Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 10-09-2003, 05:07 PM   #1
1 Rivet Member
carls017's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 13
Question Missing Exterior Rivets

On my 1968 overlander I'm missing a few external rivets towards the bottom of the trailer. These appear to be in non-crucial places, but I'd like to replace them for appearance. I have heard that the only way to get to the external rivets in the skin is to remove interior rivets and portions of the wall. The interior of my AS has been 97% beautifully restored by previous owners.

Is there a way to replace these rivets from the outside -- a cosmetic fix? What kind of rivets woud I use?

carls017 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-09-2003, 05:24 PM   #2
5 rivets, 1 loose screw
Rog0525's Avatar
1966 20' Globetrotter
Saginaw County , Michigan
Join Date: May 2002
Posts: 1,555
Images: 11
external rivets are externally applied.

I'm missing a few screws myself but that's a different matter.
AS rivets are either pop rivets (have a hole in the center) or solid Olympic rivets. Pop rivets are available from most hardware stores, Olympic rivets are available at Airstreamdreams, InlandRV, etc. If in doubt as to how to apply them, do a search on "rivets".

Rog0525 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-09-2003, 05:54 PM   #3
3 Rivet Member
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 168

You'll want to use Olympic Rivets on the exterior. They can be applied from the outside, without disassembling the interior wall. (They work like a drywall anchor, or molly bolt). When installed, they look just like new--or old, as the case may be.

This is an easy and cheap repair for a dealer, or aircraft mechanic, or metal shop. It takes a couple of special tools, which are very expensive. Unless you're doing a whole bunch of them, it wouldn't make sense to buy the tools yourself--let a professional handle it.

63flyingcloud is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-09-2003, 07:05 PM   #4
1 Rivet Member
carls017's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 13
Smile The Rivet Question

Rog and Tom, thank you. I guess the few missing rivits that I have are Olympic rivits. I think I'll not worry about it as this point.

Funny how compusive one gets when one has her first vintage AS.

carls017 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-12-2003, 02:17 PM   #5
Rivet Master
InsideOut's Avatar

1956 22' Safari
Vintage Kin Owner
Conifer/Evergreen , Colorado
Join Date: Feb 2002
Posts: 12,124
Images: 108
Actually, Olympic rivets can be installed without the fancy equipment that Tom mentioned...the bucked rivets are the ones that require pros, removing inner skins and special equipment.

We have ordered and installed Olympic rivets ourselves, no problem with a regular rivet gun. If you wnat to finish them off like a pro you can "shave" them either by hand or with a Dremel tool. It you have a bunch to do, you may want to invest in a rivet-shaver which runs about $180.

Good luck!

InsideOut is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-13-2003, 08:55 AM   #6
Perry's Avatar
1982 34' Limited
mire poix , midi pyrenees
Join Date: Nov 2002
Posts: 117
Images: 15

what's the tool like and whats drywall and molly bolt?
dont know any of that over here?and thats only the rivets!!!
thanks perry
First European Airstream park
Perry 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
Missing cabinet door dmadam Cabinets, Counter Tops & Furnishings 7 03-19-2004 11:46 AM
Aluminum underbelly missing Joe C 2002 - 2005 International 10 11-10-2002 09:41 PM
'66 Safari - step and window guard parts? Gordon 1966 - 1968 Safari 1 04-20-2002 11:16 AM

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 08:21 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.