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Old 08-13-2015, 04:05 PM   #21
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Perhaps a stupid question, but does anyone sell prefab (already bent) belly pan sections? Seems like there would be a decent market for such a thing, even if you were just making them as "one offs."
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Old 04-09-2022, 07:17 AM   #22
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stainless steel belly pan center

Hey guys,

I'm restoring my 89 25' Excella.

Maybe I'm missing something but besides the added 80lbs/$$ what is the drawback to using 22 gauge 304 Stainless steel for the center belly pans? ( 60" wide)

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Old 04-09-2022, 09:19 AM   #23
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Hey guys,



I'm restoring my 89 25' Excella.



Maybe I'm missing something but besides the added 80lbs/$$ what is the drawback to using 22 gauge 304 Stainless steel for the center belly pans? ( 60" wide)



Thanks for looking

John
Money - to spend elsewhere on the rig. Bellypan will get bashed up sooner or later. New units use galvanized sheet metal. Source of the notorious "tincanning" noise from walking inside with the stabilizers down. If you have an industrial shop that makes commercial ductwork, they might sell you materials and put it through a brake to create an "X" which dampens the noise of air vibrating the duct or bellypan. Install it with big washers behind the fasteners. Vibration and gravity enlarge the holes which eventually lead to sagging and critter housing.
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Old 04-10-2022, 09:15 AM   #24
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Money - to spend elsewhere on the rig. Bellypan will get bashed up sooner or later. New units use galvanized sheet metal. Source of the notorious "tincanning" noise from walking inside with the stabilizers down. If you have an industrial shop that makes commercial ductwork, they might sell you materials and put it through a brake to create an "X" which dampens the noise of air vibrating the duct or bellypan. Install it with big washers behind the fasteners. Vibration and gravity enlarge the holes which eventually lead to sagging and critter housing.
Thanks for the input.

I'll look into a galvanized product. I presume a roofing product is what you're talking about

24 gauge?
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Old 04-10-2022, 09:23 AM   #25
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i bought 5052 .063 - 5 sheets. Am in the middle of the mess of the belly pan install as we speak. I POR-15 the frame. Using 3M 5200 in any holes. Used 1' band and fat flange rivets. It is a harder aluminum and hard to work with. Bought an English Wheel to make the bends. Lots of hours and mistakes in this.

Keep your old pan for template

Good luck!
If you're doing the corners .063 is a good place to start, but you're going to need a beater bag and it would help a lot if you knew how to shrink metal (tuck shrink or other mechanical shrinking)

If you're trying to do the sides in an English wheel use a rubber go cart tire and that will make quick work of it (my vote would be thinner mater for the sides like .032)

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Old 04-24-2022, 04:04 AM   #26
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"To Caulk or Not to Caulk" that is the question

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Money - to spend elsewhere on the rig. Bellypan will get bashed up sooner or later. New units use galvanized sheet metal. Source of the notorious "tincanning" noise from walking inside with the stabilizers down. If you have an industrial shop that makes commercial ductwork, they might sell you materials and put it through a brake to create an "X" which dampens the noise of air vibrating the duct or bellypan. Install it with big washers behind the fasteners. Vibration and gravity enlarge the holes which eventually lead to sagging and critter housing.

Thanks, I pulled the trigger on 22 gauge Kaynar ( used for rain gutters and downspouts ) And I opted for 3/16 stainless large flanged rivets

I guess you're saying to put an "X" across it to reduce noise. I can do that at my shop.

Can you point me in the direction of to caulk or not caulk between the pan and frame rails?
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no caulk.
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