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Old 08-03-2006, 08:27 PM   #435
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Baby has a new pair of shoes!

I got it all finished today. I think it looks way cool. What I did with the mounting was to remove the old mount. Except for a 1/2" in the front and back. That was just to help me locate the new plate in the right location. So now my axle has an inside mount instead of an outside mount. It took a lot of grinding, cutting,and welding. But it's done. I didn't want to wait for another 4 to 6 weeks for another axle. I had ordered the axle the other way. But it didn't come that way. I had taken my axle out of the trailer and up to the supplier so they could see exactly what I needed. We measured and made out the requirements together. And it still came in wrong. Is I said earlier, some people have to do things the hard way. We were scheduled to attend 3 different rallies and see some way cool people. So I welded. I'll include pictures in the next post. The pictures are too big.
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Old 08-03-2006, 08:33 PM   #436
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Uwe, If the pictures don't make sence let me know.
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Old 08-05-2006, 07:04 PM   #437
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Wow

Wow, what a difference the new axle makes. The old one was not completely gone. However I can't believe the difference in handling. My 68 Ford F100 has manual steering. I replaced it about 2 years ago and it still has a lot of play in the steering. Before the new axle I would get trailer sway with the smallest input on the wheel. It made driving a lot of work. With the new axle the sway is barely noticeable. Very soon I will be replacing the old manual steering with a power steering after market upgrade. I am anxious to see what improvements that will bring. I was replacing mostly for safety. Didn't expect the other improvement. Made about a 100 mile shake down cruse today. So far so good.
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Old 08-06-2006, 01:12 PM   #438
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Wow, what a difference the new axle makes. The old one was not completely gone. However I can't believe the difference in handling. My 68 Ford F100 has manual steering. I replaced it about 2 years ago and it still has a lot of play in the steering. Before the new axle I would get trailer sway with the smallest input on the wheel. It made driving a lot of work. With the new axle the sway is barely noticeable. Very soon I will be replacing the old manual steering with a power steering after market upgrade. I am anxious to see what improvements that will bring. I was replacing mostly for safety. Didn't expect the other improvement. Made about a 100 mile shake down cruse today. So far so good.
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Impressive work! The new axle looks great!
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Old 08-07-2006, 07:58 PM   #439
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Wow, what a difference the new axle makes...

i hear ya, man! new axle and brakes takes a LOT of worry out of long trips, too! you can't put a price on "peace of mind". the new axle made a huge difference in our trade wind. we had to cut the shock mounts, off, though, because the brackets were backwards. i'm still debating the importance of them, though she does bounce a good bit over RR tracks!

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Old 08-08-2006, 09:03 AM   #440
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i hear ya, man! new axle and brakes takes a LOT of worry out of long trips, too! you can't put a price on "peace of mind". the new axle made a huge difference in our trade wind. we had to cut the shock mounts, off, though, because the brackets were back wards. I'm still debating the importance of them, though she does bounce a good bit over RR tracks!

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The shocks really help to improve the ride. With good shocks a bump should be restricted within 3 rebounds. Years ago when I worked in a service station the way we would check shocks was to stand on the bumper and bounce the car up and down until we really got it bouncing. Then you would jump off and the car would stop rebounding within 3 bounces if the shocks were good. The same should work with an Airstream. I put new shocks on our Bambi and it really handles nice. My suggestion is do it. After all what's more work?
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Old 08-12-2006, 01:39 AM   #441
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I stand in awe....

Congrats Dear!

You have achieved the grand status of "Rivet Master" ~ Way to go!

Folks, my dear husband has always been one of those: "Jack of all trades, master of none..." But now, I must say "Jack of all trades, Master of rivets"!

Job well done. Back to your regular programming... don't want to hijack your thread here.... We were talking about axles???? I will attest to the fact our Bambi must tow much better with the new axle, he has not complained about it and said positive things about the towing!

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Old 08-17-2006, 10:14 PM   #442
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This is the 3D graphic I'm working on of the original Hens hen axle that came in my 1963 Bambi. My original had a 10 1/2 Degree down angle. This image has a 22 degree down angle. Question does anyone know if Airstream made any custom 50s Flying Clouds with a dual axle?
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This is the 3D graphic I'm working on of the original Hens hen axle that came in my 1963 Bambi. My original had a 10 1/2 Degree down angle. This image has a 22 degree down angle. Question does anyone know if Airstream made any custom 50s Flying Clouds with a dual axle?
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I do not know if they were called FLying Clouds, but there were older short trailers with twin axles. You might find one at the archives at www.vintageairstream.com
Wally had some made for the long overseas caravans, due to their increased safety.
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This is the 3D graphic I'm working on of the original Hens hen axle that came in my 1963 Bambi.
Reminds me of an Escher painting...the brake bracket at least. What are you doing making 3D graphics? Don't you have a Flying Cloud to restore?
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Old 08-17-2006, 10:28 PM   #445
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My oldest motto which applies to the Flying Cloud. Never rush the planning stage.
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Old 08-23-2006, 10:16 AM   #446
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We've used our Bambi at Silver Falls, Indian Scotty, and Hat Creek. I really enjoyed restoring the trailer. However using it has been much better. I hope all the restorers out there who are now on the road are enjoying as much as we are. With the new axle, shocks and the addition of power steering in our 1968 Ford 4X4 F100 driving and pulling is a dream. I'd thought I'd include a camping picture.
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congrats! i'm taking our "camping" camper this weekend to kentucky. the "project" camper's falling behind! gotta fix that!

camping in one is motivating me to work on the other. i think i would have really lost steam with out the trade wind. wish i had a bambi, though. i love the tiny rear window!

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We've used our Bambi at Silver Falls, Indian Scotty, and Hat Creek. I really enjoyed restoring the trailer. However using it has been much better. Don
I have to chime in here! I think camping is better too! Besides, I even think it is less expensive than the restoration part!

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