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Old 09-05-2020, 05:19 PM   #1
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61 Bambi belly pan replacement

Can anyone direct me to a “good” source of inspiration/information for early ‘60s belly pan fabrication technique? I have the old pieces but they are completely trashed. I’m good with the process, but am having a difficult time with getting the triple compound curves in the front corners looking good. There has to be an easy way to do this? I received this trailer in boxes and pieces, so didn’t disassemble it myself so I’m kind of flying blind.
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As a start you could try here; from post #56 https://www.airforums.com/forums/f36...ml#post1791636

Making a template from paper helps a lot with compound shapes.
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You might find some help in the blog from Frank's Trailer Works (Baltimore MD).
Go to the 2013 entries on a Caravel. I found his hints helpful when I first started.

http://frankstrailerworksblog.blogspot.com/2013/10/
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Thanks guys. I think I was trying to do the impossible. My method is the same as what these guys are both doing, but I was trying to do one sheet across the whole front. My street side was great, but the aluminum just wonít flex enough to do both sides nicely . The factory pan was a front to back sheet through the middle, and added sheets on the outsides. I was trying to avoid more joints by going full width.

Iíll get there in the end... My last one went from an otter nest to pretty damn nice.
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Can anyone direct me to a ďgoodĒ source of inspiration/information for early Ď60s belly pan fabrication technique? I have the old pieces but they are completely trashed. Iím good with the process, but am having a difficult time with getting the triple compound curves in the front corners looking good. There has to be an easy way to do this? I received this trailer in boxes and pieces, so didnít disassemble it myself so Iím kind of flying blind.
I had the same problem with my vintage restore. I have attached a few photos,how i went from the curve to the flat A frame. I could not help making an overlap which i sealed with silkaflex, and added a piece of trim to go up the curve against the A frame. I then used part of the same piece and bent it up to seal the body in the back of the a frame and tucked it under the front wall before putting the bumper on.
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