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Old 05-29-2010, 10:41 PM   #1
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Dust cap missing in action

1964 Overlander - dual axle.

On its maiden voyage home, I lost a hub dust cap. Well I thought no biggie, I was going to repack the bearings and give the running gear a good once over. So if figured, this just saved me some time on removing the cover. But what I thought was going to be a trip to the parts store has turned into an all out search for the holy grail.

The dust caps on this trailer measure 2.32" inches across but they need to have atleast one inch of offset to clear the axle nut, ...

I have brought four different caps home only to return them all. I just ordered 6 on the net but they will be in the mail on Tuesday because they do not fit either. I am really having trouble, the diameter is listed on every part, but the offset is not.

Does anyone know where I can find some deep dish dust covers for this axle?

Althought I have a ton of work to do in my driveway, I would like to get these put back together so I can pull it around when I want a change of scenery.

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Old 05-29-2010, 11:13 PM   #2
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Did you try Vintage Trailer Supply?
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Old 05-30-2010, 09:28 PM   #3
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Just spent an hour on their website and no dust caps/bearing covers. Thanks for the suggestion, but I am going to run this back up the flag pole for another set of eyes to see.

Anyone have any other suggestions?

Thanks,

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Old 06-01-2010, 03:39 PM   #4
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just got off the phone with a trailer manufactured, seems their solution is to drop new axles under the trailer to fix my missing dust cap problem. Can't figure a $1500 solution for a $5 problem.

There has got to be other fixes. I hav searched the net every night for the past week and can't find a replacement. I am calling upon all the fellow airstreamers, I need help. I am looking for a 2.32" diameter dust cap that is atleast 1.25" tall, taller would be better. I can find them all day long that are 2.32" in diamter, but they are only .5" tall. There has to be one sitting on a shelf collecting dust in a parts house some where. If you find one let me know.

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Old 06-01-2010, 03:49 PM   #5
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Sounds like its time to break out the ole mig welder and modify one of new caps you have,a piece of exhaust pipe would be about right.
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Old 06-01-2010, 04:38 PM   #6
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Going to give this a bit longer before I start the welding process.

Any thoughts on a bearing buddy, does anyone know how deep they are? Would that possibly give me the much needed clearance?

I will keep running this up to the top of the forum and let all the eyes see it
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Old 06-01-2010, 04:43 PM   #7
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Did you try Andy at Inland RV?
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Old 06-01-2010, 05:57 PM   #8
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Just spent an hour on their website and no dust caps/bearing covers. Thanks for the suggestion, but I am going to run this back up the flag pole for another set of eyes to see.

Anyone have any other suggestions?

Thanks,

Ginder75
I change Airstream axles here and I have a pile of parts. How many dust caps do you want. Give me your address and I'll send a bunch.
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Old 06-01-2010, 06:10 PM   #9
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Bearing dust caps

Doug, I'll send you good Karma for this response as I too need a dust cap for my '67 Safari. If you have one I'll pay shipping and for your trouble. I will PM you my address and you can let me know what I owe you. Thanks so much! Happy Trails, Ed
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Doug,

I got the hub covers in, and guess what they do not fit. Do you want me to spend them back to you, or hold them for the next airstreamer that needs them?

I fired up the mig welder yesterday and turned two caps into one. It was not my prettiest welding job ever, but it worked and the hub covers installed.

Thanks for all the help, I am going to continue my search online. I think a PO swapped my hubs for Chevorlet hubs, thus my difficulties.

I will keep everyone posted on my trials and tribulations.

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Doug,

I got the hub covers in, and guess what they do not fit. Do you want me to spend them back to you, or hold them for the next airstreamer that needs them?

I fired up the mig welder yesterday and turned two caps into one. It was not my prettiest welding job ever, but it worked and the hub covers installed.

Thanks for all the help, I am going to continue my search online. I think a PO swapped my hubs for Chevorlet hubs, thus my difficulties.

I will keep everyone posted on my trials and tribulations.

Ginder75
Don't send them back, I have more. Those were off of two different Airstreams of the same years as yours, so you must have something changed. Try a wrecking yard that lets you wander around, you may find them there.
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I pulled one off the other axle and took it with me just to let the loal mechanic see it. He could confirm my measurements and was just as confused. The hub measures 2.32" in diameter and the overal cap must be at least 1.25". So I will keep looking the homemade replacement works for now. It is not perfect, but I can atleast repack the bearings and pull it locally. I will go ahead and fashion two more out of my remaining undersized caps for on the road repairs.

Thanks again for all the help.

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I pulled one off the other axle and took it with me just to let the loal mechanic see it. He could confirm my measurements and was just as confused. The hub measures 2.32" in diameter and the overal cap must be at least 1.25". So I will keep looking the homemade replacement works for now. It is not perfect, but I can atleast repack the bearings and pull it locally. I will go ahead and fashion two more out of my remaining undersized caps for on the road repairs.

Thanks again for all the help.

Robert

Robert.

It sounds like the spindle is too long.

Are your axles the originals?

I will check tomorrow as I think our caps stick out more than 1 inch from the hub. But, you know how memory can be.

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