Information, Modification

Centramatics on the Airstream

After about 30,000 miles on various makes of ST tire, I had had enough of tread-separation and blow-outs, and I equipped the ‘Stream with larger 16″ rims fitted with higher load/speed rated LT Michelin tires. All was right with the world. Or so it seemed. I began noticing little disturbances in the trailer, each time after a day of towing.…

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Exploration, Modification

Replacing Shocks on a 2003 E-350

All the telltale signs for bad shocks were there.   Excessive bounce, shimmy at highway speed, and of course, fluid leak stain on the housing. Michigan vehicle.  Twelve years old.  Factory original shocks. Means, we’re going to have a heck-of-a-time getting those jonnies off.  The bottom mounts are connected to the radius arm on a welded stud mount.  The nut was…

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Replacing 2003 FORD E-350 Mirrors

It’s official. The Family Truckster© has been replaced by Econosaurus© She’s ready to tow, right out of the box- except for the mirrors.  How can FORD offer a “HD Tow Package” option and neglect to include a pair of decent towing mirrors? So, after some interwebz Googlefu, I found exact fit replacement telescoping towing mirrors.  I was pretty surprised not…

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