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Old 03-25-2016, 11:31 AM   #1
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1961 Overlander front panel replacement?

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I am over a year into restoring my 1961 Overlander. I have new axles, POR treated frame, new plywood floor front to back, etc. Now I have the inner skins off and am looking forward to wiring and insulation.

However, while the inner skins are off, I am pondering whether or not to replace an outer panel that has been bothering me for some time. You see, early on I did something really stupid. In an ill-advised attempt to clean the front of my trailer, I took a composite sanding disc attached to a drill and severely scratched the front flat panel under the front window. There are deep swirl marks etc. that I am sure penetrate the alclad.

I have thought about just living with it, but it seems that it wouldn't be hard at this point to replace it. I have some .032 2024T3 that I could use. I have been using buck rivets and cleckos elsewhere on the trailer and have plenty of those.

The panel already has some holes in it and eventually I will be polishing the entire trailer.

I suppose my main questions for the experienced forum members are:

Do you think this is a task that could be done rather easily, or should I just live with it? I just want to be sure I can put it back together without leaks.

Also, would I have to remove the front window to replace this panel correctly?

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Old 03-25-2016, 12:09 PM   #2
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It would be pretty straightforward I think the only oddities are that you have a steel hold down plate and a sacrificial piece of aluminum in the sandwich. The window shouldn't complicate it much and I'm sure it would end up much better leak wise
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