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Old 07-19-2007, 02:18 PM   #29
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Can I keep the old hub caps when this is all replaced?
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Old 07-19-2007, 02:21 PM   #30
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One more thing, I see battery connections under the kitchen sink and what looks like a cover for a battery? Is this normal? And the little connectors are soo cute! I'm sure ill need to replace them.
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Old 07-19-2007, 02:25 PM   #31
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Well Safari57, you wont have to worry about Horse Power! Ill bet it is a great car..
Yep, I just have to get it put back together . I'm really really really close now. It's very close to the one we bought almost new in 1970 (it was a few months old) when we sold the less expensive version we bought off the showroom to get the SS which we should have done to start with. We had it 10 years, then foolishly parted with it and had regretted that ever since but never got around to buying another. Then this one popped up with only 46,000 miles on it, completely redone including frame off, partly reassembled, and the owner had a mild stroke and changed his priorities in life including selling his car collection. The car will look just great with an Airstream stuck on the back. Here's a picture of the Chevelle now, another of it's twin off an eBay advertisement in a showroom somewhere, and also one of my buddies '64 Riv that I thought you might get a kick out of. It's my belief that if you have the cars you should drive them, and if you have an Airstream, it should be behind them.....

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Old 07-19-2007, 02:38 PM   #32
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Can I keep the old hub caps when this is all replaced?
Whether you own an iPod or not, you've got to start listening to The Vintage Airstream Podcast - Home. It works to listen over your computer even. I have a hard time sitting still for 40 minutes so will listen at the gym or on the road.

I see moon hubcaps only in your first picture. Colin and Rob on theVAP have said that the wheels with clips for moons are hard to find. So hang on to those wheels like they were gold. This all assumes they are modern wheels -- I don't think (my thinker doesn't always connect, yada-yada...) that a 1959 would have dangerous split rims. Anybody?
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Old 07-19-2007, 02:45 PM   #33
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RIU - a standard axle and brake shop who do spring installations, etc. should have no problem replacing your axle. I didn't notice in your pictures if you still have the belly pan on but if so you may need to take it off before taking it in to the axle shop. You do want to make sure you are getting a set up that is rated for the weight on your trailer. I'm sure someone with knowledge of your model will come on with a recommendation in that regard. Same thing goes for rims and tires - you want to make sure you are okay in that regard as well.

As for the hubcaps being reusable I don't know that. I put mag wheels on mine to match the tow vehicle but it's really a personal preference thing. Take a hubcap with you when you go to the shop and ask them if it's do-able and if not I'm sure someone on the forum will have a solution for you.

You do want to get rid of the hydraulic brake system in my opinion. I realize that tons of trailers including horse and boat trailers still use them but I'm not a fan of them, having a set on my car hauler that are about to be removed.

Let us know how the plugging in of the electrical goes. If there have not been any critters in the walls (mice, etc) and no one has been playing amateur night with the wiring you should be okay.

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PS - rev it up as in tach it up? Every time I see the name the song keeps coming to my head. Yeah, I've got the car thing bad.....
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Old 07-19-2007, 03:01 PM   #34
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What a great car!

Nice Chevelle! and glad I can bring songs into your head safari57!
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If you have the original baby moons that came with the trailer, they will have two concentric rings towards the outside diamer of the face, then they are worth some $ providing they are without dents and can be rechromed. New rims will probably prevent you from being able to use these but I put on generic baby moons and they look great with a chrome thrim ring on there as well. Having the factory moons also probably means you have the factory split rims, which you don't want to use. You prpbably know this being a vintage car buff. Maybe the axle shop can attach new clips to the new rims and you'll still be able to use them.

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Having the factory moons also probably means you have the factory split rims, which you don't want to use. You prpbably know this being a vintage car buff. Maybe the axle shop can attach new clips to the new rims and you'll still be able to use them.
Thanks Brad. That's the useful information I knew somebody would have first-hand.
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Old 07-19-2007, 04:53 PM   #37
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Cars!

Here are pics of my 64 Riv and My little Red!

** Is the belly pan that whole large lexus type of undercarriage sheet of metal?
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