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Old 09-29-2016, 05:01 PM   #1
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A riveting question

I new to riveting... Seems like riveting, like most other repairs in life, are 99% prep and 1% finish. Getting the rivets drilled and removed is the big chore. That's done.
I am ready to re-rivet, but I am concerned about the electrolysis between dissimilar metals. I need to use a washer because the large head rivets wore through the belly pan. Can I use stainless washers, or should I go buy some sheet aluminum and make my own?
The belly pan is riveted to the steel frame, and I don't see any signs of electrolysis there... Some rust, but no white powder at the rivet area.
Slightly confused. I mean, wouldn't the rivet be the first thing to be attacked being its in direct contact with the steel frame?

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Old 09-29-2016, 05:10 PM   #2
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I use squares cut from heavy Guage aluminum.


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Old 09-29-2016, 06:12 PM   #3
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When we redid the belly pan we used 1" flat aluminum along the frame rail to reattach everything. We felt this would help spread out the load instead of relying on just the rivet head.
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