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Posted 09-16-2009 at 10:34 PM by JayH

Well, I got the front installed after fabbing up a transmission mount out of a 1/2 ton GM poly shackle bushing only to find that the upper arm was making contact with the floor pan at ride height. Clearanced the floor tonight and got to work on the rear.

Looks like the driveshaft is going to be close. I'm calling Tom Woods tomorrow to see if I can't get a new tubed section from the end of the splines up to the first universal joint in 2" tube as the one I have in there now was done by Six States I believe and they used 2.5" tube when they did it. That and another notch like the front and the rear driveline oughtta clear just fine.

Gonna have to go and get some more c-clamps tomorrow as well. Since the rear xmember needs to be flush with the front xmember, I'm gonna have to :
1) Bolt two of the four pieces of angle that will be used to attach the xmember to the body to each end of the XM at the right overall width so that I can weld those two pieces of angle to the body when ready,
2) Clamp a temporary belly pan to the front XM and the rear XM making sure it's flush with the bottoms of both and then;
3) Weld the two pieces of angle that are bolted to the new rear XM to the body.

I finished #1 tonight after clearancing the floor pan. Still to do: Brake line in front as it runs down the upper link. Brake hose in rear as I ripped it off last time out. Time for a re-route. New front upper when the DOM gets here from poly performance, rip the front XM all out again and shape up bracket ends and apply paint to the primer. Double check to make sure all is welded where it needs to be. Finish rear, install an intermediate XM solely for support of the belly pan, get the exhaust done, go wheelin! <sigh> I'm never gonna make the rimrock trip the first weekend in October...
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