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grob
On my 426A, I am missing the left latch wire due to the hole being worn out. I have a used latch coming some day as well as the missing and bent wind wing wire holders and towel rack. Is there a good replacement rivet for this, or should I just use small bolts? Eventually I would like to get a proper cylinder tank or a submarine tank even and restore it. I run it on propane and also the right tab of the Everdur tank from my 3H stove fits and works, but hey!
A tank from 418, 418B, 426, 426A (cylinder tanks), and 426B/C, 443 (submarine tanks) would fit BTW.
Thanks for any info,
Gary

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Eel
Since this is the sought-after Sears 426A variant ;-) ;-) - looks nice in blue - pop rivets will do the trick.  One could form a rivet from a piece of coat hanger or baling wire.  I can send you a couple of manufactured rivets with split back: they will look better externally. 

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Gunhippie
I used copper pop-rivets (blind rivets) for mine, just 'cause I liked the look. After a little thought, SS or aluminum would be better, especially if you'll be around salt water--the copper rivets will set up a galvanic reaction with the steel case and eventually eat holes in it around the rivet.

1/8" X 1/8" is the size you want. Pop rivet tools can be had pretty cheap if you don't use them a lot.
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grob
Thanks for the input Eel and Gunhippie. I have a few short 1/8" pop rivets... thing is it leaves a hole in the middle and I should wait until I get the replacement latch and check the size. Not that big a deal. I took a look at different rivets at the hardware store and now I will check out rivet tools. I have one for snaps. I have a 426B tank coming soon (thanks to Bgred71), which will probably need a good cleaning. Not the exact right tank, but it will work and I will have a good running dual fuel 3 burner, albeit none to attractive. Maybe original dark green or hammer-tone bronze to match my 3H stove and copper tank some day.
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cjr
My Coleman picnic table was missing a rivet in the latch assembly when I bought it, and I used a stainless-steel pop rivet.

It's not hard to spot the replacement 😄

I was fortunate, though, because the latch conceals it when it's closed. If it was more visible, I probably would have painted the rivet to dull it down to match. Hope your repair works, grob, whatever you end up doing.

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1hpycmpr
I have some small semi-tubular rivets that are meant to be rolled on the back side like the originals.  Problem is, one needs a tool to roll the rivet.  You might be able to put one through the front, hold in position, and tap the back of the rivet enough to expand and hold.  
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