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Old 08-09-2009, 10:37 AM   #1
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Question Neophyte's Rivet Questions

Hi,
I am trying to learn about the riveting process by reading various threads.
I am left with these unanswered questions.
How do Olympic rivets differ from regular pop rivets?
Are all Olympic rivets aluminum?
What is rivet shaving and why is it done?
Can I install Olympic rivets with a regular pop rivet tool?
What are some good sources for Olympic rivets?
That's it for now, but I'm sure there will be more.
Thanks,
Ken
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Old 08-09-2009, 10:43 AM   #2
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Greetings Ken,

We have our AS on display at the REI in Boulder today 9-2. If you would like to stop by, I would be more than happy to walk you through Rivets 101!!

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Old 08-09-2009, 10:57 AM   #3
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Greetings Ken,

We have our AS on display at the REI in Boulder today 9-2. If you would like to stop by, I would be more than happy to walk you through Rivets 101!!

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That sound great, I noticed your post earlier this AM. Unfortunately, I am about to enter an afternoon of family obligations. I admire your project. It's very ambitious. Maybe I will catch you in another location.
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Well in the meantime:

Bucked rivets are the original rivets used by AS on the outer skin. They must be installed before the inner skin is applied. To repair them, you must remove the skin as well. Olympic Rivets are installed with a pop rivet gun. You then use a "rivet shaver" to smooth out the heads. They are aluminum and can then be polished to look like bucked rivets, and are generally approved for skin repairs.

The rivet shaver is a very expensive tool. Olympic rivets and the shaver can be obtained from Vintage Trailer Supply at Vintage Trailer Supply - Vintage travel trailer parts and supplies!

If you have any other questions let me know!

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Welcome from Arvada Co. I have also installed a few rivets so ask away.
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Welcome from Arvada Co. I have also installed a few rivets so ask away.
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Hi Kip. As of now, these are my questions:

How do Olympic rivets differ from regular pop rivets?
Are all Olympic rivets aluminum?
What is rivet shaving, and why is it done?
Can I install Olympic rivets with a regular pop rivet tool?
What are some good sources for Olympic rivets?

Your Avatar looks like you are in the back of a C-130. I spent a few years in Navy P2Vs a few wars ago followed by a career in ATC with the FAA.
I am about to depart on errands, etc for a few hours. I will check here when I get back.
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To answer your questions:
1) Olympic rivets have a solid stem that breaks off on the outside of the rivet shell and needs to be cut flush with the head of the rivet and then shaved with a special tool to match the contour of the heads of the OEM rivets. They can be installed with a good quality pop rivet gun. They are available from the site mentioned above. All Olympic rivets installed in Airstreams should be all aluminum.
2) Pop rivet stems break off inside the shell. These can be obtained in many configurations of materials. Airstreams use them predominantly on the interior and only aluminum stem and shell type should be installed.

I'm an FE/A&P for NCAR. We Operate a C-130 out of Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport. Probably talked to you a few times if your were, or are, at Denver Center.
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