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Old 02-02-2009, 01:02 PM   #1
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banana wrap 1960 22' Safari?

Hi there folks,
Ok so I'm reading all the post on all the bellys bieng replaced and the bannana wraps. But I don't find one for replacing the bannana wrap on my 22' 1960 Safari....Do they make them ? I just think it be would alot easier than trying to put two huge pieces on ....mine was in two pieces left and right I've been looking all over to try and get those peices and boy are they expensive.......well thank you folks for listening

I attached some pics of what is left of the existing belly pan it crumbled off the trailer in some parts and in others I had take the snips and cut off ...
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Old 02-02-2009, 01:14 PM   #2
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Hi Augier, No Banana on a 60. If you need a pic of my belly pan say so and I'll run up and get some. The edges are cut and tucked up the belt line. Thats about clear as mud. Instead of the rounded look it's more of a flat bottom. I'm lazy so I'm using someone else's photo. I will take some of mine if you need them.
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Old 02-02-2009, 01:20 PM   #3
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I'm not too familiar with the '60 models, but on my '63, there are actually no "banana wraps" at all. Rather, the belly sheet extended all the way up and around the sides, and met the side panels at the interior j-channel, where all three pices are riveted together, and then the j-channel is bolted and screwed to the plywood subfloor.

Now, when replacing, you could certainly fashion "banana wraps" that only covered the curved portions of that. They would rivet to the side panel and j-channel, but only extend far enough under the trailer to make the curve. Then, you could use other sheets to cover the remaining flat portion at the very bottom.

The advantage of this is that you'd be working with a much smaller piece as you attempt to bend, fold, and finesse the piece into shape around the channel (I'm sure you've noticed all of the slots and tabs when you removed the old piece-- these will need to be duplicated as close to identically as possible to make it easier for you).

But unfortunately, those sheets of aluminum are still pretty pricey. I just ordered around $100-worth for my belly, and that's just so I can fashion rear "banana wraps" like the ones I discussed above, so it won't even cover 1/4 of the belly.
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Old 02-02-2009, 01:25 PM   #4
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Lee,
That would be awesome I do have an idea I was just seeing if there was a diffrent way of doing it. But pics would help for sure....thanks again..
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Old 02-02-2009, 02:04 PM   #5
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Lee,
That would be awesome I do have an idea I was just seeing if there was a diffrent way of doing it. But pics would help for sure....thanks again..
Banana wraps started around 1964, and were metal.

They old metal banana's are no long available.

We had some fiberglass banana wraps made for the older trailers.

Adding them to your trailer has no material benefit, other than making the trailer look a little newer.

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Old 02-02-2009, 02:21 PM   #6
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Some photos for you. Looks like its two pieces with a center line. Four big cuts both where the front a back trim pieces end. If your brave C Johnson did his as a solid piece without the split in the middle. If you need a specific pic let me know. Pics 1 street side front. 2 back to front. 3 curb front. 4 street rear side before trim piece.
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Old 02-02-2009, 02:24 PM   #7
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Hi there,
On another note I noticed on that pic posted above it had as a flat smooth rub rail....I destroyed mine on the rear haven't attempted yet to do the front but I have a feeling it will do the same. Can I just replace it with a plain & simple one from the hardware store?
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If it shines and you like the look of it why not. I don't think you will find an exact replacement for it... Maybe someone on the forums has a good idea on this. Do a little surfing there has to be a company that makes something close.
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There are probably many different aluminum moldings or extrusions you could use. It's not a structural piece, it's only trim. I suppose if your panels were very cleanly cut at the factory, you could go without it. Mine were not, they're fairly messy, and the rub rail hides those messy cuts.

But you could use anything you like that is not going to corrode or cause corrosion in the aluminum under it.

I've always liked what Uwe did with his '63 Overlander that was missing its rub rails, here's a picture:



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http://www.airforums.com/forums/show...&postcount=870
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