Free 7 Day Trial RV GPS App RV Trip Planner RV LIFE Campground Reviews RV Maintenance Free 7 Day Trial ×

Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 01-01-2017, 03:56 PM   #1
1 Rivet Member
1962 24' Tradewind
Springfield , State
Join Date: May 2015
Posts: 9
Ideas anyone?

Click image for larger version

Name:	ImageUploadedByAirstream Forums1483307491.939668.jpg
Views:	120
Size:	70.0 KB
ID:	277505

So I've got the shell back on as part of a full monty restoration. Have bucked rivets most of the way around. In the street side it sits lower now than before and I have about a dozen holes that don't match up with the J channel. They are right below and even with the top of the subfloor. It won't be hard to drill a new row right above and hit the j channel but not sure what do do with the existing holes. Would like to fill with rivets but not sure what kind would work. Can't buck. Anybody have a suggestion?

Scott P. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-02-2017, 10:44 AM   #2
Rivet Master
Belegedhel's Avatar
1973 21' Globetrotter
Houston , Texas
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 3,065
When I put my shell back on, I had holes that didn't line up as well, tried a dozen different things to try and get the frame to flex so that the the holes would work, but ended up giving up and drilling new holes. I have a '73, so the rivet line was all covered by a piece of trim anyway, so I didn't have to worry about the way it ended up looking. I also didn't have such a mismatch that I missed the entire channel. Anyway, I assume you have already tried things like messing with the leveling of the frame in order to get things to line up a little better.

So how to fill the existing holes....What would be ideal would be if you could install a blind (or "pop") rivet that can be counter-sunk so that you could minimize the appearance of the "plugs." I am not sure whether such a thing exists. If you could slip a piece of 1/8" steel between that row of holes and the plywood (to searve as a permanent anvil), then you might be able to buck in some counter-sunk solid rivets from the outside.

Good luck!
Belegedhel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-01-2017, 06:21 PM   #3
2 Rivet Member
1960 24' Tradewind
Kingsville , Ontario
Join Date: Oct 2015
Posts: 92
Blog Entries: 1
Cut off?

I guess you could "trim" the bottom edge off, not ideal I know....
KZGoodchild is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-01-2017, 11:27 PM   #4
Rivet Master
cwf's Avatar
1999 34' Excella
Currently Looking...
Hillsboro , Texas
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 6,395
Images: 2
Blog Entries: 2
Welllll... Do you know if the frame is flexed causing the floor and C-channel to lift or nose to drop? Things may not line up due to lifetime flex... so, if frame is good, you might be better off redrilling where C-channel is...

one thought... if ribs and skin were not separated during shell removal, do the ribs alight to the c-channel?
Peace and Blessings..
WBCCI# 30676
cwf is offline   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Corpus Christi area air stream technician needed! Can anyone recommend anyone? Rockpo Knudsvig General Repair Forum 0 03-22-2015 08:27 AM
hello, I was wondering if anyone here is from Las Vegas and know of anyone that rents kikiboi Our Community 6 01-05-2014 04:52 PM
Referral Contest Ideas! Andy R Forum Admin, News and Member Account Info 7 08-28-2003 06:56 PM
RV Ideas to consider ??? FrankR General Repair Forum 18 09-18-2002 11:43 PM

Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by the Airstream, Inc. or any of its affiliates. Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 03:43 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.