Originally Posted by Chiefy
When did AS change from Leaf springs to Torsion type suspension?
I'm looking at photo's of a 65 GT and can't identify something that appears to be a broken Leaf spring hanging down underneath the Trailer near to the inside of the wheel.
I'll try and post pictures later but any help in the mean time would be appreciated
Airstream first used torsion axles with the 1961
The part attached to the axle tube, that hangs dow, is a "skid plate".
It's purpose was to not allow the wheel that had a blowout, touch the ground. A wheel protector, in case of a blowout, if you wish.
However, when the u-bolts are properly tightened, around the axle tube, it interfers with the movement of the torsion arm shaft, that's within the tube.
The skid plate was, if you wish, a good idea back then, but today, it's a NO NO.
Any axle that had the skid plates on, should be checked out, to see if it's still ok. There are two visual tests that any one can do.