Originally Posted by modernrat
I need to re-rivet the entry door to my '59 Flying Cloud. Q#1: what kind of rivets can I use? Q#2: Do I need to open interior to fasten the rivet? I'm desperate!
Here's what I would do.....your mileage may vary, and there's no batteries included...
Loosen and peel back the inner skins immediately behind the problem area.
Now, make some shims of aluminum from .050, or at least .032 sheet aluminum. Make the shim as large as possible, even if you have to use extra rivets to fasten it outside of the hinge circumference.
Drill the existing pattern into the shim, ( or backing plate, if that makes more sense)
Now fasten hinge with buck rivets to the outer skin, and backing plate.
The buck rivets will hold very well, and the backing plate ( shim) will give the assembly more stability.
You might have to do the same to the door as well.