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United Kingdom
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Posted - 28/07/2015 :  12:05:51  Show Profile
I thought everybody did their own linings, but everyone I spoke to sends them away for riveting and/or bonding.
My local motor factors wouldn't rivet the linings I got from S&V, because they said the material was so soft that their hydraulic press would destroy them. I do understand that it is best to use soft linings on cable-braked old cars.
So it was back to DIY, which I really wanted to do anyway.....
To supply the correct rivet punch, I had very prompt service from Auto & Industrial Services of Arlesley, Bedfordshire (01462- 834778). I was advised which of their three punches was the right size - they even knew which size rivet was for 1932 J2 brakes!
Punch arrived next day and cost 14.40.
Didn't take long to do, just needs a little manual dexterity and only gentle hammering.
(After the linings were attached, I chamfered the lining ends)


Colin McLachlan

United Kingdom
912 Posts

Posted - 29/07/2015 :  09:55:24  Show Profile
Very helpful! Thanks, Brian.


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Max Headroom

United Kingdom
289 Posts

Posted - 29/07/2015 :  10:41:46  Show Profile
Brian - a very timely post!

This is a job I have been long delaying for want of a suitable rivet tool.

I have just contacted and was very impressed; a rivet punch is now on its way!

Good photos there too!

Many thanks!


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John Mee

United Kingdom
204 Posts

Posted - 04/08/2015 :  15:49:44  Show Profile
Hi. Just to say,I had a problem with electrolysis between the copper rivet and the alloy shoe . This reduced the shoe to scrap. Strangely it only affected one shoe. I have since had the linings bonded on. The plus point here no rivets so a greater area of lining. John

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