Station Wagon Van Side Rivets question
I have early 90 station wagon van sides, and these were originally designed with 11 rivets on the face, as well as a bolt-on flange for the door seal.
I have noticed that later 90 station wagon van sides have a slightly different design: no rivets on the face, and an integrated flange for the door seal.
After putting in replacement aluminum, I'm at the point in my rebuild where I can choose to drill the holes for the 11 rivets on my face (like the original early style) or not drill the holes.
I also have the choice to drill the holes to mount the original bolt-on flange for the door seal, or spot weld in an integrated flange for the door seal.
Is there an advantage to using one design over the other? Is the early design more robust, since the steel braces are riveted to the face? Or does it matter? Is the integrated flange better than the early flange? Or is it all just a wash and doesn't really matter?