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Old 08-04-2005, 04:46 PM   #1
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'56 Safari Axle

I have a 56 Safari and the former owner installed a new axle with a 4 or 6 inch drop and put the axle under the leaf springs to raise the trailer. I want to get it back to it's original configuration and need to know what axle was on the trailer originally. Was it a straight axle or one with a small 2 inch drop and who would manufacture one. I would like to use the same backing plates and brakes to save money as they are fairly new. Can't find a name plate on the existing axle. Am in So. Cal. so any help would greatly appreciated.
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Old 08-07-2005, 07:48 PM   #2
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fdelaney,

Welcome to the forums.

I cannot guarantee, but most units of that vintage had a 4" drop axle, mounted above the spring pack.

Look at the existing axle and see if the spring perches were cut off and rewelded on the opposite side in order to flip the axle and get more ground clearance. If that was the case, you might be able to return it to the original condition by simply reversing the process.

In the original condition, the wheel hub will be in line with, or slightly below the bottom of the belly pan.
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Old 08-07-2005, 07:51 PM   #3
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Thanks. We but the axle on top of the springs but it was way to low. It is in LA now having some tank work done and then polished and when I get it back I will measure the drop. I am thinking of a straight axle under slung to get the right clearance but will have to do some measuring to be sure.


Thanks for the reply.
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Old 08-07-2005, 09:36 PM   #4
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You may want to take a look at some photos os other 56's. Check out this link. You can see the springs in the first picture and compare it to yours.
http://www.vintageairstream.com/arch.../56Safari.html
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