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    I have been building aks for years and I have never heard anyone refer to any rivet like this guy. Anyone know what he is talking about? Go to 5:40min.

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    I assume it just refers to the composition of the steel alloy used in the rivets containing some lead in it.
    It's only metal, it's not magic.

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    Nice vids jay. I had planned to build a VW Trike back in 2008 but got sidetracked by copd and a triple bypass. It took the wind out of my sails.
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    You don't wont lead, I think he is saying the rivets they use have some lead in them in order to be soft enough to properly form. The builders that have loose rivets are using to hard of a rivet like they use in fabrication where they heat the rivet then form it IMHO.

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    There are certain "leaded" steel alloys that (if memory serves!) lends itself to welding. I presume that in this application it will set easier, meaning less force required to set it. I think this is starting to split hairs as any "industrial" rivet will do the job.

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    If I'm not mistaken,, isn't that a slang term used to refer to untempered/unhardened/soft rivets,, that seems to stick in my mind from somewhere.

    My Gramps was a machinist and I think I'd heard him use that term before???? Can't say for sure,,,,

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