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Old 01-30-2009, 02:38 AM   #1
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spare parts for airsteam brakes in the uk

Hi,
I have been restoring an airstream '63 overlander for use as a show stand for the lighting company i work for.

Our first outing is in a couple of days and we have just discovered that the springs that join the shoes inside the drums have been replaced with copper wire! One of the adjusters had fallen out and was rattling around in the drum.

Does anyone know if i will be able to get these springs here in the uk or will i need to import from the states?

Also whilst i am at it one of the rear drums does not appear to break at all, any ideas?

As an aside the airsteam is all polished up, reasonably leak free! and has been fully restored and kitted out as a coffee bar on the inside. needless to say we have installed our lighting. I shall post some pics soon.

Any help would be very much appreciated.

Ali
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Old 01-30-2009, 08:48 AM   #2
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I believe there isn't much change in brake parts from then to now. You find trailer brake parts (shoes, springs magnets) for a newer trailer and they should work for your vintage unit. Better yet get a complete set of brake pasrt with backing plate fully loaded.

The drum may be more difficult.

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All the parts are available from Dexter Axles <http://dexteraxle.com/brake_springs>. Haven't found anyone in the UK. If one brake isn't working, either the electrics have a bad contact, the magnet is worn out or the adjuster needs tightening up. All the brakes should be checked together and there are ways of balancing them so they come on together.

We have formed a growing UK Airstream group with contacts in Airstream Europe if you are interested. We had a little rally last weekend attended by 11 Airstreams from 1959 to 2008! Send me a personal note.
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