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Old 02-28-2009, 09:33 AM   #21
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Originally Posted by CaddyGrn View Post
I concur with the posts in this thread! Use buck rivets if at all possible. When we restored our Bambi, my hubby used the air gun and I bucked the rivets! We feel much more secure with the structural parts... we also used some Olympic rivets on interior panels... and use them if we have to make a small repair. The difference in cost is minor compared to structural safety in my book...

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Yes, the really good news is that solid rivets are a heck of a lot cheaper than Olympic rivets. Of course, you need the correct tools to drive the solid rivets, and rivet guns aren't cheap, but if you need to do a LOT of rivets, and you have access to both sides (in other words, the interior panels are pulled out), then the solid bucked rivets will end up being cheaper, even including the investment for the tools.

And then you have some cool new tools too, right?

Speaking of which, it's time for me to get outside and check out my new rivet gun and bucking bar-- I have an exterior panel patch to replace!
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