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    Default Closed ended rivets on aluminum starcraft?

    Hey guys, '86 Starcraft FM 160 here. Was wondering, I have a few leaky rivets that I need to replace. Does anyone know what size closed ended blind rivets that I need to use? I have seen 3/16"shaft with a 1/2" outer flange and one with a 1/8" shaft. Would either size work? I would drill one out and measure the size, but I wont start drilling til I know I can find a big enough rivet to do this. I do not want to Rebuck the rivets cause Im leaving my floor alone. Thanks!

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    Default Re: Closed ended rivets on aluminum starcraft?

    what is a rivet ?

    do you mean the more politically correct REEVIT?

    it was discussed at the restoration forum poster general meeting of dec 2011 that the word rivet was to change to reevit.

    this rule was adapted by the starmada due to the fact that glass guys have dust in their eyes and cannot distinguish I's from L's so the double E in reevit was more easily read...

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    Default Re: Closed ended rivets on aluminum starcraft?

    Yeah, never been much of a Glasser type of guy. So if I call it a reevit will I get an answer quicker?

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    Default Re: Closed ended rivets on aluminum starcraft?

    Ayuh,.... 1/8" is to small,.... get the 3/16", 'n a matchin' drill bit.....
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    Default Re: Closed ended rivets on aluminum starcraft?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bond-o View Post
    Ayuh,.... 1/8" is to small,.... get the 3/16", 'n a matchin' drill bit...3 flute.
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    Default Re: Closed ended rivets on aluminum starcraft?

    Here's a good vid of how to do it, in case you haven't seen it yet.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0MA1...eature=related

    Dab a little epoxy on the end of your rivet for added insurance.

    I recommend the aluminum rivet with the steel mandrel (like the ones in the vid) because they're stronger. After the rivet is set take another little dab of the epoxy you have mixed up and apply it to the hole in the rivet.

    You can get any size rivet you want here:

    http://www.rivetsonline.com/rivets-e...nd-rivets.html

    I suggest either the PR62ASPH or the PR64ASPH depending on the thickness of the metal(s) you're going to rivet. If you're just doing a seam the 2s should be fine, but if you're doing a seam on a rib or the hull to a rib I'd say you want the 4s.
    I consider overkill a job well done... plus a little extra.

    There's as many ways to do something as there is people to tell you how to do it... but not all of them are the right way.

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    Default Re: Closed ended rivets on aluminum starcraft?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bond-o View Post
    Ayuh,.... 1/8" is to small,.... get the 3/16", 'n a matchin' drill bit.....
    Thanks Capt.

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    Default Re: Closed ended rivets on aluminum starcraft?

    Quote Originally Posted by jigngrub View Post
    Here's a good vid of how to do it, in case you haven't seen it yet.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0MA1...eature=related

    Dab a little epoxy on the end of your rivet for added insurance.

    I recommend the aluminum rivet with the steel mandrel (like the ones in the vid) because they're stronger. After the rivet is set take another little dab of the epoxy you have mixed up and apply it to the hole in the rivet.

    You can get any size rivet you want here:

    http://www.rivetsonline.com/rivets-e...nd-rivets.html

    I suggest either the PR62ASPH or the PR64ASPH depending on the thickness of the metal(s) you're going to rivet. If you're just doing a seam the 2s should be fine, but if you're doing a seam on a rib or the hull to a rib I'd say you want the 4s.
    Cool thanks man. All this leaky aluminum talk got me thinking. I have a few rivets that just look like they are ready to give, but the another thing I want to do is move my transducer and fill in the old holes. What you guys think, I was on the water for 6-7 hours with 4 guys and had not a drop of water in the boat. I am going to a beachhouse on the sound in a few months and plan on docking the boat there for the week. Should I get an automatic bilge pump and call it a day?

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    Default Re: Closed ended rivets on aluminum starcraft?

    Go with the auto bilge pump if you're going to leave your boat on the water unattended.
    I consider overkill a job well done... plus a little extra.

    There's as many ways to do something as there is people to tell you how to do it... but not all of them are the right way.

    The drinking and debauchery will continue until morale improves... and maybe for a little while after.

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    Default Re: Closed ended rivets on aluminum starcraft?

    Quote Originally Posted by jigngrub View Post
    Go with the auto bilge pump if you're going to leave your boat on the water unattended.
    Yeah seems like a bright idea!

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