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Old 08-26-2015, 10:42 AM   #1
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'65 Caravel - ceiling skin support bracket

I'm restoring a 1965 Caravel and the internal skin support bracket that runs longitudinally down the ceiling, from end cap to end cap has been cut. The purpose of this bracket is to support the internal side skins to the ceiling (the skins slid into this bracket) whereby you rivet down from the support bracket to secure the side skins to the internal frame. On the caravel, this support bracket is 6 ft long. I would like to replace it if possible. Does anyone know if this support bracket is available new or used? Many Thanks for your help!
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I'm restoring a 1965 Caravel and the internal skin support bracket that runs longitudinally down the ceiling, from end cap to end cap has been cut. The purpose of this bracket is to support the internal side skins to the ceiling (the skins slid into this bracket) whereby you rivet down from the support bracket to secure the side skins to the internal frame. On the caravel, this support bracket is 6 ft long. I would like to replace it if possible. Does anyone know if this support bracket is available new or used? Many Thanks for your help!
You can make those brackets, called "horizontal stringers", by using sheet aluminum that's no more than .032, (thirty two thousands) of an inch thick.

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Thanks Andy but I'm not sure how to do that at home being its a fairly complex piece. I've attached a cross section photo of the bracket (stringer).
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Old 08-26-2015, 01:07 PM   #4
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Take the exisiting one to a good aluminum fabricator and ask them to duplicate it.
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