Rivets are used on ramps,
plastics and other assemblies. Here's how to make replacements that
are EXACT to factory specs.
| Rivet Press
This is simply a gorgeous tool and I'm proud
to have designed these. It produces a professional crimp using
the nickel-plated brass rivets that are typical of original
pinball manufacture. Weighing in at over 20 lbs, it can be
used with or without bolting it down using the bolt holes.
This is based on a press from overseas. I rework them
to greatly increase the ability to maintain tolerances,
and thus, repeatable excellent performance. This tool will
last a lifetime.
Designed to produce a factory quality rollover
crimp using the semi-tubular rivets common in pinball
manufacture. Includes 1" Head and Rollover dies for
crimping 1/8" diameter tubular rivets. Shipping outside the
United States is costly, over $100, and may require additional
payment beyond what the shopping cart will charge. Hand built
to order, please allow up to 10 days before
|| Rivet Press
This is kit of all the parts you need to make
your own Rivet Press. Just buy a 1/2 or 1 ton arbor press from
Harbor Freight, Enco, or Grizzly and use these parts to
convert it to a rivet press like the one shown above. Includes
a set of 1" long hardened steel dies for clinching 1/8"
diameter semi-tubular rivets as used in pinball machines.
Comes with illustrated instructions. A drill press
is strongly recommended.
Making your own Rivet Press is not as hard as
it might seem. If you're handy enough to tackle pinball
repairs, you can probably accomplish it. Here's a comment
from a recent buyer of my Rivet Press Kit:
"Hello, I just wanted to thank you for a great product.
Your rivet press kit is amazing. I am not a very good handy
man, and even for me the kit was very easy to put together.
And once put together the thing works like a champ. I got all
the riveting I needed done on my Addams restoration in a few
hours. Thanks again, and I love the site and products you
offer. Keep it up.
|| Rivet Rollover Punch
This is a professional tool for clinching 1/8"
diameter semi-tubular rivets by hand. It should be used with a
cupped head die like the one on our Rivet Press but you can
also use a block of hardwood, like oak or maple. Makes a
useful add-on to a Rivet Press to reach down into those
odd spots where a Rivet Press ram can't reach. Use a light
hammer and tap carefully, it's very easy to crack plastics
when riveting them with a punch and hammer blows.
|| Semi-Tubular Rivet Setting Dies
These are precision dies in a 1"
length as used in our Rivet Presses. The head die
(shown on the right) accommodates oval and truss head rivets.
The rollover die (shown on the left) creates a perfect rolled
crimp on semi-tubular rivets of 1/8" diameter, the size
most commonly used in pinballs. These are 1"
long dies, as they make reaching down into tight spots
much easier. Mounts in a 3/16" hole. Sold individually or
as a set of 1 head and 1 rollover die.
Head Die or Rollover (Crimp) Die
Set of Both Dies
Extra-Long Rivet Dies
These are extra-long versions of our standard
rivet dies sold above. These dies have a 2-1/4" body length as
compared to the 1" long dies sold above. These make an
excellent addition to the standard rivet press set of dies as
you can swap in either long die to reach deep down into a
tight spot and use the standard die on the opposite side. They
are too long to use both at one time in a Rivet Press so you
need an XL die paired with a regular length die to fit in the
press. These are exclusive to PinRestore. Each one is a
tool steel rivet die as used in our Rivet Presses. These dies
accommodate semi-tubular rivets of 1/8" diameter, the size
used in pinballs. These dies produce the clean, rolled-over
look of a factory crimped rivet. Both a head die (on the
right) and a rollover die (on the left) are needed
for proper rivet crimping. Mounts in a 3/16" hole. Sold
individually or as a set of 1 head die and 1 rollover
$27.00 each or
$49.00 for a set of both
|| Rivet Die
This is tool is for using your rivet dies (not
included) as a punch, freeing you from the rivet press for
operations where the press won't fit. It should be used
with either a head die or a rollover die like the ones on our
Rivet Press. Makes a useful add-on to a Rivet Press to reach
down into those odd spots where a Rivet Press ram can't
reach. Use a light hammer and tap carefully, it's very easy to
crack plastics when riveting them with a punch and hammer
blows. You get 1 die holding punch as shown at the bottom of
the picture. The punch is shown with a die inserted at the top
as an example. No dies are included with this
| Master Rivet Kit
This is a neat little kit with 240 rivets and
120 backing washers. Each kit contains the
following lengths and quantities of 1/8" diameter
nickel-plated brass rivets: 5/32"x40, 3/16"x40, 7/32"x40,
1/4"x40, 9/32"x40, 5/16"x40. Each kit comes in a plastic
These are 1/8" diameter nickel-plated brass
rivets available in 9 different lengths. From left to
right they are 1/8", 5/32", 3/16", 7/32", 1/4", 9/32", 5/16",
1/2" and 9/16" (not shown). The 1/2" and 9/16" rivets are zinc
plated steel and are for riveting new blade switches onto
brackets for kickers and targets. Each size comes in a pack of
$1.50 per pack of 10
|| Backup Washers
These are zinc-plated backup washers for
reinforcing rivets that secure plastic pieces. The backup
washers are the thin type used by the factory. Backup washers
come in a pack of 20.
$1.50 per pack of 20