Originally Posted by Lipets
I'll be getting my new '77 home this week and know I need to remove the door frame, belly pan and one skin panel by the door.
I was thinking
A center punch
Drill bits (what size)
Rivets what sizes length and dia
(I suppose the sealing alum pop type.)
Rivet gun, I have a compressor if it would help.
What di I need to cut off the stubs and do I need something to grind them down smooth?
What would your tool box have, and where would you buy them?
The three drill bit sizes that you will need are #30, 21 and 11.
We have a drill bit assortment kit available.
Olympic rivets are used on the exterior, unless you have a portion of the interior off. You then could use "buck" rivets.
The underbelly uses 3/16" pop rivets.
Drilling out the original buck rivets takes a # 30 drill bit. The holes are then opened up with a # 21 drill bit for the olympic rivets. "DO NOT" drill out the od original rivets with a # 21. The idea is that you can and will have oval holes with the #30 drill bit, since you cannot absolutely center the drill bit. Those holes are trued back to round with the second drilling, using a #21. If you attempt to drill out the old rivets with a #21, again you will have oval holes. The problem then is that you would have to true the hole with a #11and the use an oversize 3/16 rivet. Olympics are not available in 3/16, and if they were, the rivet head would be much larger than the buck rivet heads.
Also you will need a "shaver" if your going to do a bunch of rivets. If not, then you can dress then down with a Dremel tool, but they will all have a different appearance from each other.
You should use "vulkem" sealer when replacing rivets and/or sheet metal.