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I'm installing new vent window seals on my "66 SS. I bought new rivets from Chevy II Only for the hinges. The new rivets have a shoulder on them. When I installed the first one I got the rivet in real tight but the hinge is real loose due to the shoulder on the rivet. Is there a washer or something else that goes between the bracket on the window frame and the hinge bracket to tighten it up?
 

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I went through the same thing, ended up using bigger and shorter rivets. Most repo parts need some form of modification.
 

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I just finished mine on my 66, I didn't remove the hinge rivet but instead removed the two rivets on the the frame. Then replaced them with 5/32 aluminum pop rivets. They turned out real nice, painting the frame and then spraying 409 on the seals made them really slippery and easy to install. This is also a good time to replace the front glass track channel fuzzie.
 

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I would have done it the way you did it too, but the guy that had the car before me removed the rivet and replaced it with a pop rivet so I am trying to fix it. Is there anything like a wave washer or a spacer or something between your vent window bracket and the hinge bracket or maybe under the head of the rivet? I have installed new weatherstripping on one of the windows already and I used Armour-All for a lube. Worked great. It's a little tough without some sort of lube.
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The vent gasket

can be a bugger to slide into the channel. I have tried soapy water and a few other things I thought might work. I settled with Sil_Glide. A silicone compound you can buy at all hardware stores and appliance parts houses. (appliance tech by trade) I have used this stuff for many years to slide all sorts of rubhber into difficult places.

I too have found the available rivets are too long. Ha, I just grab another vent instead of breing frustrated and take the frame off instead of the hinge as previously suggested.
 

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I took mine off the hinge, and replaced them with pop-rivets. It worked fine.

I didn't use any slippery stuff on mine, I worked it in with a small screwdriver and a lot of patience.

I'll try 409 on the passenger's side.
 

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jjj,
I would have done it the way you did it too, but the guy that had the car before me removed the rivet and replaced it with a pop rivet so I am trying to fix it. Is there anything like a wave washer or a spacer or something between your vent window bracket and the hinge bracket or maybe under the head of the rivet? I have installed new weatherstripping on one of the windows already and I used Armour-All for a lube. Worked great. It's a little tough without some sort of lube.
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There is nothing between window bracket and the head of the rivet, it sounds like what you are saying is the rivet is too long? I have seen the replacement rivets for sale on Chevy II only.
 

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jjj,
Thanks for the reply. Actually the shoulder on the rivet is too long. I guess I'll have to make a spacer of some sort. The rivets I have came from Chevy II Only.
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jjj,
Thanks for the reply. Actually the shoulder on the rivet is too long. I guess I'll have to make a spacer of some sort. The rivets I have came from Chevy II Only.
BP
Yes, I forgot to mention, I also used a washer on each of the rivets as well.

I bought them at Lowe's. Standard almuinum rivets.

Dw
 
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