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LCG HIJKLMNOP
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Yesterday CTB2 stopped by and helped me put a tire on a rim. :thumb: I moved my lower mounts on the frame out 1" to get my links away from the frame and picked up another 1.5" of uptravel :thumb: I also had to remove a little material from my motor mount for the upper to clear. I put the grill/rad in place to see what my clearance looked like for my track bar. I checked for tire issues at that time as well. Seems to lay in nicely. I'm going to have to find a way to drop the grill 1" after the frame unkinking. I also have about 1/4" of interference from my pitman arm to the bottom of the radiator. I'll deal with that when I get there. Pic of it last night:

This morning I made a run to Alro for some steel. Picked up some 2.5" square x .25 wall tube for trackbar brackets. Also got some 16 gauge sheet steel for fenders/floor/gas tank. I picked up an 8' pc of 1/4" x 4" for misc brackets. I also had to get 2' of 1.25 x .25wall DOM for my drag link.......$26 for the drag link :( They didn't have anything I could use in the drop section unfortunately. My tie rod is 4' and 1.75x.38 wall and that was only $40 because it was a drop :teehee: Today's list, welded 14B truss to the axle, cleaned up truss. Moved 14B into place. Pwilson22000 came over and bent up a dead sexy track bar for me. I really like how that turned out :thumb:

At full compression:

I had to clearance my D60 cover for my tie rod during full steering lock. To do that I had to put my diff cover together :sonicjay: DIY D60 front cover from Ruffstuff Specialties. These covers are beef! :thumb:


Once I had it welded up it took me about 2 hours and about 50 times putting the tie rod on and off to get the clearance ground in. I put a tire on to check the steering at full lock, it's about 1/16" from the steering stop and my tire is just starting to touch my lower link. I'm happy that turned out too. Trackbar frame side bracket is tacked on. I need to attach the trackbar to the axle and cycle the suspension. Then I can burn everything on the front axle home. I have a lovely 17 day weekend due to being forced to "purchase" 2 weeks vacation time. I'll keep taking it one day at a time. Feels good to finally start burning stuff home for good :thumb:
 

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LCG HIJKLMNOP
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Last night I finished the trackbar axle side mount and tacked that in place. I'm not 100% happy with it, but 95%. I don't think it's worth the hassle to move it again for that last 1/4" of travel. It's just not easy to leave something on the table after doing that much work to get there.



This morning I put the 4 link arms and 14B back under the vehicle. Then I went to work on the tub to get the tires to clear. One side down, one to go :thumb: My version of a non comp cut, cut :sonicjay:




I'm not sure what I'm going to do for rear springs yet. Not much room at all once compressed. I might have to cut into the frame to mount the spring perches after all. This afternoon's goal is to get the other side cut out, the frame side uppers pulled out and finished welded and get them tacked back in. Hopefully I can get that far yet today.
 

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LCG HIJKLMNOP
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Other side cut out now :thumb: I fixed the alignment of the lowers so that took some extra time tonight. I got one upper welded up. I'll put that one back in and continue to work on getting the rear welded home tomorrow.
 

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LCG HIJKLMNOP
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Thanks
Wheel base is 103-104" best I can tell. I'm going to try to have all 4 tires on it today so I can get a decent measurement. CTB2 was nice enough to pick up my 3 other tires and rims last night. He's going to mount them while at work when he gets slow. He's going to attempt to balance them too just to see how out of round they are :teehee:
I don't have access to TRE taps until thursday so I have to wait to put my steering together for good until then :(
 

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Fuck talk, Duck walk!
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this project would be way cooler with some coilovers.
 

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nice build!
 

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LCG HIJKLMNOP
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nice build!
Thanks. :thumb:
Yesterday I started burning the rear suspension in. I have the 14B all welded up. I have the crossmember for the lowers welded. I have the uppers all welded up and tacked in place. I was welding the lower crossmember together when I ran out of wire. I bought a 44lb spool in 2004 when I bought the welder and haven't worried about it. I was just at the welding supply place yesterday morning picking up gas too :fish: Now I need to run back there today. I ran out at about 5:30pm yesterday so I didn't quite hit my goal of getting the rear in. CTB2 dropped my tires and rims off last night all mounted up and ready to go. Thanks John :woot: Need to work around the house today so I won't get much done. :(
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Got back over to work for about 2 hrs tonight. Got the rear lower crossmember welded up and put back in. Also finished burning the rear uppers to the frame. I put the rear axle back underneath it tonight and put tires on the 4 corners to see how it looked. It's good to see light at the end of the tunnel. Tomorrow I want to get the rear spring perches put on the axle and the frame. I also want to get something worked out for the rear shocks. Pics from tonight.

 
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