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removing rivots

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Bhintz, Feb 24, 2005.

  1. Bhintz

    Bhintz 1/2 ton status

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    Im starting my front spring swap tomorrow and need some ideas of how to get the rivots out especially in tight spot like the spring hanger brace were an angle grinder wont fit :confused:
     
  2. BlueBlazer

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    Your best bet is a good air hammer with a nice sharp bit. With these two it only takes about 30 seconds a rivet at the most, just as long as the bit stays sharp. Good luck!:D
     
  3. K5MONSTERCHEV

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    Plasma, or torch.
     
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    get a long barrel air chisel and hammer down
     
  5. Bhintz

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    ok have no air tools or plasma or torch
     
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    you can get to the back of them with and angle grinder, and pound them out. or if you are really good with a drill just drill them out
     
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    ya you can get them with an angle grinder just go from the back side of the frame i just did it last week on mine then pund out the leftovers with a pointed chissel and a sledge worked good for me, i wouldnt try a torch i had a friend who did and ended up burning big ass holes in the frame.
     
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    Sorry, not trying to hijack but when you guys use air chisels are you just going down from the top with a pointed bit and splitting the rivets or coming at them from the side with a flat bit and trying to shear the head off?
     
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    I shear the head, then change the bit to punch the rest through, works like a charm.
     
  10. s373n_rcr

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    A die grinder with a good carbide bit should hack away at it pretty good.;)
     
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    When I removed EVERY rivet from my frame I used a combination of 7" grinder, 4.5" grinder, air chisel, and drill bits. On most of the hard to get at rivets I took a good set of drill bits. I would start out with a very tiny bit and drill through the center of the rivet, I would then step up a few sizes, then a few more, etc., etc. until I cut down through the "head". A quick hit with the hammer/punch and it was removed. It was a little time consuming, but was the safest and cleanest of the methods.

    Good luck :thumb:
     
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    yeah, us cool-tool-less guys have to use blood, sweat and tears. If you can reach the backside with a grinder, just grind it flush with the frame and use a punch + BFH to pound them out. Easiest way I can think of that doesn't involve a tool costing more than $50. ;)

    j
     
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    Call a buddy with a plasma, or torch.:)
     
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    I wish Im the only guy that I know that has anything to do w/ this type of stuff
     

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