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Old 03-08-2015, 11:06 PM   #1
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1968 QC not up to par

During the latest round of monsoonal rains in San Diego I went out to search for leaks in the 68 Tradewind. With the interior skins off it was a perfect opportunity to track down where some of the leaks were coming in from.

I suspected the standard leaks around windows etc... What I found was several (5) rivets that were holding the awning rail in place were not properly bucked in place.

I am assuming the rail was a factory install since the rivets were all bucked in. I was surprised to see several not even expanded enough to hold on. No need to drill them out, just pushed them out from the inside. I cleaned up the corrosion and replaced them and sealed with Trempro.

This is one example, I cleaned the corrosion up with some alumaprep and then sealed with trempro.

I also had two rivets that were drilled so close the the edge of the rail there was no way the rivet could have been properly seated. On those two, I opted to rivet from the inside and buck them on the outside. A little unconventional but they will never be seen on the roof line behind the awning rail.

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Old 03-09-2015, 06:13 AM   #2
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Awning rivets usually work loose over time because owners leave the awnings up in high winds. Also many awnings are put on aftermarket and are not as good as the factory install. Even properly bucked rivets can loosen over time but the factory does not always do good work as is the norm in all service industries.

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