View Poll Results: Running on older axles?
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Old 01-12-2011, 08:47 PM   #15
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All of mine are , but my one 67 is doing the thing when it's starts to crack on the ceiling in the kitchen area above the bi fold doors. I read where Andy said that means it needs new axles.

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Old 01-12-2011, 10:41 PM   #16
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I believe my axles are original and I am going to replace them before I travel any more based on what I have learned from this forum. It is an easy decision since my TW is a keeper and I am planning on doing a lot of traveling. I am also planning on installing new disc brakes when I install the new axles. Reliability may not be as good (my 45 year old drum brakes seem to work fine), but I am hoping that the improvement in the stopping distance will be worth it. Just one shorter stop that avoids a collision will be worth the extra cost (both money and reliability).

It looks to me like the material cost for new axles with disc brakes versus drum brakes is about $800- not cheap but worth it to me. I also like disc brakes. All my cars have had them for many years and changing pads is much easier and simpler than changing brake shoes.


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Old 01-18-2011, 06:15 PM   #17
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As far as I know its illeagle to ride in a towed trailer. Now IF I had done that in this '64 safari soon after I'd bought it I'd have seen the whole kitchen cabnet jumping up and down on bumps. That would have explained the 1/2" holes where the 1/8" screws almost held the sink cabnet to the int wall! Likewise for the attachment points for the side goucho! I'd have seen that super expensive suicide door with the loose rivits jumping around like popcorn. And the noise of sheet metal rattleing would have been unbearable. I'd have been amazed that the glass in the jaloise windows was intact! Afterwards, after checking for all my teeth, if I checked the axle I'd have found 2 1/2"s of travel. IF I took the same ride again after I'd changed out the torsion X and corrected 1 wheel out of balance by 1 3/4 oz I'd have been stuned to see all those problems gone! But I'd only have seen these things IF I'd broken the law, and I certianly would'nt recomend that to anyone.
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Old 01-18-2011, 06:16 PM   #18
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