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Old February 15th, 2010, 07:04 PM   #101
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As a matter of fact................I've started to make some progress.
I was properly 'schooled' in what is now a properly engineered rear truss. So two weeks into it, it looks something like this. (pic coming) Lots to go still but want to vehicle to stop this time instead of slow down gradually.......Actually the brakes were pretty good but I was kick arse brakes. These should do the trick with 13.35" Dodge rotors (pic also coming)
And before anyone brings the dam subject up again. It IS goingto get some sort of cab/ROPS structure. I just don't know what it looks like yet as the cab is still flat!
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Old February 26th, 2010, 09:03 PM   #102
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Can't wait to see the progress.
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Old February 27th, 2010, 10:28 AM   #103
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He procrastinates worse than I do sometimes.... I'll tell him to get off his ass and put pictures up, it's only been 2 weeks...
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Old February 27th, 2010, 10:25 PM   #104
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OK, pics.........
I started with single rear wheel D60 and to get the 65" WMS I was looking for I had to widen the axle. I'll also got 35 spline Moser axles which should make it relative worry free. I'll stick with my Detroits and 5.88:1 as I didn't have a problem before and I don't really like a spool for street use.
Even though my rear truss design with the D44 hadn't caused any problem, I was 'informed' that tube upper mounts were 'yesterdays' news. So after about a week of debating and sketching, I came up with this. Should work....and it was approved.
Next was the rear shock mount. I made a concious effort to make the truck as low as possible, although that was my intention last time around. I managed to get approx 1" lower but but it would come with a few creative brackets to make it work. The rear mount is below axle C/L/. I've still got a few straps to wrap up and over the axle from the back side of the mount.
Front was and always will be a 'rats nest. However it all fits! I've got a inside forward facing PSC box and I'm still running A/C. Trying to get all that between 33" frame rails is just a little challenge. Steering arms are a custom design I did and Brannick Motorsports cut them out for me.
Drag link and tie rod are solid 7075 and threaded for 7/8" hiems. I'm going to do a double shear on both ends once I get back working on the front.
One of the downside to making it as low as I am is that the hydraulic assist ram is just above axle C/L but still out front. I plan on doing a skid plate to give it some extra protection. The assist bracket it attached to the front diff cover which I did last time and had no rear problems with it.
Last but not least is the brakes. 13.25 Dodge rotors and Wilwood twin piston calipers. These are a D52 mounts so if by chance I have a problem in the field, any full size Chevy front brake caliper will work in a pinch. The calipers are twin 2" so it gives me additional braking force and going from 11" rotors to the big Dodge's should finally give me some substantually better braking power. So on to the front tomorrow to see if I can have it sitting on all 4's by Sunday night. Gonna be close.
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Old March 13th, 2010, 09:31 PM   #105
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Body off today........relatively easy, not CJ or TJ easy but still came off ok. HUGE bang when it finally cleared the body mount bolts. Apparently the right side, which took the brunt of the hit, were not coming out of the mount holes cleanly. Seemed to indicate something was tweaked in the accident.
So after rolling the chassis was out I dropped plumb bobs on all 8 body mounts and 'X' marks the spot on the floor. After measuring lengthwise and crosswise it appears the frame is less than 1/8" out of square. This is most likely within production tolerances and shouldn't cause to many problems loading the new body on. So it appears as though the body took the majority of the hit when it landed on the roof both the first and second time! I did find one body mount a bit low which was the result of hitting the tree right above my head but that's pretty simple to fix. I did find the front right hand frame horn kicked down about 1/2" at the front. Probably not enough to worry about but I have the necessary 'I' beam to set up and push the frame horn back up a bit.
Now comes the final welding of the front suspension and building the caliper brackets for the Dodge 13.25" rotors. It's amazing how large those rotors actually are. The front Tracker 15" rims just barely fit over the rotor. Also need to get the rear caliper brackets designed up next.
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Old March 13th, 2010, 09:37 PM   #106
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NICE!

Cant wait to see this beast rolling agian.
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Old March 13th, 2010, 09:38 PM   #107
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And I like the new rubber choice. HaHaHa
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Old March 13th, 2010, 11:42 PM   #108
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damn dude those tires still have nipples, gonna be sweet when its done
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Old March 14th, 2010, 06:00 AM   #109
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sweet TRACKER gitrdone
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Old March 14th, 2010, 07:26 AM   #110
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Glad it came off OK. I have been expecting a call to give a hand with that but looks like the hoist did a nice job for you.
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Old March 14th, 2010, 09:05 AM   #111
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It was actual easier than I thought it was going to be. The ECM wiring harness and body harness separated easier than I thought it would. Need to dig into the engine and see how bad it got hurt. If I've got to pull the crank and get it turned, I may just go get the upgraded engine that adds 20 hp.
I can't quite see the light at the end of the tunnel but I hope it's getting close.
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Old March 19th, 2010, 07:36 AM   #112
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I hear the bearings were still like new.

Anymore progress?
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Old March 19th, 2010, 09:38 AM   #113
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ya, it looked too good to be true... He put it back together last night and plans on running it. If the knocking clears up with some more run time it may have just been a lack of oil pressure somewhere or it'll show up at the worst time I'm sure.

I was really looking forward to being a dick to him like he was to me while I was putting my engine back together. Grinding and making a huge ass mess when he's trying to build his engine and keep it clean..... o'well, theres always next time!
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Old March 19th, 2010, 09:58 AM   #114
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I was really looking forward to poking him to finally putting a V8 in it and making it a "real" truck.
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Old March 19th, 2010, 10:01 AM   #115
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Old March 19th, 2010, 03:13 PM   #116
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looking good! I really like the rear truss too!
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Old March 19th, 2010, 03:36 PM   #117
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I was really looking forward to poking him to finally putting a V8 in it and making it a "real" truck.
8.1L chevy would fit nice in there! probably add a few horsepower too.

looks good jim.
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Old March 19th, 2010, 03:58 PM   #118
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some good axle shots...just what this rig needed
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Old March 22nd, 2010, 03:27 PM   #119
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Old March 28th, 2010, 09:15 PM   #120
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That's the messiest the shop has been in years. To many dam projects going on a once that are of major stature.
Anyhow, axles 98% complete. Rear needs bump stop landing which I put in once the axle goes back in and I spot the bullseye and the rear brake caliper bracket need to be welded on.
Front is 90% complete. I need 1 bump stop landing and the skid plate brackets to protect the hydro assist need to be welded and of course the brakes need to be finished. Front is 10 lbs of shit in a 5 lb bag. Left side has bump stop, trackbar mount, lower control arm mount, and air shock mount all packaged in a 10" space. Left side doesn't show it but it's just as crowded with other side of track bar and steering gear. I managed to get the ride height about 1" lower which may not sound like much but when this thing is stuffed, there's bairly enough room for light to shine through.
Tentative plan right now is April 10th to do the body swap. This will involve pulling the new body and setting it in it's new home and then getting the flat Tracker on 'hillbilly' jack stands off the trailer and set down on the doner frame.
Will supply pizza for any volunteers will to lend a hand.
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