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Old October 22nd, 2017, 05:53 PM   #61
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Old October 22nd, 2017, 08:35 PM   #62
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My new job opened up a whole new world of fab for me. I have learned a ton in the last year and my boss is pretty cool with government jobs so it works out good for me

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Old October 23rd, 2017, 08:39 AM   #63
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I think you should try to build the axle side pan-hard bar in a way that it is double sheer...? Nice looking work!
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Old October 23rd, 2017, 08:40 AM   #64
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Put my spare wrangler tire on to start getting an idea for the links...exhaust manifolds put a big monkey wrench on an upper link for either side, got some serious head scratching to do.
Are those stock truck manifolds? I picked up a set of camaro manifolds to try out when I get that far. I just pulled the broken exhaust bolts out this weekend in between rounds of painting small parts. I have them mocked up on the stand right now, and it looks like they are placed further back towards the firewall and point mostly straight down. It probably trades one set of problems for another.

I can grab a few pics if you're interested. I was able to find a clean set for $100, which was part of the reason to give them a shot.
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Old October 23rd, 2017, 08:56 AM   #65
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Are those stock truck manifolds? I picked up a set of camaro manifolds to try out when I get that far. I just pulled the broken exhaust bolts out this weekend in between rounds of painting small parts. I have them mocked up on the stand right now, and it looks like they are placed further back towards the firewall and point mostly straight down. It probably trades one set of problems for another.

I can grab a few pics if you're interested. I was able to find a clean set for $100, which was part of the reason to give them a shot.
Yea stock truck manifolds, it's looking like the passenger manifold dumps far enough back that I will be able run a link on that side, I just have to run the numbers in the 3 link calculator to confirm. I have good separation though and my upper link is near parallel to the ground so I don't think I'll have an issue. The only concern I have is the link will be to short but it's damn near the same length as my wrangler upper link and I have been very happy with that set up.

I also thought about a center dump manifold and then crossing the exhaust over by the oil pan but even that was looking tight.

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I got some good numbers to go off from in the 3 link calculator so I got the first round of laser cuts tacked together.



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Looks solid. Love the laser cut parts.
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Old November 1st, 2017, 08:19 AM   #68
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Looks solid. Love the laser cut parts.
Thanks! Laser cuts sure do make life a lot easier doing this kind of stuff...



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Old November 2nd, 2017, 07:04 AM   #69
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Spent a little time with the grinder last night getting the truss to sit as low as I can, it looks like I will have 5" of uptravel before the truss hits the frame


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could you shave the corner to get more uptravel, or was 5" your target?
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Old November 6th, 2017, 07:23 PM   #71
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could you shave the corner to get more uptravel, or was 5" your target?
I think I will be able to shave the inside corner of the frame to gain another inch but I want to see where everything else falls before doing that. If that's all I can get though I still think it will be plenty for what this build is intended for

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Old November 6th, 2017, 07:33 PM   #72
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Ordered my trans rebuild kit this weekend so I got the case all the way torn down and my parts organized to start the rebuild. I have been very happy with the TCI kit I put in my wrangler so I went with the same kit for the willys.



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Old November 22nd, 2017, 11:50 AM   #73
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Been slowly chipping away at the 3 link. The mounts are welded and tacked on the axle and I just got my links off the tube laser today. This weekend I will get the frame side mounts tacked into place and the links tacked together

Transmission progress slowed way down when I found a lot of the hard parts not included in the rebuild kit are worn more than I like.

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Old November 22nd, 2017, 06:19 PM   #74
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Those brackets look really nice, but where are your chamfers? Your welds look killer too! You are s master craftsman for sure. Keep it up.
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Old November 28th, 2017, 07:01 PM   #75
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Those brackets look really nice, but where are your chamfers? Your welds look killer too! You are s master craftsman for sure. Keep it up.
Thanks for the compliments!

Link mounts are all tacked in place now, next up is the track bar



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Looking good. Now for the fun of packaging steering and track bar. Are you going to build with track bar flat at full bump or shoot for flat at ride height?
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Looking good. Now for the fun of packaging steering and track bar. Are you going to build with track bar flat at full bump or shoot for flat at ride height?
I will shoot for flat at full bump. I will try and get a picture tonight but the way I made my wrangler axle mount and how I plan to do the willys one is a piece of 1.25" od x .25" wall tube tied into the inner c gusset. This makes the track bar low on the axle side but as a trade off I gain a couple inches in track bar length over a traditional style axle mount

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Here is the start of the track bar mount. A 3/4" bolt runs all the way through the tube for the heim joint. Once it is in the final location it will get fully gusseted, I have had this setup on my wrangler for 4 years now with zero issues



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I'm still undecided on steering. The tie rod is currently on top of the knuckle and I would like to keep it that way, so my options are either get the knuckle drilled and tapped for high steer or use the 1 ton tie rod setup with the hole for a drag link. I also need to decide on a steering box yet. I would like to use a Durango box to keep the trend of having all the same parts as my wrangler, but I also like the boxes that bolt to the frame and sit on top of the frame rail

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Old December 20th, 2017, 08:05 PM   #80
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The cold has seriously slowed down progress but I'm still moving forward. Transgel is useless when it gets cold so I need to get my uninsulated barn up to 60 degrees and keep it there to be able to get stuff to slide together nicely.

TCI was nice enough to include an upgraded 3-4 clutch pack but not nice enough to include a thinner apply plate to get the right clearances... Once I get the right one though I will have all the sub assemblies together and I can finish getting the guts of the case installed

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