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Old 06-07-2005, 10:55 AM   #1
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Little Rivets....

anyone know the proper name for the small rivets that are used to attach the window frames to their hinges on the 70's trailers? and what kind of tools are needed to attach them? there is one loose, and a couple missing from my front window. also, the referidgerator access door, which has the same type hindge as the windows, was re-riveted by someone at some point, and they used steel rivets. guess what? they rust. duh.

anyway...these aren't pop-rivets. and they aren't as big as the bucked rivets used on the shell, but they do have solid, rounded heads. I'd like to replace the missing ones, and re-do the steel ones. but I need to know what kind of rivets to buy, and what tools are needed/how to use them.

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Old 06-07-2005, 11:29 AM   #2
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Regardless of size, those rivets are called "buck" rivets.


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Old 06-07-2005, 11:39 AM   #3
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Durring my battle of putting the window back in after removing it to replace the gasket, I lost.

All of the original rivets popped because of the improper way I was trying to get the window back in.

I ended up just using aluminum pop rivets. For better or worse it has held up fine.
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Old 06-07-2005, 12:39 PM   #4
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I think the same thing happened to me. on at least one rivet, anyway. others were already missing. there's a trick to getting those windows back into the hinges.

anyway, I seem to remember seeing someone demonstrate riveting w/ some sort of anvil type thing on one side, and a "set" or punch on the other, and hammering the rivet with a regular hand-held hammer. or a tool that incorporated both of these functions. am I barking up the wrong tree, here? not a pneumatic rivet gun..."hand tools".
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Old 06-07-2005, 01:01 PM   #5
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You can hand buck the rivets but, with the current prices of air tools at Harbor Freight it almost isn't worth it....You need a hammer and a bucking bar (anvil) check for Aircraft Spruce catalogs...IIRC they have them in there.

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