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Old 10-04-2016, 12:27 PM   #26 (permalink)
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I am about fed up with my Quigley Straight Axle 60 in the front of my 97 Van. There is nothing you can do to not make it buck and wander. I feel like I am offroadiing the Calif. freeways. I might be down the TTB path...after a BIG project!

On my 85 van. I ground the front bumper away and cut the front wheel well back about 2" to clear in turns. I am not a body man and it was easy. I used a sharpie where I wanted the rear arch to go and then added 1/2" for the cut. Slowly using a vise grip I bent the bofy panel back to match up with the wheel well that I pushed back also. Scarry, but some tack welds, and paint to the well area made it perfect. You don't even break the paint on the body. Just go slow on a warm day to soften the paint. I did the same to my 97 to fit 33's.

460's can be anemic. Check around to a few builders. It is all about cams and timing. The short block is usually bullet proof.

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Old 10-04-2016, 01:47 PM   #27 (permalink)
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I've done my fair share of bodywork and metal forming at my shop.

Your right, 460's are anemic, not to mention expensive to build.
I've got 351 Windsor. Doesn't have the grunt that the big block does but it's cheaper to build and parts are available everywhere.
Since I'm overhauling the whole damn van I'll probably do the engine at the same time as the transmission. 400hp long rod on pump gas that still passes smog sound like fun?
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Old 10-11-2016, 08:15 PM   #28 (permalink)
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I am about fed up with my Quigley Straight Axle 60 in the front of my 97 Van. There is nothing you can do to not make it buck and wander. I feel like I am offroadiing the Calif. freeways. I might be down the TTB path...after a BIG project!

On my 85 van. I ground the front bumper away and cut the front wheel well back about 2" to clear in turns. I am not a body man and it was easy. I used a sharpie where I wanted the rear arch to go and then added 1/2" for the cut. Slowly using a vise grip I bent the bofy panel back to match up with the wheel well that I pushed back also. Scarry, but some tack welds, and paint to the well area made it perfect. You don't even break the paint on the body. Just go slow on a warm day to soften the paint. I did the same to my 97 to fit 33's.

460's can be anemic. Check around to a few builders. It is all about cams and timing. The short block is usually bullet proof.
The next time you're down this way Ben, give me a call. I'll let you take my van for a spin. The TTB rides like a stock van...except you don't need to slow for the dips.
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Old 10-12-2016, 11:57 PM   #29 (permalink)
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HA!! Thanks Chris. That is like riding someone else's new bike....You will want it!...NOW!
I did the Bilstein shock "upgrade" this week and actually worse than a set of no brain Branded shocks sold by length. It is still too soft to stop a first bump/rebound. There always a second oscillation. I do want to finish my Alum Jeep project. I'll just live with it as I have for 16 years now. Actually 16 years ago it was probably the "good" suspension, but now out dated.

I have driven a buddies TTB conversion....It was great also. SOLD!
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Old 10-13-2016, 06:59 PM   #30 (permalink)
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Look'n expensive yet?
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Old 10-14-2016, 07:32 PM   #31 (permalink)
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Old 10-14-2016, 07:35 PM   #32 (permalink)
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Yeah, i'd say that it surely looks at most
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That's very clean looking.
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They would have to hire a new welder before I'd pay $500 for that !


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Old 10-17-2016, 07:07 PM   #37 (permalink)
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Cuz it's big as fuck!

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Old 10-17-2016, 08:14 PM   #38 (permalink)
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Old 10-22-2016, 03:43 PM   #39 (permalink)
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Ok, so I asked them to keep my old sway bars and brake bias valves so that I could reinstall them later if I felt the need....




Big fat nope.
This beast drives freaking awesome. It's unbelievable how well mannered it is on the freeway. It's completely planted, tracks curves with only a little input. It's nothing like its former self. I can drive it one finger and it's absolutely predictable. Before it was sawing back and forth and damn near anything would upset it.
I found a few (spots) of interest as well... I don't have the 4wd hooked up yet as the transfer case is still sitting on the floor of my garage but I hit a few bumps and holes at pretty good speed just to get a feel for it. It just mobbed over some shit that I would never had even attempted to tip toe through before.
I have to admit that Agile knows wtf they are doing. Spring rates and shock valving are spot on.
Very pleased to say the least.
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Old 10-26-2016, 05:43 AM   #40 (permalink)
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Old 10-27-2016, 01:15 PM   #41 (permalink)
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Nice! I keep seeing these bitchin vans and it makes me think about one. My only real problem is the towing capacity of one vs my 05 Cummins
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Old 01-27-2017, 08:13 PM   #43 (permalink)
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Still plugging away at it. Gonna do the rear one next. Used a kit for an early F250, only took alittle screwing with it to make it fit. The rear is for a Bronco so it's gonna need alittle more surgery to fit right.

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Another mopping of bedliner and they both have a nice even texture.
Rinoliner is nasty shit though...



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that thing BOMB! way to go!

Partially off topic but any interior pics?

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So how was the job fitting the TTB?

What did you do for a T case? divorced or swap a transmission?
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Old 09-17-2017, 08:48 PM   #49 (permalink)
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Well fuck you photobucket!
Anyway, it's done. Used a push button BW1356 and it's great.
Been working on the interior lately and will probably be doing the engine pretty soon. Runs fine but it could use a freshing up.
Probably going to change the trans to an E4OD for the overdrive as this this sucks gas and really revs out on the freeway.
I have a E4OD wiring harness and the ECU form a 91 F150 so I can keep the SD injection, and control the trans with all stock ford parts.
I'll find a new photo hosting site at some point and post some pics to show off.
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Old 09-21-2017, 03:44 PM   #50 (permalink)
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very cool project i,m jealous
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