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Old 04-06-2015, 09:06 AM   #1
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'74 Overlander shell off today.....I hope. Question on rivets.

Is it necessary to remove these rivets?
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Old 04-06-2015, 09:17 AM   #2
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Is it necessary to remove these rivets?
Yes, these go through the "hold down plate" or "shear plate" which connects the front of the body to the front crossmember. These were omitted on all Airstream's built after 1980 (as far as I can tell) which has caused all sorts of front end separation issues on longer newer model trailers.

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Is it necessary to remove A/C & windows?

Don't really want to remove them at this time. Unless there is a compelling reason.
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Old 04-06-2015, 09:27 AM   #4
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Depends on how you are doing the lift. If you are jackin it from below, thenthere is no need to remove windows and AC. If you are hoisting from above, then the windows don't need to be removed, but you might need to take out the interior AC ceiling assembly so that the beam you lift against doesn't damage it.

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Don't really want to remove them at this time. Unless there is a compelling reason.
I've done over a hundred "body off" restorations, so the "compelling" reason is that the body won't come off the chassis if you don't...............big enough reason?
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Depends on how you are doing the lift. If you are jackin it from below, thenthere is no need to remove windows and AC. If you are hoisting from above, then the windows don't need to be removed, but you might need to take out the interior AC ceiling assembly so that the beam you lift against doesn't damage it.

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Did I miss something? The question was about the double row of rivets on the front panel, not windows.
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Did I miss something? The question was about the double row of rivets on the front panel, not windows.
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I was asking about not removing the a/c & windows
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I was asking about not removing the a/c & windows
Duuh, I didn't read the title on that post. If you're lifting through the roof vents, just remove the cover & fan if there is one on the front & rear vents. The AC is in the middle, so you can leave that there. The windows can stay in place. Lifting from below is far too much work in my opinion.
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