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Old 01-20-2019, 08:56 AM   #1
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Was there a specific pop-rivet used on the 1966 Airstreams? If so, does anyone know where to buy new or does it matter? If we remove the existing interior panels, can they be re-installed? This camper is in bad shape and the electrical and plumbing have to be repaired or totally re-worked, so just cleaning the panels won't help. Thanks!
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Old 01-20-2019, 09:02 AM   #2
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I would stay away from stainless steel rivets they are harder to work with and aluminum rivets work fine. I would get short and long 1/8" rivets but twice as many medium length rivets (1/8 x 3/8) You can get rivets with painted heads but they have to be special orders. Yes you can put back interior panels.
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If you remove the interior skin, mark each piece with the location and orientation of the piece.
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You can get painted aluminum rivets thru Vintage Trailer Supply.
While I had the panels out of mine I washed them. It was much easier than when they are in the trailer.
A good time to replace the insulation too.
Good luck with your project!
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A few things to consider on this one. Make darn sure you get ALL aluminum replacement rivets. Often the rivet is listed as alum but the mandrell (nail) is steel. Over time the interior may look like it has chicken pox! The painted pop rivets will hold paint a bit better than bare alum ones. When you bore out the old ones use care to get dead center so as not to distort the original holes, you'll want to re use the original holes. Buy a bunch of quality 1/8 bits, at the first sign of a dull one toss it. Keep a eye out for distorted or streched rivet holes, you may have to go up a size to get a good tight rivet grip (it happens and showes later). V T S do'es have the right ones, right head and right hardness, good price. Beware there are some venders that sell all alum rivets that have a tendancy to "break long", when they pop you have about a 1/2 inch of mandrell sticking out, real pain to deal with. Good drill, good bits, decient riveter, quality rivets & it goes fast & easy.
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I use white head aluminum 1/8 rivets from menards home depot and elsewhere. brand is arrow, never had problems w/them. They are also used in gutter work.
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