A place where restoration project-type threads can go to avoid falling off the main page in the WIX hangar. Feel free to start threads on Restoration projects and/or warbird maintenance here. Named in memoriam for Gary Austin, a good friend of the site and known as RetroAviation here. He will be sorely missed.
Sat Dec 12, 2009 10:03 pm
I am thinking of building a toolbox from a 1940s aircraft maintenance textbook. It seems a pretty neat project that involves metal forming, riveting etc. The book references the old types of aluminum like 17S. Where can I find a reference for crossing the old styles to the current types or to whatever is closest?
Sat Dec 12, 2009 10:56 pm
17S is 2017 alloy. Much more common now is 2024T3 (was 24ST). Any aircraft supply house should have 2024T3 in stock.
Sat Dec 12, 2009 11:16 pm
Sun Dec 13, 2009 3:38 am
Any metal supply should have 6061T6 if you don't actually need certified aircraft grade aluminum and it should work great for your application.
Sun Dec 13, 2009 8:42 am
Thanks for the quick response. I feel like a dolt that I didn't think of Aircraft Spruce!
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