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Re: [Shop-talk] Welding v. Rivets

Subject: Re: [Shop-talk] Welding v. Rivets
From: Jim Juhas <>
Date: Tue, 2 Aug 2016 18:31:55 -0400
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I learned that the aluminum F150s rely on rivets rather than welds both in 
manufacture and repair. There is a specialized rivet gun they use that pierces 
the panels and doesn't go through the back panel. See for details. I 
understand spot welding aluminum consumes vast amounts of amperage, more than 
most repair shops can handle.

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> On Aug 2, 2016, at 12:20 PM, wrote:
> Makes sense to me. 
> -Roland
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> From: Jim Juhas
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> Subject: Re: [Shop-talk] Welding v. Rivets
> My thought was that I can seal the area with a silicone adhesive or 
> automotive bonding agents that will not be compromised by welding, and so 
> superior to weld through coatings and the like. The bed is attached to the 
> truck frame with eight 1/2 inch bolts so the rivets (or welds) do not add 
> much structural integrity to the structure.
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> Jim Juhas


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