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Old 06-02-2017, 10:40 AM   #1
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Ok first off know I'm new to AS's. We're 1970's AS made with Olympic rivets. I have all the internal skins removed and notice all rivers at seams and braces are Olympic. I just assumed they used Bucked rivets???

Also, had a hard rain last night in Central FL (finally!!!) and have many small leaks at seams and rivets. Thought I would first use Captain Tolly's and then either Volcum or tremors 635 and see how that does, then if still some leaks drill and replace rivets from there. Thoughts on this plan?
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Old 06-02-2017, 10:41 AM   #2
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Old 06-02-2017, 10:42 AM   #3
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LOL y'all know what I'm trying to spell.
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Old 06-02-2017, 10:49 AM   #4
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So no, the 70's era trailer (or any other era, for that matter) were not factory built using Olympic rivets. They should be bucked. Are absolutely all of the shell rivets Olympic, or just a bunch of them? It could very well be that the previous owner had a lot of damge repaired, and you are seeing the post-factory repair work.

Lots of leaks is nothing unusual. Assuming that a bunch of repair work has been done, and you now have olympic rivets that might not seal as well as bucked rivets, and possibly ill fitting sheets (due to some deformation that may have been the result of the original damage)--you probably have a lot of sealing to do--I would try to do most of it from the inside.

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Trempro and Vulkem are equal in quality. Go with what's available to you.
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Old 06-02-2017, 11:39 AM   #6
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Upon closer inspection (day). The entire road side, everything is olympic Rivets. The curb side is bucked rivets. Guess something happened in past? Can't tell anything from outside, aluminum matches the rest in appearance.
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Old 06-02-2017, 12:03 PM   #7
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If Only She Could Talk

Wow, the expression seems to fit here:
If only she could talk.
I bet that trailer has one heck of a story to tell.

Please keep us informed as to the other surprises you find along the way.
Sounds like there will be more if one entire side had panels replaced.
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Old 06-02-2017, 12:09 PM   #8
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I agree, Panic mode hadd not set in yet, structurally it appears OK, work looks like it was done by a good repair shop? I called the guy I bought it from and has no idea he never did anything to it. I am trying to trace other owners down, just would like the "Medical history" of my baby��

Still looking for suggestions on the leaks?
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Old 06-02-2017, 12:12 PM   #9
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I wish my streamline could talk. In refurbishing, I discovered that 2/3 of the streetside panel was a replacement. I wonder what happened.

To answer your question, I have never heard of AS using Olympic in new trailers.
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Use trempro or vulcuem from inside when you can and save your expensive Capt T's for those pesky areas later on.
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