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Old 07-29-2009, 06:05 PM   #11
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Re: Rub Rails

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Originally Posted by vanguy67
I agree. I think my bus would look better without the rub rails too. Unfortunately, Bluebird, in their infinite over-engineering wisdom, shot a rivet EVERY TWO INCHES!! in my rub rails and I don't want to have to patch 800 holes per side just to get the streamlined look. I would be a raving maniac!!

For me, rub rails stay.
DITTO, my Wayne is the same way, and they are hard ass solid rivets. Not the kind that you can punch out the center and then drill out. I hate rivets AAAAAAARRRRGGGGG!

The kind you grind all of the heads, air chisel and cross your fingers that you can punch them through. Then you get to hear them rattle around the inside of the wall for eternity. Rivets are wonderful!
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Old 07-29-2009, 06:18 PM   #12
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Re: Rub Rails

Theres GOT to be a special tool to remove the bastards....

Maybe something like this?? They state that the Blind Rivet Tool will remove solid rivets...
Might work! ... tools.aspx
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Old 07-29-2009, 07:19 PM   #13
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Re: Rub Rails

They do make a rivet shaver but you have to buy the tool that the bit goes into. I saw the shaver tips when I bought my solid rivet driver head. I just cut a slot in them and hit them with a air chisel tip. They have been popping right off.
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Old 08-10-2009, 02:50 PM   #14
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Re: Rub Rails

I am removing mine....I found plastic plugs that snap into the holes.. Where there are main frame rail I installed new rivets
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