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Old 04-19-2008, 11:49 AM   #21
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I didn't find any Olympic rivets, but I did find a few repairs made with exploding rivets.
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Old 04-24-2008, 08:23 AM   #22
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Unhappy Scared of the Rivet Shaver

Hi, Zep,

Thanks for the conversation on Airforums ( about rivets. I learned a lot and continue to study.

I am kind of scared of the rivet shaver. I can imagine the thing slipping off the rivet head and skipping around on the Airstream skin. I've heard this can happen. I'm adventurous and I try to do a good job once I launch into a project. But, I'm not extremely strong and I don't use power tools every day. As a DIYer and hobbyist, I'm not opposed to taking a project to a pro, but I really want to learn how to do this.

This rivet shaving is one of those gray areas for me. I know I can learn to do it, but I don't want to harm my Trade Wind (too much) in the process of learning.

I am wondering, can I use a Dremel tool for the shaving? It's smaller, lighter, fits my hand better than an air or electric drill, I can get both hands on it to steady, I am already very comfortable using it in my other hobbies and household repairs (stained glass window construction, furniture repair, grout restoration, etc.).

I'm talking now about Olympic rivets that I would use for small skin repairs and missing rivets here and there. I understand that using the rivets without the rubber washers and with plenty of Vulkem is the way to go, without removing inside skin and bucking the brazier solid rivets just for a few small repairs.

I'm willing to buy the shaver and bit, but the point is the manual strength to keep the thing from slipping out of control.

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Old 04-24-2008, 10:17 AM   #23
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Originally Posted by IndyAnne
...I am kind of scared of the rivet shaver. I can imagine the thing slipping off the rivet head and skipping around on the Airstream skin.

...I am wondering, can I use a Dremel tool for the shaving? It's smaller, lighter, fits my hand better than an air or electric drill, I can get both hands on it to steady, I am already very comfortable using it ...

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Anne, yes.

Any abraiding tool, including a file and sandpaper, can be used.

But you must be looking at a different kind of shaver--mine is enclosed in a cylinder, where you place the circular end flat on the skin with the rivet inside. This holds the shaver at exactly the right height and you can't really "slip." Having said that, unless you're going to do lots of rivets, the dremel is the way to go.

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Old 09-16-2008, 03:32 PM   #24
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Air Compressor Suggestions

Would love suggestions for a portable air compressor to run the ATS Aircraft Rivet Gun. One caveat: I would like to run it off my Honda generator and not off home power. I was hoping I could find a small one that does not pull to many amps and then it would play nice nice with my generator. The gun specs says: 3CFM required at 90 psi. I've noticed that some like Makitas mention Low Amp Draw so that may be where I'm heading.
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Old 01-04-2009, 07:18 AM   #25
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Hi Zep

Just wanted to say a BIG thankyou for all your concise info on solid rivet sizes - bucking brilliant ! I'm just starting to restore a 53 Flying Cloud

(my Blog is at: Fiftythree Flying Cloud)

and having stripped her out we've decided to lift the body off the chassis, to make a really good job of the chassis & new floor. Then I'll be bucking the two back together. All your info in this thread has answered all my questions, so thanks from the depths of Devon , UK and very best wishes for 2009.

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Old 01-04-2009, 07:57 AM   #26
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It is possible to install rivets with a body shop air chisel if you cut the pressure way down. Go real slow with the air gun going "putt putt putt".

3 or 4 "putts" per rivet is all it takes. I rebuilt a Piper Cub this way.
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Old 09-23-2009, 05:54 AM   #27
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I've been keeping an eye on this thread and others regarding riveting. We're trying to assemble all the rivets and tools you'll need to do any kind of Airstream repair. Within the next 3 weeks we should have 5/32 modified brazier head rivets (the correct replacement rivet for most "old work" situations") and all the bucking tools you'll need. Let me know if we are missing anything you need.
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Thanks, your info was very informative! Two thumbs up!
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