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If I had a time machine (frame rivets)

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by dremu, Nov 12, 2005.

  1. dremu

    dremu Officious Thread Derailer Premium Member

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    I would go back in time and beat senseless the guy who decided to use rivets on the suspension on my K5. I don't care that bolts come loose over time; rivets are a major PITA to drill/grind/remove. I am this || close to going and getting an oxy/acetylene torch even though I can't afford one.

    That, as RJ sayeth, is all.

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    are you in concord ca? If so im not that far from you and I have a torch. :D
     
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    dremu Officious Thread Derailer Premium Member

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    That's the one ... sh!t, I wish I'd thought of that earlier =))

    I'm halfway through now ... if the driver's side gives me grief I'll shoot you a PM. I figure at least I'm outside getting some fresh air (and some grinder sparks up my nose :D ), right?

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    that works. Maybe Ill have my tranny done some time today. :rolleyes: If I can get away from this computer.
     
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    dont bother me at all. just fire up the tourch and take time not to nick the bracket or frame. :D then when thay are red hot after head is melted off hit them out with hammer and punch.
     
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    Geezzz....Pick up a GOOD air hammer (IE Snap-On quality) and rivits are easy. :wink1:
     
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    I have always had good luck cutting an X in them with a cut off wheel and then hitting them with an air chisel to knock the head off. Then use a center punch and BFH to knock them out. Oh yea, use a pair of vice grips to hold the punch. Hope this helps.

    Ray
     
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    dremu Officious Thread Derailer Premium Member

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    Yeah, and the $$ is likely about the same as the torch. 'Sokay, I have more time than money right now ... :D

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    dremu Officious Thread Derailer Premium Member

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    LOL ... the vice grip tip is particularly useful! =))

    The problem is the rivets in the rear L-bracket on the front spring hanger ... I'm doing the 52" swap up front, and it's impossible to get ANYTHING in there, especially on the driver's side. Those four I ended up drilling out 'cuz it was the only tool I could get past all the obstructions.

    As I said, time ... time ... :doah: But it's done, woohoo!

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    For those I just knocked the heads off of the inside of the frame :p:
     
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    They are definately a bitch. you can get a air hammer at harbor freight for about $5 and tax. they work as good as any airhammer. in fact, it worked better than my friends $150 mac tool one he had just bought!
     
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    Think out of the box and then you dont have to move it. :D
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    Dontcha mean "Think about boxing it in"? :haha:

    I'm not in a rush to lift the truck more ... figure I'll do it a bit at a time, see how it goes.

    Though that is sweet. :thinking:

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    AIR HAMMER AIR HAMMER AIR HAMMER

    Borrowed one from a friend with a sharp chisel head on it, that sucker went through those rivets like grandma through a herd of cattle.

    Yes, that's good.
     
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    dremu Officious Thread Derailer Premium Member

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    LOL. Umm, is it common to have grandma-and-farm-animal issues in FL, or are you not native? :D

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    Can't get inside the frame, cuz some red-headed idiot put a hidden winch in there. :rolleyes:

    OTOH, I have an el-cheapo air hammer, and the best I've found for it is popping the rivets through the frame, once the head has been ground/cut/whatever off.

    I'll be picking rivet heads out of my yard for months, but it's worth it to watch those little fuggers fly off :haha: I win! :D

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    I agree... even with my home depot cheapo husky air chisel... and a sharp chisel.. I can do rivets in 15 seconds or so... I dont even bother with the torch...
     
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    i cant beileve you guys got it so rough! it took me a total of 30 minutes to remove both brackets. i just ground the heads of and then took my hammer (3lb sledge) and a big flat bar and hit it between the brackets and the frame. a little prying and they came right off. i even rmove both the mount and its gusset at the same time. (I left the shackle in place cause i used longer ones)
     
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    where did you get those spring mounts?
     
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    Did you fab that perch?

    You still had to remove that bottom bracket, right?
     

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