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  • Jack B.
    Rest assured, only the bug will be having a punch and getting hammered (.... ..) Jack - N0NV
    Message 1 of 21 , Dec 8, 2008
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      Rest assured, only the bug will be 'having a punch' and 'getting
      hammered' (.... ..)

      Jack - N0NV



      --- In cw_bugs@yahoogroups.com, Ron Johnson <ron538@...> wrote:
      >
      > Best of luck Jack. Have a drink AFTER you've done it.
      > 73 Ron g3xov
      >
      >
      > --- On Mon, 8/12/08, Jack B. <nzeronv@...> wrote:
      >
      > From: Jack B. <nzeronv@...>
      > Subject: [cw_bugs] Re: Vibroplex Rivets
      > To: cw_bugs@yahoogroups.com
      > Date: Monday, 8 December, 2008, 6:29 PM
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >
      > I was able to borrow a pin punch, which worked very well indeed.
      > After inspecting the gold-plated plate, I decided to buy a new one
      > from Vibroplex because the original was too bent up at the front.
      > Also, I like to patronize the factory when it's practical to do so.
      >
      > I'll have to make sure I have a punch that won't slip off the rivets
      > as I re-install things later. I want this to be a curse-free job.
      >
      > When I'm done, this will be my best bug -- functionally and
      > cosmetically. A nice Christmas gift from me to me.
      >
      > 73,
      >
      > Jack - N0NV
      >
      > --- In cw_bugs@yahoogroups .com, "Jack B." <nzeronv@ > wrote:
      > >
      > >
      > > I'd like to replace the gold-plated brass plate on a Vibroplex
      > > Presentation bug. My question is, how difficult is it to replace the
      > > rivets which hold down the ID plate? Is it simply a matter of
      > > punching them out from the bottom, then hammering them in from the top
      > > afterward? If that's the case, I'll need a very narrow punch to drive
      > > them out.
      > >
      > > Thanks / 73
      > >
      > > Jack - N0NV
      > >
      >
    • Richard Meiss
      Hi, Jack - To protect against slips , get a flat piece of metal or plexiglass plastic and drill a hole through it just the diameter of the rivet s head. Put
      Message 2 of 21 , Dec 8, 2008
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        Hi, Jack -

             To protect against "slips", get a flat piece of metal or plexiglass plastic and drill a hole through it just the diameter of the rivet's head.  Put the rivet through this and start it into the hole, then use the pin punch.  The drilled hole will prevent the punch from slipping off.  Then have the drink.

             73 de Rich, WB9LPU



        -----Original Message-----
        From: "Jack B."
        Sent: Dec 8, 2008 4:59 PM
        To: cw_bugs@yahoogroups.com
        Subject: [cw_bugs] Re: Vibroplex Rivets


        Rest assured, only the bug will be 'having a punch' and 'getting
        hammered' (.... ..)

        Jack - N0NV

        --- In cw_bugs@yahoogroups .com, Ron Johnson <ron538@...> wrote:
        >
        > Best of luck Jack. Have a drink AFTER you've done it.
        > 73 Ron g3xov
        >
        >
        > --- On Mon, 8/12/08, Jack B. <nzeronv@... > wrote:
        >
        > From: Jack B. <nzeronv@... >
        > Subject: [cw_bugs] Re: Vibroplex Rivets
        > To: cw_bugs@yahoogroups .com
        > Date: Monday, 8 December, 2008, 6:29 PM
        >
        >
        >
        >
        >
        >
        >
        > I was able to borrow a pin punch, which worked very well indeed.
        > After inspecting the gold-plated plate, I decided to buy a new one
        > from Vibroplex because the original was too bent up at the front.
        > Also, I like to patronize the factory when it's practical to do so.
        >
        > I'll have to make sure I have a punch that won't slip off the rivets
        > as I re-install things later. I want this to be a curse-free job.
        >
        > When I'm done, this will be my best bug -- functionally and
        > cosmetically. A nice Christmas gift from me to me.
        >
        > 73,
        >
        > Jack - N0NV
        >
        > --- In cw_bugs@yahoogroups .com, "Jack B." <nzeronv@ > wrote:
        > >
        > >
        > > I'd like to replace the gold-plated brass plate on a Vibroplex
        > > Presentation bug. My question is, how difficult is it to replace the
        > > rivets which hold down the ID plate? Is it simply a matter of
        > > punching them out from the bottom, then hammering them in from the top
        > > afterward? If that's the case, I'll need a very narrow punch to drive
        > > them out.
        > >
        > > Thanks / 73
        > >
        > > Jack - N0NV
        > >
        >

      • Jack B.
        I called Vibroplex and I was told they are in the process of changing the vendor who does their chrome and gold plating, so they can t provide a finished gold
        Message 3 of 21 , Dec 9, 2008
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          I called Vibroplex and I was told they are in the process of changing
          the vendor who does their chrome and gold plating, so they can't
          provide a finished gold plate for the Presentation any time soon. No
          word as to the reason for changing platers, but I hope they find a
          good one.

          Looks like I'll have to straighten out the old brass and use a local
          plater after all.

          Jack - N0NV



          --- In cw_bugs@yahoogroups.com, "Jack B." <nzeronv@...> wrote:
          >
          >
          > I was able to borrow a pin punch, which worked very well indeed.
          > After inspecting the gold-plated plate, I decided to buy a new one
          > from Vibroplex because the original was too bent up at the front.
          > Also, I like to patronize the factory when it's practical to do so.
          >
          > I'll have to make sure I have a punch that won't slip off the rivets
          > as I re-install things later. I want this to be a curse-free job.
          >
          > When I'm done, this will be my best bug -- functionally and
          > cosmetically. A nice Christmas gift from me to me.
          >
          > 73,
          >
          > Jack - N0NV
          >
          >
          >
          > --- In cw_bugs@yahoogroups.com, "Jack B." <nzeronv@> wrote:
          > >
          > >
          > > I'd like to replace the gold-plated brass plate on a Vibroplex
          > > Presentation bug. My question is, how difficult is it to replace the
          > > rivets which hold down the ID plate? Is it simply a matter of
          > > punching them out from the bottom, then hammering them in from the top
          > > afterward? If that's the case, I'll need a very narrow punch to drive
          > > them out.
          > >
          > > Thanks / 73
          > >
          > > Jack - N0NV
          > >
          >
        • David Ring
          If you don t want to do this, contact Vibroplex and ask them to sell you an unplated brass overlay used on the Presentation model of the Vibroplex Original
          Message 4 of 21 , Dec 9, 2008
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            If you don't want to do this, contact Vibroplex and ask them to sell you an unplated brass overlay used on the Presentation model of the Vibroplex Original bug, it will fit both the current gold topped Original model and the previous Presentation model.

            73

            David N1EA

            -30-


            On Tue, Dec 9, 2008 at 10:14 AM, Jack B. <nzeronv@...> wrote:

            I called Vibroplex and I was told they are in the process of changing
            the vendor who does their chrome and gold plating, so they can't
            provide a finished gold plate for the Presentation any time soon. No
            word as to the reason for changing platers, but I hope they find a
            good one.

            Looks like I'll have to straighten out the old brass and use a local
            plater after all.

            Jack - N0NV



            --- In cw_bugs@yahoogroups.com, "Jack B." <nzeronv@...> wrote:
            >
            >
            > I was able to borrow a pin punch, which worked very well indeed.
            > After inspecting the gold-plated plate, I decided to buy a new one
            > from Vibroplex because the original was too bent up at the front.
            > Also, I like to patronize the factory when it's practical to do so.
            >
            > I'll have to make sure I have a punch that won't slip off the rivets
            > as I re-install things later.  I want this to be a curse-free job.
            >
            > When I'm done, this will be my best bug -- functionally and
            > cosmetically.  A nice Christmas gift from me to me.
            >
            > 73,
            >
            > Jack - N0NV
            >
            >
            >
            > --- In cw_bugs@yahoogroups.com, "Jack B." <nzeronv@> wrote:
            > >
            > >
            > > I'd like to replace the gold-plated brass plate on a Vibroplex
            > > Presentation bug.  My question is, how difficult is it to replace the
            > > rivets which hold down the ID plate?  Is it simply a matter of
            > > punching them out from the bottom, then hammering them in from the top
            > > afterward?  If that's the case, I'll need a very narrow punch to drive
            > > them out.
            > >
            > > Thanks / 73
            > >
            > > Jack - N0NV
            > >
            >



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          • Earl Needham
            ... I suspect they didn t get the results they wanted from the old plater. Remember, they had NUMEROUS seconds for poor plating, pitting, etc., during the
            Message 5 of 21 , Dec 11, 2008
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              Jack B. wrote:
              > I called Vibroplex and I was told they are in the process of changing
              > the vendor who does their chrome and gold plating, so they can't
              > provide a finished gold plate for the Presentation any time soon. No
              > word as to the reason for changing platers, but I hope they find a
              > good one.
              >
              I suspect they didn't get the results they wanted from the old plater. Remember, they had NUMEROUS "seconds" for poor plating, pitting, etc., during the past couple of years.

              7 3
              Earl

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            • ve7bgp
              Hello All on this Thread In September I got a old 54 Blue Racer that was in really nice shape except the Paint was peeling off it it was not primed properly
              Message 6 of 21 , Dec 11, 2008
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                Hello All on this Thread
                In September I got a old '54 Blue Racer that was in really nice shape
                except the Paint was peeling off it it was not primed properly in the
                Factory. I wanted to refinish the base of that bug. The Rivets on the
                plate was my worst worry about doing that job. The Rivets punched out
                nicely with a little hand punch my Dad made out of an old Choke Cable
                from a wrecked car. I got the base nicely refinished in Tremclad Gray
                Hammertone and let it set a couple of days. The first part to put on
                the Bug when you are reassembling it is the label. I lined the label
                and started the pins with a Fine Needle nosed Pliers. I used the
                Plastic Handle of a medium sized screwdriver to gently drive in the
                rivets. They are easy to put in and do not need much force at all. I
                hope that helps.
                73
                Gerry VE7BGP
              • Jack B.
                My new gold-plated brass plate has been plated with electroless nickel plate, .0003 min thick, followed by bright hard gold plate, .000010 thick . I don t
                Message 7 of 21 , Dec 23, 2008
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                  My new gold-plated brass plate has been plated with "electroless
                  nickel plate, .0003 min thick, followed by bright hard gold plate,
                  .000010 thick". I don't know how much better this is than the plating
                  originally put on by Vibroplex, but it sure looks great! I
                  re-inserted the rivet pins using the inverted screwdriver technique
                  mentioned by Gerry.

                  There were some hardships regarding the plate, which I have posted on
                  my web site:

                  http://members.tcq.net/nzeronv/presentation_bug_227915_gpbp.pdf

                  Thanks for all the helpful advice from everyone.

                  73,

                  Jack - N0NV
                • Jack B.
                  P.S. I think I ll have that drink now. .... .. -Jack-
                  Message 8 of 21 , Dec 23, 2008
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                    P.S. I think I'll have that drink now.
                    .... ..

                    -Jack-


                    --- In cw_bugs@yahoogroups.com, "Jack B." <nzeronv@...> wrote:
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    > My new gold-plated brass plate has been plated with "electroless
                    > nickel plate, .0003 min thick, followed by bright hard gold plate,
                    > .000010 thick". I don't know how much better this is than the plating
                    > originally put on by Vibroplex, but it sure looks great! I
                    > re-inserted the rivet pins using the inverted screwdriver technique
                    > mentioned by Gerry.
                    >
                    > There were some hardships regarding the plate, which I have posted on
                    > my web site:
                    >
                    > http://members.tcq.net/nzeronv/presentation_bug_227915_gpbp.pdf
                    >
                    > Thanks for all the helpful advice from everyone.
                    >
                    > 73,
                    >
                    > Jack - N0NV
                    >
                  • Ron Johnson
                    Well done Jack. A shame it s not full size but it looks good. Yes, go and get that drink and have a great Christmas. Regards, Ron g3xov ... From: Jack B.
                    Message 9 of 21 , Dec 23, 2008
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                      Well done Jack. A shame it's not full size but it looks good.
                      Yes, go and get that drink and have a great Christmas.
                      Regards, Ron g3xov


                      --- On Tue, 23/12/08, Jack B. <nzeronv@...> wrote:
                      From: Jack B. <nzeronv@...>
                      Subject: [cw_bugs] Re: Vibroplex Rivets - Replacing the Presentation Plate
                      To: cw_bugs@yahoogroups.com
                      Date: Tuesday, 23 December, 2008, 11:27 PM



                      P.S. I think I'll have that drink now.
                      .... ..

                      -Jack-

                      --- In cw_bugs@yahoogroups .com, "Jack B." <nzeronv@... > wrote:
                      >
                      >
                      >
                      > My new gold-plated brass plate has been plated with "electroless
                      > nickel plate, .0003 min thick, followed by bright hard gold plate,
                      > .000010 thick". I don't know how much better this is than the plating
                      > originally put on by Vibroplex, but it sure looks great! I
                      > re-inserted the rivet pins using the inverted screwdriver technique
                      > mentioned by Gerry.
                      >
                      > There were some hardships regarding the plate, which I have posted on
                      > my web site:
                      >
                      > http://members. tcq.net/nzeronv/ presentation_ bug_227915_ gpbp.pdf
                      >
                      > Thanks for all the helpful advice from everyone.
                      >
                      > 73,
                      >
                      > Jack - N0NV
                      >

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