Originally Posted by Canlib
Thanks guys! Rich, did you use Olympics or regular Pop rivets? I'm planning on Olympics for the lok but will definitely try to add some Al. for strength.
I'll certainly make templates but thought some measurements would at least give me a place to start.
I haven't made mine yet, but I'm a woodworker by day and I know that pop rivets will wear out the holes in thin plywood from the movement of the trailer going down the road. Olympics are probably a lot stronger in this application than AL pop rivets, but I don't want to deal with the rivet shaver around the woodwork. One hit on the wood and it's trash. I plan on using steel pop rivets and backer strips.
My idea is to layout the shape of each piece on the outside of the fiberglass endcap to locate where the seams will be and how much each piece overlaps the next one. Then I will have an accurate size for each piece.
I'm planning on doing mine with a whale-tail inside, to celebrate the '56-'57 California design that I like sooo much.
Best to you,
Rich the Viking