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Old 10-04-2020, 10:47 PM   #1
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Pop Rivets

Where did you guys get your pop rivets from? I am having a hard time finding large head rivets to match the exterior of the bus.
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Old 10-04-2020, 10:58 PM   #2
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Mine weren't large head but I used stainless steel closed end from hansonrivet.com. Side note, use the air rivet gun from Harbor Freight. Its as easy as hold pressure against your panels and squeeze the trigger.
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Old 10-04-2020, 11:16 PM   #3
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Do you remember the size you used? Some people with chastise me for using stainless steel rivets for the body panels! I have a pneumatic riveting tool from Astro. Originally I was going to use solid rivets but I'm not sure its all worth the effort.
Great site Hansons. Thanks for that!
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Old 10-05-2020, 06:53 AM   #4
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Do you remember the size you used? Some people with chastise me for using stainless steel rivets for the body panels! I have a pneumatic riveting tool from Astro. Originally I was going to use solid rivets but I'm not sure its all worth the effort.
Great site Hansons. Thanks for that!
I get my rivets here: https://www.rivetsonline.com/closed-...4ffph/pr84ffph

Who would chastise you for using SS rivets? What else would you use?

1/4" rivets will be about the same size as the factory rivet heads. A lot of people use 3/16", though, as they're considerably cheaper than 1/4" rivets.
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Old 10-05-2020, 07:40 AM   #5
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I used the factory size, some were1/4 but most were 3/16 although some of the 3/16 holes were drilled to 1/4 because they were too loose with a 3/16 rivet. I would like to have used solid but seemed like too much work and I rarely have a helper.
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Old 10-05-2020, 08:43 AM   #6
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I used these guys...

https://rivetsinstock.com/
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Old 10-08-2020, 02:35 AM   #7
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Question Hanson vs Rivets on Line

I have a question. I went to Hanson web page and found these rivets;
PTTD804H 300 STAINLESS RIVET
WITH 420 STAINLESS STEEL
MANDREL, DOME HEAD,


Price $255 for 1,000 rivets




https://www.erivet.com/product_detai...emNbr=PTTD804H


I went to Rivets on Line and found these rivets;


PR84FFPH Stainless Steel Rivet/Stainless Steel Mandrel Dome Head Closed End Blind Rivet


https://www.rivetsonline.com/closed-...4ffph/pr84ffph


Price $374 for 1,000 rivets


Are these the same? Am I missing some thing? They're both 1/4", stainless, closed end, with the same grip range. I was planning on buying from Rivets on line until I saw this post and went to Hanson's and now I'm not sure.
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Old 10-08-2020, 03:25 AM   #8
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Wow, Hanson has a large discount for bulk purchases. Their 100 count price is a little higher than Rivets Online, the 500 count is on par with the 1000 count at Rivets Online and the 1000 count is far less expensive than the 5000 count putchased at Rivets Online.
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Old 10-08-2020, 05:30 PM   #9
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I bought a 200 count pack to see how they look. How many rivets does a re-skinning take? One of the sites I looked at with closed SS Rivets were $384 for 1000 pcs.
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Old 10-14-2020, 10:40 PM   #10
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I went with the following steel/zinc finish below. I could have done stainless even though I am using Galvanealed sheets (low risk of galvanic corrosion) but these were recommended and at a good price.

Bay Fastening Systems

AVDEL INTERLOCK BLIND RIVET .250 DIAMETER [.080-.625GR] DOME HEAD STEEL/STEEL ZINC CLR FINISH RoHS
Item# BA-SSPI-E08-10

0.22 EA x Qty 500 = 112.30
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