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Old 06-02-2017, 06:57 PM   #1
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Removing rivets

I have had no success with getting the rivets off the side panels . I honestly wanted to keep the wall I have and but I've had no luck drilling into it either!!! Super frustrated


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Old 06-02-2017, 07:02 PM   #2
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If you use a wedged chisel you can hammer them off in a few hits. If you drill, you'll want the bit to be about as large as the rivets and drill straight through until it pops.
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You really need an air compressor and an air hammer with chisel bit to get em off easily.
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Are you punching the mandrel (center) out first? Even with hand tools they go pretty fast once the mandrel is pushed out the back.

I used air tools and I thought that was hard enough. There was a really good video about how someone removed the rivets with hand tools a while back. It didn't look that bad, so it can be done without air. How strong are your arms?
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Are you punching the mandrel (center) out first? Even with hand tools they go pretty fast once the mandrel is pushed out the back.

I used air tools and I thought that was hard enough. There was a really good video about how someone removed the rivets with hand tools a while back. It didn't look that bad, so it can be done without air. How strong are your arms?


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Old 06-02-2017, 08:30 PM   #6
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The paint has every river stuck like glue; even when I've punched out the center!!!


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Yeah, the aluminum rivets come off like butter. The steel rivets put up a bit of a fight.

You need something thin you can drive under the edge of the rivet to get it to lift just a little, then put a chisel in the gap and pound that rivet off. Do that about 40,000 times and it's done.

It's a long job and it's likely you'll cut yourself at some point putting some real blood, sweat and maybe tears into the bus.

I tried to find a good video but they all seemed to be showing aluminum rivets being removed. Best advice is a nice sharp chisel.
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Old 06-03-2017, 07:28 AM   #8
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Old 06-03-2017, 07:29 AM   #9
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. Finally seeing some progress!!!


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This is how I've removed all my rivets. I was about to post a video and this guy beat me to it.
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