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Old 07-07-2012, 09:07 AM   #1
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Can anyone give me some tips on removing rivets on the interior? I am in construction and I am re-modeling a 76 Soverign and need to remove some panels but I dont want to screw it up. Any videos or drill bit sizes?

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Old 07-07-2012, 09:29 AM   #2
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The pop rives come out with a 1/8" bit. The solid 1/8" rivets actually need a #30 bit, but you won't find any of those inside.

If the mandrel (the center pin of the pop rivet) is sticking out, it's almost impossible to get the drill centered. I use a small nail set and drive that mandrel pin back into the rivet before I drill it. This is especially important if the pin is steel.

Always replace your pop rivets with aluminum rivets that have aluminum mandrels.

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