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Old October 14th, 2010, 06:55 PM   #81
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made some nice recovery recievers, since trailer balls are bad and the ones from harbor freight just seem to be lacking.

took some 2x2 .250 wall square and put a piece of 1"x1.5" solid stock in, and welded them up.

A few holes with the drill press and some clevis rings from fastenal and I think we have something here.







The bar does run all the way through the tube and the reciever pin goes through it as well.
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Old November 7th, 2010, 12:14 AM   #82
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I'm gonna have to move this thing to a diffirent section with all the problems I am having.

I think the idle is fixed. It runs up to about 1400 when I first start it up. After I drive it around and it gets warmed up, the idle drops to around 700 or less.

So to hell with that for now. On to bigger fish.

Now with and no more check engine lights, I filled up the tank and have been driving it around a bit.

Put a little over 100 miles on the rear tank. Filled it up again to calculate the mileage. 10mpg
Wth. I mean I expected a little drop, but this is crazy. Before I parked it, it had an engine with 264k on it, with a completly stock exhaust. 3.55 gears and 31" tires. I was getting around 14 mpg.

Now I have changed the rear axle to 4.10, but it is a sterling and not a 8.8. It has a new engine, and there is no catalytic converter at the moment. It also has headers and a 3" exhaust. ...With hardly any to no back pressure, maybe that is why the idle is so hhigh at startup, but anyway...
The tire change from 31" to 35" is significant, but the gear change should get me closer to stock ratio with 4.10s than the 31"s were @ 3.55.

I think a 4mpg loss is rediculous. Any ideas on fixing this? I mean I could remove the egr again, but that made things worse last time. I do want to drive this truck. It is not a trail truck only, otherwise I would have put 46" tires on it.

one final note, i did put a computer on it from a 93 since my computer is fried, any chance that played a role?
Well, that seems normal drop for what you've done. Bigger tires and bigger axles take more to move. Thats a lot more rotating mass. And when you lift a vehicle you can add more under body drag, blah blah blah...

A buddy of mine swapped in a D60 and a D50 with same gears and same size tires as he ran before. Just doing that he lost 5 mpg. For the egr, if your running obd-1, check this out
http://www.greatlakes4x4.com/showthread.php?t=139131
. Thats if you want to remove it again. It really won't run better unless your EGR or sensors are bad.

BTW, thats one hell of a pulling point you've made there. I think your frame will give before what you've made will.
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Old March 23rd, 2011, 08:23 PM   #83
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preparing for the next surgery...

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Old March 24th, 2011, 11:08 AM   #84
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hey whered you get that bracket or was that part of a kit?[/QUOTE]

x2 i can only find them for 2wd not 4wd.

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part # m971
ebay has em too
google and ebay didnt bring up anything with that part number.

btw nice ferd build
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Old September 27th, 2011, 07:58 AM   #85
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4bt engine build is complete!

took off the front end again



got the motor and trans out too


did some firewall clearancing too


diesel torque converter on a gas E4OD


Behold the new motor



more pics and updates soon (I hope)
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Old September 27th, 2011, 10:37 AM   #86
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Nice, can't wait to hear how the 4bt does.
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Old September 28th, 2011, 02:56 PM   #87
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Fibeerglass work is done, and it was a mess!!
Got some paint over it. Kinda looks like crap, but I don't really care, as I need to get a new cab soon anyway.


Got everything between the engine and trans together properly.


With a lot of effort, I finally got it all in.


Looks pretty level to me


I do think that the engine is tilted too far back though. I think I need to bring the front of the engine down.
Quite a lot of room here.


What do you guys think?
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Old October 1st, 2011, 07:38 PM   #88
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Was a busy day today

I pulled the motor and trans again. Decided to make my own mounting plates so the motor would sit lower and fix some of that angle.




I even matched them up


Motor sits much lower now, and I moved it forward a bit to help with some clearances.







Motor is level again


And sitting at 5 degrees now!


well at least I'm back to where I was yesterday, only I am happy with the way is sits now.
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Old November 1st, 2011, 06:59 PM   #89
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well, more exhause bends came in today, so I was able to finish the other intercooler pipe




I also recieved my ps pump, but I worry about the lateral play in it. I pressed the gear back on, and smashed up the back of the reservoir a little. I hope it will work.
Daylight is gone, so maybe I'll be able to install the pump tomorrow if I get home before the sun disappears!
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Old November 7th, 2011, 08:14 PM   #90
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got the plumbing all hooked up!
The new PS pump is working as well as the hydroboost.
Don't like the way it smokes at idle. The white stuff is pretty thick and making me and the neighbors cough. gotta do something about it.
I will get a video uploaded later







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Old January 17th, 2012, 08:18 PM   #92
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been a busy week







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I did not see any smoke what so ever. Was the timing off?
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don't think so, but it is there. Just a cheap camera is all. It is thick enough to make you hack up a lung anyway.
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I did not see any smoke what so ever. Was the timing off?
If you look close you can faintly see it.
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Old January 18th, 2012, 07:35 PM   #96
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put in another long day today. No rain, but it was only 20 something degrees out there.
I believe that I finished up the trans crossmember finally!

I also removed the bump stops and the coil buckets. Had to knock off some frame rust with the copper hammer and give it a quick coat of paint.


New buckets compared to the ones I bought 2 years ago


Looks pretty good


Boom! They are adjustable!


Looks rather centered, but actually I think it is setting the axle back a little bit. I moved the buckets as far forward as possible without having to cut or modify the frame more. All measurements are square though!
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Old January 18th, 2012, 07:44 PM   #97
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lookin good. saw this in person a few weeks ago slick build. keep up the good work.
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Old January 22nd, 2012, 09:49 AM   #98
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looking good bud.
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Nice build.

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Old February 19th, 2012, 07:44 PM   #100
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Well, did a lot of cutting and fabbing today. I have the lower coil mounts finished along with the reatiners. Not sure that they are going to stay in their exsisting location though. I did move them out from the frame by about 1" on either side. That might be too much. I just saw a lot of pics by everyone else and their setups seemed to have the springs comming in towards the frame and rubbing the upper coil bucket. I figured with a slight kickout at the bottom it would also help better when the spring compresses.
I might just have to make some tapered shims for the bottom.
I am trying to figure out why the coils are bowing, and any of these things could be the culprit. Anyway, the springs are used, so who knows

I had the steering installed the other day with a stock pitman arm, and the draglink was at 10 degrees. With the 4" drop pitman arm, it is now at 7 degrees, and I made the panhard bar to match.
Everything is tacked for now excluding the upper coil buckets.

Both the draglink and panhard bar are at 7 degrees, although it doesn't look like they align properly in the photos.

Let me know what you guys think, or if you have any helpful advice.











The jackstands have the axle at rideheight btw
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