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Old 12-11-2020, 05:39 PM   #1
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A rivet lost in time

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I was prepping for paint and found this river stuck in the wheel well lip. itís painted the same as the bus, so probably there from the factory. I think I will leave it

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Old 12-11-2020, 06:23 PM   #2
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Might have fallen from the fingertips of a tired or lazy Thomas production line employee that either didn't see where it landed, or couldn't be bothered to simply dig it out and reuse somewhere else?

If it hasn't caused a rust spot to form from rubbing the walls of its captive position over the years and miles the bus has travelled, it probably won't hurt to leave it there.
It's also likely there will be bare or primer metal under it from being sprayed over from the factory.

If it was me, I'd pull it out and discard it. It would bother my OCD side to leave it there not serving any purpose for which it was intended.

Good luck, and let us know what you ultimately do with it...
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Old 12-11-2020, 07:17 PM   #3
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I would think in that position it would be easy for a little dirt to turn that into a little dam and allow water to pool there. Doesn't seem to have happened so far, though.
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Old 12-11-2020, 07:55 PM   #4
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I'd leave it. I found a 1/4" wrench firmly rusted to one of the entry step bolts in my little bus. I figure after 85 years of hanging on it should just be left.

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