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Old 05-18-2019, 11:19 PM   #1
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Replace Ribs 1966 Overland

Hi, this is my first post!!I'm excited about the airstream world.
First of all, thank you for welcoming me., and I would like your help, I recently bought a 1966 Overland 26 'to make a renovation, and I'm finding some problems with parts, I'm in need of new ribs, someone can help me by giving some information about where to buy or if someone does?
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Are they corroded or bent? Photos would help. You'll have to find salvage if they can't be repaired. Be aware there are different dimensions to the shape, thickness, etc. based on year.

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Are they corroded or bent? Photos would help. You'll have to find salvage if they can't be repaired. Be aware there are different dimensions to the shape, thickness, etc. based on year.



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The ribs are made from a soft alloy. You should be able to re form them
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In the photos is the outer skin damaged where the rib is pulled away? If not, I wouldn't work it very much or you may cause bigger headaches. It might be wise to replace any of the outside skins rivets adjacent to that area if they are loose or damaged. Any place that has a rivet should be tight to the skin or a new rivet will pull the skin in.

The inner damage should be repairable. Try not to put a twist on the rib, while straightening, that could affect the outer skin or rivets. What might work is put a good size c clamp on the center section of the rib, so it can be held stationary by a helper while you work the outer flange. Slow and small changes across the entire displaced area are best. A crescent wrench works well, set the jaws as tight as you can and then you can focus on getting it straight and not holding the jaws tight.

It doesn't have to be perfect, just straight enough at the rivet points so the inner skin curves smoothly and doesn't mirror rib damage.

good luck and take your time
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