inner MacGyver idea for repairing this broken rivet on my hood frame? Drill it out somehow and get another and hammer it in? Where would you even get one?

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    1972 Sapphire TR6 #CC84,something

    1959 Red TR3 (Wife's)

  • #2
    You might try to put a threaded fastener in there, but I don't think there is room, even if you grind the head of the bolt.

    Try Mcmaster.com for solid rivets. Use a ball peen hammer to mushroom the straight end.

    Ed

    For just a little more, you can do it yourself!

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    • #3
      What's the diameter of that hole Aaron? Would a "binding barrel" (and screw) like this work? Doesn't require much clearance.

      https://www.mcmaster.com/rivets



      1972 TR6, CC75294L
      W58 5 speed / Eaglegate conversion
      Goodparts rear hubs, trailing arm brackets and steering rack mounts, Prestige Autowood Hawaiian koa wood dash panel

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      • #4
        Would have thought you could poke the existing rivet through the hole and weld it to the bracket on the back side. Just a couple of spots is all you’d need. Maybe grind down a bit so it’s smooth, coat of paint and you’re good.

        Replace the washer that spaces the bracket from the arm, so it can articulate smoothly.

        Edit: Actually, I remembered that when I refurbished my top a couple of years ago, I drilled out all those rivets (horrible job) and replaced them with stainless hex-head shoulder bolts, most of them fastened with a nyloc nut. However, in this location, I used narrow jam-nuts on the backside, held in place with lots of red loctite, then cut off flush the shank of the hex-bolt. There is enough space between the bracket and the trim panel behind to accomodate the jam-nut.

        hat may be an option. I got all the hardware from McMaster Carr

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        Last edited by A Brit in Bama; 05-19-2019, 07:22 PM.
        Keith, Huntsville AL, 1971 CC66559U
        10.0:1 CR gasflowed head | Weber DCOEs | CP "150hp" Cam | Distibutor by Advanced | Lightened flywheel | Phoenix SS Exhaust System | HVDA 5-Speed | Good Parts suspension and anti-roll bars | Konig Rewinds | Boyd 15 gal tank | Miata Seats and Mr Mikes covers | Carl Visser dash | Mohair hood | Gas-strut bonnet and boot lift kits

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        • #5
          I did what Ed suggested and mushroomed the end...seems to be holding.
          1970ish CC54713L
          HVDA Toyota 5spd
          Nissan Diff
          Miata Seats

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