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Old August 17th, 2010, 11:25 AM   #421
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Old August 17th, 2010, 03:36 PM   #422
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Both now!



Just when I thought I was done welding aluminum, I spent another day doing it....
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Old August 21st, 2010, 11:43 AM   #423
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Old August 21st, 2010, 01:01 PM   #424
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Radials..... and 35's.... COMPLETELY different than the comp versions which are only 37's and 40's.

I want to see some more pics of what you're working on.

edit: After searching, I cant find what I was looking for... Didnt you post up some pictures of that rear axle in your avitar?

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Old August 21st, 2010, 07:41 PM   #425
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Been checking out your build again. You've got mad skills Bryce. This is looking really good. Keep up the great work!

BTW, those pipes are sweet. You could make some serious dough in the hotrod market.
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Old August 22nd, 2010, 11:05 AM   #426
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Radials..... and 35's.... COMPLETELY different than the comp versions which are only 37's and 40's.

I want to see some more pics of what you're working on.

edit: After searching, I cant find what I was looking for... Didnt you post up some pictures of that rear axle in your avitar?
I used to work for Ross Hoek building Pro-2's for CORR,WSORR,TORC full time but with the economy the way it is he is'nt selling alot of em so i just help out once and a while. I didnt post any pics before all the pics i have are old school photos. the trepadors i have are from a friend who still races. I dont know how scanning will work maybee i,ll give it a shot one of these days
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Old August 22nd, 2010, 11:48 AM   #427
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I used to work for Ross Hoek building Pro-2's for CORR,WSORR,TORC full time but with the economy the way it is he is'nt selling alot of em so i just help out once and a while.
Ok, I must have a bad memory then...

So, these rear axles... I know they get heat treated but I'm wondering if you have seen if it's common to heat treat them after all of the brackets and tabs are on or they just heat treat the tubes and center section?
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Old August 22nd, 2010, 12:59 PM   #428
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the way we do it is to have the snouts and brackets welded onto the tubes, and the center section and brackets welded as much as possible. then they are hardened to 32-34 rc. after hardening we would finish weld the 3 pieces together. after finish welding we built a massive fixture for stress relief. the rule of thumb for stress relief is for the part to be at 900* for 1 hour per inch of material thickness so the thicker the material that your fixture the better ours was mostly 2" crs this allows the part to be stress relieved to come up to temp way before the fixture has time to heat up and move.
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Old August 22nd, 2010, 01:52 PM   #429
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Great info, Thanks!

I dream of fully heat treated and stress relieved axles some day..... The problem being the fixtures will cost as much or more than just the axle!
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It's getting closer.... Just a couple things left.

Got rid of the too big band saw and got something better sized for the shop.

It should be a nice upgrade from the $200 special that's been on its last leg for a while now.



Just a couple more tools to upgrade/buy and then it might be time to keep an eye out for a 4020 VMC.
ok, I'm dreaming a little bit there but maybe some day!

I'll get some "almost finished" pics up before the teardown.
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Old September 10th, 2010, 05:26 PM   #431
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That's what's left.... It's going to feel really wrong to take it all apart.

Hopefully the driveshaft parts will be in next week so I dont have much of a hold up. At this point I have no idea how long it's going to take after it's painted but if it's anything like a full body build, it should be a couple weeks to a month at most.
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Old September 11th, 2010, 12:11 AM   #432
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Looks like a pro mod to me.... Too bad I missed the boat by about 2 years...









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Old September 11th, 2010, 12:43 AM   #433
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very nice!

you have a lot of welding to do!
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Looks good Bryce. Oh, you don't have any headlights.
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Old September 11th, 2010, 06:43 AM   #435
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Are those bolts there just for mock up? Or are they really short Kleco's or something?
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Old September 11th, 2010, 08:16 AM   #436
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Those are just some m6's in there for the initial fit and placement. Once it's welded and warped, the holes will get opened up for m8's. That helps so the holes don't have to be any larger than they need to be. That skid plate will be a stressed member so it needs to fit nice and snug.
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Thats cool. I was just thinking from a rock snag perspective. Looking good though!
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Old September 11th, 2010, 10:39 AM   #438
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I hate countersunk fasteners so I'm just going to use a standard bolt and stover nut with the head of the bolt taking the hits. When one gets torn up too much, it'll just get swapped out. If one gets mangled to the point you cant get a socket on it, I'll just cut the head off. It's worked pretty well in the past so I'm going to see how it works for this setup. I might have to weld it all up if it looks like it moves too much when the winch pulls on it.
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Old September 11th, 2010, 11:01 AM   #439
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you may want to move your pcm,im not sure about the GM units we were running FAST units and we had issues with them getting hot and not working but they were fine after it cooled down.
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I thought about the ECM location but I dont think it's going to get any more heat than where it gets placed in factory vehicles. In my trailblazer the ECM is located roughly between the radiator and the alternator. I have no doubt that it's seeing close to a couple hundred degrees at times and where I have it on the firewall it should have more airflow than in the OEM location. I may wrap the headers or put in some heat shields if it looks like it and the interior are getting too hot but for now, I'm just getting things done, I can always change them later.

The teardown has begun!
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