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Ramp 02-08-2009 12:42 PM

HELP! axle trouble
 
My 1982 Excella axles are bolted in with 4 bolts per axle per side. The two bolts that go vertical have nuts that are not welded so when i try to back out the bolts they just spin. I got a wrench on the back two by cutting out the belly pan, but the front two are surounded by steel gussets. I can get a torch and blow the heads off of the front bolts but when i replace the axles there is no way to get the nuts on the vertical bolts. What can I do?

goransons 02-08-2009 01:01 PM

never seen one with verticle bolts before, think I read once about someone else having a similiar problem. I know all 3 trailers we've had (all 60's models) have two horizontal bolts only on each side.

Ramp 02-08-2009 01:27 PM

I am sure that they are fractory installed. I just wish that they had welded the nuts to the frame.

Sixty3TW4US 02-08-2009 01:47 PM

I don't have a visual, however can you have them welded on?

Inland RV Center, In 02-08-2009 02:11 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Ramp (Post 664571)
My 1982 Excella axles are bolted in with 4 bolts per axle per side. The two bolts that go vertical have nuts that are not welded so when i try to back out the bolts they just spin. I got a wrench on the back two by cutting out the belly pan, but the front two are surounded by steel gussets. I can get a torch and blow the heads off of the front bolts but when i replace the axles there is no way to get the nuts on the vertical bolts. What can I do?

I am not aware of either Airstream plant "ever" using the vertical bolts.

That is why the axle moounting plates are used.

Use 2 bolts per side, thru the axle bracket, thru the axle mounting plate. That's how the axles were designed to be mounted for over 45 years.

You can burn them off with a torch, but be careful.

The aluminun can be patched if you burn it.

Andy

94Tri 02-08-2009 06:24 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Inland RV Center, In (Post 664603)
I am not aware of either Airstream plant "ever" using the vertical bolts.

That is why the axle moounting plates are used.

Use 2 bolts per side, thru the axle bracket, thru the axle mounting plate. That's how the axles were designed to be mounted for over 45 years.

You can burn them off with a torch, but be careful.

The aluminun can be patched if you burn it.

Andy


Just helped my brother in law remove an axle yesterday (torched the bolts)....there were only two per side. I don't see the need for any going vertical. I would just remove them and forget about replacing.


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