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Old 05-05-2018, 08:54 AM   #321
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Are those self tapping screws you used for the new skins? I have been going back and forth between doing mine with rivets or self tapping screws. I would rather use the screws , but didn't really know the pros and cons.
The new skins look great though congrats on getting that done
Yes. They are Teks #10 x 3/4. I bought a pack of 170 from Home Depot for around $7. The cap heads are a close, but not a perfect match for the OEM screws. It will be hard to spot the difference once they are painted.

Thomas use screws where most use rivets. They did use rivets in some places, but in that entire project I think I had to remove only 12 rivets, and I replaced them with screws.

The exterior screws did not come out as easily as the interior. I went around and cut a slot in each one with a cutting disk and they unscrewed easily with a large screwdriver. The impact screwdriver wouldn't budge many of them.
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Old 05-05-2018, 08:56 AM   #322
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Off topic question....
Steve- are you a football fan?
If by "football" you mean "The beautiful game", then yes.

My team is Sheffield Wednesday. They currently play in the second division of English football.
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If by "football" you mean "The beautiful game", then yes.

My team is Sheffield Wednesday. They currently play in the second division of English football.
Exactly what I mean!
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Old 05-12-2018, 01:05 PM   #324
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