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Old 05-07-2013, 11:52 AM   #1
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'54 Flying Cloud Panel Replacement

I have a 1954 Flying Cloud that I have replace the top three panels on. This due to severe corrosion and a crack.

What is the best way to do this? Should I buck the rivets or use Olympics?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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End cap panels or rooftop? Either way these should be bucked using trempro or other polyurethane sealant between. Over time you will, I believe , be disappointed if you use Olympics. With your interior panels out buck them. Ed
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Old 05-07-2013, 12:09 PM   #3
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They are the three top panels. End caps are fine.
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Is your interior out already? The preferred choice would definately be bucked rivets with sealer as described. Essentially you are looking at 3 pieces of Alclad 2924 t3 about 12 feet long with no preformed compound curves. Thats about as easy as it gets with an Airstream. Just for a little added safety margin you might consider using .040 instead of .032 thickness, a little more stiffness and strength for fans, AC and such. On large panels like this it is very easy to work with. If you have no local source aircraft spruce has a good reputation.
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I second Rumrunner, definitely remove the interior and buck all the exterior panels. .040 also is less likely to kink and doesn't divot as much around the rivets.

Seems like a lot of work for the roof, you sure the corrosion is that bad? Pictures?
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Old 05-07-2013, 05:22 PM   #6
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Interior is not out, yet. have to take that out and whe I do I will upgrade all wiring, plumbing, cabinets, add low profile A/C, etc.

Shelly,
Yes, it is that bad. A friend of mine was up on top starting first pass polish and stuck his elbow through the panel. Then there is the crack on the street side panel by the window.

Will try to get pics this weekend if it does not rain.
I like the idea of the .040. Is the type 2924 T3 or 2024 T3?
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2024 t3. Wow I wonder what happened to make it corrode that badly? Any clues inside? Weird.
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I think using .040 thickness 2024t3 is a great idea. i used that on my side panels and got a nice result. Airparts Inc is also a great company to deal with for shipped aluminum. Ed
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Now for the next question: Best way to drill out original rivets.
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A drill with a #30 drill bit. Center punch the rivet head if you are a little shaky.
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A drill with a #30 drill bit. Center punch the rivet head if you are a little shaky.
Thanks, Lance. Then what, push them through to the inside.

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Drill all the way through. After drilling out three panels, you'll be a pro!
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