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Old 09-03-2016, 07:18 PM   #15
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Old 09-03-2016, 09:26 PM   #16
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Dang! I hope nobody crawls under my trailer and measures the distance between belly rivets! I've seen my share of factory belly pans, and I am pretty sure none were a measured distance apart. I'll be odd, and say mine are 9" ...
I like that....mine aren't measured either. I just put them where it didn't look like things were sagging. Very scientific...
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I used all the original holes and then added a few more. I did not use pop rivets, I hate them. Instead I installed nutplates at every location and used 10/32 pan head screws. Makes removal of the belly pan very simple.
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I used all the original holes and then added a few more. I did not use pop rivets, I hate them. Instead I installed nutplates at every location and used 10/32 pan head screws. Makes removal of the belly pan very simple.
got a link for those nut plates?

If you're using new belly pan material, how do you locate the holes?
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I used MS21059-3 nutplates installed with CCR264SS-3-4 nutplate rivets. I order to locate the holes I some 1/32 bolts and drilled a #39 hole in the middle of the head. I then pressed in the shank of a #40 drill bit. I then cut it off a 1/8" proud of the head and sharped to a point. Install the bolts with the new center punches. All you have to do then is get the sheet up in place where you want it and tap the sheet and it will center punch the sheet. Drill and install.
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neat; but it looks rather labor intensive. What do you think of using a small rivnut? Or self-tapping sheet metal screws, for that matter? not strong enough?
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I personally do not like rivnuts or sheet metal screws, but many have used both. I do like these however
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