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Old 08-18-2014, 09:00 AM   #1
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How to rivet original aluminum "bulkhead molding"

Starting to reinstall walls in the Bambi II. Several were held in place with what VTS calls "bulkhead molding:

Bulkhead Moulding

The original moldings were more of a T shape and there is very little shoulder to rivet to the trailer. I guess the biggest issue is getting the nose of the pop rivet gun down onto the shoulder because of the actual extrusion that holds the wall. Is there a way to do this, or should I just screw this trim to the wall?

That is what I have done so far, but I know that rivets have superior holding power.

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Old 09-04-2014, 05:37 PM   #2
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Hi Ben

on my '72 Ambassador,they are screwed ,not rivited.I bought some nice stainless screws after polishing the moulding.

hope this helps !

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Old 09-04-2014, 05:59 PM   #3
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When we did this on my sisters trailer, I made little wedges out of aluminum. That and bending the pin helped. As did buying a Sears riveter that had a smaller head. It's doable with rivets! I'd worry about screws working loose.....

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Old 09-04-2014, 06:03 PM   #4
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Yep I used rivets as well on my 69 ambassador.

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Old 09-04-2014, 06:34 PM   #5
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Little nut on the rivet

I tried this method with some success. A PITA!! Gone through a few rivet guns, too!
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