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Old 12-23-2016, 12:08 PM   #126
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That will be tricky, trimming enough off the vertical to clear the spring, it appears you won't have much left but the spring bucket. The Shelby GT Mustangs had a bolt in brace that spanned the engine compartment from the top of one spring/shock tower to the other, added a lot of strength and eliminated deflection, something to think about. I suppose any coil spring will bow one way or another, unless it has some sort of guide. Do you think it's possible to line the inside of the sring bucket and verticals the HMD PTFE? Probably pretty $$$$$$
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Old 12-23-2016, 01:22 PM   #127
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Yes I had to cut away a fair bit. I am adding structure to the outside of the shock, not much, and am thinking I will add a stiffener to the backside. Something spanning the engine compartment is an option but I am hoping to avoid it because it would mean relocating the anti-lock brake parts.
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Old 12-27-2016, 04:53 PM   #128
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The hard part about building from scratch is you have to put stuff together and take it apart again many many times. At least that's how it works for me

I cleaned up the pieces, tacked them back together and tacked it to the frame. I'll make spacers to align the track bar then box it in and add something to give it lateral strength. I might add a vertical gusset to the back side. The downside to that is it will interfere with running the brake lines. I also need to fit some bump stops under there somewhere...

I'm outa 3/16th plate... if anyone has a sheet or half sheet they want to part with






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Old 01-11-2017, 10:44 PM   #129
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Well that upper shock mount won't work, tire hits at full stuff and 3/4 turn. Unfortunately the mount is welded out and painted It's got heavy tacks holding it to the frame but I don't want to cut it off again. Not sure how I'll fix it. Just cutting off the tabs and cleaning up the welds is gonna suck.





Had other problems with the frame side track bar mount too. The bucket was welded out on the bench and the bracket deformed just a little bit. The axle end of the bar was 3" out of alignment. I could make it up but it seemed like too much side load on the bushing. It took a bit of figuring, cut a couple welds, some steel tube for leverage and rigging to twist it. Thanx to Srchr for the extra hands it lines up perfect now
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Old 02-04-2017, 06:54 AM   #130
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Would wheel spacers work?
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Old 02-04-2017, 09:05 AM   #131
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Would wheel spacers work?
Yes. I relocated the upper mount. May still use spacers or different offsets.
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Old 12-09-2017, 11:16 AM   #132
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Anything new on this?
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Old 12-09-2017, 01:23 PM   #133
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Yeah, I moved it into the shop and went back to work on it. Nothing picture worthy. Running brakes lines, power steering, stuff like that. Waiting on a AC compressor/alternator mount from Duiser. Got the front axle torn down, waiting on bearings, then install an arb.
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Old 12-29-2017, 10:07 PM   #134
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Progress is progress!
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Old 12-20-2018, 10:20 PM   #135
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Interesting project. Any update? Are you done building it?
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