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Old 10-15-2014, 06:48 PM   #1
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Where do I find "skin" sheet aluminum?

I'd like to find the proper matching aluminum skin from a mid to late 60s airstream to make a door where my water heater used to be in my 65 Caravel (going tankless). I'd like to match it closely to look the best in the fabrication. If I knew where a dead or totaled old trailer was, I'd like to go up and shear out a panel.

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Old 10-15-2014, 07:30 PM   #2
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Google Aircraft Spruce & Specialty Co. then check their website for aluminum. What you need for a '60's Airstream is called 2024T3. For the shell you'll probably need .032 thickness.

Or check your local small aircraft repair shop. They might have some scraps the size you need.

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Old 10-15-2014, 07:44 PM   #3
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You can order small pieces of 2024 (2x2 and 2x4) from Vintage Trailer Supply
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Old 10-15-2014, 09:13 PM   #4
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All good ideas, thanks.

In a perfect world I'd like to find a piece with a similar aged patina as my unpolished 65. A bright shiny new chunk of aluminum on a 49 year old body may be a bit garish. Somewhere there lies an old wrecked hulk I could just take some from...
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Old 10-16-2014, 06:50 AM   #5
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wipe the new piece down with Alumiprep, it will take the shine right off
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Old 10-16-2014, 11:12 AM   #6
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Yes, Aircraft Spruce is a very good source. Pilot Supplies and Aircraft Parts from Aircraft Spruce

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