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Old 05-11-2010, 08:19 PM   #1
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Buying sheet aluminum

Need to patch some holes in the belly pan of a 1959.
Anyone know what thickness or gauge aluminum to buy? if so, any ideas where I can find a 4 ft by 4 ft sheet?
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Old 05-11-2010, 08:38 PM   #2
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Hi skittles. These guys have a lot of locations. Other companies may actually be closer to you. ALUMINUM SHEET - MetalSupermarkets

Bellywrap would be 0.025". I've found that harder to get than 0.032", so be sure and give anyone time to order in what you want. It will come in 4' x 8' sheets. I'd believe I used 2024 alloy. Depends on what's available. 0.032" really works totally different. 0.025" is the way to go.
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I would try a nearby airport repair facility, one that repairs light planes. Or, there are mail order outlets.
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Need to patch some holes in the belly pan of a 1959.
Anyone know what thickness or gauge aluminum to buy?
Belly pan material does not need to be an Aircraft grade of Aluminum... the cheapest .025 you can find will do. Call around to the metal supply houses in your area and see who has a coil of 3003 or 5052.
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Check with your local trailer supplier...one that deals in utility trailers, parts, hitches, etc. Not an RV place. You can buy aluminum skin used to repair 18 wheelers that have been damaged up to 102" wide and as long as you like.

Keystone Trailer here in Lancaster, PA (I think it is an East Petersburg, PA address) sells it this way. I am sure a local place to you such as this would as well.
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Old 05-11-2010, 09:33 PM   #6
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I ordered a couple of sheets of aluminum on line from Aircraft Spruce. The little brown truck delivered it to my door. No problems.
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I've found very nice material at scrap dealers; often full 4x8 or 4x10 sheets for $2/lb.

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i'd try this: Airparts Inc. Homepage

good people to deal with.

they do sell the alclad2024-T3 This is the most commom of the the high-strength alloys. Aircraft quaility. 2024 T3 aluminum sheet is thought of as the aircraft alloy because of it's strength. It has excellent fatigue resistance. Welding is generally not recommended. Typical uses for 2024-T3 alclad aluminum sheet are aircraft skins, cowls, aircraft structures, and also for RV repair and restortation like Airstreams because of it's shiny finish (2024T3 alclad)
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Right, .032 2024-T3 alclad is the standard for the exterior skins on vintage Airstreams. But the bellypan doesn't need to be as strong or shiny.

I used .025 5053 for my bellypan, cheaper and works fine. Like byamcaravanner said, just buy the cheapest .025 thickness aluminum you can find. There are plenty of OTHER opportunities to spend huge amounts of money on your Airstream.
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After many phone calls, I found a fab shop with a 4' x 8' sheet of .025 aluminum for $38 bucks.
He said its been laying around for awhile and had no use for metal that thin, but it should work great for my belly pan repairs.
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Right, .032 2024-T3 alclad is the standard for the exterior skins on vintage Airstreams. But the bellypan doesn't need to be as strong or shiny.

I used .025 5053 for my bellypan, cheaper and works fine. Like byamcaravanner said, just buy the cheapest .025 thickness aluminum you can find. There are plenty of OTHER opportunities to spend huge amounts of money on your Airstream.
What would the thickness be for usage on constructing baggage doors?Same .032 Alclad
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Hi Skittles, I am in Reno also and am looking for aluminum both for the belly pan and for exterior skin that will be polished. i would love to know where you found your source locally! Thanks!

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After many phone calls, I found a fab shop with a 4' x 8' sheet of .025 aluminum for $38 bucks.
He said its been laying around for awhile and had no use for metal that thin, but it should work great for my belly pan repairs.
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Albert you may try PDM Steel Service but it's in Sparks NV.
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