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Old 09-03-2009, 08:42 AM   #1
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grade and specs for restoration materials

Hi,
I am getting ready to restore a 71 airstream and need some help.

After reading the forums I am using going to use solid bucking rivets, but need the specs as there are a daunting number of variety's. What is the head size in 32's , what length, ( using standard alcore speced metal) should it be hard or soft ?

I also need the u channel in the rear(channel mounted to the floor to attach the interior and exterior skin), any place to buy this preshaped? Does any one stock the channel and Z stock for these trailers? If not what grade is it and what is the thickness?

Unfortunately a rear and front convex panel need replacing and I will have to make a form to shape the metal stock. Does anyone who has been through this have any suggestions to make this as error free process as possible. I am planning to make a wood convex form to shape the metal, so it anyone has gone this route please advise.

I have read the forums on skin replacement and have a 1973 service manual. Unfortunately the service manual does not give specs on the channel stock or rivets.
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Old 09-03-2009, 09:38 AM   #2
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Check with Inland RV or Out of Doors Mart for Airstream metal. I know Out of Doors mart stocks the floor c-channels for the narrow body trailers (a '71 is a narrow body). Be prepared to spend a fair amount on shipping. You can buy the end cap skin parts pre-formed as well. Pricy, but easier than shaping (unless you have experience doing that sort of thing). You'll probably need to call either place to get a firm quote for the part and shipping.

Links: Inland RV Center - The Nations Leading Expert in Airstream Innovations ODMRV , Out-of-Doors Mart

The preformed c-channel is here: Floor Channel Bow - Narrow Body104463 [104463] - $52.95 : ODMRV , Out-of-Doors Mart

No idea on the size of the rivets.

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Old 09-03-2009, 05:44 PM   #3
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Chris, thanks I actually have a 25' land yacht rear bath. the channel you indicated is a bit different in that mine does not have the channel that covers the plywood edge, its just a channel.It will work just wondering if now you know what I have if it is still a narrow body? where do you find the details based on the identity # ? Barry
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You can find a lot of rivet info here.
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Old 09-03-2009, 08:31 PM   #5
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Chris, thanks I actually have a 25' land yacht rear bath. the channel you indicated is a bit different in that mine does not have the channel that covers the plywood edge, its just a channel.It will work just wondering if now you know what I have if it is still a narrow body? where do you find the details based on the identity # ? Barry
Hi Barry,

My understanding is that all Airstreams were all narrow body's until the wider body came out sometime in the 1980's. I'm not sure of the exact year. I thought the c-channels were all the same for all narrow bodys - but maybe not?

What Identity number are you refering too, the VIN?

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Old 09-03-2009, 09:55 PM   #6
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Bucked rivets definitely have advantages. I used some this morning end cap panels on my 68 TW. But for certain applications Olympic rivets are the way to go. There will be places on a refurb that you will need to place a rivet but you can't get behind it to buck it without hours of work so a couple of bags of Olympics will really save you time.
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Does any one know the gauge of the structural frame and channel stock?
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Old 09-04-2009, 08:48 AM   #8
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Hi Barry, Here are some threads that may help you. http://www.airforums.com/forums/f381...gun-49802.html http://www.airforums.com/forums/f381...ata-41111.html. I'm not sure of the thickness of the channel stock. On my 67 the channel on the front and rear was quite a bit thicker then the channel along the sides. Someone out there knows.
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