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Old 11-15-2011, 10:05 AM   #181
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Hi Sandy
It is a rivet squeezer that I bought on sale last year. The price was great so I just couldnt pass it up. It works well when you are in a tight spot or dont have a bucking buddy (like me).
Thanks for your kind words, you guys are making great progress, even if at times it doesnt feel like it.
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Old 11-17-2011, 08:40 AM   #182
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Riveted the streeside wheel well (and molding) all the way to front with my son Craig. He was really great at it, we only had to redo on rivet! Here are a couple pics of the patches well. There was a tire blowout that ripped the outter skin on the rear streetside wheel well.
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Old 11-22-2011, 12:00 PM   #183
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Well as I was finishing off the buck riveting on the front half of the trailer, guess what I found? I found a lot of Olympic rivets!! Looks like a few repairs were done street side front and rear. Oh well time to drill and re rivet. Luckily I am going to replace both the rear lower panels. Just a few more rivets and a lot more sealant. Better call my buddy and buy more beer....
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Old 11-23-2011, 05:42 PM   #184
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I think those are actually those "exploding rivets" (I'm guessing there's a better name for them(?)). I also found them on one of the corner panels on my 1960 - also from a previous repair job).

Thanks for posting your project.

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Old 11-23-2011, 07:10 PM   #185
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Javier, the rivet squeezer is a great tool...your next project will be an airplane

Just started my '54 Cruiser, almost done w/interior demo...lots of winter work to do, luckily I have a heated workspace for it.

Keep it cranking.
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Old 11-23-2011, 07:57 PM   #186
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Today I got the curbside wheel well molding done. I got aluminum "J"molding from VTS, defiantly not as easy as it looks...
I'm holding off (dreading) installing mine until I polish...I don't have a good history of 'heat' + "aluminum"...
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Old 11-24-2011, 11:07 AM   #187
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I think those are actually those "exploding rivets" (I'm guessing there's a better name for them(?)). I also found them on one of the corner panels on my 1960 - also from a previous repair job).

Thanks for posting your project.

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Whatever they are called they leak like a mother! Going to make sure they never leak again by installing new rivets!
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Old 11-24-2011, 11:59 AM   #188
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Javier, the rivet squeezer is a great tool...your next project will be an airplane

Just started my '54 Cruiser, almost done w/interior demo...lots of winter work to do, luckily I have a heated workspace for it.

Keep it cranking.
Uh i hope not!
Hope to see pics of your project
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Old 11-24-2011, 12:02 PM   #189
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I'm holding off (dreading) installing mine until I polish...I don't have a good history of 'heat' + "aluminum"...
Its really not that bad, just takes a bit of practice. I strongly suggest practice with a small piece.
I wont even ask about your history, but it doesnt take much heat.
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Old 11-27-2011, 01:22 PM   #190
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The deed is done got the rear end cap down, prepping to replace the rear lower outside sheet metal. Cant wait to get done with the dirty work..
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Old 11-27-2011, 03:48 PM   #191
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The deed is done got the rear end cap down, prepping to replace the rear lower outside sheet metal. Cant wait to get done with the dirty work..
Wow...that brings back some memories for us. We have to reinstall everything once we finish and hopefully the next time our looks like that, we will be long gone. It will the kid's problem! Good luck on this part of the overhaul.
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Old 11-28-2011, 10:05 AM   #192
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Wow...that brings back some memories for us. We have to reinstall everything once we finish and hopefully the next time our looks like that, we will be long gone. It will the kid's problem! Good luck on this part of the overhaul.
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Thanks Sandy, funny my son has been helping me off and on. So if someday he gets his hands on this (or another) one he will know what to do. He may even get the tools to do it!
Well on to my second cup of coffee, my coveralls and respiratior.....
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Old 11-28-2011, 06:11 PM   #193
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Thanks Sandy, funny my son has been helping me off and on. So if someday he gets his hands on this (or another) one he will know what to do. He may even get the tools to do it!
Well on to my second cup of coffee, my coveralls and respiratior.....
I agree with your assessment and hope that the kids enjoy the AS as much as we have. And we haven't even been able to camp in either one yet. We should have all of the tools too by the time we are done. I saw a gigantic vise coming in to the Rookery on Friday and on Sunday, a huge floor jack came here as well. We should have every imaginable tool when we are done.

Another really good deal is that the Pacer that we got in October has the PO saying "No leaks and no mice". Right....I think we might discover a couple of trails here and there once we get into that one. Be careful of the hantavirus when working with that stuff....that can be a really bad situation.
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Old 11-28-2011, 08:28 PM   #194
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Finally got the rest of the interior pannels down to prep for replaceing the lower rear pannels on Sunday and Monday. Glad to get that part behind me. Hopefully thats the last of the old dirty material. Whew!!
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Old 11-29-2011, 12:18 AM   #195
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Man, just lost a few hours reading this whole thread. The shell off floor replacement has been the great procrastination catylist for my 31' rebuild. I noticed it looks lioke its taken you about a year to get where you are. I commend your ambition, good luck with the forward progress. I will watch your thread with continued interest.
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Old 11-29-2011, 10:35 AM   #196
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Man, just lost a few hours reading this whole thread. The shell off floor replacement has been the great procrastination catylist for my 31' rebuild. I noticed it looks lioke its taken you about a year to get where you are. I commend your ambition, good luck with the forward progress. I will watch your thread with continued interest.
Hi LuvCpsl
It has actually been a little under a year since I lifted the shell off. But it has been about a year and 3 months since I started with the gutting. A bit of advise or what I would do differently:
1) Take very acurate mesurments of the ribs where they attach to the frame
2) If I redo the interior, just demo it all and scrap all but a few tall wall dividers (for the radius curves) make sure to measure and photo document everything.
3) Sand blast the frame (or have it sandblasted)
You have to jump in sometime Just do it! It really is not that bad just really dirty.
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Today I got the front lower street side rivets re done. It was a PO repair that was done with exploding rivets (like Olympic rivets). They were leaking bad and a couple of the stringers were not even attached. Hopefully this weekend I will replace the rear lower ed pieces. I even taught my Lil sister Paula and my Beth how to buck rivets!
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Old 11-30-2011, 06:35 AM   #198
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Ha ha! She has been bugging me to show her how. Shes much more attractive than my usual bucking buddy.
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Started the rear panel replacement today. funny what you discover when you start pulling panels off. In this case i found a really crappy patch job. They didn't even use sealant, which allowed water to intrude. I have the lower street side panel off. Tomorrow I will fabricate and replace both lower panels
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