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Old 09-17-2008, 07:43 AM   #113
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Frank, is the x number how hard it hits? I know the higher the x the longer the snout but is there any other difference? Aprox. how many rivets per pound? I'm starting to surf ebay now!

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The X is the power of the gun. 2X.3X,4X all have the same diameter piston, but the stroke is longer the higher the number. When you get to 5X the diameter of the piston increases as with the length of the stroke. The biggest gun I have is a 5X, but I have shot with a 9x in the past. Kinda like using a jackhammer.

As far as the count in a 1/4 pound, it varies as to size, with smaller rivets having a higher count and with larger less. Unless you are doing several panel changes 1/4 pound will last a long time.
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Old 09-17-2008, 08:08 PM   #114
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Don't forget to post lots of pics, Andrew... none of us like to read!



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Old 09-17-2008, 09:12 PM   #115
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the axle arrived

As for Pics, well, I will post lots of them.

My axle arrived. So thus far I have spent 15 minutes measuring and ordering it, $375 for the axle, $50 for shipping it. I want to make sure I keep track of all of this since there seems to be so many discussions on certain axles being easier to install, easier to order, and easier all the way around.

I will more than likely install it this weekend along with removing the rest of the interior skins and maybe polishing some more.

Thanks to all of you who have helped me spend money on new tools and rivets and well......everything.

I will post pics of everything I do, before during and after.

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Old 09-18-2008, 09:13 AM   #116
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Ain't spendin' money grand? Especially when you're doing it for someone else!

Looking forward to your axle information, and of course the pics.

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Old 09-18-2008, 05:19 PM   #117
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axle replacement

I was actually thinking about recording it as well, maybe posting something on you tube. Who knows, we'll see.

Lothlorian might come out and observe. It should be a nice weekend to do it. If and only if the measurement is correct, I think it should be easy. We'll see.
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Old 09-18-2008, 06:37 PM   #118
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Andrew. Can' t wait for the installation story!

One question. Did you ask for reverse orientation brackets? I don't have my TW handy to peak at, but it looks like the axle in the pic has the bracket in the "normal Dexter position," which has more bracket towards the rear, vs. the "AS way" which has it towards the front? It probably won't matter, as we have to drill new holes anyway.

Later, can you share the measurements you used? I too need a new axle.

Good luck this weekend? Too bad I'm not closer, I'd love to help!

Oh, will the Axle fairy come to help? Loved the polishing fairy!
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Old 09-18-2008, 08:25 PM   #119
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Axle Replacement

Well, I certainly hope that the measurements are correct. It is possible that after all of this, it won't work. I will not know until I get into it, or atleast under the trailer and take a look at what I currently have. I am sure we can make it work correctly.

I am not sure if I am going to do it this weekend. I still have to purchase rims and tires and don't have the funds to do that right now. I think I am going to take my time with this small project. I'll take pics of what I have and the new axle.

This could get interesting. As for the polishing fairy, well, I might have her come as another character, you'll have to wait and see.
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Old 09-18-2008, 10:26 PM   #120
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Oh, I'm sure you're measurements are fine, I was just concerned about the orientation of the brackets. But, looking at my old pics again, the brackets do seem the right way... sorry for the confusion! Not to hurry you along, but doesn't your old wheels come with the 6x5.5" pattern 6 lugs? I'm pretty sure you can use your old rims while you wait for the new ones.

That said, I did pick up a great deal on four used aluminum Outlaw rims for the new Tradewind. Obviously, I only need two.

If you're interested, I'm going to be selling them (two of them) for a reasonable price soon on Craigslist. Pm me if you're at all interested.
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Old 09-19-2008, 04:26 AM   #121
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Oh Marc, Now you got him worried... He is now looking for an excuse to be sick, so he can find out if it is right or not. I am going out on a limb here and my crystal ball predicts it will be laughable how easy it will be.

You guys have fun playing with your toys this weekend. We are off to a WDCU rally today. It is 5:25 am and everything is hooked up and ready to roll. Now if my family would just get up we could hit the road.
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You do have the reverse orientation brackets. You did not get the 1" higher profile though.
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So, Aerowood, what does it mean.....your last response.

So I was unable to change out the axle that I ordered from Dexter. I had forgotten that I needed the new wheel and tire. not to mention that steel rims that hold a baby moon, are not something most stores have. So I figured I would do other things, like finish removing the interior skins, remove fiberglass, cut out od wires, and finally remove the door and windows. Now she is naked!!!

It is going to be fun shining the edges and completely re-sealing and glassing the windows. Shining the exterior skins, even in areas that will not be seen. Nice to think about. The sound I remember the most about today was the back of the rivets hitting the interior floor on the inside as I drilled them out from the outside.

So, here are some pics of how she ended up today.
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Old 09-20-2008, 04:35 PM   #124
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There's something about that bank of 3 windows on the street side that architecturally and stylistically look way cool on this model.
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Old 09-20-2008, 04:58 PM   #125
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I think what Aerowood means is that there are two different "profiles" to the mounting brackets.. the "high profile" gives one more axle height, as it stands further from the frame than the "normal" bracket that you have. I think that's fine, and actually looks better, as I find the tiptoe look of some trailers with newer axles topheavy.

I'm still confused by needing new rims though. Did you go to a 5 lug axle from 6? If you do need steel rims for a 6 lug bolt pattern, I can give you mine for almost nothing. They have the clips for babymoons, and aren't the split rims. They would need to be painted though.

I too like the three window design. I do like the Flying Cloud model windows as well.
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Old 09-21-2008, 04:24 PM   #126
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So, Aerowood, what does it mean.....your last response.
Ditto what 3Ms75Argosy said. I don't think that Airstream used the 1" higher profile until 69
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