Rocker cover rivets

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Rocker cover rivets

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Not sure if this is the right section, but I am planning on tidying up the rocker cover on the engine, giving it a coat of paint and new name plates. I have the replacement plates and rivets, but does anybody know a supplier in the U.K. of the special punch needed to attach the rivets? alternatively how these can be secured using normal tools? I have seen how to do this on youtube and they use a special "clinching" punch that has a domed centre, these are readily available from U.S. suppliers but not it would seem, according to GOOGLE, in the U.K. considering that I only have 4 rivets to secure I don't really want to pay a fortune get one shipped from the U.S. especially as we are only talking 9/64 rivets... any suggestions would be helpful thanks


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Only an idea as I have not done this as originality is not my strong point.

Could you not make a punch from something like an M10 or M12 Bolt.

Put a dome in it with a drill bit.

My mother used to have some small punches with domes in for attaching press studs to clothes and leather work.

Unfortunately she is no longer here to ask.

They were similar to the top right on this link.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Press-Studs- ... mumh3x0F1w

Not a specific recommendation, just the first link I found.

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Yes these are actually available with a dome in them but the proper one has a raised centre as it needs to spread the rivet which is hollow if you get my drift but thanks for the suggestion... I am thinking a simple centre punch might do it if I can't find the right tool


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What year is the car? Later cars used stick on plates, not rivets.


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1961 and already has rivetted plates on the rocker cover


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Alchemist wrote:1961 and already has rivetted plates on the rocker cover
Could be wrong but I think it was 62 the stickers came in, so you should be good.

I’m sure someone here will know for sure.


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