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Old 01-05-2008, 10:26 AM   #1
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I'm finally ready to put my wing windows back in. So I went to may garage to find my package of Olympic rivets. Kind of like looking for a needle in a haystack, so I need to order some more. I think the Olympic Rivets I had were 1/8". What I am riveting is the window frame to back into the body of the coach. (these are not the original windows so I have to drill new holes in the coach) I have to wait till Monday to order so just to be sure I would appreciate some advice before I order on the following:

I believe Olympic Rivets come in both 1/8" and 5/32" sizes?
Should I use 1/8" or 5/32"

Should use bucked rivets instead? (now's the time) Any great advantage to this? I don't have the tools, except a wimpy air compressor, have never done it, and there is a somewhat narrow space where I would have to get a bucking tool into. Plus I'm not so sure if the vibration which I assume goes along with bucking is a particularly good idea with 33 year old tempered glass. (I'm not masochistic enough and just lazy enough to not want doing this job again.
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I have absolutely zero experience with the Olympic rivets except to tell you that 5/32 is the size to use. Solid shank rivets is a different story though, and if you chose to use these you will need to us P/N MS20470A5-4's or -5's. The "A" in this P/N means that they are 1100 Alloy Aluminum and very soft, thus easy to buck.
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5/32 is the correct size for an Olympic rivet. You install Olympics with a pop rivet gun, hand or pneumatic. Remove the rubber gasket if the rivet has one, they will fail and leak over time. Put a small dab of vulkem sealer on instead.

The Olympic rivets have 3 "legs" when they are set. Each one is about 3/8 inch long plus the shaft, make sure you have room for the legs to expand or they will not seat well.

Olympic rivets then need to be finished after they are set. A rivet shaver is the best tool, but they cost $200+. I did a small number on my rear awning with a dremel tool with good results.
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Olympic rivets then need to be finished after they are set. A rivet shaver is the best tool, but they cost $200+. I did a small number on my rear awning with a dremel tool with good results.
I got a rivet removal tool and a rivet shaver cheap on ebay. They were not specific to Airstream rivets. I found it easier to dimple and drill the rivets than use the rivet removal tool. I'm still experimenting with the rivet shaver.
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Do you need to get a rivet shaver specific to the 5/32 rivet to replace a window? I see they have different "bit" sizes.......3/4,5/8,3/8..........
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Do you need to get a rivet shaver specific to the 5/32 rivet to replace a window? I see they have different "bit" sizes.......3/4,5/8,3/8..........
You do not need a shaver for just a few Olympics.

Snip the pin, and dress the rest down with a Dremel tool.

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