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Old April 24th, 2011, 11:36 PM   #1
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After years of planning and changing plans, I'm getting started on one of the bigger and more fun builds that are on my plate. This should be a blast to build and a great rig for all types of wheeling. The plan is to build a short, fat, strong, and generally bad ass full bodied Cummins powered rig to fit 40-46" tires.

I picked up this truck from a friend of mine who put a bunch of time into fixing up the truck, only to have his brother in law wreck it. He fixed it again and had a string of bad luck with transfer cases and a bad rear drive shaft. It broke for the last time on him and he called me to bring a trailer, some cash, and haul it home. I think the transmission input is twisted off this time. Easy fix.

Anyway, on to the pics and build up...

The lucky victim!
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Old April 24th, 2011, 11:40 PM   #2
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Picked up a short bed from a local yard. This will get cut down another eight inches or so in the front and possibly some in the rear as well. It seems relatively rot free, with just some surface rust here and there. One wheel lip is rusted, but that part will be cut out anyway.
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Old April 24th, 2011, 11:47 PM   #3
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Pulled the old bed, dropped the tank, driveshaft, and pulled most of the wiring forward. Cut off the rear of the frame, leaving the rails a bit long, just in case I decide to keep the shortbed full length. (doubtful) I moved the stock springs and hangars ahead 24 inches, and drilled a few holes to bolt them back on. The rear end is still at stock height. I will adjust the rear ride height to match the front after the front is decided on.
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Old April 24th, 2011, 11:50 PM   #4
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started dropping the front end out, but it got dark out and didn't finish dropping it. I put bare wheels on the front so I could drop it down lower and keep the brakes out of the dirt, yet keep it high enough to get the jack underneath.
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Old April 25th, 2011, 12:45 AM   #5
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Wow, have a few Rams about.
Fun idea, I like it.
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Old April 25th, 2011, 08:34 PM   #6
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i like where your going with this, cant wait to see more progress
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Old April 26th, 2011, 12:11 PM   #7
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Got the axle on the ground, then two and a half hours getting the axle jacked up enough to fit the tires on. Most frustrating thing I've done in a long time.

The axle is moved ahead about 18" as of now. I was originally going to move it ahead about 24-27", but I think this will package quite well. Standard steering will be tougher this way, but full hydraulic was originally the plan. I have been thinking more and more of using a standard steering gearbox and such lately, but I am not sure. The only drawback to full hydraulic is the on road legality issue. I need to do more research on this.

The tires belong to "Cartman", but are the same size as the SXII's I plan to use, so they are great for mock up. Thanks a bunch Cartman!

The front axle will be changed out in favor of a Ford Super 60, so this is about as far as I can go on the front end.

The ground is uneven where I am working on the truck, so the front axle is a little bit lower on the passenger side. The passenger side is about at ride height in the photo's. The drivers side will be about two inches higher.
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Old April 26th, 2011, 12:17 PM   #8
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Here I taped off and painted (the tape) how the fenders will be cut. I am still trying to figure out how I want the rear radius to come into the original opening radius.

The mailman dropped these off yesterday!!

Evolution Machine joints, jams, threaded bungs, and grade 8 bolts and pinch type lock nuts.

These are very nice and look pretty beefy.
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Old April 26th, 2011, 12:30 PM   #9
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Nice!
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Old April 27th, 2011, 12:38 AM   #10
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Can't wait to see the final product!
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Old April 27th, 2011, 04:50 AM   #11
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Old April 27th, 2011, 09:15 AM   #12
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F'n rain. Metal work in the rain is little fun. I guess I need to clean up the shop a bit and get these sleds and ramcharger done.
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Old April 27th, 2011, 09:55 AM   #13
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Old April 27th, 2011, 10:10 AM   #15
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such a nice cummins....
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I had to go to town for bolts, cutting disks and a step drill. It stopped raining shortly after I got home and was able to drill out about an hours worth of spot welds before all my batteries were dead. I guess its off to go prune apple trees while the batteries charge.
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I got the spot welds all drilled out for the front wall, shortening it should be pretty easy, with just a few minor complications.
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Old April 30th, 2011, 08:36 AM   #19
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Got the box shortened up and welded back together. Next is deciding the fender cut lines, and cutting away.
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