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Old 04-25-2014, 08:57 PM   #267
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Okay got it flipped before the rain put the axle under it to see which hole I would need to drill but noooooooo I Ned to drill both mounting holes on both sides and have the shock studs welded on!!!!! Frustration has once again struck and I will get it done but damn! Nothing has gone the easy way yet! Okay enough whining it will turn out good just another thing to fix. Relaxing now while the storm hits.
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Old 04-25-2014, 09:33 PM   #268
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Okay got it flipped before the rain put the axle under it to see which hole I would need to drill but noooooooo I Ned to drill both mounting holes on both sides and have the shock studs welded on!!!!! Frustration has once again struck and I will get it done but damn! Nothing has gone the easy way yet! Okay enough whining it will turn out good just another thing to fix. Relaxing now while the storm hits.
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All of the axles I've supplied, do not have shock studs welded to the shock bracket, because as many have noticed, are a very poor design. The original design with the welded studs do not leave enough space between the end of the stud & the frame in order to replace shocks at a later date, without either bending the bracket, or dropping the axle in order to allow sufficient clearance to fit the shock on. The Monroe shocks do however come with shoulder bolts that fit the shock bracket perfectly. If you choose to use Airstream specific shocks, shoulder bolts can be sourced at your local Auto Parts Store. Regardless of the axle manufacturer chosen, the mounting holes will not line up with the original holes on "low profile" brackets, which is what you have. Drilling is therefore necessary. This situation is being rectified in the near future though. All Axles with "high profile" brackets, i.e. some 68 models & 69 & newer, come with "Henschen" type brackets, so no drilling, welding or cutting is required.
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Old 04-26-2014, 05:02 AM   #269
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Thanks Colin I was not trying to direct any anger or frustration at you if I did and I will reread my post in a moment I am sorry I have not been able to shake Murphy yet and that can be frustrating as you should know working with these things on a regular basis. You supplied us with what we needed, I just get tired of making things work when we plan on them working right on the first try. I drilled into the frame with titanium bits designed for steel and they broke cut the wrong line for the raps (used traced lines from original instead of the enlarged lines for adjustability) 2 rivets in noticed my error. Then the storms came rolling in which took the plastic off of 1 corner (dried and replaced plastic) oh yes Murphy and not paying attention are the source of my frustration. Thanks for listening and again sorry if I offended. Back to work after granddaughters birthday party (some things are more important than airstream) I would have posted pictures but am running out of picture space on the forums.
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Old 04-27-2014, 12:22 PM   #270
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In the future, use a step bit to drill the holes. It lakes about 25 seconds(45 if it is a harbor freight) to drill a hole. That is less time than it takes to worry about it.
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Old 04-27-2014, 06:14 PM   #271
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Thanks frank I will use the step bit and maybe the bit I bought at harbor fright have 1 wrap to do then I am ready for the shell. Wish me luck.
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Old 04-27-2014, 06:27 PM   #272
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Back to the important stuff ... how was your granddaughter's birthday party? How old?
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Old 04-27-2014, 06:29 PM   #273
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I do plan on posting some pictures but I am limited to 3 or 4 pictures (all I have left before I am out of space) want to save it for shell on and the wheel we'll fix.
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Old 05-01-2014, 03:46 PM   #274
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Okay we had a small break from the downpours today when I got up so I removed the leaky plastic tarp dried up the water put the plastic out to dry while I removed the backing plates from the axle (to drill the 4 mounting holes and mount the shocks) much better than cutting the shock bolts! Hopefully last corner wrap and some caulking for Friday which has to be done in between baby sitting and dump run!!! Just another day in the life......
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Old 05-02-2014, 02:08 PM   #275
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Yes I did it drilled the 4axle mounting holes before it started raining!! Only broke 3 drill bits! Yes binding drill bits not recommended
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Nice, Cliff! Between the two of us, sounds like we're keeping the drill bit manufacturers in business!
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Old 05-03-2014, 04:45 AM   #277
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Yes but it is a sad note that of the 4 drill bits used the 1 that did not break was a harbor freight el cheapo! It's all good still raining this morning but is supposed to clear up before my youngest granddaughters birthday party. May get in an hour or 2 on the caravel by the end of the day.
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Old 05-16-2014, 08:17 PM   #278
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Okay much progress but not today only a little cause my buddy, best friend and soul mate was hurting so we spent the day in the er. I did get the tires on the ground and all support material moved and on Sat I will try to get the frame under the shell but it all depends on how my girl is feeling! Yes there is something far more important than the caravel! I only have space for 1 or 2 pictures so I will post the shell on first and leading up to shell on as space permits!
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Old 05-16-2014, 08:24 PM   #279
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Oh yes drill bit tally so far 9 3/16 titanium bits 3 3/16 carbon bits and 2 3/16 el cheapo bits 5 1/8 titanium 17 1/8 el cheapo an 5 1/8 el cheapo bit lost in space 1 black and decker corded drill (chuck broke and 1 bit thrown) I love working on this wonderful 1966 caravel but please hold your praise for the airstream factory QC because those bitches were drunk!
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Old 05-17-2014, 08:13 PM   #280
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Yes she is on

Yes I got it on at 7 but the picture was of the "dry fit" which took all day! With the exception of 1 corner the shell went on with the help of the babe and she did a lot. I have to cleco and rivet it yet but that may prove to be the easy part and yes I would do it again if I had a shop and more than 1 hour a day to work on it. My daughter thinks that I am on standby for whatever she needs done. Oh well more in the morning.
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