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Old 09-21-2006, 04:27 PM   #1
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belly pan removal problem

I have a 62 Globetrotter and I am replacing the floor. I want to try and do this with the shell left on if possible. I want to drop the belly pan skins to give me greater access to the bottom of the trailer. I drilled out the rivets and the skin wouldn'nt come down. I removed the inside wall skins and found that the bellypan skin is folded over the top of the U channel. So how am I to pull it down and out. I have read several threads on dropping the bellypan skins but I don't think I have read about this problem. I'm sure it was built this way because everything is covered with that black sealant Airstream uses. I will be greatful for any help. Brad
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Old 09-23-2006, 11:26 AM   #3
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I have a '61 Tradewind and started dropping the pans as well. I started on the back right pan and all the rivets are out.... it won't budge. I hope someone knows the answer to your question cuz I think I might have the same problem.
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I have a 62 Globetrotter and I am replacing the floor. I want to try and do this with the shell left on if possible. I want to drop the belly pan skins to give me greater access to the bottom of the trailer. I drilled out the rivets and the skin wouldn'nt come down. I removed the inside wall skins and found that the bellypan skin is folded over the top of the U channel. So how am I to pull it down and out. I have read several threads on dropping the bellypan skins but I don't think I have read about this problem. I'm sure it was built this way because everything is covered with that black sealant Airstream uses. I will be greatful for any help. Brad
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The proper way to replace the floor is to remove the shell.

Scabbing a floor in places, weakens the semi-monocoque design.

With the shell off, removing the folded over underbelly, becomes a piece of cake.

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Old 09-23-2006, 01:47 PM   #5
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Are you going to keep these bellypan pieces and re-use them? If not, cut them out and keep them as templates for the new ones. I remember having a lot of problems with one certain corner and after much chopping and cutting with shears, I found some hidden bolts and rivets that were holding it on. I wish I could be of more help besides "cut it" though. I also wish I could remember where those hidden buggers were. Our belly pan was a disaster so we knew we wouldn't reuse it.
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Well, I pulled off the interior panel and found the same thing.

Don't know how to post pics yet. Thanks Andy for the info!
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From the many threads on the floor repairs ,its known that hidden rivits hold the belly pan on in area around the coach.When assembled new,the belly pan
is first attached over the bottom up to the C channel and rivited on .then the shell is installed over it and the bottom goes over the edges of the belly pan .
that then is rivited in place to the C channel so it will be hard to get the hidden rivits removed .Bryan Burkharts Airstream book has great photos showing the assembly of these early vintage trailers ,so you can see how
they did it.I don't know however how many initial belly pan rivits there would
actually be to remove though.

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The proper way to replace the floor is to remove the shell.
Yes, I forgot to mention we removed the outer shell first. And slicing away is not the recommended way to do this. We are replacing the lower inner skins so we did cut those a little and peel them up to get at the rivets etc. Please don't do this unless it's a last resort!!
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Old 09-25-2006, 03:25 PM   #9
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Thanks Andy

Andy,
Thanks for the quick response. I was trying to avoid removing the shell but the more I look at the more sense it makes. I will just have to enlist some help at critical times. Thanks Brad
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OK, I give! Where do we find the replacement belly skin? I am about 75% of the way to a full monty and need to get back into the bottom to finish removing the shower base. My belly is corroded around every rivet and while I'm at it ... Hey does anyone local need a shower/bath unit?
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don't know if you were ever answered on a source for aluminum. Go to thevap.com and click on the list of sponsors on the right. I think its usatco.com but not positive.
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In the Twin Cities, member markdoane found the least expensive aluminum at a steel supply warehouse. I ended up using Metal Supermarket. Original belly skin was .025" and they were going to have a very hard time getting that in, so I settled for .032". Even that had to be brought from another location. They look at you funny when you want something that thin!
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In the Twin Cities, member markdoane found the least expensive aluminum at a steel supply warehouse. . . .
Last time I went to Garelick's they were out of the cheap stuff. Still good prices, but they only have what they have. Their stock changes pretty quickly. Didn't have any 2024-T3 last time I checked.

I used .032 for the belly. It's pretty bulletproof.
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Don, as I recall I paid as much as 50% more than you. Metal Supermarkets can be a reasonable resouce after you've blanked on other metal supply and contractor sources.
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