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Old January 18th, 2014, 10:45 PM   #41
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Love this thing already looks like it's going to be killer man


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Old January 18th, 2014, 11:04 PM   #42
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Old January 19th, 2014, 06:31 AM   #43
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Hopefully the radius arms are there and the bolts for them.
Yes, I'm getting the whole front half of the frame (still assembled).



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Thanks guys. It'll be a slow build, but it's coming together. I'm shooting for 1 1/2 - 2 years to build it.
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Old January 21st, 2014, 05:52 PM   #44
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Old January 21st, 2014, 06:20 PM   #45
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Old January 24th, 2014, 07:08 PM   #46
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More parts falling into place...

My girls helped me tear down a '92 Cherokee last weekend (in & out in 24 hours). In the course of doing so, we got some almost-new brake pads & rotors for 13-year-old Mira's (left) '97 XJ 2-door, and an engine to use for mock-up in my FC project (actually, I'm trading this good-running engine for a bad engine plus a little cash). The girls earned some extra $$$ for their hard work, and we all celebrated the completion of the tear-down by going to see the movie "Frozen", which was a lot of fun.

The Cherokee also kindly donated a "mock-up" NP-231 (it's actually a functioning t-case), as well. I have a loaner AW4 auto coming soon, too.





Underneath this snow lies my new-to-me 2005 F350 Dana 60 and complete front suspension (and rear leaf springs, not shown), which I'm picking up tomorrow morning. These bolt-on parts will get me into a (semi-)rolling status in no time.





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Old January 24th, 2014, 07:48 PM   #47
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Looks like you have all the hard parts now. Now you get dirty.
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Old January 24th, 2014, 09:10 PM   #48
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Old January 24th, 2014, 11:13 PM   #49
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Sweet build.
It will be interesting to see how you fit the cab around the coils.
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Old January 26th, 2014, 09:34 AM   #50
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It will be interesting to see how you fit the cab around the coils.
Thanks cerial. Based on dimensions of the stock & F350 frames, I think it'll be very simple, actually. The F350 frame is ~10" wider up front than the stock frame. The inside vertical surface of the fenderwells on the cab align with the outside edge of the stock frame. I think the F350 coil buckets will just nest up into the fenderwells perfectly.
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Old March 8th, 2014, 05:12 AM   #51
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There hasn't been a lot of wrenching yet due to the sub-zero and/or single-digit temps and an incredibly busy schedule, but I do have a few updates.

I want to give a HUGE thanks to booster here on GreatLakes4x4 for giving me two (2) of these steelies with decent tires for FREE (it definitely helps me stick to my low budget!!!). I bought/rounded up the remaining wheels & tires, and some OEM front dually adapters from MARTIN HASSENGER here on GL. I'll stick with the steelies for my build, and may resell the two aluminum ones I ended up with, or keep them around as spares...who knows at this point. I got the rear springs and wheels/tires mounted up, and positioned under the rear of the vehicle. Last week, I also bought a set of of new U-bolts (AB Spring Service in GR) for the rear.

It looks like my friends at RockSolid Performance will be making me some front caliper adapters so I can fun smaller calipers/rotors, allowing me to use the 16" wheels on the front. They'll also do some very minor machining on the DRW spacers to fit over the 2005 hubs.

I also sold my Millermatic 135 welder, and bought a (230V) Millermatic 211. Given the thickness of the F350 C&C frame, the stronger welder will definitely be helpful! I have been eyeing the 211 for several years.

That's all for now. Hopefully, updates will occur more regularly now that spring is right around the corner. #PolarVortexFingWithMyProjectTimeline


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Old March 23rd, 2014, 07:06 PM   #52
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I opted to buy new springs seats (coil spring/shock towers) rather than cut the existing ones off the donor frame. I bolted up on the new frame with 7/16" bolts, but they're a little loose in the holes; the rivets I removed were a VERY tight fit, and required a good pounding with a small sledge & punch. I'll use these bolts for mock-up, but will replace them with either Grade 8 or Grade 9 (recommended by the dealership) before final assembly.




I also got the 2005 Dana 60 and all suspension parts removed from the donor frame today. With the weather breaking here in the "forever Winter" state (Michigan), I hope to get it bolted into the new frame in the next couple weeks.

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Old March 26th, 2014, 05:56 AM   #53
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Not sure how missed this one, but it's pretty sweet. Good luck with it Craig, can't wait to see how it turns out.
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Old March 26th, 2014, 06:28 AM   #54
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Not sure how missed this one, but it's pretty sweet. Good luck with it Craig, can't wait to see how it turns out.

Thanks John. I've enjoyed watching the ongoing progress on yours, too.
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Old April 6th, 2014, 01:33 PM   #55
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Well, the weather is finally breaking here (finally!), and I made some decent progress on my project this weekend. First and foremost, I now 220V power in the garage thanks to my friend Ron, so I'll be able to start using my new Millermatic 211 (I used a Millermatic 135 for years, and absolutely loved it).



I also got the garage organized a bit. I found these bushings that I purchased years ago to use for a project, but didn't end up using them. I now plan on using them to build a custom tilt cab mount (the stock FC170 mounts are fixed, and don't allow the cab to tilt to better access the engine.)


I expect that they'll end up being similar to these, only lower-profile:


I also wire-wheeled/sanded the '05 F350 radius arms, and got a coat of Eastwood primer on them. Once the finish coat is done, I'll use some Eastwood internal frame coating on them.





I started lightly sanding the coil springs to prep them for paint, but it took longer than expected, as the donor truck was undercoated, and they had a healthy coating just on the outside surface of the springs. I'll pick up on that work the next time I work on the truck.

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Old April 6th, 2014, 08:47 PM   #56
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Nice welder, I bought the same one last year. Your going to like having 220 in the garage ;) Given the size of your rig, your going to like the extra power. I doubt you will use the full duty cycle of the 211.... has a ton of juice for how small it is!
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Old April 8th, 2014, 10:22 AM   #57
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IF you need FC150 or 170 parts let me know. I have a real good 170 frame with axles. D44 frt and D53 rear 4.88 gears I also have body and engine parts, 1 fc150 and 2 fc170

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IF you need FC150 or 170 parts let me know. I have a real good 170 frame with axles. D44 frt and D53 rear 4.88 gears

Hey jeepbob, I'll keep it in mind. While mine won't be using any of the original frame/drivetrain, I'm looking at a group of FC150s that I may be purchasing, as well.

You don't happen to have any solid cabs, do you?
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Old April 8th, 2014, 10:39 AM   #59
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Awesome build! This will make for one sweet tow rig! Great work Craig!
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Nice welder, I bought the same one last year. Your going to like having 220 in the garage ;) Given the size of your rig, your going to like the extra power. I doubt you will use the full duty cycle of the 211.... has a ton of juice for how small it is!
Can't wait to try it out!


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Awesome build! This will make for one sweet tow rig! Great work Craig!

Thanks Curtis. Much appreciated.
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