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Old 07-07-2019, 12:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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'96 1500 Build

So ever since I sold my last projects a few years ago I've been looking for something to build. I kinda wanted a toyota but was open to almost anything. This past Christmas I took my bonus from work and found a truck I just couldn't pass up. '96 1500 5.9 magnum, 46re. All stock except the camper and some side steps. The owner said it need some front end work though.

This is pretty much a budget build. The money I make from my second job goes into this.

The day I took it home.


I got a rough country 2.5" spacer lift kit, steering box brace, and some amazon 35s. I bought all new steering and ball joints, but the brace solved the death wobble I was getting.



Next was a Spartan locker for the front, weld the rear, and some diff guards.

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Old 07-07-2019, 12:32 PM   #2 (permalink)
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here are some pics from Garcia Ridge


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Old 07-07-2019, 12:42 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Bobbed the bed 8" and cut the frame behind the rear hangers. also built a rear bumper. Im not much of a body guy but I think it turned out ok. Im not real happy with how the rear bumper turned out but I can live with it for now.


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Old 07-07-2019, 12:57 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Front bumper and winch, 3x2x 3/16, 1/4 plate, and removable 2x2x3/16 angle




rear bed rails 3x2x3/16 angle, and 1-3/4x.120 DOM, and mounted a free tool box from my buddy.
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I think I would ditch photo bucket if they have to put their big logo right in the middle of every pic.
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This is how it sits now


I also got a free donor truck from one of my buddies. 99 2500.


I still need to Build some rock sliders and move the gas tank or get a fuel cell. But future plans include: pushing the front axle forward 2-3 inches via Ruff Stuff radius arms, Tube side swing tailgate, tranny mount/ skid plate, and a cage. not sure if Im going to go with an internal or exo yet. Then on to building the 60s, swapping the t-case, and probably 37s.
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I think I would ditch photo bucket if they have to put their big logo right in the middle of every pic.
got a better place you'd recommend?
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I ordered some rear shackle flip brackets from Apoc Ind. The bolt holes don't line up though. I tried contacting them but no response. I am going to keep trying to get a hold of them, otherwise I'll fill the holes and drill my own. Got some Ruff Stuff spring perches to go with the shackle flip.

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got a better place you'd recommend?
Supermotors? They still put a logo, but not in the way so much.

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I ordered some rear shackle flip brackets from Apoc Ind. The bolt holes don't line up though. I tried contacting them but no response. I am going to keep trying to get a hold of them, otherwise I'll fill the holes and drill my own. Got some Ruff Stuff spring perches to go with the shackle flip.

I almost ordered that same shackle flip kit. Good thing I haven't yet. I dig the front winch bumper and bed bob.

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Old 07-07-2019, 07:09 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Thanks waterhorse. Ill get that going.

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I almost ordered that same shackle flip kit. Good thing I haven't yet. I dig the front winch bumper and bed bob.
Not sure if its a mix up but the bolts are even 7/16 instead of 1/2. everything else seems to line up well though. The thing that sucks is it must have fallen out of the UPS truck. It was a week late, the box was destroyed, and there are some pretty good scratches in the brackets.
And thanks. 8" was too much to cut out. The tailgate hits the frame when I open it, but no big deal.
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Cool build! love me some 2nd gen. I want to bob my 8' bed! I'm a shit welder though.
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Cool build! love me some 2nd gen. I want to bob my 8' bed! I'm a shit welder though.
Thanks
I just tacked it together till it was fully together. Took forever and still got a little warping. You should be able to do that no problem.
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I just tacked it together till it was fully together. Took forever and still got a little warping. You should be able to do that no problem.
I graphed a rear quarter on my old FJ60 cruiser a while back with just some tacks and rivets. It went together pretty good. I dig your truck and thanks for the encouragement lol
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So I tried to see what I could do about these shackle hangers today.
Its a no go. Not even close. Still no word from Apoc ind.
I may end up making my own. There is some 4x1/4 in the shop i can use. Or Ruff Stuff (Kinda love that place) has custom ones that look really good. For right now I'm going to wait with my fingers crossed for Apoc to contact me back. Sent another Email today. Its been a month though.



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Not sure why the pictures are sideways
Dont really give a fuck right now
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Old 07-13-2019, 03:22 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Also got a question about 60 or 70 rear.
My buddy has a 98 70U thats fucked. Grenaded diff, broken shafts, no brakes. So basically a housing. The rear I have is a 60 (perfect shape 100k mi.) which I had planned on doing a locker gears discs and 35 spl. anyway.
Would the 70U be a better candidate?
Can you 40 spl a 70?

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Those hangars are probably for a 1 ton

measure the frame width on your parts truck
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Those hangars are probably for a 1 ton

measure the frame width on your parts truck
You are correct
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Cool build!

Is that 60 you have 35 spline? Using the 70 seems like a lot of extra cash into it to replace all the guts.

The old 60s you had to bore the spindles to get a 35sp 1.5" shaft in, not sure about that Dodge application.
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Thank you
I haven't pulled the shafts to check yet. Maybe today. But everything I've read says they are 30 spline. Front and rear.
I want to say the 70 is 32 spline. Not sure.
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May as well use the 70 if you are replacing everything. No 5.38s for the 70 Fwiw gotta do 5.13s or jump to 5.89s
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Good news. I finally got a response from Apoc Ind. We'll see what happens.
Also decided to go with the 70. $200.
I really wanted to run 5.38s but I guess I'm going with 5.89s. Oh well.
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So I talked to Josh at Apoc Ind. yesterday. Great guy! I guess there was a problem in manufacturing. He said he would be sending out the correct part in the next day or two. Great customer service! Once I got to talking to someone.
So now I should be back on track with the shackle flip.
He's probably not on here, but thanks Josh!
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