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Old 05-29-2013, 07:57 PM   #1
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center ceiling aluminum sheet removal?

I need to find out how do you remove the center sheet of aluminum on a 72 safari?
There is chanel runing the lengton both sides and the lower sheets are riveted under the center sheet. anyone know the proper procedure?


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Old 05-29-2013, 08:54 PM   #2
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Drill out the rivets?

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Old 05-29-2013, 08:59 PM   #3
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I drilled out the rivets on our 1977 Tradewind and carefully removed it. It came down quite easily - just be gentle so you don't chip or crack the strips on each side.
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Remove all of the rivets, lights, vent covers, blah blah blah, THEN pull down in the center so it pops down over its entire length. Then it will drop out. If you try to start at one end ya gotta basically rip it down, depending on your mood, that also may be a satisfying method.
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Old 05-30-2013, 06:52 PM   #5
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got it out what a pita! the channel on either side made it very difficult I ripped away and tore the aluninum in one spot might just have to replace the forward piece. I had all the rivets removed when I asked the question, just needed to find out how to get it out of the side channels.

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For the rear piece I used a wonder bar and opened the channel a bit made it much easier to get out. I figured the channel could be tapped back into shape after installing the sheet.
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