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What to build
« on: March 08, 2013, 10:12:55 PM »
People have been bugging me to get a 4wd. I figured since I have seroius reservations about driving slow and have only driven a 4x4 a handful of times I'd start cheap by converting my GMC to 4wd, found a granny gear trans and 205 transfer case last year and a Dana 44 a couple of months ago. Then Last month I found a one ton single cab dually 4x4 w 4:56 gears and a granny 4 speed.


Yesterday I found this:







Needless to say I'm cornering the market on one ton 4x4s. Since this one has a good head start on my other two I'm building this one. In booty fab I have the details.  There is a bit off offroad porn in it.
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Re: What to build
« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2013, 07:34:53 AM »
I had planned to strip the truck and uncosmetic it this weekend but Joe called and said he was headed for Sycamore so I took it for its maiden voyage to Sycamore Creek.  Having always driven a rail I found my trails a bit small for the truck and constantly having to keep the speed down for comfort.  The creek was really flowing.  There was a Fourrunner buried in the creek.

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Water was running through the open windows. It was nice to be in an enclosed cab with heat. Keeping in mind I have about 2 hours experience driving a 4x4 offroad I kept it simple climbed a few hills that I knew what was on the other side, to many years in an open ride where I can see all four tires has spoiled me.  The one time I tried to cross deeper water I thought I'd play safe and use 4 low. Turns out the T case shifter needs work as I only had front low.  Now being nose down 3 degrees in the water and no weight on the rear 4 wheel high was no help. At least the rear tires were on the bank :-[ Joe had to pull me out. After shifting in and out of 4 whl low many times it finally worked.  One more added to the list.
plans are to remove the body lift, open up the wheel wells, make a bed and mount the tool boxes so they won't fall off, front and rear winches, spare tires, pad the shifter wher it hits my knee.

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Re: What to build
« Reply #2 on: July 18, 2013, 08:09:18 PM »
It got slow at work so in came the Beast.  Friday at the junkyard netted a pair of  63" springs. Today we started the installation. I drilled out the passenger front spring perch rivets and moved it forward and down. For the rear I cut out the center to do the shackle  flip.
Ill have the pictures of the rear shackle braces tomorrow.










I'll need to box this mount in before I can trim the stock mount so the shackle can have full movement front to back.



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Re: What to build
« Reply #3 on: July 20, 2013, 09:04:07 PM »
Didn't start working until the sun went away. I made the braces for the drivers side shackle perch. This looks about where the spring needs to go. At rest I have 4" upward travel and 10" of droop. Pardon the prototype 6" shackles.








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Re: What to build
« Reply #4 on: July 23, 2013, 09:29:13 AM »
Those braces are pretty slick. Nice work :headbang:
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Re: What to build
« Reply #5 on: July 23, 2013, 05:59:03 PM »
Those braces are pretty slick. Nice work :headbang:
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Re: What to build
« Reply #6 on: July 24, 2013, 08:33:41 AM »
Thanks it is getting there.  14 " of travel. I'm going to make a long frame gusset that straightens out the kick up of the frame and ties in the lower front spring perch brackets.   As soon as the rear is done the front get 54" front leaves.

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Re: What to build
« Reply #7 on: July 26, 2013, 04:38:02 PM »
These are going to tie in the front spring perches and level out the frame so it fits on a twin post lift better and make for a skid plate mount.




This is how they will look once installed.


The frame  rivets and flip u bolt perch should be here Monday.  Hopefully I can do a better job wit the rivets than the Three Stooges did.

If your by the shop during the week your welcome to stop by.
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Re: What to build
« Reply #8 on: July 27, 2013, 09:26:04 AM »
Looks good, how much will that affect your belly clearance?
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Re: What to build
« Reply #9 on: August 23, 2013, 08:07:17 AM »
Being my first 4x4 build I have no reference. I don't think it will it just straightens out the kick in the frame. It makes a good place to mount a full width skid plate. If I had been the one to start this build I would of moved both spring perch mounts forward and cut off the rear of the frame not section it like the previous owner did. I feel like a snail working one this. I di finish the drivers side and am almost finished on the passenger side. Once that is done  I'm moving the front axle forward and adding ram assist steering.









 


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