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Old 10-21-2009, 12:17 PM   #1
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Leaf to torsion..... when

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
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Old 10-21-2009, 12:32 PM   #2
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I'm not sure but it was long before 65
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Old 10-21-2009, 12:37 PM   #3
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What you are probably seeing is a rim protector,it`s basically a bent spring attached to the axle,in case of flat it will skid along and prevent rim from touching ground.I have them on my 63 GT.Dave
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Old 10-21-2009, 01:03 PM   #4
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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 models.

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.

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Old 10-21-2009, 01:25 PM   #5
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Thanks for the quick replies, it's put my mind at rest.

The whole axle will be binned when I get it along with the skid plates.

Many, many thanks.
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Hi chiefy
dont know weather this will help you but i'm gettin a new uk spec axle for our safari its off our ebay, guy at nottingham makes em to your spec even with american pcd so you can use your standard wheels.
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Andy,
Should I be removing those rim protector skid plates on my ’64? They have caused WAY more grief than good.

They reduce ground clearance and snag on things (I tend to drive “unimproved” roads).

They’ve done their job to protect rims upon flat tyre, but only had 2 flats in 25 + K miles (both AlCan highway).

I even had to have new u bolts made to reinstall them once.

Would love to hear trash them, gain ground clearance, protect axle life.
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Should I be removing those rim protector skid plates on my ’64? They have caused WAY more grief than good.

They reduce ground clearance and snag on things (I tend to drive “unimproved” roads).

They’ve done their job to protect rims upon flat tyre, but only had 2 flats in 25 + K miles (both AlCan highway).

I even had to have new u bolts made to reinstall them once.

Would love to hear trash them, gain ground clearance, protect axle life.
Trash the skid plates.

Removing them now, won't do 45 year old axles any good except it will help the ground clearance problem for you.

Then you can check the axles out, using the two visual tests.

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dont know weather this will help you but i'm gettin a new uk spec axle for our safari its off our ebay, guy at nottingham makes em to your spec even with american pcd so you can use your standard wheels.
Check your PM's Chevy
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