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Old April 13th, 2014, 03:48 PM   #61
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Sanding/prepping the coil springs for a fresh coat of Eastwood Extreme Chassis Black Satin paint spurred me thinking about the added weight of the cab on the front end of the F350 frame. I haven't been horribly concerned, as people throw heavy plows on the front of these things all the time. However, I wanted a little piece of mind with having that much weight that forward on the frame.

It looks like I definitely lucked out with the purchase of this 2005 F350 front frame half (below). The donor vehicle was equipped with a 6.0L Powerstroke, which I found has a dry weight of 920 lbs. (or 966 lbs. with oil). By comparison, the Jeep 4.0L that will power this truck weighs around 515 lbs...a 400-lb.+ difference! While I'm not certain what the FC cab weighs, I'd guess that it's between 300-400 lbs. I don't know what "code" my coil springs are, but I'm willing to bet that they're at the stiffest end of the spectrum in regards to spring rate.

The OEM radius arms have now been top-coated, and are in indoor storage until which time the axle is painted, and ready for install under the cab & chassis frame.

I also ran the BOM on the front axle, and it came back as a Dana "Super 60". What does this mean? Confusion, in most circles. The axle tube has a 3.75" diameter (1/2" wall thickness), bigger ring & pinion, and in some axles, bigger u-joints. All 2005+ Dana 60s have 35-spline shafts, so strength in this truck will not be an issue. I'll just have to have RockSolid Performance regear it to 4.30 at some point to match the rear.




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Old April 20th, 2014, 06:31 PM   #62
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I made some minor progress on Saturday. All accessories have been removed from the 2005 F350 Dana 60, and it's now ready to be wire-wheeled, sanded & painted. More Eastwood Extreme Chassis Black paint is en route.


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Old May 4th, 2014, 09:23 PM   #63
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Several hours of combined orbital sander, wire-wheel-on-a-drill, and old-school hand sanding later, one of the F350 front coil springs is now sanded/primed. I could have just sprayed over the difficult undercoating overspray, but this is the kind of work/detail that of like to think sets my Jeep builds apart from the pack. Forgive my messy makeshift paint booth...er, shed.






I also got the Dana 60 front axle loaded on the dolly, and ready to bring into RockSolid Performance next weekend for new U-joints & ball joints (both preventative maintenance before cleaning up, painting & installing the axle). Yes, the axle will be strapped down better before hauling it.


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Old May 10th, 2014, 10:23 PM   #64
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A H-U-G-E thanks to Robert at RockSolid Performance for being such a great teacher, and helping me learn how to replace front axle U-joints & ball joints on my Dana 60. It gave me peace of mind having him walk me through it, as he does this stuff in his sleep, and it's the first time I have done it.

While I was at it, I prettied up the inner knuckles & Cs, and hit them with a coat of Eastwood Rust Encapsulator. The rest of the axle will be cleaned up & painted soon...or eventually, anyway.



Back home, and ready to be cleaned up & painted.

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Old May 10th, 2014, 10:25 PM   #65
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Looking good Craig. Always loved the FC's.
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Old May 11th, 2014, 08:11 AM   #66
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Old May 11th, 2014, 08:26 AM   #67
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Looking good Craig. Always loved the FC's.
Thanks Vince.


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Old May 13th, 2014, 09:12 PM   #68
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Teaser (too excited not to share). This = In the works...


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Old May 15th, 2014, 01:28 AM   #69
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awesome. I'm subscribed. I've got the EXACT same axle going into the front of my TJ. Not sure what I wanna do for suspension right now, since the driver's side radius arm mount is that massive cast chunk.

Looks good though, keep it up
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Old May 17th, 2014, 05:39 PM   #70
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awesome. I'm subscribed. I've got the EXACT same axle going into the front of my TJ. Not sure what I wanna do for suspension right now, since the driver's side radius arm mount is that massive cast chunk.

Looks good though, keep it up
Thanks, Schvin.



Jeep work is on hold this weekend, as I married my incredible bride this morning. WOOT!!!




I will post up these pretty, painted Dana 60 inner knuckles & Cs after new U-joints & ball joints last weekend. The rest of the axle will be cleaned up soon, but there are bigger priorities at the moment - my wedding today, and...




...arranging pick-up of several more Jeep FCs/parts in a couple weeks). I'm buying all of these as a package deal, and couldn't be happier with the find! The seller is very friendly & knowledgible, and has been great to work with. I'll be getting a 16K-mile FC170 (gray), a restorable FC150, a rough FC170, a nice FC150 cab (yellow, originally from Colorado), and a rough FC170 cab (blue), a rolling FC170 frame/chassis, and a FC150 chassis, among other misc. parts. It'll take 2-3 trips to get it all home, but it's worth it, IMHO.


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Old May 17th, 2014, 05:41 PM   #71
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Congrats Craig!!!
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Old May 17th, 2014, 06:16 PM   #72
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Thats a large amount of FC. Nice score Craig
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Old May 17th, 2014, 06:22 PM   #73
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You're going to need a bigger back yard.

Cudos on the nuptials.
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Old May 17th, 2014, 11:54 PM   #74
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Congrats Craig!

Holy cow where are you going to put all these things?
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Old May 18th, 2014, 09:14 AM   #75
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Congrats! Build looks good too!
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Awesome man! Good find


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Old May 18th, 2014, 04:27 PM   #77
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Congtrats on the FC 150/170's round-up.

And a BIGGER Congratulations on getting Hitched, You two (Craig & Amy) look great together. Cheers

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Old May 18th, 2014, 04:28 PM   #78
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Old June 2nd, 2014, 08:12 PM   #79
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Thanks guys! I'm a lucky man!

Little progress has happened on my project, as I have been busy hauling this FC170 (and several other FCs & FC parts) home. I still have one load to get, and can't wait to sort through all the parts.


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Good find for sure! You should have plenty of parts now. Let me know if you plan to sell a complete parts vehicle. These things are cool!

Congrats!!
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