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Old 02-09-2013, 05:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So I decided it's time to post up. Been watching for a long time and decided I can handle the abuse. How bad could it be? So this is the truck I started with, '84 F250 with all the goody used up.
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I was tired of replacing parts in my Dana 60 so I drug home a couple deuces. One was free and a runner but unfortunately could not be registered. I drove it around at the river a little then pulled the axles and sold the rest of the truck to a friend for parts. The second one was a basket case. Parked in the woods with no oil pan for well over 20 years. So pulled the axles and sold the rest for scrap.
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Post pics of the build dude.
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Old 02-09-2013, 06:13 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I started working on the axles back in 2011. At that point I was not taking a lot of pictures. I wanted rear steer and wheel brakes. I see lots of guys redrill the housings to make rear steer but I was worried I wouldn't be able to get the holes straight. So I cut down a rear and added the knuckles from one of the fronts. Accomplished the same thing with torches, a grinder, and a welder.
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After lot's of time working on the rockwells I decided I wanted to go away from the leaf springs and do a four-link with coilovers. Then I decided if I'm gonna do all that I should just build my own frame rather than try to salvage my beat to hell stocker. And if I'm building my own frame I could use any body I want.
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So the only parts remaining from the '84 or the engine and transfer cases. A 6.9l with a Bank's Sidewinder that's balanced and bored and a twin sticked ORD doubler. Everything else was either sold or scrapped.
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This is an old engine i had from a parts truck that I was using for mock-up. The lower suspension mount for the front is going to be removable to help with future transmission and transfercase repairs. Body mounts are universal units from Energy Suspension and engine mounts and transmission and transfercase mount bushings are from Ballistic Fab.
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I was building for 49 inch Iroks but then I picked up four of these locally for 3 G's. Couldn't go wrong! Brand new 54 inch Boggers and 20 inch recentered military beadlocks.
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Old 02-09-2013, 07:16 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Should of kept the 84 body

But looks like a cool build, sounds like a good deal on the boggers too
Is that last pic the expected ride height?
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So this has been ongoing for about 2 years. Have gotten a lot done but have a lot more to do. This is were I am now. I will fill in the gaps as I go...
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This last pic is ride height. In that other I still had the frame on the table and just rolled the tires up next to it. It's taller than I wanted but to go any lower would be way more work than I'm willing to do.
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I really liked the '84 body style but it was totally shot. It sat around with mud caked in it for way too long. Plus this way I can take the kids with me. I'm hoping to get five racing seats in it.
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i love the explorer cab choice. i have never seen anyone use that body style.

nice work too. cant wait to see more progress on this one.
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I'm interested in what you're using for a rad. Got a sorta kinda project thing going on with a ranger and one of those motors' bastardized later brothers.

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Love the body choice! very cool. Maybe I missed it what is the Dtrain? 6.9/C6?
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I'm interested in what you're using for a rad. Got a sorta kinda project thing going on with a ranger and one of those motors' bastardized later brothers.

Keep on it and keep posting.
I am using the stock radiator. There was no way it was gonna fit under the hood so its going behind the cab.
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Love the body choice! very cool. Maybe I missed it what is the Dtrain? 6.9/C6?
Post #6, but he didn't mention anything about trans.

Should be an interesting build.
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Love the body choice! very cool. Maybe I missed it what is the Dtrain? 6.9/C6?
Yes. I had a 5 speed in the '84 but that was way to many gears. So I picked up a C6 from an '85.
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Plus hard to shift gears in the mud with the manual and stay in the boost. I had the trans and t-case all mounted up and decided I was gonna have some very tight clearances for the front driveline.
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So I'm gonna have to divorce the transfercase from the trans. I picked up a fixed yoke 2wd tailshaft and housing for the C6 from Ebay and did some parts swapping for the 203 stuff. I found a guy here on pirate with a divorced 203 tryin to marry up and we just traded parts.
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Trying to get somewhere around a 60/40 weight distribution so I'm putting as much as I can in the back. There won't be any real bed. The bed was all plastic and fiberglass and bolted together. So I am only using the fiberglass bed sides/fenders. Originally I was gonna use an Explorer body but I wasn't sure what to do with the radiator and fuel tank. Plus I picked up the Sport-Trac body at the local salvage yard for $1000. I built the radiator mount from recycled log loader hand rails. It will also double as the mount for the rear fenders.
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I also built a fuel tank and mounted it in the "bed". It's big as hell but oh well. The purpose of the shape is to keep fuel at the supply even at crazy angles and a low fuel levels. I wanted to use aluminum for the fuel tank but I didn't have any way to weld it. So 12g mild steel it is. A buddy told me you can cut plate with a circular saw and a carbide tipped blade. I didn't believe him but he provided the tools so I gave it a go. Worked good.
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