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Old 03-24-2002, 03:25 PM
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I had forgotten how hard they made rivets. I'm putting a chassis engineering leafspring rearend kit in my 37 chevy and need to remove stock spring pads. I have drilled and ground out four and have many more to go. My question is this, does anyone know of an easier way to remove rivets?

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Old 03-29-2002, 06:02 PM
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if anybody has found an easier way let me know too.sorry can't help much but the easiest way I have found is to grind the head off the rivet till it's flush and then punch it out with a drift punch.I suppose and easier method would be to use a plasma cutter or a torch.good luck
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OldBuz, I think you hit the rivit on the head...that's about the best way I have ever come up with, grind off the head and whoop hell outa it with a punch and hammer. A little tiring and time consuming, but it'll work every time..PACO
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bad the punch & hammer grab your air hammer with a punch on it, and it fly's right out!
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You can purchase many different size cutoff wheels, and they make ones that will fit your grinder. These cut off wheels are the best thing since sliced bread.Hopefully your grinder has a guard ( safety first ), cause these things can cause some serious damage. But once you get using these you'll be amazed at how much you'll use it!
P.S. You can also get them to fit in your portable saw for when you're not cuttin wood!
Hope this helps! Have a great day!
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I often remove them by scarfing the head off with a tourch. It you are careful you can do it without hurting the surrounding metal and then knock them out with a punch and hammer. Most of the time there is just enough rust on the frame that it acts as an insulator and prevents the slag from sticking to the frame. Much faster than the grinder but you do have to be carefull.

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