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Old 06-22-2012, 06:52 PM   #1
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Default 83 1-ton build

Building a 1983 1-ton. Has a 6.2 (anybody want it?), SM-465, 205, and original Corp 14 and 60 upfront. When I bought the truck it had a tool bed and 4"lift.

Tool bed is gone, planning to build a flat bed. 4" lift springs up front will be replaced with 8" skyjackers that are on their way. It also has a 2" body lift so I will have 10" up front. With some major fender cutting it shouldn't have a problem clearing the 44's. Keeping the 4" home made springs in the rear and almost done with shackle flip. I wanted to try my hand at cutting and modifying the stock shackle hangers and I think it's working out pretty well.

Skyjacker 7000's are replacing old shocks. I have 44" boggers with lots of life, and I'm about half way done hot knifing out every other lug. If I can't find any 15x12 rims to wrap them around before hunting season I will run the 45" tractor tires.

Pretty sure the gears are 4.56ish due to the rig running super high R's at 55 down the highway on 35" tires. The 6.2 is super clean and runs well, it just has absolutely no power. I'm not sure if it's a fuel problem or what, but it has trouble just driving down the road unless you are running the R's way way high.

Going to cut the fenders up in the front, but keep as much as possible for support for the front clip. I'll post pics when I get a chance.

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Old 06-22-2012, 08:13 PM   #2
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Are you giving the 6.2 away?
If so I'll take it!!
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Old 06-22-2012, 09:54 PM   #3
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Haha, no something along the lines of a trade for something I can run in the truck. If I can get it running right I wouldn't mind keeping it.
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Old 06-22-2012, 10:46 PM   #4
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Lol
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Old 06-23-2012, 02:15 AM   #5
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Trade you the Boggers for a built 396 and TH400 trans with a 208
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Old 06-23-2012, 09:25 AM   #6
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No dice. It took a lot of hunting to get the right deal on these tires. Also I wouldn't trade out my manual sm-465 for the world. That's the only reason that truck is sitting in my garage.
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Old 06-24-2012, 09:12 PM   #7
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Thinking of doing 52" springs up front. However I need exactly 8" of lift. I was reading about BIG DAVE's Chevy build, and it looks like he had more lift than typical with the 52's (7"-8").

1. I'm assuming that's due to extended shackles and dropped front mounting points?

2. What I'm also wondering is if this set up requires driveline modification? If I can help it, not modifying my driveline would be ideal for now.

3. Also, can the stock mounting points be utilized for mounting the shocks? I have new 8" shocks that I ordered and would really like to use then.

Any help would be much appreciated.
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Old 06-24-2012, 10:50 PM   #8
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If the 52's require longer shocks and longer slip yoke then I guess I'm screwed there as I already have 8" lift shocks that I already paid too much for. I was hoping this would all work out because I still have the option of canceling my order for the ridiculously expensive 8" lift 47" springs for the front. I guess the question is will the costs offset enough. I'm already way over budget and schedule on this build. The cheapest I can get the HD 47" lift springs is just shy of $800
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Old 06-25-2012, 06:28 AM   #9
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Default Re: 83 1-ton build

rear 52 springs can net you 4 inches of lift. DIY makes a kit where you move your front shackle up on the frame to make them work. You will need a longer front driveline. limiting straps can be your friend to keep your shocks from pulling apart too. I find that alaska tent and tarp, Apocalypse design here in fairbanks can sew you limiting straps up for about $50

BUT. before you bail, if you are capable of welding a cross member /lower front shackle mount up front, you can net 4 more inches, which may rotate your pinion to a more desired angle with your 52's but then you may have to deal with a little bump steer.

I have some skjacker 4 inch lift springs for up front. pm me if interested. however they need new bushings .
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i have some nearly new 8" fronts I would sell
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The Truck before the tool bed and plow was taken off, along with the new boggers:



Boggers when I brought them home:



Shackle hangers after I cleaned them up and cut the rough hole in the bottom:



Shackle mount after some welding, bracing and beefing up:



Shackle hanger after beefing up and the first coat of paint:

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Still have the utility bed?
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Default Re: 83 1-ton build

Does anybody see a problem with the new 47" long 8" lift springs that 4x4 groupby sent me? Looks great, maybe I should slap them in! NOT... One of them is a 47" long 4" half ton lift spring, the other ended up being a 45" long 8" lift spring for who knows what. I think a specific year Toyota or older solid axle bronco is what I was reading.....

At least they put the correct part numbers that I ordered on the springs that they shipped, next time maybe they'll include the actual springs that match the part number....


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Still have the utility bed?
Naw, sold it to some guy in Talkeetna. I tried selling the stinking thing for 7 months for next to nothing, and now you want it????
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Yeah I'm looking for one, cheap or free
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i have some nearly new 8" fronts I would sell
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nice!
do you have plans for the stock rear springs?
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nice!
do you have plans for the stock rear springs?
The truck had a 4" lift on it when I bought it. 4" lift springs up front, and it looks like a home built 4" lift in the back with two extra leafs added to the stock spring pack and a 2" block made out of solid steal. I've ran it since last fall with no issues, so I plan to use this in combination with my shackle flip for the 8" lift for now. Eventually I'd like to do something different but I think this will for for now.
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Oh, cool
You wanna get rid of the 4" front springs?
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Why do I feel the sensation that my poor 1-ton is being circled by a couple of vultures....
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Haha yeah I'll keep them around for a half ton buggy build down the road. Stripped half ton with open cab for another moose buggy. Thanks for the interest though.
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Haha!
Ok, I'll fly on to the next carcass
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Totally kidding BTW
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So I recieved my new rear shackles in the mail yesterday. In town they want $50 for both inner bushings for the old shackles. Turned out the bushings couldn't be pressed out of the old shackles anyways as they were completely fused together. But the good news is the I picked up two brand new shackles from LMC truck with brand new bushings already installed, SHIPPED for $40.
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