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Old 10-24-2003, 10:29 AM   #15
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Segment replacement

It is "never" necessary to remove any headliner, sheetmetal or for that matter, any other interior component, to replace any segment or quarter panel.

The secret is kowing how, and the proper use of the proper sealers and olympic rivets.

To replace that particular segment costs less than $1000.00.

The total labor involved is less than 6 man hours. Materials, 110 olympic rivets, 1 tube of vulkem sealer, and the segment. The segment should be plasticoated, in spite of the fact that it comes coated, if for no other reason, than to coat the rivets.

How do I know.

I wrote the "Crash book" for Caravanner Insurance Company, the old insurance division of Airstream, in 1970.

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Old 10-25-2003, 12:59 PM   #16
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Where are the hidden rivets in the panel in question and how would you remove them if they are hidden. On our 02 AS, the same panel on the oppsite side had no hidden rivets but the panel did needed to be tirmmed with aircraft shears to fit. Apparently the extra material is used by the manufacturer to hold it while it is formed and the holes punched. That's what they told me when I got my panel.
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The blind rivets are underneath the front or rear window, as well as underneath the roof or windows sheets of metal.

The hold the segments in place as the front or rear shells are made in a jig.

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