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Old 09-27-2003, 10:36 AM   #1
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frame replacement source

Has anyone ever tried to replace the aluminum channel that makes up the framework of roof? I am replacing rear curved panels on '61 and just realized that a piece of the channel is damaged from tree vs. roof incident. I would like to replace it with aluminum channel but it has a curve to it and looks like something custom made. Any ideas? Maybe someone has a parts Airstream that they would be willing to sell some pieces of?

I have all of the segments that form the curve for replacement, however while I'm going to all of this trouble I would like to find one more segment to install. If you are looking at the rear endcap and the middle piece is No. 1, I need the segment that is two over from that if you move in a clockwise position.

Thanks for any leads on the segment and channel.

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Old 09-27-2003, 11:21 AM   #2
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How bad is the damage?
If it is just bent You could remove it and either straighten it yourself, of have a metal shop do it for you. If it is cracked/broken they could also MIG weld it for you.

The only way I know to get one of the ribs is a boneyard or someone with NOS. If you can find a section of rib that will span the damage in he current rib the manual says to rivet it on the back with a 6 inch overlap using bucked rivets. I would assume olympics would work.

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Old 09-27-2003, 05:25 PM   #3
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You might check with some fabrication shops or sign shops (that make big lighted signs) or makes big awnings for store fronts. The factory channel is a C channel but a fabrication shop that can handle bending box.

Steel place I use has a shop and they have a bender that could make a 20ft arch or a 10 inch arch. Then you could split it down the middle to make a c-channel and get what you need.
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