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    Quote Originally Posted by Recovry4x4 View Post
    Also consider stealing roof skin off of an M1010. I think it's big enough. Might find a lot of good parts if you can find a 1010 body.
    I think Jim Henry has a couple junker M1010s! Aren't those bodies aluminum, though?

    Dissimilar metals and all that yadda.

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    Quote Originally Posted by michigandon View Post
    I was thinking look for a step van or semi trailer being scrapped, or maybe even a bus?

    Closest thing I can get from the local metal suppliers is three 4x8 sheets. Then again, that would probably be easier to work with than a single big huge piece, if I'm going to DIY.
    Maybe a step van or a semi trailer but I wouldn't think a typical bus roof section would work too well. I have a 4x8 sheet of 16 gauge to be used on the L & R lower sides of my red M886; that stuff is fairly strong. Does cross bracing need to be (re)installed?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 41WC18 View Post
    Does cross bracing need to be (re)installed?
    I think some of it may have been compromised, hopefully not. I'm going to try to get the old roof cut off this weekend and determine.

    If I cannot find a single large piece, I may need to install additional ones where the ends butt up against each other.

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    Yeah, the 1010 is aluminum. It does have steel crossmembers though. Galvanealled sheet might be a good choice if you can source it locally. You may want to ring up MDMorgan for some brotherly advice as he and Mahala have extensive knowledge in the field.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Recovry4x4 View Post
    Yeah, the 1010 is aluminum. It does have steel crossmembers though. Galvanealled sheet might be a good choice if you can source it locally. You may want to ring up MDMorgan for some brotherly advice as he and Mahala have extensive knowledge in the field.
    Was contemplating Galvalume, but not sure if it is available locally. Wouldn't have to worry about painting the underneath!

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    Think I'm going to go with this stuff:

    http://www.mirageinc.com/galvanized-roof-roll-22-ga

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    That looks like the ticket. I was looking at that site a while back for fender flares. I'm trying to find something exactly like the W400 has to add to my M1010. If I can source something like that, I may dual it as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Recovry4x4 View Post
    That looks like the ticket. I was looking at that site a while back for fender flares. I'm trying to find something exactly like the W400 has to add to my M1010. If I can source something like that, I may dual it as well.
    How about making some out of a piece of culvert, or a 55-gallon drum (don't laugh!)?

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    I've seen the culvert and drum "thing" - could work. The big concern with the roll roofing is to make sure your bracing/cross members are just so. That stuff is 22 gauge, just like car parts stores sell.
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    Quote Originally Posted by michigandon View Post
    How about making some out of a piece of culvert, or a 55-gallon drum (don't laugh!)?
    Laugh? No way. Had a guy in FL used an M101 body on an M715 and he used plastic drums to make round fenders. Looked really good.
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