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Old 08-20-2007, 08:52 PM   #15
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I just wanted to let you know that I wish my electric drum brakes worked half as good as those '77 discs did.
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Old 08-22-2007, 12:46 AM   #16
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Sorry for being out of touch, work has to happen when you're getting ready for vacation. Phone call Monday morning to the shop in Gardnerville, he put on the airconditioner, greased the other two wheel bearings, put it on the ground. Phone call to Andy, brake pads and actuator and controller are on the way, and axles will be arriving a week or so after we get back. Got the airstream home from the shop this evening with a box of the old pads. Looks like all the pads had a little pad still on them, if i could actuate the hydralulics I could have probalby have brakes now.
Gotta get back to work, hope the parts come and maybe get the brakes going before we head out Sunday. I'm starting to be glad we were able to keep the disc brakes instead of getting drums. Andy says the hydraulic actuators are getting so popular, you should mount it out of sight. Good job Andy, that you keep having those pads made after Airstream and Ausco dropped them.
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(how do you get those foot notes on about your ow vehicle and trailer? I filled that out once, but it don't show up. Somewhere you can edit your profile I suppose, not too evident)
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Old 08-22-2007, 07:07 PM   #17
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(how do you get those foot notes on about your ow vehicle and trailer? I filled that out once, but it don't show up. Somewhere you can edit your profile I suppose, not too evident)
Go to User CP in the blue bar at the top of this page and click on it. Under Settings & Options click on Edit Signature. Put what you want and then click Save signature under the box.
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Old 08-24-2007, 12:53 AM   #18
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Brake parts are here!

Box of brake parts at my door when I got home from work. Have one brake together with pads tonight. Hope that 29 year old steel brake tubing is okay, problably be a good idea to get a bunch of tubing and flareing tools to carry. Gotta study this site to learn up on hints on installing the Activator and controller. One more day of work then vaction!
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Old 08-24-2007, 05:15 AM   #19
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Box of brake parts at my door when I got home from work. Have one brake together with pads tonight. Hope that 29 year old steel brake tubing is okay, problably be a good idea to get a bunch of tubing and flareing tools to carry. Gotta study this site to learn up on hints on installing the Activator and controller. One more day of work then vaction!
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Perry.

Follow the instructions that are in the book that came with the actuator.

Unless there is a rust condition, the original steel tubing lines will be ok. If not, tubing kits are available, that cost far less than the time and effort it would take to make up your own lines, considering those lines "must" have a double flare.

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Old 09-19-2007, 07:22 PM   #20
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Axles are here

Axles are here, delivered by Yellow freight to my door a couple hours ago. Now more fun, but will be a few weeks before I get a chance to start the job of putting the new axles on the Excella. Thanks again to Andy, one phone call and all the parts were on the road to me. Brake lines seem to be fine.
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Old 09-19-2007, 08:04 PM   #21
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Perry,
Don't you just love it when the plan all comes together?
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Old 09-19-2007, 10:08 PM   #22
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Yeah, I'm hoping the new axles raise the trailer a bunch for some of the Nevada roads I wanta go do some geology on.
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Old 11-20-2007, 10:49 PM   #23
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Just in from the first test drive! New axles, brake pads, Actibrake, Hayes Genisis controller. Sorry it took so long to get it done, working on it when I got a little time different weekends. I hired the controller put in my truck, couldn't squeeze under the steering wheel to see which wire to pull on.
Will take some adjusting on the controller, but seems it will stop my truck faster with the 31' on it than the truck will stop by itself alone.
New axles raised the machine a little more than 2 inches.
Anybody looking at changing axles, I found soaking the nuts beforehand with a rust breaker worked amazingly, and a floor jack helps you get that last half inch up on the far end of the axle. Shocks had to go on before raising the axle. Really a simple straightforward job.

Woohoo, the Silver Dragon has moved off that spot in the lawn!
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