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Old 02-14-2013, 08:47 AM   #51 (permalink)
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This will be sweet. Love the sport trac body also. I'm loving that your just going for it. Way to go.
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Old 02-14-2013, 10:50 AM   #52 (permalink)
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Cool project so far, can't wait to see more!!
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Old 02-17-2013, 07:13 PM   #53 (permalink)
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I was able to get some more work done this weekend. I got the rear axle slung under the frame and got the lower links installed. Also got the upper and lower front links installed.
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Old 02-17-2013, 07:26 PM   #54 (permalink)
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I was worried about the front drive line clearance but i think it will be okay. I still have not installed the transfercases. I am still trying to find a 6-8 inch long driveline with 1/2 inch of slip. Also in these pictures you can see the manifold I made to run all my fluids through. Brake line, fuel supply and return, and rear steer. Just a way to avoid clamps and keep everything looking clean.
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Old 02-17-2013, 07:33 PM   #55 (permalink)
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I am still trying to find a 6-8 inch long driveline with 1/2 inch of slip.
The outer shell of a double cardan joint, and a 2wd slip yoke? Trans might not like the absence of the tailshaft housing, but with only 6" of drive shaft hanging on it it might not hurt anything.

EDIT: never mind, now I see you've got some sort of fixed yoke on it. I just saw a bare 4wd trans in one of the pics.

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Old 02-17-2013, 07:43 PM   #56 (permalink)
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This is the rear manifold block. From here everything will go to hoses.
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Old 02-18-2013, 07:45 AM   #57 (permalink)
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I have also been saving up parts and finally got enough to build a handle for my trans shifter. My plan is to use the two buttons for rear steer left and right, and the trigger for return to center.
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Old 02-18-2013, 09:25 AM   #58 (permalink)
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Great build. Love the body choice. It''l definately be unique. Also love the fact that you're building it on a tabletop like some sort of giant RC

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Old 02-18-2013, 11:22 AM   #59 (permalink)
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Great build. Love the body choice. It''l definately be unique. Also love the fact that you're building it on a tabletop like some sort of giant RC
It's not on the table any more, I had to return it to the company I borrowed it from. I needed it to lay the frame out on because there are no flat areas on my shop floor. And it was nice to get everything up to a more comfortable working height.
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Old 02-26-2013, 03:37 PM   #60 (permalink)
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Not much progress lately. I did find time to hack up a stock front driveline and build a short shaft to go between my transmission and transfercase. Turned out better than I thought it would. The splined shaft is pressed into the collar and welded on the back. Then that assembly is pressed into the yoke and welded around the shaft and the collar. The female yoke was just shortened and turned to hold the dust seal.
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Old 03-06-2013, 07:34 PM   #61 (permalink)
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Unfortunately no real progress to speak of. I am having the pieces for the rear link mount cut out by a buddy with a CNC plasma and I ordered shocks today. I need to build a crossmember and mounts for my transfer cases but the door to my shop is damaged. I can't open it so I can't get to my body with my service truck to lift it off the frame. So that will have to wait. But should have shocks mid week so I can get mounts built and cycle suspension. Hopefully some real progress and pics this weekend.
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Old 03-06-2013, 10:33 PM   #62 (permalink)
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Wow, I really like this. My brother and I have been planing a one ton 4bt Sport Trac for some time now as a multi-purpose rig. Yours is decidedly more..............awesome. You're making great progress whereas I'm barely collecting parts. What shocks are you going to run?
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Old 03-07-2013, 08:01 PM   #63 (permalink)
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Just ordered some 2.5" remote reservoir Fox coilovers. 16" travel. They should be here Wednesday or Thursday.
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Old 03-07-2013, 09:02 PM   #64 (permalink)
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Killer truck! Great build so far!
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Old 03-08-2013, 08:41 AM   #65 (permalink)
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This is pretty rad. Making me think about Rockwells
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Old 03-08-2013, 09:56 PM   #66 (permalink)
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This is pretty rad. Making me think about Rockwells
You'll think about it a lot more when you get tired of pouring money into that Dana 60.
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Old 03-11-2013, 08:37 PM   #67 (permalink)
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It was like Christmas time at my house today. Well almost, this time the presents are for me.
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Old 03-11-2013, 08:42 PM   #68 (permalink)
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I would like to spend some time this weekend building shock mounts but it's my anniversary, pretty sure I'll be spending all my time with the wife. Otherwise I'll be living in my shop.
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Old 03-11-2013, 09:44 PM   #69 (permalink)
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Cool build, where in humboldt are you?
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Old 03-12-2013, 05:01 AM   #70 (permalink)
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Cool build, where in humboldt are you?
I live in Eureka.
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Old 03-24-2013, 07:48 PM   #71 (permalink)
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Finally spent some time in the shop. Was having withdrawls. I see my truck almost every day at work and it sucks when I don't have time to work on it. So I had the pieces for my rear link mount cut out at my local fab shop. I have become good friends with the guys at Rock Solid 4x4 and they have a CNC plasma table. Well worth the money. So I got that built and welded up. Turned out pretty good I think. I bolted the rear piece on on to help make it easier to install and allows some way to compensate if I have to change the shim packs on any of the bearing retainers down the road.The star is just because I like stars.
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Old 03-24-2013, 08:10 PM   #72 (permalink)
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I also got one of the front shock mounts mocked up. I can't use the lower mount that's part of the link mount because it's to close to the center. So I'm going to use that mount for the limiting strap.
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Old 03-25-2013, 04:22 AM   #73 (permalink)
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Old 03-25-2013, 09:57 AM   #74 (permalink)
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Shock specs? And what'd they end up costing you? I am looking for some here soon and gathering some prices.
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Old 03-25-2013, 07:09 PM   #75 (permalink)
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They were just off the shelf units. Fox 2.5 inchers, 16 inch travel.I think 40/70 valving, wich is fine because I don't know what my final weights will be. After it's all done I plan on taking it down to a Fox tuning day to have it dialed in. I bought them locally, through Polly Performance, $2500. Poly has the best prices I could find.
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