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Old 04-05-2009, 02:09 PM   #21
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Originally Posted by Inland RV Center, In View Post
Those rivets are the old "explosive" type.

They have been history for at least 35 years.

They were the "approved" method of sheet metal repairs, back then.

I had a 58 overlander that had the whole side replaced with those explosive rivets. It was not noticeable from the outside but after removing the interior panels it was obivious that the whole side was replaced. Every one of them were loose and leaking. I wish I had thought of bucking them to tightening them up.
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Old 04-05-2009, 04:19 PM   #22
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explosive rivet video on youtube

An interesting view of how these work(ed)...

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Old 04-05-2009, 05:39 PM   #23
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Originally Posted by mswartz View Post
An interesting view of how these work(ed)...
Explosive rivets were installed using a 350 to 500 watt soldering iron, that had a tip that matched the brazier head of the rivet.

You had to apply a little pressure in order for the heat to quickly transfer.

That was the cause of loose fitting rivets, since that pressure cause the metal seams to push inward, especially on segments, unless you were very careful.

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Old 04-05-2009, 08:56 PM   #24
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They don't look like CherryMax to me. That rivet has a bulb on the bottom of the pull stem that fills in the hole in the back side of the rivet when it's pulled. Also, the pull stem is visible on the head of the rivet where it breaks off. I can't see any evidence of a pull stem on the heads in the photos.

Way back there was an "exploding rivet" that was installed in the hole and then heated with a soldering iron to cause the rivet to expand below the sheet metal. I've never seen these installed, but remember seeing ads for them in the aviation publications back in the 60's.
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Old 04-17-2009, 11:59 AM   #25
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Originally Posted by Inland RV Center, In View Post
If you have some explosive rivets that are loose, simply buck them a little, and that fixes the problem.

Thanks Andy, You can buck these rivets. Before-After...
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Old 04-17-2009, 04:44 PM   #26
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I knew my navy training would come in handy someday. Sure has been a long wait. I thought you guys were kidding about explosive rivets.
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