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Old 04-12-2019, 10:16 PM   #1
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Rivets for the outside of the bus.

I have a 2000 Bluebird and will be raising the roof. I will be using 20 gauge galvanized sheet metal for the sides. I am wondering what type and size of rivets to use. 3/16" or 1/4". I know I will be using stainless steel rivets but am unsure of the other measurements required. Any help is appreciated. Thanks
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Old 04-12-2019, 10:37 PM   #2
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I replaced all the rivets I drilled out with square drive Phillips pan head screws. The heads are the same size and they fit tight in the old rivet hole. They were used in places on the bus from the factory and they are a whole lot less labor. Just throwing it out there. I believe the stock rivet is 3/16"
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Rivets for the outside of the bus.

i just used the same size rivets as my existing holes. 3/16 for 95% of my top rail. I drilled out any that were wollered out to 1/4. This place (eccb recommended) is where I bought 1300 SS closed end blind rivets. https://rivetsinstock.com/ Im very happy with them.
Make sure to measure your grip distance...the sum of all the layers you want to suck together.

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umm stainless fasteners on mild steel

Look into this for further confirmation. I do not think it is recommended to use a stainless steel fastener on mild steel..... The mild steel immediately around the stainless part will try to corrode faster than surrounding steel areas. Another way to put this... The mild steel around the rivet will rust away faster than any other section of the steel skin..... stainless skins, get stainless rivets, aluminum skins get aluminum rivets, mild steel skins get mild steel rivets.

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Look into this for further confirmation. I do not think it is recommended to use a stainless steel fastener on mild steel..... The mild steel immediately around the stainless part will try to corrode faster than surrounding steel areas. Another way to put this... The mild steel around the rivet will rust away faster than any other section of the steel skin..... stainless skins, get stainless rivets, aluminum skins get aluminum rivets, mild steel skins get mild steel rivets.

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Stainless and mild steel are fine. Mild steel rivets are pretty hard to find.
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I replaced all the rivets I drilled out with square drive Phillips pan head screws. The heads are the same size and they fit tight in the old rivet hole. They were used in places on the bus from the factory and they are a whole lot less labor. Just throwing it out there. I believe the stock rivet is 3/16"



Screws with a square drive head are not Phillips anywhere in the world.


Try Robertson



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Old 04-13-2019, 09:04 AM   #7
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Screws with a square drive head are not Phillips anywhere in the world.


Try Robertson



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some history about Robertson square socket screws - Robertson, a Canadian, tried to sell his product to Henry Ford - Ford recognised what a great idea it was, but didn't want to pay Robertson's price, so he produced his own - a law suit evolved, Ford lost, and Robertson refused to sell his product in the US - after Robertson passed away, the company continued with the ban against US sales - it's only recently that the product has been available in the US
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Hmmmm.....

I started using square drive screws in California in 1987.....
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Hmmmm.....

I started using square drive screws in California in 1987.....
quite possible - the law suit was back in the days of Henry Ford and the Model T
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Hmmmm.....

I started using square drive screws in California in 1987.....
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