Originally Posted by markdoane
I have a '59 Tradewind also. I would never go to shorter springs on the basis of what the local trailer guy wants to sell you. You are already at the limits for a single axle trailer.
If you need to replace the springs, either move up to a big torsion axle, or go to a spring shop and they'll fix you up with something like the original.
Yes, I agree. Get the 36" ones rebuilt. Even though the 26" ones are dirt cheap, I would rebuild what exists, rather than changing the frame stress points after it has been moving around for 50 years.
I am still confused as to why mine had only 26" springs, since Pacers were supposedly made solely with leftover production parts, but I can't find any other leaf springs from that era that aren't 36". Even the travelers and equivalent 18 footers that I have seen had 36" springs, so it wasn't a size issue.