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Old 08-14-2017, 10:41 AM   #1
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Rivet source

Anyone have a good source for the BlueBird-type body panel rivets:
  • exterior hi-domed blind
  • 1/2" wide head
  • 1/8" head height
  • 1/4" hole
  • .2" grip

Going for that stock-look.

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edit: here is East CoastCB's link link for Rivets , but .08 head height.

Here is Fastenal's $$$ link

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Old 08-14-2017, 11:51 AM   #2
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Try Bylor Rivit. Search for structural rivit, or just call them. Good service and prices.
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Old 08-14-2017, 12:12 PM   #3
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I've bought a variety of "universal head" solid steel rivets. Some from Hansen Rivet in CA and a bunch from Rivets in Stock aka Jay-Cee Sales & Rivet in MI. Most 3/16 diameter and 3/8, 1/2, and 5/8 length. Also a bunch of 1/4 diameter by 1/2 length. But now that I wrote this I realize you didn't ask about that at all..

I'm attaching a photo of some closed-end blind rivets. The barrel on these is 1/4 diameter, .67 length (grip must be something like .45 or less, but I haven't pulled any yet to test). The head is .50 diameter and about .10 tall. I'm not sure whether this head would be more similar to a universal or to a round profile.

Edit: by the way, this particular style is aluminum with a steel mandrel. Just in case material matters.
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Old 08-14-2017, 01:07 PM   #4
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[QUOTEfamily wagon;219363]

Edit: by the way, this particular style is aluminum with a steel mandrel. Just in case material matters.[/QUOTE]


Thanks ! If I put aluminum rivets in a steel panel, I will get abused by the other Forum members... Something something galvanic reaction.

Found these bad-boys: Magna-Bulb MBP-R8-M4 . They are on fleabay, as well for $50/100 ish delivered. Turf's link to Byler Rivet is good, as well- nice folks, spoke with them on the phone.

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rivet specs, if anyone cares to read more
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Old 08-14-2017, 01:14 PM   #5
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Steel Sheet source

Found these guys local-

Alro has decent (retail) prices for the 5'x10' 16 ga sheet I want. ~ $170 w/ high steel prices now.

aluminized or zinc is next ? whichever takes paint better.

Great PDF of sheet steel specs

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Aluminum & zinc both require etching to take paint but there are some "specialty" sheets such as Galvaume that come ready to paint.,
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Old 08-15-2017, 10:50 AM   #7
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Thanks ! If I put aluminum rivets in a steel panel, I will get abused by the other Forum members... Something something galvanic reaction.
That's absolutely true. Nevertheless, just yesterday I stripped out about a dozen factory rivets off parts from my bus. The parts were galvanized steel and the rivets were non-magnetic.. sure looked like aluminum rivets from the factory on mine. It's kind of weird: they used them rather haphazardly. Rivets holding the rub rail on one side were steel, while on the other side many were aluminum. I suppose it's possible they were field replacements and not factory original, but I didn't see any other signs that would lead me to believe somebody had been in there replacing rivets.
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Hey Rusty, this may be Reviving an old dead thread but how did those magna bulb rivets work for you ? Are they water proof and do you need a special gun to put them in? I am going to be at the riveting stage and am trying to search the internet for a closed end 1/4 inch all steel rivet and not finding much
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Hey Rusty, this may be Reviving an old dead thread but how did those magna bulb rivets work for you ? Are they water proof and do you need a special gun to put them in? I am going to be at the riveting stage and am trying to search the internet for a closed end 1/4 inch all steel rivet and not finding much
I've got 1/4" SS closed end rivets from a few suppliers via google.

Here is where I got my last batch-
https://rivetsinstock.com/rivets/bli...nd-rivets.html
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