Thanks Susan; it's going to be just unique enough to for me. (Hopefully there'll be no purists running for the hills). I'm striving to retain what I believe to be the icon defining elements but I'm no stickler for keeping her original just for originalities sake.
Today was the first big shipment day. All 511 lbs !
I've gone with a weird suspension choice for sure. It appealed to me for a few reasons:
-Heavy duty 5200 lbs hardware spring rated to 3500 lbs
-Hub spaced 6 on 5 1/2" to keep stock looking rims*
-Replaceable rubber modules to keep a fresh ride without an axle swap
-No shock absorbers
-Uprated spindles to handle wider tires and/or gripper tires than they had in 1960
-Alternate bolt on spindle mounts allow a 4" lift if I ever want it
-Electric 6000 Lbs drum brakes (allows) for 50% of rating due to fade etc
-The price in Canadian dollars shipped was really good!
The brakes were a real quandary for me; I just didn't want the headaches, safety concerns or cost that I'd had with an electric over hydraulic disc set up. Plus with straight electric I can have a cheap inbuilt anti-sway module.
If I change my mind I can always take a step back and go with a more conventional design or add discs for that matter.
1st pic shows a nicely packaged tandem axle with brakes package and the second image is from the manufacturer and shows the main and preload spring.