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Old 07-15-2012, 12:57 AM   #251 (permalink)
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Thanks a lot guys!

Yes I've been on fire enough times to qualify hahaha.

The body did a fare amount of moving with it all cut up, but a few measurements and some steel tacked in place I think it might even be a little more square then when I started lol.

I'm in Antioch my Bay Area brother haha.
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Looking good! Can't wait to see this thing finished.
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Old 07-30-2012, 09:30 PM   #253 (permalink)
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Well all my parts are in. Axle shafts, ujoints, gears, lockers, knuckles, drive flanges, coilovers and springs.

And on top of it all I got the upgrades for my torchmate table and it's kicking ass now.

Here's a picture of the parts pile. Hope to have some updates with crap installed. Haha.

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Old 08-08-2012, 01:25 AM   #254 (permalink)
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I guess it could fit in the grand canyon! Looking good dave
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Old 09-03-2012, 10:40 PM   #255 (permalink)
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Well here's what I've been playing with, and although it isn't much, it'll get me rolling to bigger and better pieces of the project.

Got the wheel well outer tubes tacked in place and the main floorboards framed up. I layed cardboard in just to make it easier to see.
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And I got the first rear body mount welded up and fit into place.
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As soon as I finish up mounting the body I'll get the doors back on and fitted then probably get around to hanging these coilovers. Excited to see it sit on it's own weight for the first time.
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Old 10-15-2012, 01:57 PM   #256 (permalink)
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Okay, not much to update but I'm finally getting some much needed garage time and of course money lol.

Got the body mounts in their final location, made the plates for the body subframe and got her bolted down.

I have a few pieces of square tube to bend for the inner fender well and besides the engine cover (which will come a little later) the inside is as done as I can be for now. Once those are in I know where the floor lines will be and I can get the shock hoops bent up for the coilovers.

Possibly a major change in plans soon. I may change the front to a 3 link + panhard bar. I'd love to keep the 4 link but space is getting really tight for driveline, starter, oil filter, headers, etc.

But that can wait till I get the coilovers on and get this truck moved so I can open my damn garage door again lol.





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Old 10-15-2012, 05:15 PM   #257 (permalink)
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just read this entire thread and its DOPE!!!! Ive always wanted an FC. partially because i grew up wheeling in old vw buses. i do have to say, i have been places i never should have been in old buses with only 2wd. Places ive now gone back with my jeep and literally asked myself.. how T F did my bus make it here..lol.
And yes the descent's are always fun when wheeling a cab forward machine. Ive been wheeling cab forward since about 1995. It makes for some very fun memories and some very scared passengers. But if well balanced its no different than droppin in with a vehicle where you sit in the middle... its just all in your head/what your seeing. Feels way different.

Heres my camping offroad bus on KM2s.

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Old 10-15-2012, 05:41 PM   #258 (permalink)
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Thanks rockgp!

Should be a fun ride! Lol. Hopefully witht the engine low and back and spare tire, radiator, cooler, cage and fuel tank in the back it should balance out pretty well.

Nice bus! Looks like a fun rig.
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It's a tight fit. But coilovers finally getting tacked in. : )
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Old 10-19-2012, 05:50 PM   #261 (permalink)
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Gettin ready to cut some brackets.

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That'll never work, ship em to me. Nice progress, I know you can't wait to set it on its own weight.
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Old 10-19-2012, 10:07 PM   #263 (permalink)
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Haha thanks!

Really can't wait to get it sittin on springs. Trying not to rush it. Gotta figure out a bracket to make the top bolt mount 90 from the bottom bolt.

It would be pretty simple but I don't have room to run the hoop directly above the shock so I need to make a bracket to mount it to the side. Shouldn't be too bad, have a design in mind.
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Coming along nicely there. I look forward to the updates on this.
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Old 10-23-2012, 07:58 PM   #265 (permalink)
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A little more progress. Shock hoops tacked in. The open tubes will get caped off and finished nice. Brackets for the upper mounts are next.

Also eliminated some of the square tubing I decide was unnecessary. Going to be a lot nicer now. There's def more to put back in. Just needed some reorganizing.









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what is going to hit at full bump first?
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Old 10-24-2012, 09:32 PM   #267 (permalink)
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Well eventually a set of hydraulic bump stops. But right now the shocks would just bottom out. Not gonna run it without some kind of stops. : )
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I guess I'm wondering what is limiting your up travel?
will the links hit the engine?
will the tires hit the body?
will the axle hit the framerails?

It looks like you have it sitting pretty high at this point with maybe a few inches of up travel.

I'd assume the tires would be in the body first, but was trying to figure out what you are using as the parameters for your suspension travel.

I understand the bumpstops will be built to stop it before something crashes into something else, but I was just wondering what those two things were?

I usually build suspensions at full stuff, so the axle, engine, and frame are all about to smash together. This gives me the point of no return for full compression. Then I back off from there 40-60% of the shock travel to get the ride height. Of course tire interference with body can change all that and I'm sure you can't trim an FC cab too much as it's holding your seat.

does that make sense?
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Is that front shock hoop horizontal cross mount going all the way through the frame to connect perpendicular with the shock hoop? If so, Good work, I'm sure that will be brutally strong. I wanted to do that to my current build but didn't think about it in time.
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Old 10-25-2012, 01:12 PM   #270 (permalink)
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I guess I'm wondering what is limiting your up travel?
will the links hit the engine?
will the tires hit the body?
will the axle hit the framerails?

It looks like you have it sitting pretty high at this point with maybe a few inches of up travel.

I'd assume the tires would be in the body first, but was trying to figure out what you are using as the parameters for your suspension travel.

I understand the bumpstops will be built to stop it before something crashes into something else, but I was just wondering what those two things were?

I usually build suspensions at full stuff, so the axle, engine, and frame are all about to smash together. This gives me the point of no return for full compression. Then I back off from there 40-60% of the shock travel to get the ride height. Of course tire interference with body can change all that and I'm sure you can't trim an FC cab too much as it's holding your seat.

does that make sense?
That makes perfect sense FCFred. Even though I have the truck sitting at ride height I have been measuring everything out as if it were sitting at full stuff. I dont show it in the pictures but when I measured out the shock mounting locations, I put the tires on, stuffed the axle up into place and got my measurements. So I am doing a little bit of both, but definitly taking into account what it will be like fully stuffed.

The tires will contact the body just as the shocks are reaching full compression. Do you think I should adjust this? I appreciate the helpful questions and comments!

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Is that front shock hoop horizontal cross mount going all the way through the frame to connect perpendicular with the shock hoop? If so, Good work, I'm sure that will be brutally strong. I wanted to do that to my current build but didn't think about it in time.
Thanks 95yjjeep. Yes the horizontal bar does go all the way through the frame. I really liked the way it was mounted but since I cant make up my mind without changing things 9 times, I have changed things a little.

Now the shock hoops mount directly to the top of the frame. The horizontal bar still goues through the frame but is flush with the outside of the frame and welded up. But now the shock hoops have room to angle out about 15-20* which I think will help with strength. Also I will be adding a tube to connect the tops of each hoop together and an "A" brace from the top of the hoops to the horizontal tube. So there will be plenty of good strength there.

I did like the way you see it in the last pictures, but This way gave me a little more room and a little angle on the hops for strength. And I think it cleans up the look from the outside of the frame.

And get back to work on your mail jeep. I cant wait to see that thing on the trail. And congrats on the move!
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Old 10-26-2012, 03:36 PM   #271 (permalink)
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Couple of upper shock brackets thanks to my Torchmate. I love this thing!



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Okay. Last post for the day. I really like the way it's coming out.



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I haven't checked in on you in a while, lookin great as usual!
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that looks much cleaner than the shock hoops on the little tubes, good job!
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Thanks guys! Hopefully first thing after this weekend ill get to work on the rear and set this thing on springs!
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