OK, after all the ‘fun’ of drilling out the 14 factory fitted rivets, I now get the added fun of being able to fix the new rubber seal back in place with guess what, 14 new pop rivets – it’s like a present that just keeps on giving! Having never actually owned or used a pop riveter before, it might actually be a bit more fun that it sounds…
First things first – buy myself a pop rivet gun! Fortunately I have an account with my local Halfords which can be useful when getting new tools! They had a simple Hand Riveter Kit which seemed like an ideal basic starter kit for me. It had 4 interchangeable nozzles and approximately 100 assorted sized rivets (2.4, 3.2, 4.0 and 4.8mm diameter rivets)
I dry assembled the vent first and used the un-popped 4mm rivets to make sure the new vent rubber (Pt Nº 211 817 757) was correctly positioned between the two halves. This helped where some of the pre-formed holes in the rubber didn’t quite align with the original holes in the metal vent flap.
With everything in place, time to get popping some rivets…
Making sure both halves of the vent flap were pressed firmly together, it was just a case of squeezing the handles together until the rivet ‘popped’ and the joint made, happy days! Working around the edge, time to get all fourteen rivets popped to join the two halves together and fix the new rubber seal in place.
Houston, it looks like the new vent flap is good to go! 🙂
With the new replacement rubber fitted, time to get the flap back in the overhead vent to close off the winter air conditioning! I’m looking forward to driving in the rain and not getting water dripping on my knee!