<September 6, 2009>

Riveted F-656s to F-706 Bulkhead

A tiny bit of work today, but I'll take what I can get.

The forward set of F-656 Gussets require flush rivets, but the longeron was in the way and prevented me from using the squeezer to dimple the outboard hole in the bulkhead. Since I don't have a #30 pop-rivet dimpler, I devised a way to squeeze the dimple dies in a c-clamp. It worked OK. Not great, just OK.

I had zero problems shooting the two inboard holes, but I could not figure out how to set the outboard rivets as the longeron got in the way of the gun and/or the squeezer. I scratched my head on this one while attempting it from many angles, but in the end I decided to use a Monel blink rivet in these holes.