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Old 08-07-2009, 09:08 AM   #15
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Hey, Doug: is that the place that is also a Dexter dealer?

assuming you put a "conventionally" sprung axle on the '56. wonder if a torsion axle would cost similarly...
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Old 08-07-2009, 09:18 AM   #16
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I took my 56 caravanner all the way from boston to Platsburgh NY and back again and at the time it was the original.

Grease it up well, make sure your tires are inflated well and cross your fingers as you take it over to the man who will replace it for you. Take it slow over bumps.

Go check out some of the wrecks that Rob Baker has pulled out of backyards and ones that have been buried in the dirt. For a one-way mission, grease up and be cautious.
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Hey, Doug: is that the place that is also a Dexter dealer?

assuming you put a "conventionally" sprung axle on the '56. wonder if a torsion axle would cost similarly...

I've got a dexter on mine. He's got a whole catalog of options. The owners name is Evin, good guy.

There's also a horse trailer guy in Medfield, but he was nearly three times as expensive for the same job....
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Definitely- replace the axle, don't bother upgrading certain parts on the old one. It will be a custom order, which is what Dexter expects. Get your measurements right and the axle will be right. -tim
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In 61 the California trailers had a welded axle, The Ohio trailers had a bolt on axle.
My axles are original on my 61 and I am in no hurry to replace them.. My test for trailer vibration etc is how long the mantle stays on the gas light and it usually several thousand miles. The brake assemblies have been replaced.. I have found complete assemblies for as little as $42.00
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Jason, your X looks same as my '64. Just the 4 bolts, + shocks, and they drop out. Only problem I had was one swing arm was up so high it blocked a bolt from comming out, had to cut the bolt. Had to pull my X to replace the floor, just put it back in tonight. 2 guys 1 hr. I took the measurements to order a new one. As far as I can tell we have to buy all new right out to the wheels, none of our original equp. will interchange with a new X. Real bummer, all my brake/drum equip. looks as new.
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You might want to check with Colin Hyde, of the VAP fame. He is not with GSM any longer and is running his own business now and will order axles for you. His email is colinhydeairstream@gmail.com. I don't think he has his web site up yet.
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