I am starting with safety issues in my "new" 1977 17' Boler
and would appreciate input on the state of my axle
. My daughter can't wait to start designing interior updates, but I want to get it road ready first. (Although we do spend most evenings looking at Pinterest!)
The frame is in okay shape, rusted but solid. Not sure if it is original as there are notches in the front and back of the fiberglass shell to accommodate the frame and that doesn't look like a factory job.
bends horizontally in the middle, but no vertical bend.
The ride is smooth, the wheels don't bend in or out, and the bearings stayed cool to the touch at every stop on my 150 mile ride home.
I ran the tests Ian Giles has in the Boler
Buyer Guide, but not sure they apply to a leaf spring axle
. Test #1: the wheels do not move down at all when the axle is jacked up. Test #2: (tire radius) - (frame to ground) = -3.5. (tire radius is 12.5" and frame to ground is 16".)
I had new tires
put on and while it was lifted had a better chance to get photos of the belly of the beast. Please have a look at them below.
Other axle related questions I have:
1. If I take the brake cover off, will that give me any indication as to the manufacturer or age of the axle?
2. If I have a welding place (Mann's Welding in Seattle) install the axle, will they deal with lifting the egg off the frame or do I need to take care of that?
3. Does the 17' have the issue of leading/trailing axle? I think not as the wheels appear to be in line with the axle....
4. Any chance anyone can tell if I have stabilizer jacks? (I have more photos of the underside if that would help.) I don't know what/where to look.
The next order of business are the brakes/bearings, but I am holding on that in case I need to get a new axle. Then plumbing, then electrical
Thanks in advance for any input,