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Old 10-19-2007, 09:54 PM   #1
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I can't post pics in my original build thread so I figured I'd start another in order to carry on. After all if ya can't post pics then it didn't really happen right. "Phase 1" of the build is here: http://www.alaska4x4network.com/showthread.php?t=24060

That thread left off when I was trying to mount up some front leafs. I started w/stock spring hangers, then flush with the edge of the frame and then half under the frame. None would clear the tires.





Finally decided to hang'm directly under the frame rails. I made these front hangers by notching into the duce bumper gussets.





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Old 10-20-2007, 02:38 PM   #2
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Here's how the front springs look. I think I'm gonna tack the rear mounts in place till I have everything on the frame. The springs seem alittle soft. I am hoping they don't compress too much once the motor and everything is in place.



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Old 11-05-2007, 10:53 AM   #3
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Looking good.
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Looks good Scott.
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Old 11-05-2007, 08:47 PM   #5
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Scott,

Give me a shout when you get back, I set the steel I promised you aside. Give me a shout when you want to get it

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Old 11-15-2007, 06:50 PM   #6
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I didn't write down you phone so I had to start on other parts while I waited for the board to come back. Then I was too into what I was doing to stop. Wrote it down will call after dinner.
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Old 11-15-2007, 07:30 PM   #7
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Some progress.

Motor mount from a couple weeks ago




Took awhile to figure out how to attach the upper links to the frame. I was really close to just cutting the frame off right behind the transfer case and attaching the links to the ends of the frame. Here's what I finally came up with. The "C" channel fits into the frame rails. I'll weld it along the top and sides. Then I'll fish plate the frame rails.






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Old 12-07-2007, 04:57 PM   #8
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More mounts!

Lower front mount (steel for this was donated by PACKINHEAT, Thanx Tony!)





Base for the upper rear





Mocked up.





Gotta finish mouting the motor/trans/transcase before going any further with the links. Before mounting the motor I think I better drag in the front clip and cab and set it in place. This is like a big puzzle.

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Old 12-16-2007, 09:50 PM   #9
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Front pinion brake guard



Hoop for hydro ram





and the smallest drive line...


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More pieces and parts stuck together


One of these for each side


this beast on the top
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and FINALLY all hooked up!!!











I may move this cross member so I can get a couple more inches of stuff. As it is I'll only have about 3-4 inches max. About the same as the front seems to be working out



What a chore this was. Making everything from scratch really tested my skills. The links are 2" A106b pipe and are sleeved with 1-1/2" of the same grade making the walls about 1/2" thick. The sleeves are plug welded in 10 spots and welded inside at the ends. All the bungs have 4 plug welds. One major lesson on bungs. Make sure they are extra long on the insert end. These from Evolution are not nearly long enough for my liking. I still need to cut a bunch of bolts before everything can be tightened up. The 4-link numbers came out good and can be made better by rasing the upper fronts to either of the upper holes in the mount.

There is still a bunch of fine tuning to get the axle exactly where I want it and set the pinion rotation to the optimum angles at full stuff and droop. It looks like I'll be able to run 1410 ujoints and get about 10-12" of travel at the differential.

Overall this worked out so well that I think I'm gonna revisit linking the front

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Old 01-01-2008, 08:29 PM   #12
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are you in town? It would seem that way
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yes. I've been meaning to send a note but have been so focused on seeing these links hooked up that I've done nothing else. PM in route
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Old 01-19-2008, 07:50 PM   #14
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Did you ever decide on the rear springs? I know you were considering the 1/4 elip, and some coils ect.

Anything final?

Looks good BTW, nice work.
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Old 01-20-2008, 08:29 AM   #15
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Did you ever decide on the rear springs? I know you were considering the 1/4 elip, and some coils ect.

Anything final?

Looks good BTW, nice work.

Nothing final. I am working on a idea using dual 2.5" coil over springs with threaded pipe for the body. Kinda like a coil over w/o the shock.

Thanks for the the compliments.
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Old 04-05-2008, 08:05 PM   #16
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Playing with ideas for cages. I think this looks cool but I'm thinking it's gonna be way too heavy! I'm beginning to learn toward a couple of stout bars in the cab, a roof rack and call it good.



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Old 04-06-2008, 03:29 PM   #17
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I like the simplicity of the build, fancy crap. looks cool!
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Old 04-25-2008, 06:07 AM   #18
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Rather than continue to draw pics I actually built some more stuff. Here are pics of my rear cab mount. I wanted more clearance for the links and a stiffer cross member. I knew that someday I would find a use for those old valve springs

I could have set the cab a couple inches lower but I made a miscalculation when I shrunk it






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I made the wheelbase as short as I could. As it is the cab barely fits. A little triming and cutting and I should be ok







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There was something about that original firewall that I just didn't like. I'll be darned if I can remember what it was



oh well I guess it doesn't matter any more


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Todays work, hydro steering and rock sliders

The ram mount.



welded to the axle - bad pic... The ram didn't clear the bolts on the pinion brake. Changed from nylocks to crimp nuts and cut the bolts and now have 1/8". I need to add some bracing and some kinda protective plating underneath. I was gonna use 1/4" plate but am leaning toward 1/8" now.



the start of a slider. I put receiver tube in the center - expensive and a pain to get everything all lined up.

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Supersliders? Didn't quite get'm done today. Still gotta cap the ends and make some plates for attaching to the frame. I hate when "other" obligations get in the way of building stuff Haven't decided if they'll weld or bolt to the frame.




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Old 04-26-2008, 07:13 PM   #23
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bolt the wings to the frame... that way, if the need to come off, it's not that big of a deal..
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This is looking really good man. Keep up the good work!
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