I decided to remove all of the interior panels on our 1973 31' Sovereign
. I am partly done now and ran into a problem that I did not expect. The 1973 service manual says that I should be able to remove the top center strip by unfastening the rivits, bowing it down in the center and sliding it out of the track along its edge. For whaterver reason that does not seem to work - not with any amount of presuading. What I finally did to get it loose on one side was to use a thin and sharp paint scraper to slide in and chop off the rivits that hold the track to the frame. While this worked well enough it does not seem like I should have to do that at all. The only thing I can think of is that the center panel is somehow binding on the rivit heads that hold the track in place. Even after I cut the rivits it was not all that easy to pull the track off the edge of the center panel.
Has anyone else had this problem? I still have to detach the center panel from the other side and so-far it is not budging. I did think that I might try squirting some silicone lubricant into the track to see if that helps. If not the only recourse I see is to chop off the rivits like I did for the other side. I don't reall want to do this because I do not get the full picture of the order that the pieces are installed under the track this way. I am also hoping that I can put the skin back on and get the center panel to slip into place without a problem.
Does anyone know if the track is available? If I can figure out how it works I thought I might consider using something like it along the edges of my belly pan.
Any thoughts would be appreciated...