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Old 02-26-2016, 08:32 AM   #29
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Sorry if I missed it but why are all the compound panels being replaced? I ask because if it's a mild dent you may be able to get a good result by wheeling around the damage or even making a compound patch to fit over the damage. Just a thought as I have that problem on mine and will be working the segments with my English Wheel before moving to a more drastic approach. (Given that a dent is stretched sheet metal working around that should reduce the problem, albeit the entire segment changes shape a little). It won't be easy...
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Old 02-26-2016, 10:02 AM   #30
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Although this is from a newer model, it shows how the endcap segments are stretch formed

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Old 02-26-2016, 12:00 PM   #31
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Yes, the reason is that the upper segments were dented and then someone pounded them out. Most damage is in the rear. I may be able to have someone work out this front piece as it's not too bad.
The rear ones are beyond fixing. Just seems since it is all apart that now would be the time.
I called Inland and they are looking into what they have. Called Moal in Oakland and they are booked for the next year.
Couldn't find Tin Man in N.San Juan.
I am having a sinking feeling here as things grind to a halt.
Just as I start to feel I'm getting somewhere it's something else.
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Old 02-26-2016, 03:11 PM   #32
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I just went to the metal worker in Alameda and he can't do it. What about the shop in Bencia? I called them to take a look, however they do not appear all that customer friendly
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Yeah, I have a call into Colin. I'll hear from him in a day or two as he is a busy man. I can see how these trailers can really eat up time...Oy Veh!
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Old 02-26-2016, 06:07 PM   #34
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There's always the option to buy a brand new complete whale tale section from Airstreamsupply or maybe one of Colin's kits if there available? $4k is quite a chunk but it could be nice...
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Send the damaged panel up and I will run it on my machine. From the pics the damage looks pretty small.
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[QUOTE=reinergirl;1748401]Two things, I had great luck using Citrastrip on that black goop, coat it , cover with plastic, leave overnights and wipe off the next day.

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is this the one?
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Send the damaged panel up and I will run it on my machine. From the pics the damage looks pretty small.
thanks much, may do that if I can't find someone down here as I have 4 more.
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Two things, I had great luck using Citrastrip on that black goop, coat it , cover with plastic, leave overnights and wipe off the next day.

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is this the one?
Yep, that's it! Also do a search on Aerowood and panel replacement or pm him, I think he's replaced those panels....
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Yep, that's it! Also do a search on Aerowood and panel replacement or pm him, I think he's replaced those panels....
I've been in touch with Kip. He offered help early on and we talked a little.
Just as I needed to talk to him more in depth he has traveled to South America. I thought he had told me he did all lowers. Either way I'm sure he can give me some direction.

Ideally someone around the Bay Area that's retired and fools with that stuff. There are a lot of aerospace and ex military guys that have shops in their garage. I'm putting out the word in hopes of finding someone local.

Kinda put things on hold for body panels so I'm working on restoring Herr windows while I figure that out.
Taking glass out now....no tape or glue in there...bet they leak.
I see VTS has the proper tape for that application on new glass.
Thinking of replacing glass w/ Eglass tinted tempered.
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Maybe if you go up to Sonoma Airport or one of the smaller airports you can find someone that still has the skill set
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if you send it up, just make a wooden box from thin plywood. Two rectangular pieces of plywood and 2" tall scrap wood for the border that you can fasten too. Use 1/4 crown staple on one side, sheet-rock screws the other. I received boat windows that way. The box is in perfect condition when it arrives.
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Yep, that's it! Also do a search on Aerowood and panel replacement or pm him, I think he's replaced those panels....
tried that Citristrip last night on the removed panel and it did a good job.
Much less toxic than conventional stripper. I used it on some roasting pans and that worked well also removing that grease buildup.
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