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Old 12-21-2010, 09:24 AM   #81
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Thanks Peter, that is a great tutorial for someone who has never handled rivets. To bad the shaver is so expensive. You have to admit that it does a perfect job from what I can see.

For those that are looking, the Byler Rivet web page is under reconstruction, but I am sure their toll free number still works. I am going to get some prices from them tomorrow.

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Call me blind, but I cannot for the life of me find out how to link to this rivet installation tutorial! If anyone can tell me how, I'll be forever grateful ...
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Old 12-21-2010, 12:48 PM   #82
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No, your not blind...

This thread was started back in 2002...it looks like the pictures in the opening post are no longer available. It appears they were reposted in Post #47 though...

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Old 08-09-2011, 09:23 AM   #83
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Do the Olympic rivets come in different lengths? If so, what do I need to replace a missing exterior skin rivet on the side of our 'stream?
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Old 08-09-2011, 09:54 AM   #84
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Aviator, I'm sorry but I don't know. I'm sure you can purchase them through the Vintage Trailer Supply ( otherwise known as VTS) and I'll bet they can advise you what the best length is. I always find them pleasant and helpful. Good luck. I'm interested in your progress. Down the road I too may be interested in replacing a panel.

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Old 08-09-2011, 10:54 AM   #85
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Do the Olympic rivets come in different lengths? If so, what do I need to replace a missing exterior skin rivet on the side of our 'stream?
Craig.

One length does it for any Airstream metal replacement.

Using the standard Airstream length works great.

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Old 08-09-2011, 12:13 PM   #86
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As far as I'm aware, Olympics only come in one length and since they are so unique in their construction and function, I don't believe a different length would be cost effective to make. Once you see and use them, you'll see.

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Old 08-09-2011, 12:40 PM   #87
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Old 08-10-2011, 08:39 PM   #88
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re tutorial pics

I would love to see your pictures but for whatever reason they just show up as red "X"s. Do you know why I can not pull them up? Seriously I need help on the whole rivet thing and I REALLY need to see the pictures.
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Go to the top of page three. My pictures are still there that photographically show the whole process.

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Old 10-20-2012, 06:58 PM   #90
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A very helpful thread. What a wealth of knowledge exists on this forum.
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Old 11-07-2012, 01:34 PM   #91
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Funny you should bring this up again... my father (an experienced machinist) is making me exactly what shelocta described: a version specifically designed to drill out Airstream rivets.

I won't have it until late spring, but when I get it the plan is to replace a couple of exterior panels with it. I will post here on the results and design of the device at that time. If it works well, I'll investigate having it reproduced by a machine shop.

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