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Old 11-27-2010, 08:45 AM   #1
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Vacuum brake actuator free to a good home

I have recently purchased a 1978 Tradewind with the Exella vacuum disc brake system. I am converting to use a Dexter electric hydralic pump. The brake vacuum booster / actuator and shroud are not needed. Before I throw them away, does anybody want them? They are in good condition but I don't know if they are in working order.

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Old 12-16-2010, 07:05 AM   #2
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Boy that looks familiar. I also have a 1978 Tradewind. I just started pulling the old brakes off this week. Any words of wisdom..

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Old 12-17-2010, 11:16 AM   #3
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Well, if you are not going to re-use the KelseyHayes disc brakes, don't throw them out, send them to me.... I am planning to reuse mine but I would like to have some more for spare parts. You can get rebuild parts for the calipers but you can't get (new) replacement discs. My discs are in good shape so I plan to reuse them.

I am talking with Dexter and Axis about replacement axles (they call them beams). Axis is still searching their drawing collection to make sure they have airstream drawings to build to. The Axis price is the same as Inlands (surprise surprise) so there is no advantage to buying direct from Axis.

Dexter is trying to decide if they will build the axle or not..... I need a #11 axle to give me the 1 3/4" dia. spindle for the originally supplied Kelsey Hayes 12" disc brakes. The #11 axle has to be down-rated to 3,000 or even 2,600 pounds and this they are reluctant to do. They are talking about a #10 axle, 3,000 pound rating with a custom up-sized spindle. But, Dexter management is trying to decide if the airstream replacment market is big enough for them to warrant the effort involved.

Call up Dexter, ask for Duane in engineering. He knows his stuff and is working this issue. The more people that call him, the easier to get 'management' to start making these.

Axis/Inland wants 450 for the beam only, no brakes. Dexter wants 270, but then 450, but less if you order thru a distributor. Yes, I am a bit confused and haven't finished getting all the information.

So far both Dexter and Axis have been great and helpful.

Good thing it's winter so I have time to work this issue.
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