Hey I posted a You Tube video on removing frame rivits. I use a drill and a punch. It takes 2 min per rivit check it out. http://youtu.be/7VRr3mtYlY0
very nice.. thanks..i would probably use a slower drill to extend the life of the drillbit.. or have a sharpener around.. some people will find the suspension mounting brackets on ford trucks with twin I beams have come loose... creaking noises when turning the steering wheel.. holding both layers of steel while somebody rocks the steering wheel back and forth will show you whats loose..some REALLY GOOD hardware stores have grade 8 or better flanged head bolts.. and matching flanged head nuts.. those work the best to replace damaged rivets. as the flanges spread the load.. i usually drill and remove the rivets one at a time.. and insert a replacement bolt.. but i find the least damaged hole and use a tapered prybar to align the piece and then tighten at least one of the bolts in each section when aligned.. hint.. you might also want to redrill the holes once you get them aligned and go bigger on the bolts.. 1/2, 9/16", 5/8", 11/16" are available from some stores..
Thanks for the advice Wayne. I did go slower when I removed the front crossmember. I have bought some grade 8 bolts to reinstall it after I get my IFS crossmember installed. I even used grade 8s when I attached a new battery box holder under the cab earlier.
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