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Old 11-19-2013, 01:26 PM   #1
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Hello,

Im planning on ordering a new hub and axle assembly from colin hyde for my 1959 trade-wind and having it installed locally.

Can anyone in the washington dc or Fredericksburg area recommend a good garage or shop to have this work done on a vintage airstream?

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Old 11-19-2013, 02:37 PM   #2
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Hey Steve. There is a member in the Baltimore area that does classic AS work. Seek and ye shall find. From what I read here it is not a bad do it yourself job either if you have space to work and time.
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Old 11-19-2013, 03:48 PM   #3
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Im in a grad program now and renting. No space or time do you have a contact number?
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Okay 62overlander time for you to appear! Doing it yourself is not hard and you can do it in a couple of hours! Good choice on airstream love that year!
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Old 11-19-2013, 06:24 PM   #5
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Replacing a spring-type axle on a 1959 model with a torsion axle is more than a couple hours' work. The old axle and springs will have to be removed, a mount for the new axle fabbed and welded in place, then the new axle can be installed.
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Steve,

Why do you want to do away with the spring suspension?
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Hello,

Im planning on ordering a new hub and axle assembly from colin hyde for my 1959 trade-wind and having it installed locally.

Can anyone in the washington dc or Fredericksburg area recommend a good garage or shop to have this work done on a vintage airstream?

Steve
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Hi Steve,
Call Frank at Frank's Trailer Works.
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Old 11-19-2013, 08:26 PM   #8
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Replacing a spring-type axle on a 1959 model with a torsion axle is more than a couple hours' work. The old axle and springs will have to be removed, a mount for the new axle fabbed and welded in place, then the new axle can be installed.
Where did he mention anything about a torsion axle? Spring axle swap is simple if using factory setup. Couple hours max.
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Where did he mention anything about a torsion axle? Spring axle swap is simple if using factory setup. Couple hours max.
HE didn't. Colin DID, when we swapped texts about it.
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Not sure Colin sells leaf axles.

back to the question - "Why do you want to do away with the spring suspension? "
One can assume the "springs" are no longer doing the job. If that is the reason, I would suggest a new set of leaf springs. As suggested above going to a trailer shop (and yes shop around) to get a new set of leaves installed.

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