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Old 10-06-2010, 07:27 PM   #1
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Sealing seams and rivets

Last weekend I was working on my 64 Safari and it started raining. It's completely gutted and I'm working on putting it all back together. So I'm inside the AS while it's raining and I'm looking for leaks. The first 30 minutes there were only two small ones (which I expected). The next 30, dozens popped up. Some I expected, others confused the heck out of me and I spent a lot of time chasing them down. I did learn that a large repair was made at some time in my AS's life and they used Olympic Rivets for the repair. Many of those are leaking. Here's my question.... can I seal every seal and rivet on the inside? I'm going to seal the seams on the outside and replace the Olympic with Buck, but as added protection and to buy me a couple more years, is this something that can be done? I've been using both Sikaflex and Tempro (prefer the Tempro) and would use this on the inside seams and rivets.

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Old 10-06-2010, 07:41 PM   #2
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By all means seal all the seams rivets from the inside. Do not miss the chance to fix the leaks now. I would suggest a good auto body shop type seam sealer. If you can't find it locally at a shop that supplies local body shops, Eastwood.com has a very good product. Sikaflex or Tempro should work also, but some of the seam sealers are brush able and that would be faster.
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Old 10-06-2010, 08:14 PM   #3
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It sounds like your are doing everything you can. I sealed the inside seams of my 1954 Flying Cloud using Tempro which seemed to work great. There were no leaks found when using a high pressure spray. I am sure Sikaflex or even NP-1 would also work. I didn't seal the outside of this trailer but used Parr-Bond on my 66 Globe Trotter to seal leaks detected from pressure leak test.
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Old 10-07-2010, 06:52 PM   #4
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Thanks for the help. Gonna knock it out this weekend before we get more rain!
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Old 10-07-2010, 08:03 PM   #5
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I was right where you are a yr ago with the same rig, same problems! In addition to the other fine sealers try a tube of Alcoa Gutter seal. Small squeeze tube [5/6 oz], small bead, really sticks. Worked well on the inside of the end segment overlaps. Slide a puddy knife along the seam following with the tube. You can dab the seeping buck rivits but the olympics on mine were hopeless. I had 2 side window leaks that drove me nuts. Turned out to be the sealer between the widow casing and window frame. It looked fine 'till I touched it with a knife, just powder. Had someone go around the window exterior of the frames with a small spotlight on a dark night while I watched inside. Lots of cracks and pinholes in the old sealer. Had a couple cases where the water showing on the inside was following a seam or strut, the exterior leak was 2/3 ft away. Question for you. Do'es your '64 have the brass & glass water gauge. If so can you tell me how it plumbs in?
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Old 10-07-2010, 08:11 PM   #6
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I've been experementing with Captain Tolleys Creeping Crack Cure. It has the potential to seal rivet heads easily and neatly from the outside. I did all the rivets in my Caravel in a couple hours. I sealed lots of leaks while the inside skin was off but some have crept back over a few seasons of hot weather and bumpy interstate highways. I have given up on Parbond, it dries and cracks like an alligator skin after one season. Vulkem works better. I apply it to the outside seams using masking tape and a "dosage syringe". Most of my leaks have been minor.
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Old 10-08-2010, 04:01 AM   #7
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. Question for you. Do'es your '64 have the brass & glass water gauge. If so can you tell me how it plumbs in?
No. This AS had been "remodeled" a couple times in it's life. None of the plumbing was original.
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Old 10-08-2010, 07:04 AM   #8
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Great suggestions on using a light at night by the way. Also for the Capt. Trollys Cosmos. I can use all the help I can get.
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