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So I noticed that in order to replace the pads on my front brake, I have to drill out and replace the rivets. What kind of tool do I need for this? I've never used these kind of rivets before.

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My buddy with a 1974 replaced the calipers with a better model. Sorry I do not know what he chose. There should be lots of recommendations here though.
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My buddy with a 1974 replaced the calipers with a better model. Sorry I do not know what he chose. There should be lots of recommendations here though.
That would probably be a good idea, especially since mine needs rebuilt anyway.

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as mr. ironmick said, better calipers
you can set them with a star rivet tool and the proper rivet and a hammer with a backup on the head. you can bring them to a truck shop with an riveter or if you live close by, i will give you one.
all-n-all, i just glue them on now
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I used a center punch clamped in my vice pointing upward. Pushed 1 rivet at a time into the pad and inserted it into the respective hole. Used a pin punch and hammer to seat it. Repeated for the other rivets. Just be careful when ya wack it down. Too tight will split the pad.
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all-n-all, i just glue them on now
(use brass rivets)
this might be the way to go.i remember buster doing this.
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Thanks for the tips, will this do the trick?

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I just dropped it off at the machine shop. I figure it's a small job, so it shouldn't cost much.

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