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Old 09-27-2014, 06:25 PM   #127
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The old threads on the bottom mount faced the hub assembly so it should go the same way. I will go buy shorter bolts tomorrow.
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Old 09-27-2014, 07:56 PM   #128
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Help!
We are putting in the new axle now. Is it typical to have to cut the shock bolts shorter and should the threads face the wheel or face into the trailer on the bottom shock mount? ??
The shocks should stand as vertical as possible in your application, so you'll need to shorten the threaded portion of the shoulder bolt in order to install it. The original welded stud was & is a very poor design, which did not allow the replacement of shocks without either removing the axle or bending the shock mount.
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Old 09-27-2014, 08:49 PM   #129
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Nooooo I removed the backing plate brakes of course and mounted the shocks and the bolts were good uncut! So to make it easy remove the brake drum and backing plate with the brakes intact on the backing plate and it will work great!
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Old 09-28-2014, 06:43 AM   #130
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This is the handy little axle support I made to hold the axle on the floor jack when removing the old one and rolling the new axle in under the trailer. It worked like a dream!
I covered the U shaped ends in old bicycle inner tube to prevent scratching the pretty new axle.
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Old 09-28-2014, 11:54 AM   #131
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Is this correct. Picture is streetside from front to back.
Or should shock go between mount and hub?
This makes the shock the most vertical. The other way it leans inwards.
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Old 09-28-2014, 07:06 PM   #132
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I went the other way or I would have had to shorten the bolt or drop the axle to mount it that way and then a shock change would have been rough! But nice job and how did the drilling go?
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Old 09-28-2014, 07:12 PM   #133
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The step drill tip worked out great! Thank you.
I picked one up at the local auto parts store this morning for 12 bucks and was able to do all 4 with one bit. The spare will go back tomorrow.
I did end up switching my shock around the way you did yours. Otherwise the axle had to be dropped down to get the bolt in and out. Not convenient if a shock goes bad.
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Old 09-28-2014, 07:14 PM   #134
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I did end up grinding my bolts for the shocks shorter to fit them in with out removing any wheel parts.
The auto parts store did not sell any comparable bolts.
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I think I got a funkified axle too.
Both shock mounts were were welded in with the offset facing the same direction. I cut both bolts to exactly the same length. the curb side went in easily using all supplied washers.
the street side offset faced the hub which threw every thing off by at least 3/16 of an inch. I had grind more off that bolt to get it to fit and eliminate the fat washer that is supplied with shocks and use a regular flat washer instead.
Had I used the fat washer the bolt would have to have been ground down to the point of no threads left to put the nut on.
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Old 10-14-2014, 04:18 PM   #136
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Epoxy questions:
Do you allow penetrating epoxy to cure completely before applying a second coat?
How do you know when its cured?
Can the epoxy be applied to both sides and edges of the plywood at the same time?
Is sanding required between coats?
How many coats is enough?
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Check the recoat instructions for your brand of epoxy. I find that the first coat absorbs and leaves a rough finish and can be porous. Coat #2 seals up pretty good and smooth, #3 around the edges and top side make it bullet proof.
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Hello Dingo Girl,

I just found and read your thread describing activities on your 67 Caravel. You are into this thing up to your neck! I'm very impressed with all you have accomplished and wish you well as the project continues. It ain't easy. You are earning a lot of Airstream merit badges. One for the grinder burn on the leg, one for the POR 15 stains on the arm, one for the shock mounting on the new axle, one for the door subfloor reinforcement, one for the subfloor replacement, and one for the external access door reseal. I'm sure I've forgotten the others.

Way to go girl!

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She has truly earned those and many more! Keep up the work and don't let it go to your head cuz you will screw up something and that always hurts!
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Old 10-17-2014, 04:57 AM   #140
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Thank you for the kind words!
The rain has stopped my progress for a couple weeks now.
I'm ready to epoxy the floor and am praying for a week of nice weather.
In hindsight I should have done it in August and stored it.
Live and learn.
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