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The door handle rivets for the 97 thunderbird are discontinued.
Does anybody know if there are similar rivets listed on ford parts lists for a newer vehicle which are still available for purchase and will fit our cars?
 

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In the original TCCoA tech article: Installing 1996-1997 style color matched door handles

The Ford Part Number for the rivets necessary to install the 1996-1997 style color matched door handles was never included..

The Ford Part Number for these rivets is: (W705711-S417) or (W705711S417)

These are available at your local Ford dealership..If not in stock they can be ordered..They come in a pack of 4..

These can also be found under the Auveco brand name part number: 19414

The Fastenal local to me carries Auveco brand fasteners..So they may have something in stock..

Here is a picture of what the rivet looks like when it is installed:


Your average rivet gun/tool will not handle these rivets..

You need a heavy duty rivet tool like this one:


Which can be purchased here-->>1/4 Heavy Duty Rivet Gun

These are special high strength rivets which should not be replaced with cheap imitations..

You may need a second person..Since this large rivet tool requires two hands, and someone to hold the door handle up..






Rayo..
 
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