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Old 11-05-2003, 03:36 PM   #29
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I took one of my belly pan segments to a metal supply house and they identified it as .032, and the closest new material we could find in their warehouse was a 4x12 sheet of 5052 aluminum. It lookes fantastic, has the tiny brush lines in it, and should more than suffice for the belly pan.
I like it so well, I am going to use some of it to spruce up the interior.
Anyways, it was $47.00 tax incl. for a 4ftx12ft sheet. The material is more than sufficient for my belly pan sections. I would not see much sense in using aircraft rated aluminum for cutting up into belly pan segments.
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Old 11-05-2003, 03:48 PM   #30
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Could your belly pan have been replaced? My service manual on my 75 says the belly pan is .024 but then again they may have lightened it up by the mid 70's I by a lot of sheet goods from Phoenix Metals, the branch I use is out of Charlotte, NC. If you can get in good with your local architectural metals shop, they should know where the good deals are. We pay about $65 for a 4'x10' sheet of .063 the 5000 series stuff. Haven't checked on the good stuff yet.

Here is the link for Phoenix Metals http://www.phoenixmetals.net/
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Old 11-05-2003, 04:04 PM   #31
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Aaron,
It is possible that there are different materials found under my trailer, but if so, then it would have happened early in the trailers career. The reason i went for new material was that the old stuff is just plain gross and has been cut and riveted one too many times. Also, there were holes I no longer need since i rerouted the grey water line from the shower to accomodate my BAL jacks.
At $ 44.66 for a sheet, I guess I got a good deal. Airparts lists the same material for $ 6.50 per foot. ( 5052H32)
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Old 11-05-2003, 04:24 PM   #32
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Hi Gang,

I have built experimental aircraft with AL and organic products (wood) and spent 20 years in the US Navy as a pilot and Aircraft Maintenance Officer. AL is my life!!!

Below is a link to an aircraft supplier's page on what the many types of AL are used for and their numerical nomenclature. From there you can look at their catalog for comparison pricing.

http://www.wicksaircraft.com/gotopage.php?page=59

Pages 68 and 69 have the sheet AL pricing with strength and usage information.

BTW if the local supplier is10-15% higher he might be the right person to purchase from anyway, as you may need something on short notice, and if he is still in business, you'll have a local source. You might even have someone to assist you when the bending, forming, etc. operations become more than you can handle without the brake, English wheel, misc tools so necessary in sheet metal work.

Before the flames start, I do not purchase all my stuff from the local supplier, mail order can and has saved me many dollars, but I do use a guide of 20%. If mail order w/shipping saves me 20% or more that's the way I generally go. That said, I have also spent more than mail order locally because of the additional service I received from the local merchant. (8' sheet brake to bend .125" for spars for example)

I hope this is of some benefit.

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Great source! Beaucoup karma to you. Notice they also have lots of rivets and rivetting tools, and adhesives, and tons of stuff. Thanks.
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Old 11-05-2003, 09:12 PM   #34
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I agree - great site for info. Karma coming !
Page 51 has some polishes that are interesting.
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Old 11-05-2003, 09:26 PM   #35
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Just came on and read all the threads. Thanks alot. The wealth of info from this site is great. I am attempting to restore a '78 Excella 31' International to original factory condition, and this will help greatly. A special thanks to our A-6 veteran, Dinoburb, on the web source.
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