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Old 07-27-2007, 12:19 AM   #11
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Re: Proper Rivet Size and Type

Hey Dale... Thanks for all the good poop...

I've been having good results with the air chisel and just popping the rivet heads off with minimal damage to the rest of the steel.... Well, relatively minimal damage..... OK...OK I'VE SCRATCHED THE HELL OUT OF THEM.... Nothing that I'm going to loose sleep over though... Just those pesky rivets in the middle of the rub rails I figure I'll try drilling out since I can't get my chisel in there without causing some major damage... Ain't got to the rusty cancerous spots yet... It was raining most of the day and a new crop of mosquitoes have hatched, making the work outside totally unpleasant.

I'm a little weary about welding that galvanized stuff, so I think I'm just going to slop some 3M 500 sealant on a patch and try to slip it under the existing sheet metal and rivet it in place. I feel that the patch needs to be placed under the existing sheet metal in order to shed water....

I'll try to get some better pix... maybe you'll still convince me otherwise...
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Old 07-27-2007, 04:00 AM   #12
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Re: Proper Rivet Size and Type

Your pictures already beat the ones I have of it covered in icicles. Atleast we know the underside of the 8 Ball is in great shape.
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Ok, my bad. I probably should have shrunk those a little. There's your high resolution picture atleast.
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Old 07-27-2007, 12:13 PM   #14
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Re: Proper Rivet Size and Type

for rivits try, fastenal, mcmaster-carr,ww graingers, msc, or thomas hardware online for mail order suppliers.
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on galvanized the trick to get a good weld is just grinding both sides really good and you can get a galvanizing spray to put back on as well
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