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Old 21 July 2011, 01:59   #1
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Renewing rib tubes

Has anyone got any insight into doing this themselves,
A mate has a rib that the tubes are bad, and need replacing,
He is a marine engineer with mechanics etc, but i was saying it cant be that hard to redo the ribs yourself, he works with boats all day long and has his own workshop, but was sending the fibreglass hull into a shop to get the ribs redone, he also didnt know anyone that did that sort of thing that was local to his area.
Has anyone done them, themselves.
They seem to be glued on etc,
So is it just a matter of cleaning the fibreglass wing part the original rib is adhered to and regluing new tubes on etc as if you were applying a patch to an existing rib tube etc
Any insight would be helpful
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Old 21 July 2011, 05:38   #2
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It is a relatively straightforward job to fit the tubes if you are practical minded, I presume that you mean fitting and not building?!
I have designed an illustrated fitting guide which I am happy to send you if you wish?
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Old 21 July 2011, 16:34   #3
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I'd love that fitting guide if you wouldn't mind sending it to me also?
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My avon 5.4 is in some pretty serious trouble at back where the tube meets the cone on both sides.
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Old 21 July 2011, 18:48   #4
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Check out you tube as there is a woman manufacturing and fitting tubes to a rib. Put the words " rib tube" into the search
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These videos really helped me to carry out my repair on my Ribcraft.
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