Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 07-04-2010, 01:40 AM   #1
2 Rivet Member
1963 16' Bambi
Philadelphia PA, and Takoma Park MD
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 46
Send a message via AIM to roadtrip07
Belly Pan Explanation

I'm trying to figure out exactly what's going on in this belly pan replacement:
1956 Flying Cloud - Belly Skin
but I'm not sure I'm quite understanding it.

So in the first picture, the description is: "I removed the skin starting 1 foot in from all around the edge - this gave me a place to attach the new skin."
That makes sense to me, I think. Also, what tool is that being used to cut the aluminum? Then, in that second picture, the caption is "In front between the tongue frame, I formed a piece that went up under the front skin much like Airstream did all the way around and then formed it tight to the frame, eliminating the original gaps that allowed much of the dust and rocks to get inside.". What happened to that original 1 foot perimeter of old belly skin that was used as a place to attach the new skin? is it directly under that? I'm a newbie faced with belly skin replacement, I'm just trying to understand what to do. thanks!
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	belly8.jpg
Views:	84
Size:	40.9 KB
ID:	106252   Click image for larger version

Name:	belly14.jpg
Views:	98
Size:	28.1 KB
ID:	106253  


roadtrip07 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-04-2010, 06:55 AM   #2
Rivet Master
Journalist's Avatar
1969 25' Tradewind
Irmo , South Carolina
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 744
The tool is a set of air powered shears. Cheap ones available at Harbor Freight: Pistol Grip Air Shears
As for what they attached the belly pan to, it appears they removed everything all the way out to the wall skin and started from scratch. I don't see anything they left. Looks to me like the new pan is formed and riveted to the wall skin just like the original was.

AIR #8891
Unrestored 1969 25' Tradewind
Overkill Tow Vehicle of the Year Award:
2001 GMC 3500 4x4 Dually 6.6L Duramax
Journalist is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-10-2010, 09:03 PM   #3
1 Rivet Member
mbrod666's Avatar
1959 24' Tradewind
Roseville , Minnesota
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 16
In picture number two you can see on the right side the 1' perimeter that was left on. The shiny aluminum is a new peice formed in between the main frame rails going to the hitch.
mbrod666 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-11-2010, 09:46 AM   #4
New Member
1976 31' Sovereign
Salmon , Idaho
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 3
Hi; I'm working on a similar project, does anyone have a good sorce to buy the aluminum in a roll other than from Airstream at $4.30 a sqft?

stevedahl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-11-2010, 10:19 AM   #5
Rivet Master
Wabbiteer's Avatar
1973 27' Overlander
1972 29' Ambassador
St. Paul , Minnesota
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 1,950
Images: 2
Blog Entries: 2
2024 T3 Alclad Aluminum Coil and sheet, rolled aircraft aluminum (website needs internet explorer)

But you don't want to use 2024 on the belly pan, there are cheaper aluminum alloy sheets to use.

Wabbiteer is offline   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
getting to the belly pan? pinkflamingoes Belly Pans & Banana Wraps 21 08-29-2010 04:56 PM
Belly pan off or on ? augier Belly Pans & Banana Wraps 6 08-08-2009 02:04 PM
belly pan hlink Belly Pans & Banana Wraps 10 09-16-2008 07:51 AM
Belly Pan Replacement Julison 1969-1971 Caravel 2 08-01-2008 06:46 AM
Belly pan--Opinions?!? eljay Belly Pans & Banana Wraps 4 12-28-2004 08:26 AM

Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 06:25 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.