Originally Posted by Dragonpop
The best method I found for the rivets was to punch out the center stem of the rivet and use a 1/4" drill bit to drill them out.
The thing that most people don't understand is that you can't drill them out at full speed on the drill without tearing up the bit.
Just put enough force on the bit that you are getting a good curl of metal coming out of the bit. Ive drilled hundreds of rivets
and still have a usable bit. The main thing is to get that hardened stem out of the middle which then gives you a piloted hole
for your drill to follow. As to grinding the rivets off you will find that a flap disc removes metal faster than a solid disc. Keep
up the good work and apply lots of elbow grease. Also if you just drill deep enough to get to the base metal depth you can use
a cold chisel to pop off the top of the rivet. I've found that the best tool for that is a chisel set with replaceable tips so you
can change from punch to chisel etc with the same tool, very handy.
I definitely agree with this. After reading a lot of posts and checking youtube videos. An air hammer hooked up to an air compressor to pop out the center of the rivets and then a 1/4" drill to pop off the heads worked wonders. With two people drilling the heads off, the rivets didn't seem like hard work at all. We did drill too fast and wear out one of the bits though, lesson learned.