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Old 10-22-2004, 03:31 PM   #1
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As a newbie I have not found comments on replacing dented corners and ends. I'm looking at a 90 Excella 1000 that has dents in all three of the panels at back/curbside corner. Are these replaceable and at what cost? Where can one buy them cut to fit? Thanks
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Old 10-22-2004, 05:14 PM   #2
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Segments and quarter panels "cannot" be pre-cut.

They must be trimed for each installation, and no two are the same.

Segments and quarter panels range in price from over $300.00 each to almost $500.00 each, depending on "exactly" which one and for what year.

Installation should only be done by someone that has some experience, as there are hidden rivets to deal with.

A dealer familiar with your trailer can order them, however if you have a problem obtaining them, we will be glad to help you.

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Old 10-24-2004, 01:55 AM   #3
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Maybe the are fixable...

I believe that there has been some discussion in the forums about carefully pounding out dents if they are not too bad. If you can get some photos as to what the nature of the dents is like then someone on the forums would very likely be able to comment on whether or not they think you have something that could be repaired.

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Dents in aluminum usually result in at least a portion of that dent, becoming stretched.

Pounding it out, however carefully, will usually result in making it look worse than before you started, as pounding on the metal, will further stretch it.

Shrinking the aluminum could possibly work, but there doesn't seem to be any reasonable method of doing that.

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Shrinking the aluminum could possibly work, but there doesn't seem to be any reasonable method of doing that.

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Better left to a professional, like Andy says.

However, if there's a place to find one, I would think Bellevue would be the place. Is there a listing in your yellow pages for 'Vintage Aircraft Restoration'?
I would not take it to your neighborhood autobody shop.
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Old 10-26-2004, 11:43 AM   #6
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Segments and quarter panels "cannot" be pre-cut.

They must be trimed for each installation, and no two are the same.

Segments and quarter panels range in price from over $300.00 each to almost $500.00 each, depending on "exactly" which one and for what year.

Installation should only be done by someone that has some experience, as there are hidden rivets to deal with.

A dealer familiar with your trailer can order them, however if you have a problem obtaining them, we will be glad to help you.

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Old 10-26-2004, 07:44 PM   #7
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You Can Make it Look Worse

Just to echo Inland Andy, it is possible to make it look worse. I had a 24" scar across my curbside corner, and after some moderate improvement with a bridge and some hot glue, I became bold and tried a propane torch.

It was amazing to watch the aluminum dent expand out as I heated it, but unfortunately, it did not do this uniformly and now I have a very moonish looking blister about twice as big.

I will eventually find/order a new segment (probably from Andy) and replace it.


Another option (one I wish I'd tried) is to paint or stencil something over it, or possibly even a patch depending on the layout of the curve.

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Thanks for the tip, Ron. For now I've put on hold the one with the triple dents.Sorry for your misfortune on that. But it was a learning event, right?And, we will not fear bad news!
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Just to echo Inland Andy, it is possible to make it look worse. I had a 24" scar across my curbside corner, and after some moderate improvement with a bridge and some hot glue, I became bold and tried a propane torch.

It was amazing to watch the aluminum dent expand out as I heated it, but unfortunately, it did not do this uniformly and now I have a very moonish looking blister about twice as big.

I will eventually find/order a new segment (probably from Andy) and replace it.


Another option (one I wish I'd tried) is to paint or stencil something over it, or possibly even a patch depending on the layout of the curve.

Best of luck!
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If the dent is pushed in and not too badly bent at the edges it can be pulled out with a dent pulling suction cup. I had good success with this after I backed into a basketball goal. (YIKES!)
The cup cost little and is found at many auto parts stores.
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We just replaced 3 panels at an Airstream Service Department at a significant cost. If you are going to replace panels, be prepared to spend more than the cost of the panels in labor, rivets, and sealant.
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