Originally Posted by ism minerals
The rivets above the top rain guard, I think I can reach the back of them with an angle grinder.
If I was to grind the backs off the rivets, do they come out with a little force; or do they have to be drilled to be removed?
I assume those rivets are solid rivets..? I've tried several times, but never had good success removing these by grinding off the back side. It seems to me they must deform into a cone shape, narrow at the head end and wide at the back end. Even if the back side is ground off flat, it seems there's still a little bit of taper that has to be fought and overcome in order to make the rivet go back out the same way it went in.
I recently discovered that eating the head out of the rivet with a plasma cutter works about as well as drilling, doesn't damage the panel if done carefully, and is faster.