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Old 05-31-2020, 04:37 PM   #1
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What type of Rivets should i use?

Hello, we have a 63 safari that we are trying to restore some, we would like to fill in some of the rivet holes it has with rivets but not sure what type to use.
Can i just use the same rivets i used inside the trailer? Attach is a picture of the holes. It also has other holes thru out the trailer.
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Old 05-31-2020, 05:37 PM   #2
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No pics were on my computer that you posted. If holes are on exterior use olympics, do not use pop rivets, they are ok for inside work def. not outside.
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Old 06-01-2020, 09:53 PM   #3
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Thank you so much for your reply.
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Old 06-01-2020, 10:08 PM   #4
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Use Olympic rivets for all your outside rivet replacements.
Then a "rivet shaving tool" to smooth out the remaining nub.
Vintage Trailer Supply (or one of your Airstream friends) has it sometimes.

https://vintagetrailersupply.com/sha...ivets-vts-177/
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Old 06-02-2020, 12:04 AM   #5
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Whole Holes!

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Thank you so much for your reply.
garciacag, These holes look like the signs of and awning being removed or possibly torn off the side if the trailer. I do not know if you can find Olympic Rivets to fit those holes or not! From your picture I would assume this was the lower plate locations for awning arms that where screwed thru the skins to the edge of the sub-floor. you may just want to shape an aluminum patch to cover all these holes and drill new rivet holes to hold it in place. Use the same technique to attach it with Olympic rivets and use the same method to seal it to the panels as I described in the post about your trim moulding issue. One other thing about Olympic rivets. When they are shaved down correctly they are hard to tell at a glance that they are not bucked rivets like the original ones. Ed
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Ol Bob and BIGED52, thank you very much for your response, I will use the Olympic rivets for the smaller holes. And as for the bigger ones, yes BIGED52 we took of the rails of an awning. We will take your advice and place a piece of Aluminum on top. Have a great day
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A shaver isn't mandatory for Olympic rivets if finances are tight.


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Old 06-08-2020, 12:51 PM   #8
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Brokeboater, what do you use to shave them? I can't afford to buy the shaver so if you can tell me how to do it, I would really appreciate it very much. Thanks
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If you don't have access to a rivet shaver, you can file then down or use a Dremel tool. They won't be as consistent, but you can get by. Just clip the stem as close to the rivet head as possible, then file/Dremel it until flush with the head.


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Rivet shaver can be rented for a small fee.
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INSIDEOUT... Thank you for your advice, I think we will try it unless we can rent one.

FEATHERBEDDER.... Where can you rent one?
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I think you will need to design and apply an Al patch over that area. By all means use Olympic Rivets. Outdoors mart RV sells them. I use a pair of clippers and a file on the heads. Or sometimes a Dremel tool. I personally take the little o ring off the olympics and use a dap of pro temp sealant. There is usually a lot of that extra floating around one of my repair jobs.
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