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Old 07-10-2012, 11:07 PM   #1
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Is this the right rivet gun for me?

My wife and I recently bought a 1972 Ambassador and we've been in the process of gutting it to the bones. We have the interior skin off and have begun cutting out floor for a shell-on replacement. We will need to repair 2 bent support beams that the old ac unit bent and some old rivet holes that are leaky. We will also have to remove and reassemble the belly pan and also reinstall new aluminum interior walls. I have been researching and shopping around and I found this deal on eBay and I was wondering if it will cover all of my riveting needs. Buck and pop...

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Old 07-11-2012, 05:16 AM   #2
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My wife and I recently bought a 1972 Ambassador and we've been in the process of gutting it to the bones. We have the interior skin off and have begun cutting out floor for a shell-on replacement. We will need to repair 2 bent support beams that the old ac unit bent and some old rivet holes that are leaky. We will also have to remove and reassemble the belly pan and also reinstall new aluminum interior walls. I have been researching and shopping around and I found this deal on eBay and I was wondering if it will cover all of my riveting needs. Buck and pop...

NEW RIVET GUN W/RECON. 5 PIECE RIVET SET KIT | eBay

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That is a buck rivet gun only. For pop rivets I buy the ones from Harbor Freight. I actually use these at work too, my guys are notorious for losing or breaking tools so these are inexpensive, but they seem to stand up well.

Vintage Trailer Supply sells a complete kit that includes rivets, cutters, clecos and everything else you need to work on the Airstream. They also have one for pop rivets, but it is for the 5/32" Olympics that are used for exterior panel repairs. Not the inside skin rivets.

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Since you have all the interior skin offyou might want to think about a pneumatic pop gun.
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Since you have all the interior skin offyou might want to think about a pneumatic pop gun.
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My wife and I recently bought a 1972 Ambassador and we've been in the process of gutting it to the bones. We have the interior skin off and have begun cutting out floor for a shell-on replacement. We will need to repair 2 bent support beams that the old ac unit bent and some old rivet holes that are leaky. We will also have to remove and reassemble the belly pan and also reinstall new aluminum interior walls. I have been researching and shopping around and I found this deal on eBay and I was wondering if it will cover all of my riveting needs. Buck and pop...

NEW RIVET GUN W/RECON. 5 PIECE RIVET SET KIT | eBay

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Walk away from this as I believe this is a cheapo air hammer with rivet sets. As the seller calls this a burp gun it makes me believe it will not be controllable.
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Old 07-11-2012, 04:18 PM   #6
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Terry, that rivet gun is way outta my price range. I will only be patching holes on the outside and repairing some exterior skin that is simply detached. I will be pop riveting the inside walls on which will be the bulk of the job. After I'm done with that, the tool will just be added to my toolset to have handy. Not for frequent use...
Any other suggestions below $150?

I also did see the vintagetrailersupply.com kit but they were out of stock.
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Old 07-11-2012, 04:34 PM   #7
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I've been using this one from Harbor Freight... 1/4" Air Hydraulic Riveter

With a coupon I got it for $55. Works great off my small pancake compressor. I did a whole section of belly skin with 3/16" rivets. What a lifesaver! It's still good to have a cheapo hand riveter around though.
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If you only have a few rivets on the outside, use Olympics.

Do not try an use an air hammer as a rivet gun! The discount aviation supply houses have pretty good prices. Installing bucked rivets is not hard but there is a learning curve. Find an older A&P mechanic at the local airport to give you a quick lesson on how to properly use a rivet gun. Practice on scrap, not the trailer.

The Harbor Freight pop rivet puller will be some of the best money you will ever spend. My right hand has arthritis in it now from squeezing so many rivets when I did my Trade Wind. The air rivet gun is so much faster when you have a lot of rivets to pull.
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Old 07-11-2012, 07:23 PM   #9
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Sneakin, will that gun do both types of rivets I need?
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Old 07-11-2012, 08:07 PM   #10
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I am pretty sure it is for blind/pop rivets only.
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Mcmaster.com part #97543A120 was recommended to me by another forum member and I love it ...
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Old 07-11-2012, 11:25 PM   #12
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I went with sneakinup's suggestion from harbor freight. I added a hand riveter for $5 too. Wish me luck! Thanks for the info everyone. I'll let ya know how it goes.
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Harbor Freight Rivet Gun

I just bought the Harbor Freight gun and it sets rivets instantly with no effort. The only thing I am concerned with is the waste "pins" seem to jam in the discharge port. This was only using a few rivets to test with and not actual rivets so I hope to not have this problem on installing actual rivets.

My supply of rivets and tools is on it's way from Vintage Trailer Supply but I have a question. Why not use an air hammer for setting buck rivets? What is the difference between a rivet gun for buck rivets and an air hammer?
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I just bought the Harbor Freight gun and it sets rivets instantly with no effort. The only thing I am concerned with is the waste "pins" seem to jam in the discharge port. This was only using a few rivets to test with and not actual rivets so I hope to not have this problem on installing actual rivets.

My supply of rivets and tools is on it's way from Vintage Trailer Supply but I have a question. Why not use an air hammer for setting buck rivets? What is the difference between a rivet gun for buck rivets and an air hammer?
Man I could have used that thing. My hands still hurt from all the rivets I popped with a hand gun. I'm betting well over 500 in the last 3 weeks.
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