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Old 05-28-2016, 12:55 PM   #1
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Brakes for my '62 Bambi

Pulled the drums and I see the Brakes are 10". Lots of corrosion, so I want to replace the entire electric brake assembly. I found these 10" brakes online at Northern Tool. Model #86805. Anybody ever done this? Anybody know if they will fit? I can't find any posts on this.
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Old 05-28-2016, 09:02 PM   #2
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I would go ahead and try them, but I think I'm looking at a 64 year old Henschen axle that may not have any "bounce" left.

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Old 05-28-2016, 09:04 PM   #3
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Putting new brakes on a worn out axle is money wasted
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Old 05-28-2016, 10:33 PM   #4
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Judging from the angle of the torsion arm it is time to replace the entire axle. Don't waste your money for new brake assemblies.
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Old 05-29-2016, 07:24 AM   #5
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New axle

I don't have a reference for what is typically the angle of the trailing torsion arm. We get abut 2 inches of travel when standing on the axle and jumping up and down. If we replace, what axle would be a good fit? Should I convert to a generic leaf spring axle? Does Dexter make an axle that will fit? I'm clueless on this. I would like to keep the 4-lug 13" wheels if possible.
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Old 05-29-2016, 10:19 AM   #6
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Contact Colin Hyde. He is the axle guru and can provide an axle for you that will probably bolt on without modification. He is TERRIFIC to work with.
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Old 05-29-2016, 11:12 AM   #7
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gotta agree with spletkay06.... as i put on my 59' a new Torflex Dexter Axle complete with electric brakes, drums etc...$1000 but what a difference.
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Old 05-29-2016, 12:29 PM   #8
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Google Dexter Axles to find the dealer nearest you. They will be able to provide you with exact specs and dimensions for all Dexter axles. If you don't want to replace your old axles, a new Dexter assembly already mounted on a backing plate will probably bolt right on as did mine a few years ago.

Someone else suggested Colin Hyde which is another good source of info. He can actually provide the actual axle you need with little or no modification to the frame.

I too recommend you replace the entire axle. The problem with my old axles was not sag but lack of cushion. My '67 rides so much smoother now with new Dexter axles.
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Old 05-29-2016, 02:29 PM   #9
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You have torsion axles. It may be difficult to engineer/design a set of leaf springs to install on your trailer. (Change in most of life is a struggle)

With that said the torsion axles you have may be welded as early ones were welded instead of bolted. Cutting and welding or bolting a new set isn't for the faint of heart, however you have already removed the coach so you are already knee deep.

The earlier torsion axles were also not as standardized as with axles used after 1969. So careful measuring would be needed along with knowing the expected max load the fully assembled trailer with all possible gear and fluids installed. (And I would add 10% to that possibility)

A 2 inch movement is pretty good for a torsion axle. Many don't move that much. And a torsion axle that is close to drawing social security is highly suspect. (very highly) And now would be a far easier time to install an axle rather than when the registration and insurance says it is time to roll. I really don't care what type of spring a vehicle has (leaf, coil, metal or rubber torsion) all springs have a limited service life. I restore several classic cars, after 30 years those metal springs get replaced.

Your call as to the next step. If it were me and having gotten to the place you are at now, spring replacement (axle in the case of a rubber torsion spring) would be my choice. I also tend to not change the design of a vehicle. Again that is just me.


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