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Old 08-03-2017, 08:38 PM   #21
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So you're saying that you don't drill the rivets partially and then chisel the heads off? I have a nice IR air chisel I'm using but if I want to reuse the holes to install new rivets straight chiseling the rivet heads turns a nice round hole into an oval or obround hole. Please clarify if you would

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None of the thousands of rivet holes on my bus went oblong from air chiseling.
But do it whatever way you see fit.
I agree with bob- drive out the mandrels with a pointy bit, then shear the heads right off those pesky rivets. Not that I've got it down to system I can de-rivet a while 40' bus interior in about 3 hours.
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Old 08-03-2017, 08:41 PM   #22
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Yeah, that Sioux drill must be 24k gold plated on the inside, lol. I have a third of the rivets drilled and punched already. My dad will be out to give me a hand drilling the rest tomorrow. I'll be glad when it's done, I doubt that anything else in my build will be as monotonous as drilling the rivets.

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I wasted a lot of time messing with drilling em.
Days.
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Old 08-03-2017, 08:51 PM   #23
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I wasted a lot of time messing with drilling em.
Days.
I know howya feel, I have a day and a half in and I only have a third of em drilled.

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Old 08-03-2017, 09:03 PM   #24
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I know howya feel, I have a day and a half in and I only have a third of em drilled.

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A $17 air chisel and a borrowed compressor had em licked in no time.
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Old 08-04-2017, 12:17 AM   #25
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A $17 air chisel and a borrowed compressor had em licked in no time.
I have a 60 gallon compressor and a Ingersoll Rand air chisel, I tried chiseling off the heads and it really wallowed out the holes. I'll give it a try again but I believe solid steel 3/16 rivets are a bit too much for the 16ga steel sheet. We'll see......

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I have a 60 gallon compressor and a Ingersoll Rand air chisel, I tried chiseling off the heads and it really wallowed out the holes. I'll give it a try again but I believe solid steel 3/16 rivets are a bit too much for the 16ga steel sheet. We'll see......

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Wait- are we talking SOLID rivets or pop pop rivets with mandrels??
Another pointer- keep your chisel sharp with a grinder or sander.
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Old 08-04-2017, 06:44 AM   #27
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Not that I've got it down to system I can de-rivet a while 40' bus interior in about 3 hours.
Hey what are you doing for the next 3 hrs?

I'm not quick enough for that. Compressor runs constant. Last night the extension cord died. I spent an hour trying to get power. No dice. Need to buy a new cord.

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Wait- are we talking SOLID rivets or pop pop rivets with mandrels??
Another pointer- keep your chisel sharp with a grinder or sander.
Both. Started with the mandrels and then he went with the solid rivets.

With the skins off I can grind down the back side of the rivet and push them out. That's the theory anyway. I haven't done any solid rivets yet. The front cap over the windshield will be fun. There's literally a rivet every inch across the 8 foot span. Thomas uses screws instead of rivets for at least the ceiling. Why Blue Bird WHY!!!!
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Wait- are we talking SOLID rivets or pop pop rivets with mandrels??
Another pointer- keep your chisel sharp with a grinder or sander.
I'm talking about all of the solid rivets above the window openings, all the way around the bus. I'm doing a full front to back roof raise.

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I'm talking about all of the solid rivets above the window openings, all the way around the bus. I'm doing a full front to back roof raise.
I'm going to do the same and I'm not looking forward to it. The rivets on the side of the bus appear to be easy enough to get at the backside with an angle grinder. That's going to be my first attempt at removal. Drilling does NOT sound like fun. The front cap I might have to. I havent' gotten to removing the interior skin over the windshield yet.
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Hey what are you doing for the next 3 hrs?

I'm not quick enough for that. Compressor runs constant. Last night the extension cord died. I spent an hour trying to get power. No dice. Need to buy a new cord.

Both. Started with the mandrels and then he went with the solid rivets.

With the skins off I can grind down the back side of the rivet and push them out. That's the theory anyway. I haven't done any solid rivets yet. The front cap over the windshield will be fun. There's literally a rivet every inch across the 8 foot span. Thomas uses screws instead of rivets for at least the ceiling. Why Blue Bird WHY!!!!
Yeah, I've removed a good bit of the outer solid rivets to get my rub rails off.
Grind em from the back side, then pop em out with the pointy bit on an air chisel. The ones that can't be reached from the back, I just ground flat then drilled em.
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