What I have done in the past is bought a pair of short needle nose pliers & squeeze the flared end until it is pretty much the same as the rest of the rivet. It is time consuming but it makes knocking it out and replacing it really easy and with less chance of cracking the vintage GIjOE. Once put back in I use a modified rivet flaring tool from the scrap book section of the dollar store. I also use a modified wooden spool to knock my rivets out with. The hole in the center allows the rivet to fall free while giving support around the hole, and a small punch that is a little smaller than the actual rivet. As seen in the pic. Hope this helps...lmk
Post by friscolives on Apr 17, 2017 1:05:53 GMT -5
I remember my grandfather was pretty adapt at removing rivets. He was the guy who used to fix all my old Joes. He would get a drill and gently drill at the end of the rivet, probably softening it up, then would use a nail set and a hammer to bang it out. He always managed to get the rivets out easily, and when he was done he would simply stick the same rivet back in and it always seemed to hold. I wish I was as good at that as he was. He had tremendous patient. He could fix damn near anything.