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Old 08-18-2017, 05:48 AM   #1
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1959 Axle ?

I've got a 1959 Tradewind and the leaf springs are shot/broken. I am now planning on buying a torsion axle to replace. So here's my questions...1. Does the frame need to be notched for the axle to fit up into? 2. Should I bolt it or weld it in place? 3. What kind of reinforcement (thickness/size) of metal due I need to weld in place prior to axle placement. Appreciate pics if anyone has done the swap. Thanks a lot. Mike
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Mike,

The frame does not need to be notched, a plate is welded ont he side of the frame and the axle is bolted to the plate. You may need to reinforce the frame where the axle mounts.

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I've got a 1959 Tradewind and the leaf springs are shot/broken. I am now planning on buying a torsion axle to replace. So here's my questions...1. Does the frame need to be notched for the axle to fit up into? 2. Should I bolt it or weld it in place? 3. What kind of reinforcement (thickness/size) of metal due I need to weld in place prior to axle placement. Appreciate pics if anyone has done the swap. Thanks a lot. Mike
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I don't think you will need to reinforce the frame for the axle mounting plate.

The spring hangers for the leaf springs are mounted on a length of angle iron which is welded to the outside of the frame. The angle iron will provide enough reinforcement.

You will still need to make a notched plate to be welded to the reinforcement angle.
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Thanks for your knowledge guys. I'm trying to workout the details prior to getting an axle next month. Thanks Mike
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