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Old September 21st, 2015, 08:02 AM   #41
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I got the bracket all made up for the bed yesterday and bolted to it. I have to make mounts to the chassis and bed still to put them together. I also tried to roll the edges of the bed, that was an epic fail. I'll have to come up with a way to do that when I get a chance.

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Old September 25th, 2015, 03:56 AM   #42
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My wife and I got the floor installed and mostly bolted in last night. I'll get the rest of the bolts today. The bed is still not fastened to the chassis yet, I have to make mounts still. I set the radiator in place just to eye ball how I might wanti t to sit.

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Old November 27th, 2015, 01:28 PM   #43
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Reverse manual valve body is in. Tomorrow I will be installing the high stall converter. I have front and rear drive shafts now and need to have them lengthened, just the rear for now until I have a front axle in place. I also need to get bearing retainers for the 205 one day. I may start reworking the floor tomorrow or Sunday also
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Old November 27th, 2015, 05:37 PM   #44
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I might have missed it but I can't remember reading, what thickness did you use on the bed?
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Old November 27th, 2015, 06:36 PM   #45
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Hell, I never even checked. It's thick enough and has enough bends in it it won't be a worry by the time I'm done with it and it's thick enough I can't roll the damn edges of the bed no matter what I've done so far! I'm going to mount an 1/8" or so plate to the front inside bed floor bolt that down and mount the coolers to it.
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Old November 27th, 2015, 07:42 PM   #46
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Hey John could you post the dimensions of your pickup bed, thx.
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Old November 27th, 2015, 08:00 PM   #47
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65-1/2x44" by 22" deep. I wanted the bed to stick out past the chassis 1" on the side. Once I link the rear suspension and ditch the springs I'll cut another foot or so off the back of the chassis. I deliberately made it too short for now
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Old November 28th, 2015, 03:42 PM   #48
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Torque converter is installed, I just need to put the bolts in the fly wheel. I made a bracket for the coolers and bolted the radiator to it. I need to finish it and bolted the condenser (trans cooler) and power steering cooler to it also. Here's a partially complete picture.
I found an 1/8" plate to mount the cooler bracket too for the bed. My plan is to bolt the plate to the bed frame and then mount the bracket to the plate on the floor. I like overkill. I'll get some Taurus/sable electric fans for cooling.
My plans for the engine are changing...

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Hell, I never even checked. It's thick enough and has enough bends in it it won't be a worry by the time I'm done with it and it's thick enough I can't roll the damn edges of the bed no matter what I've done so far! I'm going to mount an 1/8" or so plate to the front inside bed floor bolt that down and mount the coolers to it.
Haha sounds thick enough to me
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The bracket to hold the coolers are now finished and the 1/8" plate are all bolted to the bed


The bed is still only resting on the chassis. I haven't come up with a way I'd like to mount it to the frame yet.

I still need to get some longer bolts for the mounts and a handful of grade 8 bolts.
I should be picking up a set of fans tomorrow after work.

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Old November 30th, 2015, 04:22 PM   #52
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I'm now the owner of a fuel cell and taurus/sable fans, radiator, condenser and whatever else it came with... all I wanted was the fans. Hopefully soon I'll be able to get back at it. I have a new phone now too so no more half ass pictures

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If anyone is still paying attention don't mind the hack job but the fans have a new home
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I can use a good idea if anyone has one. I need a good way to mount the bed to the frame. There's enough pictures on here for you to know what working with. I don't think I want it solid mounted. There's too many important things in the bed and it's not the most ridged box I've ever seen so I want to somehow put it on mounts that will flex just a little. I can run with a decent idea.
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great build! you do some fast work. Watching this one for sure.
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Old December 2nd, 2015, 08:26 AM   #56
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7 documented months... it's not going as fast as I was hoping but other things take priority over a toy quite often. I hope to have it ready to go the summer after next. Then the winter follow that pull the motor punch it out and build it and the trans
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I can use a good idea if anyone has one. I need a good way to mount the bed to the frame. There's enough pictures on here for you to know what working with. I don't think I want it solid mounted. There's too many important things in the bed and it's not the most ridged box I've ever seen so I want to somehow put it on mounts that will flex just a little. I can run with a decent idea.
I would look for some body mounts for a Jeep body to put under the bed. It may raise the bed up more but if you go with polyurethane mounts it should be plenty stiff.
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Or else put the radiator on some poly mounts and solid mount the bed
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I'm not 100% confident in the bed frame being able to take a hard blow without getting a little tweaked. I'm fine with the bed going up some. I'm going to have to raise it anyway to level it out.
My first thought was to take two pieces of angle iron and sandwich them together. One welded to the bed one welded to the frame with a bolt going through them. If I did that in 3 spots per side I figured it would work fine but now I'm not so confident in that.
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I am planning on this thing seeing a little bit of air time.
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