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removal of pop rivets on my classic grille

Does any one know how i remove the rusted pop rivets off my 1953 Chevy truck grille. I want to take it apart and have them chromed, but i was hoping their was tool or something or do i have to grind each one off?

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I think they are actually tubular rivets, no thru hole. drill from the backside. or grind the backside or use a sharp wood chisel from the backside.
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I nice cut off wheel can take just the head off without messing them all up. I removed mine for rechrome 30 years ago. Don't remember how I did it, and it certainly wasn't the best way I can guarantee that. I'll bet there are some grinder marks on the bars and holes are opened too big and everything else. But you know what, there is NO WAY anyone will EVER, EVER see it.

Let me put it this way, it is such a mutha to install that grille, NO ONE will ever see it once you put it on, because you will never take it off! And once bolted on unless the hood latch panel is removed there is NO WAY you can see back there!

Carefully grind them off and have them plated, bolt them on (that's how I re-attached them) with some little machine screws, re-install the grille and cruise off with a smile on your face in your cool truck.

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pop rivets removal

thank you all for giving me some great ideas on removing the rivet's, i will use them this weekend and update. I bought this old truck in 1974 for $ 400.00, it's been sitting in my garage for 35 years. This past month we welded in a Jim Weimer's Garage mustang two front suspension and their 4-link coil set up. I'm going with a small block 350 with a 350 turbo nothing fancy it's going to be a daily driver. I am going to french the headlights and do a french in the rear fenders and run 59 cad tail lights i can't wait to get to that project. Talk at you all later.
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