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Old 10-28-2021, 11:35 AM   #1
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Default Hood Corners.

I want to install leather hood corner protectors on my 31 A. Is there an easy way to rivet these on or a special tool to use. I can't see using a regular rivet tool without damaging the new paint on the hood. Do I have to take the hood off the car?
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Old 10-28-2021, 11:47 AM   #2
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I think these are a split rivet. It is pretty easy to put it through the hole and bend the tabs over without destroying the paint. Hood sides off, would be really easy, but it can be done with the hood on.
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Old 10-28-2021, 12:17 PM   #3
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I used threaded 'rivets' on mine. Unless you show your car these are much more user friendly.


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Old 10-28-2021, 12:36 PM   #4
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Originally, the leather hood corners were installed with semi-tubular rivets.
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Old 10-28-2021, 03:43 PM   #5
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The ones that came with mine were semi-tubular. Maybe I'll look for split or threaded
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Old 10-28-2021, 03:47 PM   #6
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Tubular rivets, brake lining riveting machine does nice job
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Old 10-28-2021, 05:37 PM   #7
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Tubular rivets, brake lining riveting machine does nice job
Are there hand-held ones available or do I have to remove the hood and use one of the industrial riveters?
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Old 10-28-2021, 06:07 PM   #8
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Before you rivet the hood corner please understand, the leather just doesn’t slip over the corner and is riveted. There is a special way it is folded and then riveted. Most leathers are installed wrong. Do it right and most people will think you did it wrong.
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Old 10-28-2021, 06:12 PM   #9
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I want to install them as well, I purchased them from Snyders and their instructions indicate folding ,them and the hole they have does not line up with the hole in the hood. I can punch a new hole but I must be missing something.
Anyone install the Snyder ones?
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Old 10-28-2021, 07:46 PM   #10
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When I riveted my new leather hood-corners, I used this brake lining rivet tool sold through Brattons. It comes with several different rivet setting tools and one of them (the one shown in the middle of the below picture) worked perfectly for the leather hood-corner rivets. It is totally portable (the size of your hand) and thus no need to remove the hood from your car.


I also used the same tool to secure the rivets that hold on the hood latch bumpers as well.

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Old 10-28-2021, 09:36 PM   #11
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Before you rivet the hood corner please understand, the leather just doesn’t slip over the corner and is riveted. There is a special way it is folded and then riveted. Most leathers are installed wrong. Do it right and most people will think you did it wrong.
Wow! More complicated than I thought. There were no instructions with mine so I will have to see if I can find some or a picture.

Also, Brad, I have one of these tools that I have used many times for brake linings. Thought it would be too awkward to use on the hood but once I get the fold figured out, maybe I'll give it a try. Thanks everyone!
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Old 10-28-2021, 09:53 PM   #12
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In case they are the same form as the one that Snyders sells:


https://www.snydersantiqueauto.com/c...A-16622-SL.pdf
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Old 10-28-2021, 10:00 PM   #13
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Ok, here is the scoop. Go to spruceaircraft.com Search rivet Scroll a page or two and you will come to a rivet tool for 46 dollars and change. I know a little pricey but I have driven thousands of rivets with this tool. It won’t harm your paint and is easy to use. Maybe hunt around and you will find it cheaper. At least now you will know what a good rivet tool looks like. Now go to Brattons.com and search part 22220. Up pops the leather hood corner. Tap on the picture, tap on the green bar, up come the directions. Good venders supply directions. I guess that is why they call Bratton’s the poor mans Judging Standards.

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Old 10-28-2021, 10:03 PM   #14
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Opps my apologies to Snyder’s. Good directions at that site.
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Old 10-29-2021, 01:31 AM   #15
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Here's the rivet tool Fhane referenced. (thanks for that!). aircraftspruce.com is the site
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Thanks
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Old 10-29-2021, 08:21 AM   #17
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I think these are a split rivet. It is pretty easy to put it through the hole and bend the tabs over without destroying the paint. Hood sides off, would be really easy, but it can be done with the hood on.
Sorry for the misdirection. I checked mine and they are of course riveted. I do remember doing the corners at the same time I riveted the hood bumpers on. I had the hood sides off at the time. Did make it easier.
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Old 10-29-2021, 01:59 PM   #18
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When I did mine I used short machine screws and painted the heads black. You don't notice them.
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OK I also have a set of leather corners and the directions do say to refold and rivit but as travlier said the simi punched hole doesn't match up and the fold doesn't seem to come out correct,what are we missing.
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Old 11-14-2021, 08:54 AM   #20
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OK. Just finished mine. I took the easy route and used short 6-32 machine screws and nuts with small flat washes and lock washers. Painted them flat black and I don't think anyone but a judge will ever notice. I didn't want to take a chance on scratching my new paint job by slipping with a rivet tool. As far as the fold goes, I just took the leather corner between my thumb and finger and squeezed which made the seam end up in approximately the center of one side which I put on the back of the hood. Punched a couple of holes with an awl, and installed the screws and done. Thanks to everyone for their help. Now if there was just a site this good that could help me with brake adjusters on my 1950 Fargo, I'd be really happy.
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