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Old 10-22-2019, 01:18 PM   #1
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Hat Channel Measurements

Heading out now to pick up the hat channel for an International. Still need measurements on hat channel for Thomas and BB. Anyone?
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Old 10-23-2019, 12:25 AM   #2
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How exactly do I measure the channel? I should be done with most of the demolition by this weekend.
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Old 10-23-2019, 01:24 AM   #3
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How exactly do I measure the channel? I should be done with most of the demolition by this weekend.
Measurements can be done after removing a pair of windows.
Thickness of metal
Total width of wings (hat brim)
width of channel
depth of channel


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How exactly do I measure the channel? I should be done with most of the demolition by this weekend.
Try square tubing for a BB. May save you a ton of money and time if you find some that fits. Wes aka MuddaEarth did.
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Old 10-23-2019, 09:35 AM   #5
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Try square tubing for a BB. May save you a ton of money and time if you find some that fits. Wes aka MuddaEarth did.
Thank you.
I was trying to remember who's build thread it was.

I tried to buy square tube for my Bluebird. Local metal supplier insisted that there is no such thing as 1-3/8" square tube.....
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Old 10-23-2019, 01:24 PM   #6
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Thank you.
I was trying to remember who's build thread it was.

I tried to buy square tube for my Bluebird. Local metal supplier insisted that there is no such thing as 1-3/8" square tube.....
I don't know about 1 3/8" square I used 1 1/4 tubing on my BB and it fit perfectly. Gene
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Old 10-23-2019, 02:42 PM   #7
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I don't know about 1 3/8" square I used 1 1/4 tubing on my BB and it fit perfectly. Gene
Mine is definitely 1-3/8".

When I couldn't find 1-3/8" I bought 1" square tube and 3/8"x1" flat stock and welded the flat to the square. It fit perfectly but took forever to do. Scrapped that plan and had c channel bent up.
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Do I also have to cut off a piece so I can get those interior measurements?
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Do I also have to cut off a piece so I can get those interior measurements?
You shouldn't, after removing the 2 windows the complete rib is exposed.
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Old 10-26-2019, 01:56 PM   #10
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Do I also have to cut off a piece so I can get those interior measurements?
To be safe, I did take a sample to the fabricator. They came out perfect.
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Same here.
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