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Center Section - 1/2/2009
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Started riveting in the seat ribsStarted riveting in the seat ribs
Wow, this was tough! The bottom 2 rivet in the seat ribs flange weren't too hard, but the top rivet was nearly impossible to get to. I had to switch to my 4 inch yoke and force my way over to the rivet, pushing the top flange of the floor rib up a little.
Can it get worse? Yes it can...Can it get worse? Yes it can...
Now it's time to rivet the baggage compart ribs in. This was even harder to do, since you have to rivet some of the baggage compartment ribs in conjuction with the seat ribs. I was forced to bend the end flange of the baggage rib out a little so I could get to the rivet with my pneumatic squeezer, using the 4 inch yoke again. Then once I got the rib riveted in place, I pulled the rib back into position, bending the flange back to it's original position.
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