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Old 01-11-2016, 09:12 PM   #1
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Need Help Repairing Bent Step 69 Globetrotter

We've all done it, pulled away with the step down. But we hit a stump and bent the heck out of the thing. I need some help getting it repaired.

I have removed the two rear follower pins from the slots in the outriggers. I do not know how the front link pins are installed in the outriggers. I wonder if it is the same as the rear links where just the metal link keeps the pin in position? Maybe if I pried the front links away from the outriggers, the pivot pins would pop out.

The step platform is "sprung" and grossly out of square. The step outriggers look okay. Maybe if I could remove the step I could cut it apart and reweld it square.

How did you fix your bent step.

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Old 03-30-2016, 07:34 PM   #2
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Well, thanks to Atomic 13 I was able to remove the bent steps from the grooved outriggers. For some reason Airstream designed the steps with a welded pivot pin on the front links. There is no easy way to get to the back side of this pin. Since I learned from Atomic 13 that it is a welded pin that needs cut off, I ground the weld off on the step side of the link, and then punched the pin out. So I have the step off the trailer. I might be able to plasma torch the welds and take the thing completely apart to straighten it. Or maybe I will use it as a template and make another one. The third option is a store bought folding step if I could find one that would fit in the step box of the trailer.

I have the belly pan down on this trailer now, so it is the best time to fix the bent folding step.

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Old 03-31-2016, 08:12 AM   #3
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I just welded one inch studs to the arms after I cut the heads off. My steps were also all bent up. All I have to do is just flex the arms to remove. I haven't had a lick of trouble, and the steps have stayed in place. I didn't want to remove parts of the belly pan to remove steps.
There's a picture on post 97 of my thread 71 GT full Monte
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Aerowood that link is directing to a "zolatone paint question" thread from 02.
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Old 03-31-2016, 01:48 PM   #5
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Okkkkkkk, I just clicked on it and it went to the correct page just not to the correct post, but the post is on the end of that page.
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Just tried it again- it goes to the same one I mentioned. Maybe it's because I'm on my phone. I'd like to see what you did. I'll look it up another way. Thanks
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You are right, I use my phone and it goes to a zolotone thread. I use my computer and it goes to my 71 GT full monte thread. Weird, I don't understand that.
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Welded studs is what Airstream used on the inner, or sliding links. You just pry the links to get the stud out of the groove. Easy and makes sense.

I figured the front stationary links were the same way, but prying did not work. I learned from Atomic_13 that they were infact welded studs. It would not have been my choice for a serviceable design.

Thanks Aerowood for your computer link to your step rebuild. I don't have a smart phone, so I don't have a problem.

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