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Skipr 11-19-2005 04:49 PM

What to use to tack the rivets?
 
Hi all,
I am removing some emblems from my car. I have read that rivets then tacking them with a welder works. Seems like a good way to me. My questions are what type of rivets and where to get them and what would be the cheapest welder I can get by with to do this? All I am welding are the small holes. The rest of my car is sound.
Thanks! Walt

lowROLLERchevy 11-20-2005 07:55 PM

if i understand what your asking, you want to just fill the holes for good, right ?

best way to do it is just to tackweld the holes closed, no need for putting a rivit in first. just make sure the heat is high enough so that the tackweld protrudes slightly out the backside of the panel, ensuring that the weld penetrates the steel

kenseth17 11-20-2005 08:09 PM

yeah, just weld the holes shut, no need for anything else for the small holes from emblems. If it were a decent size hole then you would need to plug weld it up starting on the edges and circle to the center. A small hole just spot shut with the welder without getting too hot that you warp the metal around it. Leave the metal cool before filling in another hole. I have seen cheap welders as low as 85 bucks at harbor frieght, but think a welder is one area you may want to bite the bullet and buy a good name brand like miller or lincoln. They are very nice to have. You don't need much of a welder for typical bodywork. I've had my small lincoln weldpak 100 for a long time, and its enough for most stuff I do. Unless you are planning on welding plate or something, a small 110 model will do for sheetmetal work.


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