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Old 10-15-2010, 05:15 PM   #1
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Sleeping beauty home safe and sound. New pics!!

Here are 3 days worth of work to get her out of the boathouse. These are not in any particular order. It took me a solid 2 days to remove a section of the boathouse. After that we had to very carefully adjust the blocks and then brought in the welders to do their thing. I went with new axle and springs, pretty easy to pull out once we hitched up.
I believe I messed up going with a 4 inch drop axle. She sits way too low and the axle itself has only about 3 inches of clearance from the ground. Will probably place springs under axle and then purchase larger tires. Enjoy the pics. The coach is the original, thought i would have it upholstered.
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Old 10-15-2010, 05:22 PM   #2
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more pics of sleeping beauty!

Enjoy the pics. I ran out of daylight so she is still far from home. plan on getting her next week. Other than a rear dent, she is in pretty good shape. I lost 10 pounds after this was all said and done. Hard work!!!
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Old 10-15-2010, 05:28 PM   #3
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And even more pics of sleeping beauty!

If I had to do this all over again, I would. It was quite the adventure and I have not even begun the upgrade yet!! Only thing i would change would be to go with a straight axle instead of the drop.
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Old 10-16-2010, 07:06 AM   #4
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Isn't it good to have it outside on its wheels?
You can put the axle under the springs and go with slightly larger tires, that will give you several more inches of clearance. I did that with a Boles Areo that had tire clearance issues, and gained 4".
If you already have the axle under the springs (hard to tell from the photo), you can get spacer blocks and longer U-bolts from most auto parts stores.
Now that the hard part is over, the fun can begin.
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Old 10-16-2010, 08:30 AM   #5
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She does not look too bad from the outside. Cleaned up pretty well. Once you get her home, the real work will begin. Keep us posted on the progress with Sleeping Beauty.

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Great job, now the work begins!!! Happy Trails..
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I will definitely place the axle under the springs. Looking at switching to a 16 inch rim and gaining additional height with a 32 inch high tire. I wanted the drop axle since the original was so, however, i did not factor in the change in modern spring arch/degree. Could probably get by with the trailer height for now, but the axle has to be raised at least 3 more inches. Oh well, learning is good!
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Old 10-16-2010, 06:42 PM   #9
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Have you contacted the seller to see if an exchange axle might be considered? More work but you will have to pull the axle anyway to turn it over. I'd call and ask anyway-
nothing to lose.
Happy work-isn't it amazing what a pressure washer will do on dust and grime.
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Old 10-18-2010, 05:10 PM   #10
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New tires

Okay, I purchased some 700 15, which is the original size used back in 1948. this will give me an additional 2-3 inches lift between axle and ground. Since the axle was custom made the seller has no use for an exchange. I believe this will work. When I get her home I will place the axle under springs and that should be it. I could possibly go even larger taller on the tires, maybe 750 16 but i might run into fender clearance issues. Anyhow, learn as you go.
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Looks like it's going to be a great project! I see that you said it is a 1948, but what make and model is it?
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You my friend are not afraid of a challenge, good luck on your project and please keep us posted. I am especially interested in what you do with the inside.
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Old 10-20-2010, 07:17 PM   #14
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you are a "super hero" how many people get a chance to save part of history as special as this unit is ,wonder how many are still in one piece and look as good as yours ? very-very few. you lucky DOG!!!
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