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Old 11-04-2004, 08:30 PM   #1
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questions?

  1. what is the best way to cut new exterior skin?
  2. does olympic rivets come in different lenghts?
  3. where is a good place to get olympic rivets?
  4. what size rivets are in the belly pan?
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Old 11-05-2004, 04:14 AM   #2
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1. Sheet metal shear
2. Never seen different lengths
3. InlandRV.com
4. 3/16" on my '67
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Old 11-05-2004, 09:08 AM   #3
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Can also use an air nibbler, and can also get rivets at Airstreamdreams.com

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Old 11-05-2004, 10:08 AM   #4
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Olympic rivets come in different lengths, diameters, materials, and head styles.

I use a saber saw with a fine (24 tpi) blade to cut tight curves in thin metal.

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Old 11-05-2004, 06:05 PM   #5
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I am replacing the skin on the back of the trailer. The rivets go through the frame of the rear hatch and also through just where the skin over laps. DO I need different lengths of rivets for each area? what diameter rivet would you recommend? Sorry about all the guestions I just want to do this right the first time.
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Old 11-08-2004, 10:51 AM   #6
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I am replacing the skin on the back of the trailer. The rivets go through the frame of the rear hatch and also through just where the skin over laps. DO I need different lengths of rivets for each area? what diameter rivet would you recommend? Sorry about all the guestions I just want to do this right the first time.
Airstream has belly pan rivets and Olympic rivets for sale on there web page, but can them and they will give you the part # for the belly pan rivets. There price was the best I found.

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Old 11-08-2004, 11:19 AM   #7
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Hmmm belly pan rivets are standard hardware aluminum rivets

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Old 11-08-2004, 11:37 AM   #8
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Best price I have found on the standard Aluminum pop rivets is at Grainger, if you have access. They sell to the building maint. departments of most larger companies. A box of 500 rivets (1/8th inch, #30) ran less than 12 bucks. on a per rivet basis you will go through 12 bucks in a hurry at the hardware store for the same item.
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A box of 500 rivets (1/8th inch, #30) ran less than 12 bucks. on a per rivet basis you will go through 12 bucks in a hurry at the hardware store for the same item.
Best price I've found is $5.95 for a box of 100, at a discount hardware store. If you have a regular (mom & pop) hardware store nearby, they should be able to order from grainger and charge you the 'retail' price, which is still pretty cheap.
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Hmmm belly pan rivets are standard hardware aluminum rivets

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Belly pan rivets have a 1/2" wide head.

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Old 11-08-2004, 08:36 PM   #11
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I have access graingers and I go by them on the way home from work every day.

Repairing my trailer has almost become a nightmare. I have spent 2 to 3 days a week for the last month replacing bath floor, repairing frame, replacing gray tank, and replacing rear skin. I also need new axles and shocks. The arm on the rear axle is pointing up with out anything in the rear of the trailer. then there is polishing, sealing and new weatherstrip. I am doing most of the work by myself with a little help from my three year old son.
My uncle gave me the trailer and everything in the trailer works. I did not know I had any problems until I was backing it in the shop after trip from Florida. then I find out what was lerking in the darkness waiting for me and boy did it find me!!!!!!!!!!!
Then I found this forum and read up on what to do and jumped in with both feet.
thanks to the people of this forum for your help
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Old 11-08-2004, 08:42 PM   #12
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Take pictures of your helper fixing the AS. They will be priceless when it's his turn to redo it.
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Old 11-08-2004, 08:55 PM   #13
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Old 11-08-2004, 09:41 PM   #14
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I will be going out to work on my trailer this weekend like usual and I will take some pictures of him then.

You can bet I will be comming back and back and back to this forum.

I am glad A friend of mine lets me keep it in his shop and lets me come and go as I please. the only bad thing is it is 20 miles away.
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