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Old 02-05-2016, 08:48 AM   #57
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That was my thought too. Thanks
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Old 02-05-2016, 10:17 AM   #58
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I think I've also seen the curve traced and cut with a band saw. Carlos maybe?
It was an old thread.
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Old 02-05-2016, 01:23 PM   #59
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I just realized the steel shop made 15 cuts at 12" instead of 12 cuts at 15". Im getting a price for the shop to take a sheet of metal, cut and bend the pieces. For a couple of hundred bucks might be worth it.
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Old 02-12-2016, 08:28 PM   #60
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Finally got the cross members and outriggers welded on. Used a couple of pieces of old outrigger to make a template. Didn't have a plasma cutter handy so did it the hard way. Went ok….cut it with the angle grinder/blade then hit it with a grinder to shape it. Not perfect but I think it will do the job. Jumped around all over the frame to make sure it wouldn't come apart. So far so good. Next step is to paint. Ordered up some Eastwood rust encapsulator. Still have to come up with a grey/black tank plan. Cheers
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Old 02-12-2016, 08:33 PM   #61
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went with 2x4x.083 for cross members and 2x3x.083 for outriggers. Had to use a 2x4 for the 2" outrigger since I ran out of 2x3. Don't think it will present a problem.
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Old 02-17-2016, 11:22 AM   #62
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Did some checking on getting my springs re-arched. Cost could be between $100 and $250 depending on what happens when the springs come apart. My quote for a straight dexter axle minus the springs was around $520. So now Im thinking about a torsion control axle. Best price I could get was around $800. My springs on one side of the trailer sag so Im thinking there is a problem there. Does anyone know anything about angles of drop on the Torsion arm? Im getting ready to order one and not sure what works the best. Thanks
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Old 02-17-2016, 03:46 PM   #63
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$520 from American trailer supply for a torsion control axle or $337 for a springs straight axle with new springs and all the hardware. No wait for the spring axle. Thanks to Top for the lead on American Trailer supply.
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Old 02-17-2016, 05:09 PM   #64
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Not sure if Im going to go with a torsion control axle or not. I got a quote from Colin Hyde for a torsion axle but after speaking with a few other guys Im thinking maybe I will stick with the old drop style with the leaf springs. Hell it was good enough for Wally and he went around the world on dirty roads. Might be easier just clean up the old springs and strap the new axle on. I think my trailer has 10 springs
Just to be correct, all Airstreams that paticipated in the 1963-64 Around The World Caravan were required to have torsion axles. This requirement was set because of all the problems experienced on the 1959-60 African Caravan where many broken axles and springs were experienced, except for Wally's gold trailer that had a prototype torsion axle.

That said, if you are not going to be pulling your Airstream over jungle roads and rocky trails, a leaf spring axle should also work fine.
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okay, if this shows up three times, it's cause the forum is messing with me! Trying to get it to show up one time!

Did you do the welding yourself? I think I read that a friend was going to teach you, if so, about how many hours did it take to learn so you were confident you'd do a good job? Asking because there is a course near here to learn welding for hobbyists, but it's 16 hours and I'm thinking it's a bit of overkill. (particularly since I haven't even seen my frame yet to know what shape it's in!)
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Old 02-18-2016, 10:07 AM   #67
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I had a buddy show me how to use the machine. A Powcon 200. Its a 220v machine with a wire feed. He brought over some steel for me to practice on and I went at it. He showed me how to adjust the machine for heat/amps and speed of the wire. Then I watched several youtube vids so I understood exactly what I was trying to do. I think once your over the shock of pulling the trigger you can concentrate on the job at hand. You start to see the puddle and the wire and how to control the puddle. Just a little practice. The last welds were much better then the first ones but my buddy thinks they will all work. I can tell you I tried to saw one off that I didn't like and that sucker was on there.
To answer your question I think the 16 hours is a bit much. I definitely think there is skill involved to being a good welder but its not Rocket science. I keep telling myself on this project…your not building a 787 Mike. Go for it welding is a blast. Cheers, Mike
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Just to be correct, all Airstreams that paticipated in the 1963-64 Around The World Caravan were required to have torsion axles. This requirement was set because of all the problems experienced on the 1959-60 African Caravan where many broken axles and springs were experienced, except for Wally's gold trailer that had a prototype torsion axle.

That said, if you are not going to be pulling your Airstream over jungle roads and rocky trails, a leaf spring axle should also work fine.
Have you been down the Grapevine lately. Probably worse then the jungles of africa
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Old 02-29-2016, 07:45 AM   #69
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Help me Mr Wizard,
Im having a little frame issue. When I got the trailer the left rear side of the trailer sagged…probably from the gigantic steel tank that was positioned just aft of the left wheel. I noticed and figured it was just the left springs sagging. I repaired/welded new cross members etc etc. After taking the axle off Im now discovering the left rear side might be bent. Im thinking I might have to saw the cross members off aft of the wheel on the left side….make sure the frame is plumb and then weld back on. Maybe replace the left main rail. Has anybody experienced this issue with a frame? Cheers, Mike
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Old 03-08-2016, 06:59 PM   #70
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After a multitude of honey do's I finally got back to the airstream. Cut the bumper off and straightened it with a press. Came out ok. Dropped the frame flat on the ground and welded it on hoping this would fix my drooping right corner issue. No luck there
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