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Old 01-13-2008, 08:03 PM   #1
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Starting to work on my doors, the doors appears to be in good shape until I removed the hinges that hold the inner door, the corrosion was so bad
that it created a hole. I'm going to replace the inner door skin and my question is, can I still use the 5/32" Olympic Bulb-Tite Rivets or should go with the type rivet the Airstream installed............thanks
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Old 01-13-2008, 08:05 PM   #2
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Starting to work on my doors, the doors appears to be in good shape until I removed the hinges that hold the inner door, the corrosion was so bad
that it created a hole. I'm going to replace the inner door skin and my question is, can I still use the 5/32" Olympic Bulb-Tite Rivets or should go with the type rivet the Airstream installed............thanks
Toastie,

I believe that it is always preferable to use bucked rivets rather than olympic.

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Toastie,

I believe that it is always preferable to use bucked rivets rather than olympic.

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Do you know where I can buy them, and what kind of tool do I need to install the bucked rivets.............thanks
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bucked are better than olympic if you can do it.
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Do you know where I can buy them, and what kind of tool do I need to install the bucked rivets.............thanks
Toastie,

Rivets are available at Aircraft Spruce, among others, the air hammer is available at Harbor Freight, among others, you will also need a rivet set of the correct size, bucking bar and clecos. I think that I have everything. Quite a few tools, but a much stronger joint.

There was quite a discussion a short while back about riveting.

It would be worth your time to find someone who could give you a lesson, it only takes a few minutes.

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Toastie,

Rivets are available at Aircraft Spruce, among others, the air hammer is available at Harbor Freight, among others, you will also need a rivet set of the correct size, bucking bar and clecos. I think that I have everything. Quite a few tools, but a much stronger joint.

There was quite a discussion a short while back about riveting.

It would be worth your time to find someone who could give you a lesson, it only takes a few minutes.

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Have the clecos, need a bucking bar, and the air hammer, I'm sure that Aircraft Spruce can help me with the rivet set. What would be a consider a good air hammer.

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Have the clecos, need a bucking bar, and the air hammer, I'm sure that Aircraft Spruce can help me with the rivet set. What would be a consider a good air hammer.

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Steve,

Harbor Freight has two, one for 4.99 and one for 5.99, currently on sale. I have been told to get one which is adjustable. If they die, you are only out 5 or 6 bucks.

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Harbor Freight has two, one for 4.99 and one for 5.99, currently on sale. I have been told to get one which is adjustable. If they die, you are only out 5 or 6 bucks.

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$6.00 for the air hammer...........
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$6.00 for the air hammer...........
Yep, normal price 9.99.

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Yep, normal price 9.99.

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Like this Harbor Freight Tools - Quality Tools at the Lowest Prices what tool would I use against the rivet head side?

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Like this Harbor Freight Tools - Quality Tools at the Lowest Prices what tool would I use against the rivet head side?

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That is the one, the 4.99 comes with only one chisel. The rivet sets are here: RIVET SETS STRAIGHT .401 SHANK (AN470) from Aircraft Spruce Just make sure that they fit the head of your rivets.

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That is the one, the 4.99 comes with only one chisel. The rivet sets are here: RIVET SETS STRAIGHT .401 SHANK (AN470) from Aircraft Spruce Just make sure that they fit the head of your rivets.

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Thanks very much for your help, I have a 1955 Safari that I'm restoring. I have the lower interior wall removed, and I noticed that the previous owner replaced a large panel and he used the Olympic rivets, will remove and replace with the bucted rivets. A stronger joint with the bucted rivet would
will make a much stronger total structure...........thanks

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What lenght rivets.

Bill & Toastie

I'm replacing the skin portion (interior & exterior) on my door around the lock area and figured while I'm at it I might as well make sure the hinge rivets are okay. What length rivets do you use for the hinge area or the other areas? They come 1/4" to over 1" long.

Also, Since the hinges are stainless steal and the skin is aluminum are we supposed to put something between the two?

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Rivet tool marks on 2007 Classic

While washing the unit today I noticed abou 1/2 dozen rivet marks around the outside of the rivet itself. Looks like it is definately from the tool they used. Will they fix this at JC when I go later this summer? It's clear to me anyway that it was done at assembly. Any feedback would be appreciated

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