Originally Posted by boo_n_sue
I see this is an old thread - hopefully someone will reply. I'm in the process of remodeling and 'sealing' my '81 Excella. I'm replacing the brittle and broken vinyl belt-line and rub-rail inserts. I also have a lot of the inside skin removed from re-wiring and replacing insulation. While I have the inside skin and vinyl rail inserts removed, I might as well seal all of the rivets. Replacing them all with closed end rivets would be a chore but might be worth it as this is my first AS and I'd like to keep it for a while without having to 'gut' it again.
I'm wondering what size rivets to use for the rub-rail. I think they are 1/8" but I'm not sure what grip range to get. Is there one size that I can use for all inner skin/etc and rub rail inserts?
While I'm askin - what size are used to fasten the belly skin to the frame - 3/16"? Not sure on grip range for these either.
Thanks in advance for any thoughts and info! I really appreciate it.
You can use #48 pop rivets for the rub rails. The grip range is not critical, but using rivets that are longer than actually neede, does no harm, nor does it cause any problems.
The best rivets to use for the underbelly are # 68 "large head" pop rivets.
The larger head pays many dividends in time.