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Old 09-19-2022, 11:56 AM
NavyS3BNFO NavyS3BNFO is offline
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Default Difficult Nutplate Rivets

I don't know why I had such trouble with these rivets. They attach nut plates that sit right up against the inside of the side skins on the RV-8. I'm sure this isn't the only place or model that have nut plates in locations like this so I'm looking for any hints from the pros.

The problem is I can't get my squeezer on the rivets because they sit up against the side skin and I can't buck them for fear of denting the skin from the inside or deforming the thin angle they attached to. At least I don't think I can buck them - I haven't tried for the above reasons.

Any tips, tricks, something I'm missing? As you can see in the pics I resorted to blind rivets after trying to set them multiple times and mangling the shop heads...
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