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Old 10-03-2016, 07:39 AM   #1
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Rivet size to hold shell to outriggers

I have a Caravel 67. Belly pan is in now I need to attach curved sides of shell to the underside of the outriggers. Wheel well areas.
What size rivets? It seems like this area could tear the rivets out if they were too small.
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Old 10-03-2016, 03:29 PM   #2
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My belly pan (1972 Streamline) was held in with 1/8" pop rivets. When I re-attach my belly pan, I plan on using more rivets than was factory original, and, use the large-head type they sell at vintagetrailersupply.com.
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Old 10-07-2016, 06:13 PM   #3
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Hey Dingogirl,
I used the large head rivets, I believe that the drill size is 3/16. The holes in the aluminum had become enlarged and I felt that 1/8 rivets would pull through. Got them at the local hardware store.
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Old 10-08-2016, 01:55 AM   #5
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Thank you! It is all jacked in place and I will rivet with 3/16 large flange rivets.
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You can usually find the rivits at Fastenal or the big box stores. 3/16 large head is what I use.
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Thank you! It is all jacked in place and I will rivet with 3/16 large flange rivets.
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All the comments are well said. I use larger rivets and twice as many on my Overlander. In one place where the hole was larger and not enough room to put more rivets in, I used the plastic screw-in type of dry wall anchor you can buy anywhere, screwed it into the larger hole and put an aluminum washer under the screw head when I pulled the curved side piece up to the belly pan. I "knock wood" and say it has been there several years now and holding up.
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Old 10-09-2016, 05:12 AM   #8
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The sides of the trailer are holding nicely to the outriggers. It looks so much cuter now with things up where they belong. If trailers have feelings it is a happy camper.
With the floor being rotted out on 90 percent of the perimeter the entire shell had dropped and was sitting on the few outriggers that had not rusted off . This 5/8" drop in turn ripped out all the rivets underneath and the whole thing sagged. The belly pan was laying on the axle and full of water when I got it. I'm glad it's headed in a new direction now. ☺
Thanks for the replies!


I don't want to rivet the rear belly pan piece (58"x 26" x .o25) in place yet. It is directly under the bath and the plumbing has not been started. There will have to be 2 holes cut in it in the future. Any recommendations on sheet metal screws to hold it temporarily?
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