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Old 11-21-2014, 10:52 PM   #1
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Check off that box!

Done insulating and re installing me belly pan on my frame on resto. Just a little easier than cutting the old one out. Best tool for the job was a neumatic shear. Not bad, go for it.
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Old 11-21-2014, 10:53 PM   #2
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Old 11-22-2014, 04:08 PM   #3
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Way to go! I did my frame, insulation and belly pan on my 24 footer, although 8 years newer than your 18. Like you, I did it laying on my back! I had difficulty with the rear corner pieces, trying to bend them around the rear radius.

You have a hard job done! Well done by the looks of it.

So we both can expect our "Belly Pan Replacement" Airstream merit badges in the mail pretty soon.

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Old 12-11-2014, 10:53 PM   #4
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Greetings fellow Airstreamers...Say I'm in the beginning stages of restoring my '65 Overlander. I have removed the rivets from the rear of my belly pan to access the rotten floors in the rear bathroom area.PO left panel off for numerous years and floor has rotted. have started to remove rear cabinets, Should I remove entire belly pan to expose frame and subfloor for issues first? Seems that rivets are worn loose or detached anyway. Or tackle rear floor first? I'm open for advice...thanks Bryan O
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Old 12-12-2014, 05:46 AM   #5
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Hi Yellamo,

I'd like to recommend you start a thread in the Airstream Knowledge Base, Travel Trailers, Overlander, and then your year range. The Knowledge Base category is toward the bottom of the home page. You will find the Overlander enthusiasts lurking there and will be a big help in your restoration projects. Many of them will subscribe to your thread and follow your project. You can ask questions and get advice pertinent to your project. This thread is for 50s Aluminum's project. Does that make sense?

Vintage Airstreams are great fun to tear apart and make like new again. The Overlander was one of the most popular models. It is a perfect size for serious traveling. In fact, that size trailer is still the perfect size for serious traveling in 2014.

I replaced the belly pan on my 66 Trade Wind and my 86 Limited. Such fun!

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Old 12-12-2014, 08:16 AM   #6
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Greetings fellow Airstreamers...Say I'm in the beginning stages of restoring my '65 Overlander. I have removed the rivets from the rear of my belly pan to access the rotten floors in the rear bathroom area.PO left panel off for numerous years and floor has rotted. have started to remove rear cabinets, Should I remove entire belly pan to expose frame and subfloor for issues first? Seems that rivets are worn loose or detached anyway. Or tackle rear floor first? I'm open for advice...thanks Bryan O
I would suggest removing the entire belly pan; it's the only way to know the condition of the rest of your frame, and then you can make all the repairs at once. Also, read the threads about changing the design of the rear wall/trunk area to eliminate the water intrusion that rots out the back ends of these trailers.

I agree with David's suggestion to start a thread showing your work as you go. It's the best way for all of us to learn.

Have fun,
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Old 12-12-2014, 08:21 AM   #7
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And 50s Aluminum - what thickness aluminum sheet did you use? I went with the advise "whatever is cheap and handy will do for the belly pan" and found that 0.025 left wavy seams that are hard to get to lay flat and are prone to rivet pull-out.

Anyone else have this problem?

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