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ccb_dan Thu Apr 18, 2013 7:51 am

The PO lowered my '65 bus and I want to raise it back up to stock height. It still has the RGB trans-axle so I think the majority of work is going to be in the front. The beam is stock but the spindles were "dropped" whatever that means. My question is...can I use my existing spindles and return them to stock?

Is that a complicated job? Can anyone point me to some resources or threads that give some details of what I need to do? Maybe a new parts list?

Thanks a ton!

jeffff Thu Apr 18, 2013 8:15 am

No, you will have to remove the dropped spindles and replace with a pair of original spindles.

You'll more than likely come out money ahead as dropped spindles are worth more than stock. See if you can find out who made the dropped spindles.

ccb_dan Thu Apr 18, 2013 8:18 am

Thanks. I was afraid of that...so once they have been dropped they cannot be returned to stock...that sucks. Not sure who did it...it looks like a DIY job to be honest. but I don't exactly know what I'm looking at either.

OK, time to scour the classified ads for some stock spindles.

srfndoc Thu Apr 18, 2013 8:28 am

Post in the lowered thread for a trade + cash if yours are good as they are more $$$ than stock spindles.

ccb_dan Thu Apr 18, 2013 8:35 am

Will do, thanks for the info!

zozo Thu Apr 18, 2013 9:03 am

I just replaced my stock spindles on my '65, and during the search for some cores to send in and avoid a core charge, I ran across a set of brand new (rebuilt) drop spindles from Wolfgang. Couldn't even use 'em for cores for stock replacements, but I was able to sell them for $150. (The money is going to the local guy that gave them to me.).

65VW69Stang Thu Apr 18, 2013 11:54 am

I have a 65 with stock spindles, I am looking to drop my whole bus. Would consider a trade maybe.

crofty Thu Apr 18, 2013 12:19 pm

jeffff wrote: .

... as dropped spindles are worth more than stock. .

They may cost more...

jeffff Thu Apr 18, 2013 12:48 pm

crofty wrote: jeffff wrote: .

... as dropped spindles are worth more than stock. .

They may cost more...

They "may", but they shouldn't :D Especially for a 65.

Vintagespeed Thu Apr 18, 2013 12:49 pm

crofty wrote: jeffff wrote: .

... as dropped spindles are worth more than stock. .

They may cost more...

:lol:

jeffff Thu Apr 18, 2013 1:02 pm

Vintagespeed wrote: crofty wrote: jeffff wrote: .

... as dropped spindles are worth more than stock. .

They may cost more...

:lol:

Ahhh cost vs worth hehe...little slow this afternoon.

campingbox Thu Apr 18, 2013 2:59 pm

Often they can be put back to stock height, it just depends on how they were done. It would be easier to sell or trade them to someone who wants their bus lowered instead.

WideFive Thu Apr 18, 2013 3:41 pm

Most of the time they can be put back to stock. Just depends on who/how they were flipped/dropped. Lots of hacks out there than ever before.

I do several sets a year.

They come into the shop like this...



....and leave like this....



Sometimes you can find someone to swap spindles, but then you can get stuck with a stock set that needs rebuilt or has damaged/missing link pin parts. Best to do the swap in person, so you know what you're getting.

ccb_dan Thu Apr 18, 2013 4:28 pm

Thanks for the input everyone...looks like there's a few folks interested in trading for stock spindles. And thanks for the advice Aaron, will definitely be careful as to what I trade for.

DubStyle Fri Apr 19, 2013 12:43 pm

Aaron thanks for posting. I was just going to post up. I just love advice on the Samba sometimes.

PEPPE Sat Apr 20, 2013 9:00 am

what about the "reversing" of the tie rod cone? usually these gets the cone enlarged on the other side to install the bigger diameter later tierod.
maybe they get a straight hole and then an adapter with intrnal cone is fitted?

joe56vw Sat Apr 20, 2013 10:05 am

PEPPE wrote: what about the "reversing" of the tie rod cone? usually these gets the cone enlarged on the other side to install the bigger diameter later tierod.
maybe they get a straight hole and then an adapter with intrnal cone is fitted?

some drop spindles use these so you can flip the tie rod which ever way you want to

http://www2.cip1.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=C12%2D6613%2D11

PEPPE Sat Apr 20, 2013 10:35 am

yes, i was referring to that article when i wrote about "adapter with internal cone".



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