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Old 01-24-2013, 06:38 AM   #1
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outside panel replacement

good morning
We need to replace 1 panel on our 72 31' .
Before ordering we will like to double check the thickness of the sheet and if we are looking @ the right product.(specially since we are planning a mirror polishing project)
We are currently looking at the 2024T3 and wondering about the 0.025 or 0.032
Skin to be replaced is the front lower panel on the street side.
https://www.airpartsinc.com/shopexd.asp?id=208
If you guys know about other sources to get aluminum it will be great!
thanks!
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Old 01-24-2013, 06:45 AM   #2
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2024T3 ALCLAD ALUMINUM from Aircraft Spruce
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Old 01-24-2013, 09:07 AM   #3
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good morning
We need to replace 1 panel on our 72 31' .
Before ordering we will like to double check the thickness of the sheet and if we are looking @ the right product.(specially since we are planning a mirror polishing project)
We are currently looking at the 2024T3 and wondering about the 0.025 or 0.032
Skin to be replaced is the front lower panel on the street side.
https://www.airpartsinc.com/shopexd.asp?id=208
If you guys know about other sources to get aluminum it will be great!
thanks!
Use .032 or better yet .040.

Airstream never used .025 on the sides or roof, only on the underbelly.

2024T3 is the correct metal for your Airstream.

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I hope you did not order yet! You said front lower panel street side. If you are talking about front corner you are not going to be able to fabricate it from a flat sheet. The front corner is formed and you will need to get a new segment for it. There are new panels available but unfortunately they are not pressed from 2024. You will need a salvaged panel to replace it and achieve the look. I recommend Ryan at RVRevive. He will probably have what you need. If it is not the corner, disregard everything I just said.
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Old 01-25-2013, 06:54 AM   #5
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Use .032 or better yet .040.

Airstream never used .025 on the sides or roof, only on the underbelly.

2024T3 is the correct metal for your Airstream.

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I hope you did not order yet! You said front lower panel street side. If you are talking about front corner you are not going to be able to fabricate it from a flat sheet. The front corner is formed and you will need to get a new segment for it. There are new panels available but unfortunately they are not pressed from 2024. You will need a salvaged panel to replace it and achieve the look. I recommend Ryan at RVRevive. He will probably have what you need. If it is not the corner, disregard everything I just said.
Thanks for the fast response.
Yes we are talking about the front lower panel on the street side.
I have the panel already out and the only tricky part it was on the front curve window, and I'm seriously considering removing it to install the new segment.
I did noticed that once the panel was removed it has a curved shape and is still remain like that.
I know the aluminum comes in rolls and I had hope that using the ribs and Cleco I will be able to bend it to the form of the trailer
your inputs please?
I know I saw this job done in the forums before but I can't find the pics to post it.
Will try to post some pics of the panel removed
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That is formed segment. It curves in multiple directions and unfortunately a flat sheet will not form it. That segment is pressed after 1966. Before that it is just a flat sheet panel. I suggest you search for a salvaged panel to replace it with.
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Is this a formed segment? It looks pretty flat to me, may be some repair was done long time ago.
Have the 2 big indentations in the panel, otherwise I think it may lay flat but won't be surprise to be wrong
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found this:
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f416...e-26902-8.html
it doesn't look that bad of a job (the replacement of the panel not the full monte)
but as always it looks so easy when we see the pro's doing it!! ...and we all know that Aerowood is one of a kind when it refers to craftsmanship
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Is this a formed segment? It looks pretty flat to me, may be some repair was done long time ago.
Have the 2 big indentations in the panel, otherwise I think it may lay flat but won't be surprise to be wrong
The correct quarter panel, is a compound curved piece of aluminum.

A flat sheet, as you proposed, simply won't work.

The only flat piece of metal on the front or rear end, is below the window. All others are compound curves.

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Is this a formed segment? It looks pretty flat to me, may be some repair was done long time ago.
Have the 2 big indentations in the panel, otherwise I think it may lay flat but won't be surprise to be wrong
Yes, that is a stamped segment, with compound curves. Even though it doesn't look like it, if you try putting a non-formed piece in there, it will look like, well, something you wouldn't want...
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I am not going to say it a third time.
What I will say again is if you buy a "new" panel(segment) it will not be made of the same aluminum as the original skin. It will be made of a totally different alloy. You will need to find a salvaged panel(segment) to make the metal match. I will also say you you should contact Ryan @ RV Revive. He will probably have it for you since it is salvaged, it match really closely.
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I am not going to say it a third time.
thanks for the patience!!
BTW we called Ryan and left a VM, never called back. I guess he doesn't have it or he like me, never check his VMs
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try email too. He has been a huge resource for me!
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Has anyone ever thought about taking the new replacement panel and having it electroplated with pure Aluminum? This would make it polish like the original 2024-T3 Alclad aluminum.

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