Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 03-25-2010, 06:27 PM   #1
Rivet Master
 
bwaysteve's Avatar
 
1965 28' Ambassador
Irving , Texas
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 590
Images: 5
Belly sections

My 65 Ambassador has a belly pan that is in three sections.Two long ones and a 3x4 section that slides in the rear to cover the black tank.
I am installing a gray tank and a new black tank that will hang a little lower than stock.
Is it possible to use the existing two sections and take them to the back of the rear axle,then fabricate a new section to accomodate the tanks?
In essence I would have original belly all the way to the rear of the back axle,then riveted to a new lower piece.Does the pan need to be two continuous pieces riveted down the center all the way back?
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	SNC14739-2.jpg
Views:	91
Size:	843.7 KB
ID:	98803  
__________________

__________________
bwaysteve is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-25-2010, 07:28 PM   #2
Rivet Master
 
silverleeper's Avatar
 
1967 22' Safari
1960 Caravel
Edmonds , Washington
Join Date: Aug 2004
Posts: 2,499
Images: 8
Hi Steve, Your plan sounds like a good one to me. The belly pan does not need to be two continuous pieces riveted down the center all the way back. The belly pan is not structural. Keep us posted.
__________________

__________________
Lee

1973 F-250 4X4 390
1965 Chevy Suburban 454
AIR 6030
WBCCI 4258
TCT

silverleeper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-05-2010, 09:44 AM   #3
2 Rivet Member
 
1977 25' Tradewind
2012 27' FB International
Ft Myers , Florida
Join Date: Feb 2010
Posts: 81
I have a related question: I've pulled what appears to be a galvanized pan from below the former bathroom of our Trade Wind. The belly skin material seems to wrap this galvanized pan on both sides all the way back to the bumper. This galvanized pan is rusted out for the most part and needs to be replaced. It was actually bolted to the underside of the frame as opposed to rivited. Could this have been an adaptation of a skin replacement? The reason I ask is that I find no mention of this particular part in the forums. Closest thing in appearance I find is a "roll out tray" at Out-of-Doors Mart - Roll Out Tray 452974 [452974] - $340.00 : ODMRV , Out-of-Doors Mart.
__________________
Mike & Laurel
Ft. Myers, FL
1977 Airstream Tradewind
2016 RAM 2500
FL Crackers is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-05-2010, 10:35 AM   #4
Site Team
 
Aage's Avatar
 
1974 31' Sovereign
Ottawa , ON
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 11,204
Images: 25
Could it be the support for your black or gray tank? In mine, they sit in a pan that hinges to allow revmoval.
__________________
“Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.”
...John Wayne...........................
Aage is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-05-2010, 11:12 AM   #5
2 Rivet Member
 
1977 25' Tradewind
2012 27' FB International
Ft Myers , Florida
Join Date: Feb 2010
Posts: 81
Quote:
Originally Posted by Aage View Post
Could it be the support for your black or gray tank? In mine, they sit in a pan that hinges to allow removal.
That certainly seems to be the purpose. Wondering where I might find a replacement or if I need to have a new one fabricated. Have you heard of anyone replacing this pan?
__________________
Mike & Laurel
Ft. Myers, FL
1977 Airstream Tradewind
2016 RAM 2500
FL Crackers is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-05-2010, 12:18 PM   #6
Site Team
 
Aage's Avatar
 
1974 31' Sovereign
Ottawa , ON
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 11,204
Images: 25
I had a welder/fabricator make new ones for mine last summer. He did a great job.

Here's a shot from the Service Manual for the '77 rear bath model. It really doesn't show the frame, I'll have a look later at my service manual for the '74 model and see if it does.

__________________
“Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.”
...John Wayne...........................
Aage is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-05-2010, 02:21 PM   #7
Rivet Master
 
VIKING's Avatar
 
1955 22' Flying Cloud
Boulder Creek , California
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 1,177
Mine was replaced with aluminum diamond-plate. Any good sheetmetal shop should be able to make one for you.

Best to you,
Rich the Viking

Quote:
Originally Posted by FL Crackers View Post
That certainly seems to be the purpose. Wondering where I might find a replacement or if I need to have a new one fabricated. Have you heard of anyone replacing this pan?
__________________
VIKING is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-05-2010, 02:55 PM   #8
2 Rivet Member
 
1977 25' Tradewind
2012 27' FB International
Ft Myers , Florida
Join Date: Feb 2010
Posts: 81
Thanks guys. this has been very helpful.
__________________
Mike & Laurel
Ft. Myers, FL
1977 Airstream Tradewind
2016 RAM 2500
FL Crackers is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-05-2010, 10:22 PM   #9
Site Team
 
Aage's Avatar
 
1974 31' Sovereign
Ottawa , ON
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 11,204
Images: 25
OK, here is the removal and replacement text and drawing from the 1974 book, which clealry shows both the pans and the rails that hold them in.





__________________

__________________
“Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.”
...John Wayne...........................
Aage is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


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
What about this belly? connorsa Full-Timing 12 07-13-2009 06:22 PM
Belly Skins? Dano57 Belly Pans & Banana Wraps 11 09-24-2006 10:41 PM
65 Caravel belly robandzoe Belly Pans & Banana Wraps 1 05-19-2004 01:28 AM
Obvious Holes in Forum (Model & Year Sections) Sue&Von Forum Admin, News and Member Account Info 33 04-04-2004 10:57 AM


Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 11:06 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

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