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Old 05-14-2010, 08:10 AM   #15
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Mike, bring it to the restoraton rally next month and a piece of aluminum, and voila you will go home with a new panel. If you don't want to tackle this yourself, I would contact Uwe who you met at our Deadhorse rally.

Hope all is well and cool trailer!
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Old 05-14-2010, 10:07 AM   #16
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I'm in agreement and would replace the entire panel. Although I have never done it personally, I'll just bet you and I could do this on a long Saturday. Gotta start sometime. I have some clecos but would need another hundred or so and another cleco pliers.

Do all of you experts think that Olympics would be strong enough and seal well enough for an entire panel replacement?

Got any shade up at your house?

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On edit: I see Louis has a great idea about the resto rally. Don't let this one panel keep you from getting this trailer. It'll get fixed one way or another.
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Old 05-14-2010, 10:16 AM   #17
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I'm in agreement and would replace the entire panel. Although I have never done it personally, I'll just bet you and I could do this on a long Saturday. Gotta start sometime. I have some clecos but would need another hundred or so and another cleco pliers.

Do all of you experts think that Olympics would be strong enough and seal well enough for an entire panel replacement?

Got any shade up at your house?

Brad
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On edit: I see Louis has a great idea about the resto rally. Don't let this one panel keep you from getting this trailer. It'll get fixed one way or another.
Olympic rivets, when properly used, will hold the metal to the shell without any problems. They have already been in use some 40 years without problems.

Aircraft Spruce does not stock any alclad aluminum larger than 4' X 12'. Very few places carry alclad in larger sizes.

You may have to use a sheet of the newer material, that's available from Airstream, and cut it down to the size you need. But, it's only available in certain lengths.

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Old 05-14-2010, 11:20 AM   #18
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The Resto Rally is a great option. Where do you think I learned how? I no longer fear the Aluminum! The aluminum does not yet fear me, but we are getting there. Wish I could attend this years rally. I highly recommend it for all restorers, and what a great place to replace a panel. Everyone pitches in to help and learn.
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Old 05-14-2010, 11:57 AM   #19
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Mike, bring it to the restoraton rally next month and a piece of aluminum, and voila you will go home with a new panel. If you don't want to tackle this yourself, I would contact Uwe who you met at our Deadhorse rally.

Hope all is well and cool trailer!
We did exactly that panel on Area 63's 1958 Flying Cloud last year, at the restoration Rally. And the other side, too....
It was done as part of metalwork hands on demonstrations.
The panel is 12ft long, and 39in high. We used 2024 Alclad, from Airparts inc in Kansas. They have 4ft alclad on a huge roll, and will cut any length for you.
The front street side window will have to come out, which is a perfect time to clean it up and overhaul it.
While I personally prefer original style bucked rivets, Olympics will work fine if you do not want to remove the interior skin.
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Old 05-14-2010, 12:34 PM   #20
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Wow, thanks, everyone, for the numerous responses. I agree that the best way would be to replace the entire lower side panel.

BTW, I looked at this trailer last night and it's pretty rough. The floor will need replaced and the curbside upper curved front panels have a dent that is worse than the pics depicted. The inner zolotone panels, though, look great and have not been painted over.

UWE, does your Flying Cloud have a black tank? This one didn't. It just had a sewer hookup underneath the toilet. Does the gray water drain out
this hole, too?
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Old 05-14-2010, 01:32 PM   #21
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Custom 2024-T3 ALCLAD is available - .032 48" width any length $15.75 per foot...

2024 T3 Alclad Aluminum Coil and sheet, rolled aircraft aluminum

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Old 05-14-2010, 01:45 PM   #22
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Custom 2024-T3 ALCLAD is available - .032 48" width any length $15.75 per foot...

2024 T3 Alclad Aluminum Coil and sheet, rolled aircraft aluminum

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Wow, that's all? This repair won't be as bad as I thought. Thanks Wabbit.
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