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Old June 25th, 2017, 11:29 AM   #141
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Back at it after a few weeks in rehab. Well, PT for ripping my hamstring playing with my daughter back on Mothers Day.

I've wanted to add a fab table to the shop for a while. I had gone back and forth on buying a kit, buying raw materials, or buying one already built. Yesterday I picked this up, and it's good enough for my use. 4x8 1/2 top that is flat enough for my measuring skills.

Now to get it in place and get back to narrowing my front axle.

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Old July 16th, 2017, 12:31 PM   #142
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Cutting has begun.

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Old July 16th, 2017, 03:56 PM   #143
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Old tube is pressed out of the knuckle. Always a fun job.

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Old September 17th, 2017, 02:20 PM   #144
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Back at it. Knuckle is on and tacked. Will take it to be welded on a bigger welder than my 175.

I put the alignment bar in it, and it's not just good.. it's good enough.

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Old September 17th, 2017, 05:51 PM   #145
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Old September 18th, 2017, 04:14 PM   #146
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1/2" thick fab table, wow, beefy! Nice find! I did something similar but I lopped the legs off, put some 4" steel casters on the bottom, and fab'd up some adjustable legs. Screw down the legs, set it level were ever ya want, screw the legs up and roll it into the corner when your done with it.
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Old September 19th, 2017, 08:34 AM   #147
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It has screw down legs, but no casters. I find that 2 floor jacks works well enough to move it so far. Casters may be down the road, but who am I kidding... I'm the laziest SOB when it comes to making my life easier.
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Old October 6th, 2017, 03:45 PM   #148
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Got the Ford 205 and TH400 bolted together. I swapped the short 32 spline Chevy input into the case.

2 bolts don't match up, but this was expected based on what I read. I need to modify the trans extension for the shifter, and the input bearing retainer on the 205 needs a little clearancing.

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Old October 15th, 2017, 04:32 PM   #149
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Removed factory brackets and cleaned up the center section on my 14 bolt. What a dirty job, glad it's over.

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With clocking the 205 so high, are you gonna trim the top corner off for better floorboard clearance?
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Old October 16th, 2017, 07:13 AM   #152
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With clocking the 205 so high, are you gonna trim the top corner off for better floorboard clearance?
It's been on my list of things to do.

I decided I wanted it clocked a little lower, so I rotated it down a few degrees from where the picture shows. I had to drill a new pattern in the np205. It moved the shifter from midway between the 2 bolts to closer to the lower bolt. Any more and I'd have to clock quite a bit to get to the other side of the bolt. It went from the front output being a few degrees higher than the input to a few lower.

The lower corner is still above the bottom of the trans pan, so it won't hang too low. I think it's a good compromise to manage the size of the 205.
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I ended up doing similar to the old buggy. Decided to clock it down. I was able to get enough clearance I didn't have to modify the case.
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Old October 16th, 2017, 07:28 PM   #154
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Cut off the corner and plated with 1/4 plate. Preheated, welded, peened, post heat, and gift wrapped. We will see if it cracked tomorrow.

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Old October 17th, 2017, 03:48 PM   #155
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Happy with the result.

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Old October 17th, 2017, 04:36 PM   #157
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I wish. I'm just hoping I don't see it on hammered dog shit.

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Still have a few things left to do with the 205, but it's mostly cleaned up.

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Also think I need a shorter oil pan.

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Hanging out in the shop today and dodging my inlaws. I installed a Champ oil pan. It's 5.5" deep or about 3" less than a truck pan. It has internal baffles to help maintain oil pressure on climbs, is metal, and has integrated oil filter mount.

I ran one on the last car and it held pressure well and wasn't leaky. From what I understand it's built by same company as the Pac fab pan, but no built in skid plates. It was also cheaper and I'll be running a belly skid.

I also picked up a set of Mastercraft chicom seats after sitting in Al's at the Mounds. We will see how they hold up, but I'm not too worried since this will just be a trail beater.

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Old December 10th, 2017, 02:39 PM   #160
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Mockup with new pan. Gonna need to tweak something.

This is 7" up travel, drivetrain offset 2" to passenger. Camaro manifold dumps directly into driveshaft.

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