Trailer re-body

Ed's post reminded me of a subject I need some help with. I have an older enclosed trailer, made by Braco (if that means anything). It's a solid steel chassis, 18x7 or 8 dual axle. The skin is that old corrugated aluminum that your find on travel trailers, screwed and riveted to rectangular aluminum framework. No covering on the inside. Roof appears to be aluminum sheet, and is serviceable as-is. I want to remove the corrugated metal and replace with white sheet aluminum. I've price the aluminum locally at about $50 for a 4x8 painted, which seems high. What should I expect to pay?

Any suggestions to make this job quicker/cheaper/better ? Texas Parts Guy

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Rex B
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My aluminium trailer, which I am gazing at out the window as I type, is basically 4' wide Al sheet solid riveted on 24" centers. I think that $50 per sheet is what I would expect for white coated sheet, I think mine is about 20 or 22 ga. This trailer is about 15 years old and still in good shape, and it's an all aluminium chassis and frame, so very light.

I have to move up to a 24' to carry two cars, I have ordered one that has fiberglass sandwich walls, supposed to be very good, and a smooth white interior finish.

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Texas Parts Guy

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Rex B

In my case, there will be a 1964 Mini Cooper S in the back half and a 1964 Merlyn Mk6 sports racer in the front. 10.5' and 11.5' each, respectively. Both engines will be pretty much over the wheels, so that will help out weight distribution. A lot of formula cars will fit if you take off the nose bodywork from one or both cars. Another way to go is the front car up on the bench thing, but I don't think I will need to go that far.

Brian

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Brian

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