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Frankiefiveo 02-20-2012 07:00 AM

Aluminum Sheets
Can anyone offer me advice on where I would purchase sheets of aluminum to do some work on the under carriage? I have a section that needs to be replaced but I have not been able to find sheets bigger than 12" x 24" and I will probably need 10' x 12'.

wasagachris 02-20-2012 07:07 AM

Any Airstream dealer can get you the belly pan material in the correct width which if IIRC is 65 inches. You can order any length you like.
I ordered mine from Inland RV in California. They are experts in vintage Airstreams and have many items not available from other dealers.
Inland RV Center - The Nations Leading Expert in Airstream Innovations

wahoonc 02-20-2012 07:12 AM

Being on the East Coast (sort of) I would check around. There are several AS dealers on this coast that ship too. Out of Doors Mart in NC is one I buy from pretty regularly. I would also check out aircraft suppliers as well as any metal supply houses you can find. There is one in Mobile, AL but the name escapes me at the moment.


SummitAir 02-20-2012 07:14 AM

Your local or nearby sheet metal company that does roofing and duct work. That is where i get mine.

Melody Ranch 02-20-2012 08:32 AM

SummitAir has it right. Go to that local sheet metal (heating/air conditioning) shop. That way you get the metal without shipping costs if it comes, as it should, in with their next delivery. If you use mill finish for the belly its a lot cheaper too.

barts 02-20-2012 10:21 AM

I've found a "local" metal dealer that recycles, carries new steel and "scrap" aluminum, stainless, brass/bronze, etc. I've often found large sheets there (4'x8', 4'x10') but it is potluck. The nice part is the price - $2.00/lb.
They often have aluminum moldings, angle, etc. which have come in very handy for making custom brackets, wall fasteners, etc. in the Tin Pickle.

- Bart

truckasaurus 02-20-2012 11:44 AM

Truck and trailer guys will also have utility grade on a roll and it's, I think, 100+ inches wide and any length.

Frankiefiveo 02-21-2012 08:19 AM

Thank you all for the great responses. I will check with local sheet metal guys first.

Eagle & Bear 03-14-2012 03:01 AM

What thickness do we need for the belly pan?

Is there a specific "grade" or type of aluminum that is used for the belly pan?

I will be removing the rear quarter panels and want to cut a 12 inch hole through the inner skin of my 1976. What thickness and grade of aluminum sheet do I need to repair the inner skin that I cut through?

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