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Old 11-06-2011, 04:28 PM   #1
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Bulk Head Moulding Woes

So we hit a snafu riveting in the bulkhead wall moulding back into our trailer. The rivet gun head from Vintage Trailer supply, and the pneumatic rivet gun from Harbor Freight both had too large of a head to seat the rivet snugly into the moulding since the metal ridge gets in the way. We went to Sears to try to get a narrower head and although better still would not let us completely seat the rivet in. We ended up making a wedge out of a piece of belly pan aluminum so that we could seat the riveter head over the rivet squarely. The wedge allowed an even distribution of pressure around the rivet head so that the rivets seated evenly. This is a bit hard to describe but we thought we would try since this may help others with replacing their bulkhead mouldings.
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Old 11-06-2011, 04:33 PM   #2
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More photos. We bent the rivet slightly for better access.
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Old 11-06-2011, 04:37 PM   #3
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Nice - looks like a great idea!

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You can use 3/4" self tapping SS with loctite also
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Looks good. I installed all the bulkheads in my 68 with the Harbor Freight gun. The heads on some rivets were not 100% flat but it was fast. Also, most of the rivets were inside the cabinets. The original rivets were not flat either.
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Old 11-06-2011, 07:27 PM   #6
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Thanks for the input everyone! Man, do we struggle over this trailer!
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