I have been reading these forums for a few months and just got up the nerve to post.
I am in the middle of a shell off restoration and I am worried about the belly pan. It has to be replaced. From airparts I can get the aluminium coil, but they list it is only 48'' in width. The aluminium I took off is 50'' wide. Has any one here bought coil aluminium from Airparts? Is it a true 48'' or is it like countertop laminate that always comes an inch or two bigger? I think I can make 48'' wide material work, but that won't give me much overlap.
Next question. Do I have to replace it with ALCLAD aluminium? Is cheaper material gonna corrode faster? Since it is on the bottom I don't care about how shiny it is or if it is polishable. I am just worried about the longevity of the material. What about clear coating the belly pan? was that ever done on the trailers?
Any info would be greatly appreciated!