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Old 02-04-2020, 11:33 AM   #151 (permalink)
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Looks mint, keep up the nice work.
Thanks, getting to put clean stuff together is the fun part.
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You take really nice photos.
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Looks great.

I've seen a few G2 hubs grenade on the trail but under pretty rough use.

I'm a big fan of the Yukons.

But then a hub as a weak link isn't necessarily a bad thing. Much rather break that than anything inward from there.
That's what I'm thinking too. Had good parts in a d44 w/37s and the hub would go first. Carried a spare set, easy to R&R. I have a backup for this 60.
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Old 02-04-2020, 02:22 PM   #152 (permalink)
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Trying direct links in this post...pita... resize...

Got motor installed (again). probably not the last time either.

Filled the torque converter up half way with fluid. This converter is a higher stall than factory (+300 rpm), guessing 1900-2100 rpm instead of 1600-1800. Intent is to get fully into power band to get this heavy pig rolling. Using dex/merc instead of type F.


Remembered to install shield first then flex plate. Nice to install all clean and painted parts.


Installed trans/TC first into chassis then motor and bolted them together. Then I took it back out to remove motor mounts and grease the bushing.



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Old 02-05-2020, 10:55 AM   #153 (permalink)
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Installed transfer case. Made some 0.750 +/- 0.005" shims for the trans mount. It sets clearance from front yolk to cross member. I think a 1350 double cardan joint should just fit at full droop, to maximize cab to case clearance. May need a small body lift to clear trans and TC, we shall see...

Plan on using a stick style twin shifter in typical position to go with old school theme.

Good to finally have this stuff off the shop floor.
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Old 02-10-2020, 01:35 PM   #154 (permalink)
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Justified a wheel purchase for the 72, went old-school with slot mags. 17x10 for 40x13.50-17 Toyo MT. Would have done a 9" wide but not available, only this one size in 8 lug.


Finished up the link bars. had a pair of bushing that were longer than the rest and wouldn't allow grease flow so cut them down on lathe. Should also help them deflect some more to help articulation.


tapped for zerk and installed bushings and rod end with anti-seize
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Old 02-10-2020, 01:37 PM   #155 (permalink)
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Positioned axle under chassis and installed link bars and coilovers, so I could snap a few pics and acknowledge the milestone. Broke down the engine & axle stands and put them in deep storage.


Beer thirty


Next step is to get tires mounted and get started on rear suspension.


should claw at the ground pretty good with skinny pedal down.
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Looks better than my 4wd conversion. I dig the build man mix of old and new school!
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Old 02-10-2020, 05:33 PM   #157 (permalink)
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Looks awesome!! Diggin the old school slots in a modern diameter.
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Old 02-11-2020, 09:45 AM   #158 (permalink)
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Looks better than my 4wd conversion. I dig the build man mix of old and new school!
Thanks. I guess I'm somewhat stuck in the 80s but spoiled on modern capabilities. Like steaming music, but still listening to AC/DC.


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Looks awesome!! Diggin the old school slots in a modern diameter.
Thanks. GLad that something new was available. Turbines was 1st choice but not being manufactured, and old stuff only in 16.5. Looking forward to getting doughnuts installed on them.
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Had a long talk with myself about project next steps, involving a few beers instead of getting any real work done. I believe I have decided to leave the front half, half done and get started on the rear. I had a few options:
- throw together a makeshift fuel system, buy rest of engine parts and start motor
- finish out steering and front brakes lines, install cab
- Leave the worn out stock leaves in and half-ass the rear suspension enough to get it rolling/drivable

Big tires are cool so I think I need to get it sitting on the 40s even though it should make things more difficult. The bed really needs to come off to clean frame and redo the spring hangers, but it's full of crap. So need to clean it out and find a home for all the stuff including the bed itself. I plan to make a wooden frame/trailer chassis to make the bed portable, using the old rear D60, leaves & wheels. Then get new springs and axle installed so it can roll on the big rubber.

Plan to use some chebby 63s, move stock hangers forward (if they are correct width), custom fab some rear hangers for shackle flip, and run a block as needed. I think I need 8" over the 2wd setup it has now.

Once rolling move on to the fuel system including a high capacity tank. Looking at blazer/burb tanks in 31 gallon at 28"x28"x12". For EFI one tank is preferred, but pump doesn't have to be in the tank. Will have to fab all mounting brackets, fill/vent hoses, a ford gauge compatible sending unit and a few other things. This should keep me busy for the foreseeable future.
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beautiful work as always, keep it coming
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beautiful work as always, keep it coming
Thanks. It might look good but has some issues. The additional bend I put in the track bar was too much and causing more issues.

Got the tires mounted. Had to drive around to 4 different tire shops to find one willing and capable. Tire pro's told me they could do 40s, but when I showed up they said 4 year old tires were 'too old'... guess they weren't interested. Shit, discount is 10 years, but no point even asking them.

The tainted tire with bead damage looks to have other issues as well. It sits and rolls tilted indicating broken belts. The other 3 don't. Probably why the seller bough new and sold these. But they will get it rolling and allow me to test fit, trim, hack and such, which was the point anyhow. Probably won't go down road for another 6-12 months anyhow, so a new set would just age also. Will never wear them out from miles. So, like most of my tires, they will spend there final days doing burnouts.


I think the wheel to sidewall ratio is a decent fit for this old Ford, unlike this:
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Had a long talk with myself about project next steps, involving a few beers instead of getting any real work done. I believe I have decided to leave the front half, half done and get started on the rear. I had a few options:
- throw together a makeshift fuel system, buy rest of engine parts and start motor
- finish out steering and front brakes lines, install cab
- Leave the worn out stock leaves in and half-ass the rear suspension enough to get it rolling/drivable
not that i get a vote, but I say take bed off and do all fab work.. then reinstall body.

Easy for me to say, I'm living vicariously.
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Old 02-14-2020, 03:43 PM   #163 (permalink)
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not that i get a vote, but I say take bed off and do all fab work.. then reinstall body.

Easy for me to say, I'm living vicariously.
haha, you'll have to clear those plans with Mrs. rattle snake first


Ya the plan is to remove the bed and hack stuff up.

I found a set of cheap Chebby 63s I plan to get tomorrow. They are 2 leaf +OL from a 02 2wd 1500. Would prefer a 3 leaf, 1500 4wd, 2500, etc but avoiding a JY trip cause I'm a lazy and short on time. Should allow me to get it rolling, and can swap out pack or add a leaf later if needed.

So is there a rule of thumb for locating the front hanger bolt from the center pin, aka wheel well center?

The arch will move tire back as it compresses. how far to offset forward, if at all?
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