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Old 07-10-2014, 12:17 PM   #1
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Corner Skin Removal

I wish to remove the curb side front lower curved skin in order to have it "English Wheeled" I'm worried that I may do more harm in removing than what's already there.
Are the mating skins glues together? and if so, how to separate?.
Any suggestions? What to look out for?
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Old 07-11-2014, 04:42 PM   #2
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Skins aren't exactly glued together, but there is bound to be plenty of flexible sealant on the inside which will seem to be gluing it together. Judicious use of a putty knife to separate things is all that is needed.

One potential stumbling block is just in drilling out the rivets. A rivet removal tool is handy, or just careful use of a center punch and sharp (short) drill bits. You just want to avoid overly enlarging the rivet holes and slipping off the head.

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Old 07-11-2014, 06:25 PM   #3
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I have done this on a '77 and I'm about to do it on a pal's '75.

It's one of the easier things that really make a trailer look better. It's all pop rivets, some are underneath, some are behind the lower belt line.

Using a wheel and not a hammer is the perfect way to go. I took an old skateboard wheel that was worn round on the edges and mounted on a piece of wood for a handle. Laying the wrap on a cushion allowed me to roll out the dents from the inside. The aluminum is not alclad so it's possible to sand the outer side smooth for the last few imperfections.

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Old 07-11-2014, 07:36 PM   #4
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What no pictures what are you using an English wheel on?
Gotta get busy! Have a great day! Now where did I put those revits?
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Old 07-11-2014, 10:41 PM   #5
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I like to use a High temp heat gun at seams, YES the aluminum expands causing the two skins to separate, don't worry the skin will cool back to original shape...
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