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Old 08-02-2010, 12:37 AM   #1
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1960 Pacer Wheel Bearings?

I am picking up a 1960 Pacer and towing it across country. The leaf springs and axle look old and rusty, so I'd like to pick up a new set of spare wheel bearings and seals for the trip. What bearings and seals will fit the 1960 pacer and where can I obtain them? Also, what size are the rims, as I would like to bring along a spare tire or two as well. The axle is the old pre-1961 leaf spring design, not the torsion design. Thanks, Jack
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Old 08-02-2010, 06:11 AM   #2
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Hi JM

I should remember as we have the same unit but the bearings are standard bearings nothing hard to find at a bearing store. However instead of carrying spares you should pull the wheels and pack the bearings before you head down the road. When you do inspect the bearings, as long as there are no pit marks in them or the races you should be fine.

Same goes for the tires, if they are old and cracked change them before you go so you don't have a blow out and beat up the metal under the trailer. We put Michelin Harmony 215/70R x 14" tires on ours. They have plenty of load capacity and we wanted as smooth ride as possible for the Airstream.

On ours the original couple had quite a bit of wear so we always tow it with a 550 eaz-lift hitch so there is no way the ball can disconnet. The 550 Eaz-Lift is the softest rideing torsion bar and is easy on the Airstream body and "A" Frame.

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