I am renovating my '68 AS Caravel
and I have one outrigger protruding through the belly pan. I added some pictures to this post. I put in an aluminum sheet from the inside to prevent further damage, but I would be interested in your thoughts on how to fix this. There seem to be several options:
Can it be welded? I was told that TIG welding might be possible, but I also found some nice examples where people have successfully filled holes in aluminum using low temperature aluminum welding rods and a torch. On the other side I read that the 2024 material of the belly pan cannot be welded.
This is of course an option, but in my opinion this always gives a suboptimal result.
3. Replacing the belly pan
This is a last resort for me. For the '68 Caravel
this would probably mean the shell has to be taken off to do that properly. This would be a lot of work and very costly.
Looking forward to your thoughts!