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Old 12-11-2015, 03:07 PM   #1
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Belly pan hell

We are trying to fabricate new corners for our 67 Caravel
So far we have made (4) corners for the left rear and none of them fit right .
We have used the original as a pattern, made our own pattern, made a buck, used 025 then now to 032. No matter how we attack it we can't seem to get the compound curve correct. Any tips?

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Old 12-11-2015, 03:39 PM   #2
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It is an art that often takes years to develop.

I wish I could be more help.

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Old 12-12-2015, 09:39 AM   #3
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Well said
I guess I need to up my budget on buying aluminum sheets
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Old 12-12-2015, 10:22 AM   #4
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I would suggest a trip to one of the small airports in your area to discuss the issue with someone who fabricates aluminum for a living. I know several people at Santa Paula Airport that could help, but they are too far away from you. Find an airport with vintage aircraft that need maintenance and you will find the help (and tools) you need.
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Old 12-12-2015, 06:54 PM   #5
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Boy do I feel your pain. The rear corners on the 60s trailers are a bear to fabricate. Luckily they are generally flat and out of sight. But the front "banana wraps" would be impossible without an English Wheel and lots of practice.

The decreasing radius curve from the side to the rear bumper makes it hard. One mistake I made was not having enough angle to keep the edge of the sheet parallel with the frame member. I almost wanted to have an attachment "sleeper" along the frame rail so the corner piece could be attached to it as a starting point. As it is the corner piece is not attached to the frame rail.

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Old 12-17-2015, 10:12 AM   #6
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Would it work any easier if you cut small strips, and piece them together? Compound curves are a bitch!

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