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Old 08-29-2015, 08:03 PM   #1
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Best way to remove Olympic rivets?

Just wondering what the best methods for removing Olympic rivet are? I have access to both side of the rivets.
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Old 08-29-2015, 08:37 PM   #2
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I got Vintage Trailer Supply's handy-dandy rivet removal tool:

Rivet Removal Tool

It works great, but be sure to wear gloves while using it, otherwise you risk taking a chunk out of the web between your thumb and index finger.
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Old 08-29-2015, 08:41 PM   #3
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.....or you can buy the same thing from an aircraft supply company for only $20 more:

rivet removal tool from Aircraft Tool Supply
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Old 08-29-2015, 09:09 PM   #4
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So your saying to just drill them out like other rivets?
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Old 08-29-2015, 09:15 PM   #5
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Yep ... no special tool needed - only a drill and same size drill bit.
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Old 08-29-2015, 09:39 PM   #6
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And here I thought there might be a better way to remove them from the back without having to drill through the old mandrel.
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Old 08-29-2015, 09:54 PM   #7
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It can be difficult to get a drill started on an Olympic....can be helpful to use a punch and tap the mandrel in a bit. Will give you a better start with drill and avoid slipping and wounding the aluminum shell. Same goes with a bucked rivet...the punch will give your drill a better start.
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I like this video from thesignlady ...
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