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Old December 2nd, 2015, 09:05 AM   #61
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Look into a spring-mounted mounting set-up similar to that used on bigger military trucks. There has also been discussion about this kind of mounting on expeditionportal.com.
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Old December 2nd, 2015, 06:27 PM   #62
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A little more progress. My wife and I put all the bolts that needed to go in the bed to hold it all together in tonight. We swapped out all the grade 6 bolts that I wanted to with grade 8s. We also mounted the fans, I had to redrill the holes on the cooler bracket because I forgot to compensate for the offset due to the added space required when installing the fan shroud.
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Old December 2nd, 2015, 06:29 PM   #63
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This is as good of a picture as I can get given the angle and location of everything. My wife my have come up with a brilliant idea on how to mount the bed to the frame.

The fuel cell is just laying in there I haven't done anything with it yet
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Old December 18th, 2015, 08:23 AM   #64
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Rims and tires 39.5x18s I picked them up last night. Bad picture but proof.
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Old December 18th, 2015, 11:00 AM   #65
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This is as good of a picture as I can get given the angle and location of everything. My wife my have come up with a brilliant idea on how to mount the bed to the frame.

The fuel cell is just laying in there I haven't done anything with it yet
I love this project. Are those pusher or puller fans? If you leave it in the current configuration, I think you will have some cooling issues unless you get positive air flow in there. I'd be afraid the low pressure area behind the cab would cause cooling issues if this vehicle is driven on the street. Just my 2 cents.
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Old December 18th, 2015, 11:24 AM   #66
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I love this project. Are those pusher or puller fans? If you leave it in the current configuration, I think you will have some cooling issues unless you get positive air flow in there. I'd be afraid the low pressure area behind the cab would cause cooling issues if this vehicle is driven on the street. Just my 2 cents.
That was going to be my input as well. I just watched someone who had a rear engine truck with the radiator mounted in the same location struggle with cooling issues.

By using some duct tubing they ran a "vent" of sorts from the top of the cab down to the bed to help get some air moving behind the cab. It's a dead zone of sorts when the air comes up over the front of the vehicle. Something to consider.

Great progress though. Love that these trucks are still being restored.
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Old December 18th, 2015, 11:49 AM   #67
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This will never be driven on the street. I'm one step ahead of you guys when it comes to the dead spot. It's all planned out in my head.
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Old December 18th, 2015, 03:40 PM   #68
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I also have just about all the parts to convert the rear drums to rotors. I have to cut the factory drum bracket off that's welded to the axle, fab up the dana 70 rotor style and weld it on. I could have easily bought a conversion kit but I don't want to go with a single piston GM caliper. I'm using all the factory parts from a 2000 E350 which is a dual piston setup.

I found these specs for the new plate I need to make if anyone ever needs it, I thought I'd share

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Old December 18th, 2015, 05:12 PM   #69
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See how Roadkill solved that hurdle.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=XuHIemMF4kY
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Old December 19th, 2015, 04:04 PM   #70
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I got them made up today. I didn't follow the specs on the OD because I wanted them as big as I could make them. I'm trying to get everything in order so I I'll have plenty to do on my 4 day weekend coming up.
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Old December 20th, 2015, 08:08 AM   #71
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Here's an idea of what it'll look like once the tires are on. My first order of business is to clean the garage before I get back to it.

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I'm still hoping to have it ready to play by mid summer minus building the engine
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Old December 22nd, 2015, 06:51 PM   #73
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You guys have seen the floor... here's a revising of it, obviously still not complete.
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Old December 22nd, 2015, 06:53 PM   #74
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Hole.....


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Old December 25th, 2015, 02:35 PM   #75
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More of the floor done. I used 1/8" plate over to drive shaft in case sh!t ever happens I won't have to worry about anything getting into the cab.
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Old December 26th, 2015, 08:17 PM   #76
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I taught my 11 year old niece how to mig weld, she went to town with it.


She welded up a good majority of the bracket. I will be making some slight changes to it now that I realize the flaws in the design.


New seats installed
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Old December 27th, 2015, 07:11 PM   #77
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I made a bracket for the fuel cell and mounted it in the bed today. I also bought a optima yellow top battery and will hopefully be wiring that up and finishing the fuel system this coming weekend.
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I taught my 11 year old niece how to mig weld, she went to town with it.


She welded up a good majority of the bracket. I will be making some slight changes to it now that I realize the flaws in the design.


New seats installed

Uncle of the year in my books. Awesome job both in concept and execution, with bonus points for teaching the next generation how to make things happen.
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Nice. Keep at it!
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Thanks guys. I have a picture of my daughter pulling the bolts off of the trans pan and giving me a hand swapping the valve body somewhere.

Back to the progress...
Temporary fuel lines are installed, fuel pump is mounted and I need a new fuel filter.


The battery is set in a round about area of where it is going to be mounted, I'm waiting for a marine battery box before I make it perminamt. I started running the battery cables too. It was sometime around finishing this that I realized a branch fell and shattered my windshield on the Dodge..... I'm done for the night

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