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Old 05-29-2008, 12:37 PM   #29
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Not so pretty in pink...

Exterior skin coming off now... anyone getting queezy yet?
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Old 05-29-2008, 12:42 PM   #30
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Exterior skin coming off now... anyone getting queezy yet?
I'm having flashbacks to the last time I fileted a fish...
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Old 05-29-2008, 12:44 PM   #31
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Interior skin on the way out...

What would Christopher C. Deam say if he saw this?
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Old 05-29-2008, 12:45 PM   #32
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Something doesn't belong on the kitchen counter...

Does this belong here? (sorry - bad pic)
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Old 05-29-2008, 12:47 PM   #33
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New LED Clearance lights

Since we're in the shop for repairs, I had them install the LED clearance lights I had just ordered just weeks earlier before the hail damage....
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Old 05-29-2008, 12:53 PM   #34
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The Buck stops here....

Interesting... I was under the impression the whole repair was gonna be Buck Riveted, but it turns out, they can't to that to the lower front curved segments (the ones that are protected by the wrap around stone guards) because of clearance issues - normally done before mounting on the chassis..

The new skin is laid over the old skin (which is still buck riveted) and the new skin is riveted to that...
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Old 05-29-2008, 02:03 PM   #35
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Exterior skin coming off now... anyone getting queezy yet?
I am...thank goodness they know what they are doing. Most of us like hamburgers, but few of us watch the butcher work.
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Old 05-29-2008, 02:54 PM   #36
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Interesting... I was under the impression the whole repair was gonna be Buck Riveted, but it turns out, they can't to that to the lower front curved segments (the ones that are protected by the wrap around stone guards) because of clearance issues - normally done before mounting on the chassis..

The new skin is laid over the old skin (which is still buck riveted) and the new skin is riveted to that...
Interesting, this could be an explanation why those same panels are doubles and are also blind riveted in my trailer? Did he say what the clearance issue is exactly? I assume the inside lower panels corresponding to the outside panels have also been removed in your case. If not maybe that's the clearance issue he's referring too?
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Old 05-29-2008, 03:19 PM   #37
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I was talking to an old-timer friend of mine yesterday and he explained to me how he and a friend had rebuilt an Airstream Trailer year ago. Not sure just how many, but many.

They couldn't get between the skins to "buck" the rivets, so they had used "explosive rivets". He thought they were made by 3M during WWII to rivet drop tanks for fighter planes. Since you couldn't get inside the tank to Buck the rivets, these were designed just for that purpose. They contained a small explosive and were set off with a soldering iron which caused to tip inside the tanks to explode, expand and seal.

Now I surely don't doubt the veracity of my friend. He is just as honest as the day is long. I was at one time an aircraft mechanic myself though, and as such had never heard of such a thing.

Sounds interesting. Anybody got any?????
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Old 05-29-2008, 03:30 PM   #38
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Explosive rivets are cool!

Here's a YouTube link.

And some info from Brittanica.com:

Blind rivets are needed when space limitations make conventional rivets impractical. One type of these is explosive; it has a hollow space in the shank containing a small charge of heat-sensitive chemicals. When a suitable amount of heat is applied to the head, an explosion takes place and expands the rivet shank tightly into the hole. The shank is normally open but can be sealed to eliminate noise and the ejection of metal fragments. Most explosive rivets are aluminum, but they can be obtained in stainless steel and certain other metals. Their use is mainly in aircraft.

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Old 05-29-2008, 03:32 PM   #39
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Kevin, thanks so much for the pictorial guide to Cosmo's repair! It's really neat to see the Mother Ship and what goes on inside. Brad and I hope to visit there one day, but have not yet.

Good luck with the repairs and have a safe trip home!

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Old 05-29-2008, 03:36 PM   #40
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Explosive rivets are cool!

Here's a YouTube link.
From "Independance Day". I gotta get me some of those!!!!!
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Old 05-29-2008, 03:45 PM   #41
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I was talking to an old-timer friend of mine yesterday and he explained to me how he and a friend had rebuilt an Airstream Trailer year ago. Not sure just how many, but many.

They couldn't get between the skins to "buck" the rivets, so they had used "explosive rivets". He thought they were made by 3M during WWII to rivet drop tanks for fighter planes. Since you couldn't get inside the tank to Buck the rivets, these were designed just for that purpose. They contained a small explosive and were set off with a soldering iron which caused to tip inside the tanks to explode, expand and seal.

Now I surely don't doubt the veracity of my friend. He is just as honest as the day is long. I was at one time an aircraft mechanic myself though, and as such had never heard of such a thing.

Sounds interesting. Anybody got any?????
Cooper,

I have many unusual looking rivets on my Liner. I assume that they are the
explosive rivets, but I am just guessing.

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Old 05-29-2008, 04:05 PM   #42
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Explosive rivets are cool!

Here's a YouTube link.

And some info from Brittanica.com:

Blind rivets are needed when space limitations make conventional rivets impractical. One type of these is explosive; it has a hollow space in the shank containing a small charge of heat-sensitive chemicals. When a suitable amount of heat is applied to the head, an explosion takes place and expands the rivet shank tightly into the hole. The shank is normally open but can be sealed to eliminate noise and the ejection of metal fragments. Most explosive rivets are aluminum, but they can be obtained in stainless steel and certain other metals. Their use is mainly in aircraft.

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Thats right, he said "blind" rivets, but I thought that meant he couldn't see the back or something... I didn't know they exploded... I need to ask him tomorrow...
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