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Old 03-17-2009, 09:19 PM   #15
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Yes, but when everyone's standing around helping you park, and the assembled crowd follows you around to the rear, you reach for that solid, gleaming cover, the crowd gasps.... priceless!

I bet Frank would.....
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Old 03-17-2009, 09:43 PM   #16
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Ok, so 1/4" is too thick. How about this stuff with a small edge around it? And, would provide drying for the stuff in there... but also allow water in... hmmm.
Order Aluminum 3003 Perforated Sheet in Small Quantities at OnlineMetals.com
Or you could put it on top of the old one...
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Old 03-18-2009, 08:07 AM   #17
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I finally remembered to check mine for you. It has the original cover which is probably the same as yours, But it has been recovered with another sheet about the same thickness. The cover sheet wraps around the edges of the original so it has a thicker look to it, but it still bends easily and I wouldn't step up onto it until the day I plan on replacing it. I would think 1/8" thick would do very nicely if it's not unreasonable price-wise.
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Old 03-18-2009, 10:01 AM   #18
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Marc-- I do like the idea of making a spectacle out of the back of my trailer!

Rich-- I think adding another sheet is probably the quickest and most cost-effective answer. It would at least be slightly sturdier than the existing one.

I have enough 2024-T3 lying around to do it, but I think I'd have to take it to a fab shop with a long brake to get someone to roll the edge over. Probably still shouldn't cost me too much.

Thanks to all for the replies!
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Old 03-18-2009, 10:37 AM   #19
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...but I think I'd have to take it to a fab shop with a long brake to get someone to roll the edge over.
Just get yourself one of these. They are very useful when working on an Airstream.

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Old 03-18-2009, 10:44 AM   #20
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What the heck is that? Looks like some kind of terrifying, primitive dental tool!
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Old 03-18-2009, 10:46 AM   #21
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utee you beat me to it! What is that?
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Old 03-18-2009, 11:07 AM   #22
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I think it's called a hand brake as opposed to a full sized aluminum brake



They are both used for bending aluminum or sheet metal. One on a small scale, the other on a larger scale.

Which leads to my next question...If it bends metal, why do they call it a "brake"???
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Old 03-18-2009, 12:12 PM   #23
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I thought bending metal was what happens when you forget to brake.
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Old 04-14-2009, 06:38 AM   #24
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Marcus, a couple of months ago I went scrounging at a salvage yard in north Florida and came home with one of the extruded lids you first mentioned that I thought I'd use on my 63 Tradewind restoration. The original has cleaned and straightened up better that I thought it would and I'm going to keep it. If you are still interested let me know and I'll try to post a picture of the extruded one. I think I paid $10 for it.
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Old 04-14-2009, 07:05 AM   #25
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Sure, would like to see a picture, thanks. Also, welcome to the Forums!

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Perfect timing for this thread! In my GTs past, someone cut the trunk down the middle and removed half of it. I recently went to a local scrap yard, Alan Steel in Redwood City, and bought a flat piece of 0.90" thick aluminum to fabricate my trunk cover. The advantage of buying the material there was that they would cut it to size - for a price of course. My total cash outlay for the material plus one cut was $25... They didn't have have cool extruded pieces, so my plan is to attempt a brushed finish using a sanding block and fine grit paper. I figure doing that and giving it a clear coat should do the trick. I opted for the thicker material to make up for a lack of nice bent stiffening features. Hopefully I can to attack the project this week, so I'll be sure to post some pictures.

One question I have is regarding the hinge rivets. It looks like the rivets that affix the hinges to the cover are solid bucked rivets. Are most trunk hinges out there pop riveted or buck riveted?
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Marcus,
When they closed the Eagle Bus manufacturing plant in Brownsville a few years ago they sold out alot of bus siding aluminum. It was a wavy, extruded, polished, plate......about 3/8 thick. You can see it on most big busses...not plastic buses...on the road. I have see some of this material on Ebay...listed under ..of all things...aluminum. I have recently seen something similar listed in RV parts, being sold by high end motor coach manufactures.
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Hope this works as I have not posted pics before.



If you want it I'll be happy to send it to you for $10 plus shipping.
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