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Old 08-29-2013, 06:30 PM   #1
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Rivets source ?

Hi guys,
VTS is out of Olympic rivets (5/32) and also out of Nuvite G6 and C.
Any ideas where else can we get some?
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Old 08-29-2013, 06:41 PM   #2
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Perfect polish has nuvite, not sure about the rivets
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Old 08-29-2013, 06:41 PM   #3
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The polish can be found at perfectpolish.com. Shipping takes awhile in my experience but I am on the opposite end of the country!

The Airstream store sells Olympics.
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Old 08-29-2013, 07:38 PM   #4
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Out of Doors Mart and Inland RV both sell Olympic rivets.

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Old 08-29-2013, 07:47 PM   #5
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If there's a Fastenal store in your neck of the woods, you might try them as well. There's one in our town and they seem to be growing. I bought lots of fasteners from them (rivets, stainless steel screws, elevator bolts, etc). The money stays in your hometown. Prices are reasonable. The guy that owns the one here is fabulous. Great folks.

Not hat I'm opposed to using the vendors that advertise and are members here, I've bought from them, too. I want them around for hard-to-find items.

Point being there's lot's of sources out there. Enjoy your 'Stream.

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Many places sell Olympic Rivets.
Google RV6607-05-05 and you'll probably find a few places. Some places only sell in large quantities. For large quantities I'd recommend Byler Rivet supply in Irving, Texas.
Smaller quantities, those mentioned before are good bets.
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well with wverything that is ahead if us, between the front lower panel, vv windowss, stack windows and some more patches around it it seems like we will need a few ;-)
based on that now we are looking for a rivet shaver, does anyone knows the best source?
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Old 11-09-2013, 05:01 PM   #9
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Out of Doors Mart (www.odmrv.com) has a pretty good set up for rental: You pay the full price for a new one ($249.95) and if you ship it back within 30 days (and, of course, in good shape), they'll refund $209.95 - basically a little more than a buck a day! I thought it was a great idea.....
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I have bought Olympic Rivets at a variety of places, including local industrial supply houses. Just make sure you have the correct part number when you start calling around.

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Ok. My latest wild goose chase is for buck rivets. I purchased the buck riveting start-up kit which includes the proper size rivets for 99% of applications. Problem is I need a handful of slightly longer rivets(20 or so of each size) at the rear hold-down area. So what I'm looking for is 1/8 brazier, and 5/32 modified brazier in 1 inch lengths (although I would settle for 3/4 because I plan on cutting the 1 inch to size, anyway).

I have checked locally with Byler and fastenal among other places. I have also looked online all morning. There are places that may have something close, but excessive min. Orders or excessive shipping charges. And 1 or the other. Right now my best option has been grainger for 1/8. They don't have good longer sizes in 5/32. My only concern is they don't list the alloy, and I don't want to wait until Tuesday to find they are the hard rivets and have to start all over again. I would appreciate any advice and if anyone happens to have any extras of these lying around you can name your price.
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Old 01-24-2014, 08:14 PM   #12
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Hey, I'm sure you'll get some local help but if not Aircraft spruce will be a good start, they sell by fractions of a pound. Buy long snip short. I'll link universal head's (470's) as that's what most will use in AD but if you want soft A then they're there too. I'd mail you a handful but we're some distance apart.

http://www.aircraftspruce.ca/catalog...clickkey=18785
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I really appreciate your helpful sentiment. Spruce was the only place I had been recommended before my search began, so I had high hopes. It was literally the only place where I was met with rudeness. The woman I spoke with expected me to provide part numbers when I knew every single spec. that was required for my order. I was told they did not carry what I was asking for. Spruce was the only single place that I spoke with all day that I felt treated me poorly. Maybe I would meet with different results upon speaking with a different rep., but it left a bad taste in my mouth. I understand they are a good source for alum sheet metal, but rivets, not so sure.
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hmn, sorry to hear that. How about skygeek or airparts?
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Old 01-24-2014, 10:39 PM   #16
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Thanks. Neither place made the top twenty or so on my internet search, but I'm excited to have new options to check out.

And I forgot to pose this question: it seems unanimous to use trem pro or like substance with Olympics. But is it also recommended for solid rivets? I do not see any evidence of sealant on the original rivets, but perhaps they cleaned up after. Trem pro(vulkem) with solid rivets?

And Steve at VTS explained that you want soft rivets, so if there is a structural failure you want a sheared rivet as opposed to torn skins. Makes sense to me. So with a brazier rivet you can visually spot a hard rivet by a characteristic dimple in the center of its head, while a soft alloy will be continuous and smooth. Just a little more airstream science (or trivia) for ya.
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Most restorers buck the seams wet , meaning that they use a sealant along the entire seam.
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Hey Rippie, riviting in an area like the hold down plate, like you mentioned, I personally would not use an A (soft) rivet, If there's a scenario involving skins being torn by AD rivets I doubt you'd want the trailer back afterwards. I'm not the Airstream pro but just wanted to add my opinion here.

And yup you can roll on some sealant before assembly then shoot the rivets, too much and it'll just be a mess. Try to wipe off ALL sealant from the rivet tails before bucking them too.
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We just bought rivets and cleco's from Aircraft Spruce as recommended in post # 12. Andy from Inland recommended them when we were in his shop as they are just down the street from him in Corona Ca.

They were very friendly and we worked with Tad.
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I had been under the understanding that brazier and (mod braziers) were desired as they were a "match" in size to the factory rivets. Universals would look and might stand out. I was not looking to order universals, so if they are acceptable replacements, that changes things entirely. They also look gold in the picture on the spruce site, but I'm guessing that's lighting or something.
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