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Old 01-29-2010, 05:29 PM   #1
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Advice needed on rivet type

Here are a couple of pics of my wheel well and my 'fix'. I bought a rivet gun and a bucking bar and am anxious to use them.I was thinking that I could rivet the new piece of 1/32" ( what gauge is that?)galvanized sheet to old wheel well. First I have treated all the rust with phosphoric acid, then I will paint all with SEM Rust Shield, then vulcem between old and new metal, then rivet. What type of rivet? I have aluminum buck rivets, oversized belly pan rivets, olympic rivets, but no steel solid rivets. If the steel solid are what would be recommended then what size and will a 3x gun and the bucking bar work for them? Or I am heading down the wrong path.

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Old 01-29-2010, 06:44 PM   #2
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You certainly want to avoid mixing aluminum and steel, especially when exposed to salt and water. It's a perfect mix that will generate a ton of galvanic corrosion. To oversimplify, the more different the metals, the more corrosion you'll have.

I'd consider stainless pop rivets. Add a little dab of vulkem in the center to make sure they don't leak.

You'll have plenty of chances to buck!

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Old 01-30-2010, 09:54 AM   #3
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You could use MS20615-4M4. these are monel steel solid shank rivets that are 1/8" in diameter and 1/4" long. These would be perfect for your galvinazied steel. They are a little softer then stainless steel and you can shoot them with your new 3X rivet gun.
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Thanks Aerowood. Any advice on where to purchase in small quantities?

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Old 01-30-2010, 11:52 AM   #5
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These people sell in 1/4 pound quantities. I don't know how much $$ though. I'll check my personal stock and see if I have some laying around. How many do you think you will need?

Genuine Aircraft Hardware Co.

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Old 01-30-2010, 12:11 PM   #6
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I was thinking of 20 to 25. Checked out Genuine and there site is closed right now. I'll try later.

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