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Randy Dupree 07-06-2011 02:57 PM

Bird project.
 
As most of you know i have a couple of wrecked birds at my place.
A 95WB and a 94WB.
I have sold lots of parts from these coachs and i have a big order for body parts.
This requires removing the dash and drilling out a ton of BB rivets.
Let me tell you what,drilling those rivets is tough.
You have to start out with a small drill bit,then go up to about a 5/16th bit.
I bought some new drill bits from homey depot,dewalt bits and ryobi.
Yeah,right.
Those cheapo bits may work good on something,but its not on a BB rivet.
If you can get one rivet per bit your doing good.
Now,I have 10,000 drill bits,some sharp,some broken,some stolen and some military surplus,most all of them are auction finds.
I have from 3'' down to some .020 small ones.
So,i picked through my bits and got a handful of the best and went to drilling,so far i have to drill maybe 20 more.
So,cool off time is over,its back to drilling for me.

bubblerboy64 07-06-2011 03:07 PM

Need help do ya?
 
What you need is the Heck Man down there to show you how to DRILL.

Actually dental drills don't drill they cut. And that's what you need. Some way to cut those rivets but I don't know of a way. Maybe some kind of million dollar laser would work. I remember cutting a hole in the side of my bird to get an air vent into the newly installed inverted charger and I had the impression that drilling on a BB was next to impossible. Several hole saws and a bunch of drills later I had a hole. I feel your pain.

mynavion 07-06-2011 03:24 PM

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Originally Posted by Randy Dupree (Post 116207)
As most of you know i have a couple of wrecked birds at my place.
A 95WB and a 94WB.
I have sold lots of parts from these coachs and i have a big order for body parts.
This requires removing the dash and drilling out a ton of BB rivets.
Let me tell you what,drilling those rivets is tough.
You have to start out with a small drill bit,then go up to about a 5/16th bit.
I bought some new drill bits from homey depot,dewalt bits and ryobi.
Yeah,right.
Those cheapo bits may work good on something,but its not on a BB rivet.
If you can get one rivet per bit your doing good.
Now,I have 10,000 drill bits,some sharp,some broken,some stolen and some military surplus,most all of them are auction finds.
I have from 3'' down to some .020 small ones.
So,i picked through my bits and got a handful of the best and went to drilling,so far i have to drill maybe 20 more.
So,cool off time is over,its back to drilling for me.


Randy,

Do you have a Drill Doctor for resharpening your bits? Some may disagree but I have and use one and I think it works great.

Dan & Cindy 07-06-2011 08:14 PM

Spend the bucks to buy a few solid carbide drills from a machine tool supply company such as Bisco Tool Supply in Ft Pierce, FL. They have an online price list at http://www.biscotoolsupply.com/home/.../about_us.html. Carbide drills can handle the toughest materials including stainless but they can be broken if you are not careful.

Randy Dupree 07-06-2011 08:53 PM

I don't have time to wait on drills!
I need to ship the parts tomorrow.
I looked through my stash if bits and found some good ones,then i took my trusty Dewalt grinder and ground those rivets almost flat,then drilled then right out.
I guess the outer part of the rivets were work hardened and grinding that part off let me drill the rest of the way.

I was telling Carol how hard the rivets are,and how good the glue is,and how well this thing was put together and she says "yep,and thats the reason we have one''.
So,i went back to work...

Now,a warning to you all,i was taking a bay door off and was on my knees under the door when the gas shock decided to come off,the door falls down and hits me in the head and then pins me under it.
I was covered in sweat,and the blood from my cut head was mixing with the sweat and i was thinking i was bleeding to death!
So,with one hand holding my head to stop the bleeding i was kinda stuck under the door.
So,I called Carol to come save me (keep your cell phone handy boys!).

Of course i'm covered in blood,she thinks i'm dead,and she lifts the door and i crawl out,covered in blood,sweat and sand.
So,i get washed off and head to the hospital and get 3 staples in my head,the cut was minor and they stapled me just to stop the bleeding.

Quick and easy,the Doc sprayed my wound with something cold,kuthunk,kuthunk,kuthunk.3 staples and i'm on the way back home.
No pain killers,no nothing.

If your going to be dumb you have to be tough.

White Hat Guy 07-06-2011 09:28 PM

Parts for Sale?
 
Sure would like to have a working clock for the overhead panel in my bedroom.

iamflagman 07-06-2011 09:39 PM

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Originally Posted by Randy Dupree (Post 116257)
I don't have time to wait on drills!
I need to ship the parts tomorrow.
I looked through my stash if bits and found some good ones,then i took my trusty Dewalt grinder and ground those rivets almost flat,then drilled then right out.
I guess the outer part of the rivets were work hardened and grinding that part off let me drill the rest of the way.

I was telling Carol how hard the rivets are,and how good the glue is,and how well this thing was put together and she says "yep,and thats the reason we have one''.
So,i went back to work...

Now,a warning to you all,i was taking a bay door off and was on my knees under the door when the gas shock decided to come off,the door falls down and hits me in the head and then pins me under it.
I was covered in sweat,and the blood from my cut head was mixing with the sweat and i was thinking i was bleeding to death!
So,with one hand holding my head to stop the bleeding i was kinda stuck under the door.
So,I called Carol to come save me (keep your cell phone handy boys!).

Of course i'm covered in blood,she thinks i'm dead,and she lifts the door and i crawl out,covered in blood,sweat and sand.
So,i get washed off and head to the hospital and get 3 staples in my head,the cut was minor and they stapled me just to stop the bleeding.

Quick and easy,the Doc sprayed my wound with something cold,kuthunk,kuthunk,kuthunk.3 staples and i'm on the way back home.
No pain killers,no nothing.

If your going to be dumb you have to be tough.


I just got off of the phone with Randy and got ...........THE REST OF THE STORY!!

Now I'm not saying that Randy is HARD HEADED, but the Doctor couldn't get the surgical staples to go into his skull, so he had to send out for this staple gun to do the kuthunk,kuthunk,kuthunk.3 staples trick!!


davidmbrady 07-06-2011 09:46 PM

I hope you don't have too bad of a headache Randy. I highly detest getting injured while working on these things. When I'm in a hurry and trying to make a deadline... that spells disaster!

Turbokitty 07-06-2011 09:54 PM

Hey Randy could ya come unrivet my dewkie tank for me? I'll have some Hefty lawn bags ready... (to throw your smelly clothes in when you're done):).

Bandaid's are extra charge!

Randy Dupree 07-06-2011 10:04 PM

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Originally Posted by davidmbrady (Post 116274)
I hope you don't have too bad of a headache Randy. I highly detest getting injured while working on these things. When I'm in a hurry and trying to make a deadline... that spells disaster!

i had a whopper of a headache,its about gone now.
it was my fault,tired.hot...


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