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Old 11-20-2016, 10:22 AM   #1
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Sourcing Sheetmetal Panels

Hello, Airstreamers

Years ago, when I parked my sad broken Airstream, I had purchased proper exterior sheetmetal panels for some repair. Over the years, I have incurred further damage, and would like to find a source for another sheetmetal panel. Familiar with aircraft repair, I'm pretty good drilling and pounding rivets, but I do not have an english wheel or large panel forming tools.

Has anyone had recent experience purchasing exterior sheetmetal panels lately? I would really appreciate any leads....

1981 Excella 28 foot

Thanks to all,

Kevin
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Old 11-20-2016, 10:34 AM   #2
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I haven't needed any aluminum sheets but understand this is a good source:

http://www.onlinemetals.com

Can't vouch for them one way or another.

I also suppose Airstream itself might be able to help. Good luck!
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Old 11-20-2016, 10:48 AM   #3
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Kevin, you might have some luck contacting Airstream Supply. They sell new and used Airstream parts.

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Old 11-20-2016, 11:12 AM   #4
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Thanks, Brad! I emailed Intermountain before opening the post. They advertise new trailer sheetmetal, and I don't know if there's any cross over. Hopefully, they will have something in their yard in good used condition.

I went back to look at where I first ordered panels from (pretty sure Airstream), but I've moved several times since then, and had several storage units . If I ever find those receipts, I'll be properly impressed!

Thanks, Steve! Always good to have lots of options. I have local sheetmetal sources I can get flatstock from, but how cool would it be to find preformed panels? Maybe there's someone out there, (like Brad did with his 345?), who is parting out an 80's excella with good rear corners that I can snatch some panels from!

I've got plans to reach out to Airstream on Monday, as well. I'll report back what I find. I'll be really happy if they still sell panels for the 81!

Thanks again, guys! You rock!
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Old 11-20-2016, 11:16 AM   #5
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If you have it, refer to your owners manual. There are actually part numbers for the body panels which will help the vendors determine if they are still available.

For example the lower curbside stretched formed panel from a 1977-78 is part number 100746



Be prepared to be told they aren't available though, I had the ssame panel replaced on Bella and it had to be made from scratch by the shop.
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Wow, Martin! That's awesome! I have a book on the Airstream, but it's not a tech manual. Will need to pick one up, if at all possible. It would be great to have such a reference.

Speaking of references, any suggestions on books or manuals to pick up? I'm pretty thin on mx manuals and schematics. I figured in RV world, I'd have to make up my own, outside of the P30 book.

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Here's a link to various 310/345 manuals and also I think at the top of the Classic's forum there is a sticky thread with lots of manuals posted as well.

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Awesome! Thanks, B!
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Old 11-21-2016, 12:27 PM   #9
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I have the 81 manuals on pdf. PM your email and I will send then to you.
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I can tell you that airstream can still supply the rear preformed panels for my 1990 250.


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