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Old 10-03-2005, 10:10 PM   #1
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New axle problems and questions

I currently have my '63 Globetrotter in the shop getting my new axle from Inland installed. Glad I didn't start this job as the shock mounts have to be cut off and relocated and I'm not a welder. Hope the installer gets it right.
I'll be checking tomorrow as he seems to be having problems. I did find a picture from 62 Overlander that should solve them by showing an offset in the mount.

The only info with the axle was a shipping or build tag. Where do I get the the bearing and seal numbers and also the info on the brakes( I have drums), grease, and recommended service interval. For what this thing cost you think they could have included some information with it as it pretty much a build to order item. Will a call to the factory get me the info?
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Old 10-03-2005, 10:45 PM   #2
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Following this closely..

63air -

I'll be following this closely.

I just bought the same trailer and need a new axle as well. Although I'm not able to answer your question, I can offer to take pix of my original setup if you need them.

Please keep us posted!

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Old 10-04-2005, 06:36 AM   #3
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I don't know much about your trailer, I am surprised that the shock mounts have to be removed at all. Are the axles not direct bolt on replacements? And is so then what is now different that the mounts have to be moved?

My experience was that I did not need to do any modifications at all...
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Old 10-04-2005, 07:53 AM   #4
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63air, why not call Inland and get the information you need? I am assuming from your post that you got "bare" axles. New bearings and seals can be gotten at most auto parts stores, such as NAPA. Complete brake assemblies can be gotten at most trailer service dealers.

When I bought my "bare" axles, I got new seals from Andy, and re-used my bearings and hubs.(Make sure you use new cotter pins on the castle nuts!!) I bought new brake assemblies at a local trailer dealer for around $78 each. Any good name brand wheel bearing grease is just fine. I chose to use Amsoil synthetic grease on mine. It is recommended that you repack wheel bearings once a year or every 12,000 miles.
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Old 10-04-2005, 10:16 AM   #5
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The shock on a 1963 should be a vertical shock, not a horizontal one. The shock mount is simply a metal tab with a stud on the end of it. It is welded to the torsion arm, and has a slight offset. New axles might not need the offset, depending on the manufacturer of the axle.
The picture below shows the shock mount as seen from the top, unfortunately it is not a very good picture, sorry.
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Old 10-04-2005, 11:08 AM   #6
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. . . . . Will a call to the factory get me the info?
No. If the factory wanted to hear from you, they would sell direct and keep the distributors profit. You should call Inland RV.

It is very common for drop-shipped parts to come without instructions.
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Old 10-04-2005, 02:25 PM   #7
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I have a 64 Safari that is in need of a new axle. I have been oscillating back and forth between whether to go with a Henschen or one of the other available brands. I have been leaning more and more towards the Henschen thinking that it would be a direct bolt in swap. Now after reading this posting I am having my doubts. Being mechanically enclined I was hoping to save some $ and do the swap myself. Are there axles out there that will be a direct bolt-in, or will just about any brand require some re-engineering??
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Old 10-04-2005, 07:53 PM   #8
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Axle successfully installed

Picked up the "Trotter" from Mutual Wheel at their Milan , Il shop and they did a fine job on the install. They have facilities througout Ia.& Il.. If it's got wheels under it they can service it big or small. Took about 4 hours of shop time for everything. The service manager Ron was great
My axle was a loaded axle from Inland but I found out that Mutual Wheel could have had one fabricated that would have bolted right in. This may have saved time and I am sure some money . The axle on a ' 63 GT is not a direct bolt in. You do have to drill 6 holes and may have to modify the shock mounts as on mine. Inland was clear on this when I ordered mine. Would I do it differently? Probably not. The first Henschen lasted 42 years and as the boys at John Deere here in Moline say... "Sell on quality not on price"
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No. If the factory wanted to hear from you, they would sell direct and keep the distributors profit. You should call Inland RV.

It is very common for drop-shipped parts to come without instructions.

Mark,

The problem is that the factory no longer uses Henschens...they've switched to Dexter. The thread that Lou Patterson started about his experiences with Axis axles is really informative, and I think you might be convinced to use them.

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