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Old 11-04-2011, 12:47 PM   #1
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Peeling beltline molding

A 6' length of the my beltline molding has 2' flopping at both ends. I have ZERO experience w/ rivets. Is there any existing thread perhaps that might enlighten?

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Old 11-04-2011, 03:29 PM   #2
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Most likely your beltline molding is the plastic insert type that is available from any Airstream Dealer, or Inland RV and others. Just replace it all, it comes right out, and snaps right in. If it has little riveted clips at the end, you can drill them out easily with an 1/8th inch drill and replace with a normal 1/8 th inch Pop rivet, probably 3/8 grip range, which you can get at any hardware store, along with a rivet gun. Have them show you how to use it, if you are not sure, and do not have anyone to help you out.

When you replace the molding, don't stretch it, leave it loose so it can expand and contract with temperature.

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Old 11-04-2011, 03:30 PM   #3
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The belt line molding on the 75's is a extruded plastic that is held in the channel by an undercut in the channel. You can reinsert the plastic and then put a little elastomeric chalk on the ends to hold it down. The plastic shrinks and expands due to temperature much more than the aluminum channel and will eventually break loose. Putting the chalk on when it is cool will likely make it last longer. The original retention method was a blue metal endcap that riveted to the body. Usually the plastic has shrunk so much it is not possible to: remove the endcap, stretch the plastic, and re-rivet it.
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