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Old 05-22-2012, 01:24 PM   #1
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Question Buck Rivet missing

We have a 76 Argosy we are just begining to work on. We saw there is one buck rivet missing on the outer skin near the top. I heard the tools to replace these are expensive. Should we look at an alternative fix, since there is just one missing? Any suggestions?
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Old 05-22-2012, 01:27 PM   #2
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Mine had 5 rivets never installed. I filled the holes with stainless steel screws on butyl. I'll install rivets at some point.
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Old 05-22-2012, 01:32 PM   #3
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In order to buck a rivet you need access to both sides. This would require the pulling of interior skins and possibly some cabinets. You can use an Olympic rivet in it's place. They are installed like pop rivets and when properly finished will look just like the original buck rivets.
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Old 05-22-2012, 01:47 PM   #4
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If it is only one rivet put a screw in it and seal it with Trempro-635 or something similar. If you can find someone with the proper Olympic rivets tools you can have one of those put in.

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Old 05-22-2012, 04:27 PM   #5
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Thanks, I was hoping for an easy fix. I'll pass this info on to my hubby.
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Old 05-22-2012, 06:13 PM   #6
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Are these holes near the lower edge of the top panel on the roof, along the seam that meets the end caps?. Like in the corner by the awning rail? I believe that the holes were punched on a line punch during production and were not actually needed in the construction of the body. Could you post a photo please? You might not need to worry about these un riveted holes.
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