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Old 07-04-2005, 12:09 AM   #15
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markdoane has a really nice Dexter set-up and has experience in the sprung axle arena on Airstreams.
You can take his advice, (and Axleman's advice), to the bank.
They are not rocket science and they do not require that you have an advanced degree in metallurgy. Do your research and ask all of the questions of any axle shop in your area and I am sure you will be happy with your replacement.
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Old 07-07-2005, 04:01 PM   #16
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did you keep your axle slightly dropped, or did you opt for a straight through? i guess a straight-through wouldn't raise the travel height on mine more than 2 inches, maybe. it might look silly, though.

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JP,

A lot of configurations exist in the spring axle world. Thus, you can go with a straight axle and maintain your current ride height if desired. I have a 61 Overlander in my shop right now that is having this very operation performed on it. The selection of parts available is what makes this possible.



I hope this helps ,

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Old 08-29-2005, 04:49 PM   #17
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Thumbs down Leaf Spring Source?

does anyone know where i can get a set of 2500# leaf springs? they have 34 1/2" spring eye centers, 1 3/4" wide. Axis does not carry leaf springs that long. if not, i guess i'll see if a local guy can rebuild them, though i'm not certain where to start. what do they do when the rebuild springs, anyway? fold new steel?

thanks as always for any advice!

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Have you looked for a local spring manufacturer in the Yellow pages. The can fabricate almost anything you need, or they know where to order it.
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thanks for the tip. i'll look around tomorrow. it's probably better to have them made, i guess... just to make sure everything fits right.
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you need to find a place like this:

http://www.trucker.com/dealers/madisonspring.html

they can make springs from scratch, great place to get reese hitches too!

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When we purchased our '48 Liner, one spring was broken. I took the good one to a local spring shop and they made two new springs for about $100 each. We also put a new round tube axle under it. Found out the 4 inch drop is too much and will have to play with shackles when we get the shell off.


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i'll have to double check the droop on mine, too. the new axle i had made is a 3-4" straight tube axle, with no offset. the original was a 2" square, with a 2" droop. if i understand this correctly, if i get the stock droop, i will only raise my trailer 1", rather than 2, due to the thickness of the tube. i don't think that will be too noticeable.that's the plan, anyway.
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Old 08-29-2005, 09:02 PM   #23
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When we purchased our '48 Liner, one spring was broken. I took the good one to a local spring shop and they made two new springs for about $100 each. We also put a new round tube axle under it. Found out the 4 inch drop is too much and will have to play with shackles when we get the shell off.


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how did that frame replacement go? i REALLY want a 40's body style, but the frame has me scared. does it have a belly-pan arrangement similar to later models? i believe there's a '48 26 footer for sale somewhere near me. one restoration at a time.
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I did a search for a spring co in Georgia and could not find one. I am sure they are out there. Replacing what you have would be wise. Rearched (or rebuilt) is not going to work for very long. The one thing I was surprised at was ebay ....

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/TRAIL...95623930QQrdZ1

So these are trailer springs but i would think that these are too light. And still the list of leaf springs numbered 58. I was impressed.

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i'll ask around a couple of trailer shops i know of. i had heard that the leaf springs in the older trailers were not a standard size. now i know!
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how did that frame replacement go? i REALLY want a 40's body style, but the frame has me scared. does it have a belly-pan arrangement similar to later models? i believe there's a '48 26 footer for sale somewhere near me. one restoration at a time.

Our Liner did not come with the center tube frame. It has a regular frame that comes to an A frame at the front and a bumper at the rear. Has the full belly pan as any other A/S. We're just finishing up a remodel to the garage so we can store it inside while we tear it apart.

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good luck with it. i'm starting the skin replacement on ours this weekend. then FINALLY, it will be towable again. i'm glad i did the frame-off, though. if nothing else, it's good peace of mind to know the foundation is solid.

i'm looking forward to seeing pics of your progress. are you going to make a thread of your progress?
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good luck with it. i'm starting the skin replacement on ours this weekend. then FINALLY, it will be towable again. i'm glad i did the frame-off, though. if nothing else, it's good peace of mind to know the foundation is solid.

i'm looking forward to seeing pics of your progress. are you going to make a thread of your progress?
A good foundation is hard to beat. Plus, when you get done with the trailer you will know every square inch of it. There is quite a bit of comfort you can take in knowing that the trailer is solid. You have a very nice trailer and I am glad to see that you are taking the time and care that it needs to be a wonderfrul thing when it is done. I commend you on the work you are doing and the fact that you are willing to take the right approach with it.
I am sure that there are a lot of us on here that cannot wait to see pictures of what you have, and will accomplish on yours.
Congratulations and good luck, all in one!
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