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Old 02-17-2013, 11:43 AM   #15
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Is there any reason to strip and clean the interior panels before I remove them?
Not really IMO they are easier to clean and strip when they are flat.
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Old 02-18-2013, 11:51 PM   #16
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After working for several hours stripping paint off the door, I am going to take your advice and plan on going with new aluminum for the interior skins.

Where is a good place to pick up sheets of aluminum? How much per sheet am I looking at?


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Old 02-18-2013, 11:55 PM   #17
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If you don't have the special sheet metal drill bits regular 1/8 in will do. Use a fresh sharp one and when one gets dull toss it. Drill the head off and if the shank is till in the hole use an 1/8 punch to push it out ( back into the wall cavity) Also, keep a pair of vise grips handy. The rivet heads will stack up on the shaft of the drill bit as you drill them out. When that happens grab the bottom few with the vise grips and run the drill in reverse , the heads will "walk" off the end.
Label the panels and reuse them if you can. Buy some Cleco fasteners from any Aircraft supply house or Vintage Trailer supply and a cleco tool to insert and remove them. They are worth their weight in gold when you are installing panels.
Thanks for the "vice grip" advice. My wife raised her eyebrow at me and asked, "how did you know to do that?" I just casually replied, "that's just how I am." It got me a lot of points
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Also, should I use the same aluminum for the belly underneath and the interior? Is there a chart to refer to?
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If you don't have the special sheet metal drill bits regular 1/8 in will do. Use a fresh sharp one and when one gets dull toss it. Drill the head off and if the shank is till in the hole use an 1/8 punch to push it out ( back into the wall cavity) Also, keep a pair of vise grips handy. The rivet heads will stack up on the shaft of the drill bit as you drill them out. When that happens grab the bottom few with the vise grips and run the drill in reverse , the heads will "walk" off the end.
Label the panels and reuse them if you can. Buy some Cleco fasteners from any Aircraft supply house or Vintage Trailer supply and a cleco tool to insert and remove them. They are worth their weight in gold when you are installing panels.
Can you tell which cleco tool I need, exactly?
I found these but not sure what to buy.
http://www.yardstore.com/browse.cfm/2,425.html
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They come in color coded sizes...like the rivet sizes. figure out the rivets you want to use and get some clecos to fit. Use EBAY and you can save a bunch. Ft Worth and San Antonio have good aviation communities and you will find lots of good deals there.
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