1972 270 axle swap

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1972 270 axle swap

Unread post by dirtydeno » Mon Feb 26, 2018 8:54 am

I swapped the axles in my 270 and i thought i would put some info on it here. The donor was a 1978 georgie boy motorhome with a dodge chassis. The original plan was to swap the hubs with the 8 lug dana 70 but they did not fit the dana HD so swapped in the entire dana 70. The axle was a direct fit. Both axles had the same diameter 35 spline axles. The only difference i see is the axle tube diameter and some bearing diameters.\n
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\nNext i swapped in the front axle but it wasn't a direct fit. I originally wanted to swap only the 8 lug hubs and disc brakes but the backing plate mounts were not the same so i swapped the entire axle. The leaf springs on the travco are 3"s wide and the leaf springs on the donor axle were 3.5 wide. I had to egg out the the axle center pin a 1/4" on each outer side to fit the travco spring width. The shocks on the donor axle mount to a plate on top of each lea spring. I swapped those plates onto the travco springs wich also helped take up the slack of the ubolt width. The axle then bolted right up.\n
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\nMy plans for next weekend are getting new brake lines made and im installing a hydro boost.
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Re: 1972 270 axle swap

Unread post by 77Travco » Wed Feb 28, 2018 4:52 pm

Sweet!\nDid the steering linkage bolt right up?

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Re: 1972 270 axle swap

Unread post by Acesneights » Wed Feb 28, 2018 9:36 pm

I thought about doing this to my old one but with F550 Axles with rear disc.
1977 Travco 270 Elite\n1974 Travco 220 Parts unit

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Re: 1972 270 axle swap

Unread post by dirtydeno » Thu Mar 01, 2018 8:47 am

The steering was identical to the old axle and bolted right up.

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Re: 1972 270 axle swap

Unread post by 77Travco » Thu Mar 01, 2018 12:11 pm

dirtydeno wrote:The steering was identical to the old axle and bolted right up.
\n\nVery good to know!

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Re: 1972 270 axle swap

Unread post by rjsdotorg » Wed Mar 07, 2018 12:26 am

Did you lubricate the springs?\nA mechanic friend swears it makes a real difference.

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Re: 1972 270 axle swap

Unread post by dirtydeno » Thu Mar 08, 2018 8:51 am

Nope.

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