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Old 10-23-2010, 10:12 PM   #1
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Factory style rivets...

I am trying to find a factory style replacement rivet. I have looked at older threads, but the pics are not showing... Can anyone show me the difference in factory to standard rivets (un-installed). What are Olympic rivets? What tool do you install factory rivets with? I need to replace a couple of hundred that the p.o. used standard ones on for panel replacement, (He was obviously a crappy driver...), so I am looking for a semi-affordable option.

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Old 10-23-2010, 10:28 PM   #2
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Factory Rivets are solid rivets installed with a rivet gun which is air powered. It is atwo man job. One installs the rivet in the hole and applies the rivet gun and the other holds abucking bar (soild bar) against the back of the rivet. The gun hammers against the head of the rivet and the bar behind compresses the shaft to hold it in place. Olympic rivets are installed like pop rivets and the the head is shaved to close in the head and make it look like a solid rivet. They are used when access to the rear of the rivet is not possible, for example panel replacement without inner wall removal.
When you say standard rivets are you refering to pop rivets which are installed with apop rivet gun. They are inserted into the hole and the pop tool grabs the shaft from the front and pulls back on it to compress the rear of the rivet until the shaft snaps off leaving a small hole wherethe shaft used to be.
Unless you remove the inner walls Olympic rivets are what you want to use but then you must have a rivet shaver to finish the job.
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I won't be removing the interior walls, so I guess Olympics for me... Pics of the Olys? Rivet shavers are $200 +/- no?
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Old 10-23-2010, 11:27 PM   #4
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I won't be removing the interior walls, so I guess Olympics for me... Pics of the Olys? Rivet shavers are $200 +/- no?
Photo's of Olympic rivet in various stages.

The shaver, is not very cheap.

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Old 10-24-2010, 07:03 AM   #5
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If you are artistic and very careful you can shape the head of Olympic rivets with a dremel tool and cut-off wheel. Trim the stem very close with a share pair of side cutters first. I know, it isn't like a shaver, but if you only have a few it might be worth a try. You must be very careful but you can make them look almost factory up close and from 10 feet no one will now but you.
Put a little sealer on the rivet shaft before you rivet in into place.
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As mentioned earlier, I have more than a "few" to do... How much is a shaver going to set me back? Anyone ever see one for rent?
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As mentioned earlier, I have more than a "few" to do... How much is a shaver going to set me back? Anyone ever see one for rent?
If you can make it to Montana this spring you can "rent" mine. hahah 1 dollar a min. it will cost you a case of beer.
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