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Frame Rivets

Has anyone ever replaced the rivets that are holding the frame together? I know it sounds strange, but my Jimmy just sounds "loose" and doesn't feel very tight. When I was under it to do the front axle I noticed that I could spin some of the rivets that hold the front bumper brackets on. I think that this may contribute to the "loose" sound and "not too tight" feeling. Any suggestions? I was thinking of grade 5 hardware with lockwashers or maybe welding.

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Re: Frame Rivets

I replaced one of the frame brackets that hold the front spring shackle - had to grind off the rivets and mounted the new one with grade-8 bolts nuts and lockwashers. Hasn't loosened up since...

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Id also go for the grade 8 hardware.


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I would do the same, I have a rotted a cross member, I was going to burn out the rivets with a cutting torch, make a new cross member (angle iron), and bolt it back in. Should work good.

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Re: Frame Rivets

Check out this picture. It is of my 1976 1ton Chevy frame that I am using for my Truck Puller I am building. I took the whole frame apart (ground all the rivets and punched them out) then had all the pieces sand blasted and then I painted them and then bolted everything back together with Grade8 hardware and special dimple grade 8 nuts that don't loosen at all.

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I was just going to post telling him that RyanB had done that to his entire frame but you beat me to it. Anyway Ryan, give any thought to sending me your pics so I can throw them up on my site?

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Yeah I have Jason. Its just been that this past month has been really busy for me and I doubt the next month is going to get any better....But I will try to send then to ya as well as an explanation for every pic.

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No, hurry, just never heard back from you again. Take your time.

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