1918 Aircraft Rivet Hammer - Restoration

פורסם בתאריך 21 פבר 2019
In this video i'm restoring an aircraft rivet hammer.

This pneumatic rivet hammer was sent to me by one of my subscribers from germany, thank you for that. It's a very cool and unique looking tool, I've never seen this tool before and that's why I decided to restore it and make a video for you guys. I was told that this tool was stored in the basement when they had a flooding, that was probaly the reason why it was rusty and didn't work anymore. I had a few ups and downs during this restoration. The cast of the aluminium handle was very porous and a lot of tiny holes appeared after fine sanding and polishing, also the welding didn't work quite well. I first tried to TIG weld, but that didn't work at all. For the visible steel parts I decided to make them black, for the optic and also as rust protection. My idea was to sandblast those parts to make a nice and even finish, but because I'm using very fine glas bead all the small damages in the surface from the rust were still visible. So I had to sand them all away. The bluing worked very well and it makes a nice contrast to the polished parts in my oppinion. The old air fitting was put together out of three different pieces made of brass to get the right thread size. I didn't really liked that option and decided to make a new one. I really wasn't pleased during the restoration just because of the porous cast of the handle and I thought about it for a long time to not even publish the video because of that. But as soon as I tested it after the restoration I had a huge smile all over my face, this is a very cool tool and it ended up working perfectly fine. I hope you don't judge me to hard for my very bad welding abilities and the bad outcome of the aluminium handle.

I hope you like my work and the video.

Huge thank you to all of my Patreon and PayPal supporters and specially to:

Paulina Zamora
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Joan Casanovas
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Conor Fowler
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Llewellyn Schubert
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Martin Kunz
Matthew Ruediger
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Stephen Lemon
terry day
Thibaut Hiegel


00:00 preview
00:25 pre-testing
00:33 disassembling
02:22 showing all the parts
02:39 cleaning the parts with the parts washer
02:57 removing rust with MC-51 rust remover
03:26 restoring the aluminium handle
06:43 making a new pin for the trigger on the lathe
07:07 restoring the front piece (hammer head)
07:31 restoring the adjustment screw
08:00 making a new air fitting on the lathe and mill
09:35 roughly cleaning all parts for sandblasting
10:56 masking for sandblasting
11:14 sandblasting the visible steel parts
12:04 sanding the sandblasted parts
13:00 restoring the small pin
13:16 bluing the visible steel parts
14:09 cleaning the mechanical parts
15:43 showing all the parts before reassembling
16:10 reassembling
18:23 showing the finished product
19:08 final testing

Time and costs of this restoration:

I was working on this project over 2,5 weeks
$30 flex hone
$10 steel wire brushes
$20 dinner for my friend who helped me welding :-)

My camera:
Panasonic HC-V180

If you have any questions about the process, machines i'm using or other stuff, just ask me in the comments. I read them all and i try to reply as soon as possible.

Sorry for my bad english, it's not my language. I try my best to improve my technical english.

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  • Yet again another amazing restoration. Really enjoy watching these and the work you put into them. Thanks for sharing with us

    • @Colin Ward It is a counter for the number of hours the machine has run. Some things (like automobiles) count miles or Kilometers, (and you can change oil and perform a service every xx,xxx miles or Km) some engines (generators, aircraft, machinery) count hours of use. That way you can service the machine every xx hours (things like filters, grease fittings, etc). Hope this helps. 😊

    • 3r rẻ

    • @my mechanics like the cheese? 🤔

    • Ьщ

    • @TysyTube Restoration I miss your videos man, when can I see something new?

  • Just wondering why you mask the threads when blasting

  • Your work is superb beyond any doubt but one question if you can answer How much time actually you invest it to complete this project buddy??

  • gk ono manfaate blas...

  • I am an aircraft mechanic and need a rivet hammer. Can I buy that one from you?

  • I love the work you do and your attention to detail. To me, you've become the gold standard to all other restoration channels. I have seen many but no other lives up to the quality that you provide.

  • It’s very interesting to me going back in time and looking at a content creator’s older content. It gives a person the ability to really appreciate all the little improvements made in production quality and how a person develops over time.

    • Was just thinking this! Especially on the handle that he's "not happy at all how it turned out"...In future videos, he would apply some of that 2-component solution to fill those holes before painting and he'd be on his merry way lol. Very cool to see his growth, especially for someone already so masterful.

  • 9:36 "I'm going to sand blast the upcoming parts" Above that you have Asian letters, are you Asian?

  • 5:58 Maybe soldering could've fixed the cast problem?

  • Kek semprotan kompresor ya min

  • such precise and exactly work. Really a master of so many disciplines.

  • Tu devrais essayer de souder au tig, je pense que ca serait plsu facile pour combler des trous :)

  • You made an air fitting? wow

  • Out of all the ones I’ve seen this has gotta be one if not my very favorite restoration

  • Please keep making more content with these quality restorations. I have tried watching several other restoration channels… none compare. Your attention and dedication to fit, finish, and detail are unmatched. Phenomenal.

  • bạn phải gọi là thiên tài

  • What is the large polishing block made of? I love how it works but it’s like nails down a chalkboard to listen to! Love your work!

  • Wow!!! There's with a translation there! Thank You very much!!! And i'm watching this video right now and i like it too!!!💖💖💖

  • Прямо музейный экспонат 👍

  • Great restoration God job

  • Un trabajo espectacular, muy bien terminando 👌👌👌 Muchísimas gracias por los subtítulos en castellano. 🙏🙏🙏

  • just learn how to tig weld please! i know its hard but it'll help you and you'll thank me later

    • @my mechanics welding tips and tricks is a really good youtube channel to help you learn how to tig weld if your interested

    • @my mechanics hey man those tig welds look pretty good! keep it up!! pro tip that helped me out alot is buy a tig finger it looks like your having trouble bracing off a tig finger will help. but still well done!!

    • @my mechanics Awesome!! i think learning to tig weld well really help you for what you are doing expeccially when welding aluminum or aluminum castings. quick tip that really helped me when i was first learning to tig weld was to keep your tungsten sharp and get a good pair of tig gloves and CLEAN YOUR MATERIAL!!! those 3 things really help. can't wait for the next video! love your work! really jealous of that beverly shear you restored that thing was badass!

    • I did :-) coming in the next video :-)

  • Tayangan brkualitas

  • Tayangang yg brmamfaat

  • your welding is fine you always make the parts look amazing

  • U fix the impossible, why don't you fix the green button , it's easy for u 🤣

  • Столетний клепальщик отлично сохранился,для своих лет🤔

  • อยากให้ลองใช้เครื่องมือที่ทำใหม่มาหน่อยครับบางชิ้นไม่เคยเห็นอยากรู้ว่าทำงานยังไง

  • Nice

  • I love your Videos all of them are really cool!!! Sanding the objects is so satisfying ☺️😍❤️ Greetings from Germany 🇩🇪

  • Sharp edge - **exists** This guy: "absolutely fucking not."

  • الله يعطيك لحتى يرضيك اخي الفاضل

  • GTAW would have been better.

  • yes no you cook well

  • When do you use two component paste to fill the small holes and imperfections and when do you not? Great renovation! Love your work.

  • Show...

  • Perfect as always!!! 👏👏👏

  • 대단한 기술역 입니다 그시대에 잠으로 훌용한 기술입니다 잘보고 갑니다

  • Con eto quá đẹp!

  • Blas dobolan

  • Great job buddy !!!

  • I think it could’ve worked with a little bit of WD-40 ab elbow grease and a hammer

  • Maravilloso...que belleza...wonderfull

  • This is the OG hitachi magic wand. Pretty sure 1918 was when medical science was convinced all women had hysterics and needed heavy duty vibes, lol

  • Это больше для постановки заклёпок.

  • You had me up until the welding. I felt like I was watching Howtobasic

  • Another brilliant one friend look's great as usual, Have a nice day !!!

  • пиши на русском комментарии, блин.

  • Amazing

  • А ручка Al, что его можно сваркой

  • Rip that 😺 AYEEEEEEEEEE nah but fr I love this stuff

  • В 6.25 невозможно заделать дирки ? Можно обикновеним паяльником олово залить подшлифовать и все будет впорядке

  • А где все русские?

  • Why are some interior parts stained and others not? Just for looks?

  • Класс Ная Вещь👍👍😁👏🤝👀😁👍 Получилось

  • У нас попроще реставрация проходит, бензином промыл и при помощи молотка назад собрал.

  • Homeboy needs an angle grinder with a sanding disc to speed up the grinding on those welds!

  • All that filing and sanding this guy does, he’s gotta have some Popeye level forearms

  • Why is certain part u make it black what's the purpose, and what's the process called?

  • Pizdesh 1918

  • The "I make a new one" is my favorite parts :D

  • 100多年了吧?算是个古董了吧?

  • So what do you do with all these items you restore? Do you keep them all as decorations or do you sale them?

  • Your wire speed might be turned up a little too high. Try to lower it just a hair and that might help you.

  • MIG welding aluminium ??

  • ILaward says I watched this but i don't remember watching this but I watch and rewatch all your videos

  • Beautiful job. I don’t understand the dislikes I see.

  • My teacher used this to demonstrate how god fixes us. This channel became so fascinating to us that if we finished our work, hed let us watch these videos. It’s hilarious to watch a bunch of seniors go “will he nickel plate it? Oh! Oh! NICKEL PLATED!!”

  • It would be nice to keep the vintage look to some extent.. I don't like this new shinny look on vintage stuff..

  • Спасибо за крутой контент

  • Nah u don’t suck at it u good at it it looks fine

  • Что поражает, кроме высочайшего уровня мастерства и наличия станков и оборудования - так это всегда хирургически чистые руки!

  • The pre and post exploded view/layout in your videos are great

  • The stamped lettering around the handle is gone :(

  • Впервые в жизни вижу полированный отбойный молоток!.. На мой взгляд - форменное извращение.

    • Спасибо за просмотр

  • My man “sucks at welding” but he sure can use a file

  • Super

  • После сварки чем закалывали?

  • Extreme massage gun

  • 👍 👏👏 👏 🇹🇷

  • Do you not have a parting tool for the lathe?

  • what a fun contraption!

  • hello tou tools like diamonds

  • Just WOW!

  • Just reading the description, I think nobody is judging you for any "bad skills" at all and it was wonderful that you uploaded the video :)

    • Thanks, I'm glad you like it :-)

  • Marvellous work. I wondered if you might sandblast that handle. It wouldn’t look as nice as the normally highly polished item, but I thought it might disguise the weld marks and the little holes. But very nice, still.

    • Yes, but sometimes it even gets worse with such defects

  • Industrial grade vibrator 😳 Jk, you did great, stunning video as always!

  • Какой самый крупный предмет ,вы реставрировали?

  • Wunderbar! :)

  • Fill the small hole in TIG Welding. But i'm not confi😂😂

    • I tried TIG too, but the casting was too dirty and it didn't work

  • 😮😮😮😮😮😮😮😮😮😮😮😮

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  • Welp, all your identification numbers on the case are missing now. Good job, junior.

  • cover yourself in oil, and then restore anything

  • I noticed in a bunch of vids that the welds were the ONLY thing that needed improvement but no one can say a damn thing because you are a master 99 out of 100 skills. I just thought it was funny you said you suck at welding here.

  • You speak the language of metals and other materials fluently. An honor to watch you work.

  • That thing is awesome now. What a great restoration! Keep it up

  • oh wow

  • Demonstration of how the tool works after fixing it please

  • Im a bit confused eiith the daye of this tool. In 1918 the overwhelming majority of aircraft were wood framed and fabric covered in fact there wasnt a metal skinned aircraft save 1 and no metal framed aircraft in 1918. All military planes of that time were fabric skinned and wood framed. And all civil aircraft were of the same material. So why would an aircraft manufacturer need a rivet hammer? You cant rivet wood or fabric.

    • @my mechanics im not doubting im just confused as to what it would be used for as im not an aviation engineer but i do love your channel. Do you prefer bringing objects back from the dead or working on the things that may still work but need some help?

    • I've seen pictures of a german factory of 1918 where the workers used this exact hammer.