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Old 08-14-2007, 06:37 AM   #1
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Elephant ears help

Hello everyone,

This is more of a site location question. I have been looking around for a good explanation of how to install elephant ears on my '69 Sovereign and simply cannot find a decent how to. The tail sag is minimal, but I would like to see some pics and maybe an explanation of this type of fix.

Can anyone drop a link here to help explain elephant ears? I cannot seam to find a thread, but I am sure that there are a bunch out there.

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Old 08-14-2007, 07:29 AM   #2
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Hi,

You might want to read this. Also note the link in post #4.

Good luck....
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Old 08-14-2007, 08:13 AM   #3
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Let's try that link one more time.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f353...ase-22906.html
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Old 08-14-2007, 08:14 AM   #4
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what he meant to say....

I think Gary left off the thread info. What he was leading up to was....DON'T.
search with the menu bar and you will find the link. I can't remember it. I do remember that Andy had some pearls of wisdom about the Elephant Ear attempt to fix. Good luck.
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Old 08-14-2007, 08:33 AM   #5
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You know? it seems as if I remember reading in an "owner manua" just how it's done to correct a rear end sag..Just a thought..you might want to check in that direction..
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Old 08-14-2007, 08:58 PM   #6
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I guess that between the many posts that I have read and the valuable opinions of others, do not go the elephant ear route. I was hoping for a temp solution that did not require semi-mutilation of the AS.

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Ira,
As I remembered it..the elephant ears design resulted from a method of gaining access to the frame where the sag/seperation exisited to facilitate all repairs. The end results was: Upon closing it back up, one would have minimum damage to the outer skin and, the elephant ears.
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Old 08-14-2007, 10:40 PM   #8
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I guess that between the many posts that I have read and the valuable opinions of others, do not go the elephant ear route. I was hoping for a temp solution that did not require semi-mutilation of the AS.

thanks all!
Ira,

I have the elephant ears on mine as well as the stiffening (doubler) plates. While I had no separation I did have sag. I can send you some pics(high res, cant post) if you PM me your email address. I welded 2.00" x 3.00" x .250" angle from the axle plates all the way to the back, and also about 2 feet foward of the axle plates. I jacked the trailor up just past level and then plug welded the angle in, and sat her back down. To do this you will have to remove the rear portion of the belly pan. Since I was in there I also fabricated new tank brackets, and then because I thought it was cool I covered the tanks and also made a new bumper compartment out of polished aluminum diamond plate (.125" thick). If they would have extended the stiffening plates another 8 -10 inches in both directions, there would not have been any sag.
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