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Old 10-04-2009, 03:27 PM   #169
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Steve, I am sure it was a great feeling of accomplishment when you lowered that shell back on to the chassis. Thanks for sharing this thread.
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Old 10-04-2009, 05:32 PM   #170
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Thanks for the positive comments as it makes doing all this work more rewarding.

One thing I was confused about is the channel fitting of the ribs. When I had new channel made, I gave the shop an old piece of the c channel to use in fabricating. It measures 1.5" like the old channel, but I wonder if it is a few thousandths off. The reason I say this is because not all the ribs are mating flat on the channel floor. I have considered making a few relief cuts to get it to fully seat. Since the shell will still be fully riveted to the outside channel wall, it shouldn't make that much of a difference. I'll get some pics later tonight.

Any thoughts on this?
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Old 10-04-2009, 05:46 PM   #171
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Just so you know, not all of my ribs on the '63 go all the way to the channel... go figure! Probably some of the ribs where cut a bit wider... I wouldnt' worry too much about it UNLESS the body is hanging up.. then yes.. I'd cut the channel to make the ribs go all the way down. Nice work!
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Old 10-04-2009, 06:10 PM   #172
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Here are some pics. The one with really bad looking channel is where the shell caught it coming down. You can see that almost none of the ribs are sitting flush on the floor. The ribs do come in at an angle instead of a straight "U" shape.

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Old 10-04-2009, 07:54 PM   #173
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They come in the same way on mine, Steve, and like Marc said, some of the ribs even end above the C channel.

Congrats on a great weekend.

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Old 10-04-2009, 08:01 PM   #174
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We had several ribs on the 63 that stopped 6 inches above the C channel. Those channels will straighten up real nice, great looking work though. Same guys that built Marc's built ours, (ours are only a couple numbers apart). Amazing to see how they spliced to use scraps etc too.
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Scott, Marc, and Steve....do you have any pics of your ribs?

The straight axle we installed definitely gave us the ride height and clearance we were looking for. Since there is only the step inside the door we will likely buy a small aluminum step similar to the one Sugarfoot has.

I am hoping to have the resto of my floor in tomorrow, and maybe the rest of the belly pan.

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Scott, Marc, and Steve....do you have any pics of your ribs?
I just checked and nothing very good, but I'll try to take some tomorrow.

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Haven't seen my ribs since college...

Here's a couple shots, nothing real up close. I know I have more. I should point out too many of the 63's ribs were sliced on the bottom 2 or 3 inches leaving a thin slice of metal missing where the rib sat into the C Channel, on the skin side, presumably to make setting the shell on easier, but also eliminated the ability to rivet the rib to the exterior verticle portion of the C Channel where it meets the exterior skin.
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My ribs? Smoked or BBQ?

Hmm... I'm with Scott.. any ribs I see (preferably beef!) I tend to eat promptly..

Yes, the same folks made my trailer just like Scott's.. splices (see that front rib that goes down Right of the front window! Same as mine, why the splice?..), ribs not hitting the C-channel by at least 4 inches..

Ugh! Scott, that's what I've been getting rid of.. I hate fiberglass insulation for the nice homes they make for mice... YUK! Only 6 feet left!

Ok, here's a not so good pic, but if you enlarge it, you'll see the second rib from the left does not hit the ground.. the window ribs stop short of the c-channel, and then have tapered ends riveted to them.. they are tapered, so they just sit in the c-channel without anything holding them in.

About every 3rd rib or so doesn't hit the c-channel.
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Hey Marc,

Event when I enlarge it, I can't really get a good glimpse of the ribs. Let me ask this....having seen my ribs posted above and your ribs up close, do you think I need to worry about anything?

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No, as long as the shell is sitting "all the way down", then no, I wouldn't worry about it. Two things come to mind though... check to see if the old rivet lines in the outside shell aproximate where they should intersect on the c-channel ... they should be in line with the c-channel for re-riveting. 2) check to make sure the shell is down evenly side / side. If you note one side (street vs curb) is sitting down more than the other, then yes, I'd try to get the shell down more. If one side is sitting in the channels more "vertically" than the other, then I think your shell might be racked to that side a tad.. you might need to open the channel a bit more on that side to make it all right.

Also, since it looks like the rear floor isn't in all the way, the "hanging" rear might be putting pressure on the sides, not allowing them to sit all the way down..

My hunch is that you're fine. But again, I don't have my trailer here to compare too... I don't remember thinking that the ribs were square to my channel though...
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I know what I see and I know what you see,

but the pictures don't show it well.

Mine definitely come in at a small angle to vertical. Some fit down to the bottom, some are cut off way up, and some more just touch the C channel. I don't have the small bits spliced in like Marc and Scott, but for sure, the fit of the ribs into the C channel was not a big deal to them when they made it.

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