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Old 08-11-2008, 08:46 PM   #1
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I am working on the exterior of my new 1978 Safari. It has a big bash in the street side that I am going to replace with a new sheet. What do I ask for at my local supplier of metal? Will it look right when everything is polished up?
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I am working on the exterior of my new 1978 Safari. It has a big bash in the street side that I am going to replace with a new sheet. What do I ask for at my local supplier of metal? Will it look right when everything is polished up?
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2024 T-something Alclad aluminum. If the piece is perfect;y straight, then a thickness of .040 will give you a nice straight appearance. Stock is .032
for teh exterior.
It will shine up and look pretty similar to the other metal, or at least close enough. The end cap segments sometimes have a different sheen to them, but usually not the straight parts.
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like Uwe said, 2024-T3 alclad .040
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I am working on the exterior of my new 1978 Safari. It has a big bash in the street side that I am going to replace with a new sheet. What do I ask for at my local supplier of metal? Will it look right when everything is polished up?
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The length of your side sheets are 13 feet.

The lower panel height is 32 inches and the window panel is 56 1/2 inches.

The original thickness of both those panels was .032, but you can use .040.

Finding alclad with those dimensions is near impossible.

However if your going to polish the trailer, you can use the material that Airstream currently uses.

Again, use caution regarding the dimensions.

Also be sure you use plenty of Vulkem sealer in the right places.

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