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Old 08-02-2020, 09:21 PM   #1
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1970 Safari Locked up hubs

Just got this 70 Safari. Its been sitting up for many years as living quarters. Both hubs are locked up. I finally got the lugs loose and removed the wheels which are rotted beyond repair. I have some 15" 6 lug wheels from my 66 Chevy C10 with 225/75 tires I was going to use just to get the thing home. Trouble is there is not enough clearance between the hub and the outer skin to slip the wheels on. I think the axle may be too high in the wheel well? Any quick remedies short of cutting the outer skin?
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Old 08-02-2020, 09:34 PM   #2
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Old 08-02-2020, 10:26 PM   #3
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Sometimes deflating the tires work - also may want to check for frame rust being that close to the ground
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Old 08-03-2020, 09:14 AM   #4
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How far is the tow home?

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Old 08-03-2020, 09:24 AM   #5
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The torsion axle is shot and will need to be replaced. Don't cut the wheel wells as that will reduce the value of the trailer. Deflate the tires and remove the valve stem cores so the tires can be easily squished to get them between the hub and wheel well lip. Reinstall the cores and reinflate the tires when on the hub. Make sure the wheels are only 6" wide, not wider.
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Old 08-03-2020, 12:40 PM   #6
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no cut......

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Just got this 70 Safari. Its been sitting up for many years as living quarters. Both hubs are locked up. I finally got the lugs loose and removed the wheels which are rotted beyond repair. I have some 15" 6 lug wheels from my 66 Chevy C10 with 225/75 tires I was going to use just to get the thing home. Trouble is there is not enough clearance between the hub and the outer skin to slip the wheels on. I think the axle may be too high in the wheel well? Any quick remedies short of cutting the outer skin?
jack it higher, deflate the tire.....such come out.
its going to need new axle, my guess
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Old 08-03-2020, 02:56 PM   #7
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While you are putting tires on it would be a good idea to pull the hubs and service the bearings before U try to tow it. The loss of a wheel on the way home would be a disaster. Better yet, take it home on a low boy trailer.
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Old 08-03-2020, 04:51 PM   #8
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I had the same problem with my 71’ GT. With the original axle. You might try levering the arm down with a scissors jack.
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Old 08-04-2020, 04:09 PM   #9
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The torsion axle is shot and will need to be replaced. Don't cut the wheel wells as that will reduce the value of the trailer. Deflate the tires and remove the valve stem cores so the tires can be easily squished to get them between the hub and wheel well lip. Reinstall the cores and reinflate the tires when on the hub. Make sure the wheels are only 6" wide, not wider.
Is it feasible to replace the torsion axle with a traditional leaf spring axle?
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Is it feasible to replace the torsion axle with a traditional leaf spring axle?
You are much better off with a torsion axle! Get in touch with Colin Hyde for a replacement axle and shocks!
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Is it feasible to replace the torsion axle with a traditional leaf spring axle?
Anything is feasible given enough time and money.
The question would be do you want to spend that kind of money, time and effort?

It would be far less $ and far less effort to get a replacement rubber torsion axle.



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You are much better off with a torsion axle! Get in touch with Colin Hyde for a replacement axle and shocks!
Do you have contact info for Colin Hyde?
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