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Old 05-10-2016, 11:20 AM   #76 (permalink)
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Another look at the trans/ tcase mount.


Exhaust wrap and heat insulation on top of the frame rails because of coolant heat.


Tight fit. The black tube coming out of the firewall is the turbo air inlet from the filter.
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Making sure the limit straps are the right length.


Just because I like this picture.


Coming together. It felt good to be putting some of this together for the last time.


Starter, steering, and mid driveshaft going in.


Fuel plumbing. I'm not sure why I decided to put a valve on the fuel return. I may remove that.


My buddy Lee working on wiring early in the morning. Starting with a universal harness from Painless, he basically wired the truck in a few nights. This is probably 1 or 2 nights before the Swap meet, and I was a day into not sleeping. The aluminum bedsides are on, and you might be able to see my buddy Ryan Barrett between the rear links working on the driveshaft. I owe a lot to these guys, and the truck wouldn't have been done without them.


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Old 05-10-2016, 11:24 AM   #77 (permalink)
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O'dark thirty. Lots of beers and Monsters were consumed.




More wiring, and the underdash airbox with Volant/Donaldson filter.


Aluminum panels going in.


Starting to look like it might run.
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Old 05-10-2016, 11:29 AM   #78 (permalink)
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Baddass Ramsey Sierra 15000. I built the truck for a Warn Zeon 12k, but the slightly bigger Ramsey actually fit. Barely.


I did chip a little of the paint squeezing it in though.


That's all I had before I took it to the swapmeet. We tried to get it running the night before I left, but gave up before all of the air was bled out of the fuel system. I had it running a couple days later.

We did run into a few problems assembling the front axle before the Swapmeet though. Jantz engineering did the diff set up and installed their diff cover girdle and load bolt in the housing. Unfortunately they didn't size the axle seal guide correctly on one side, and the seal was pushed into the housing when I tried to install the shaft.

Brown chicken brown cow? Nope.


All this fun at the last moment. I was pissed, but that's what you get for last minute projects.


Then we ran into another problem. This time it was the RCV stubs.


That's not right. I ordered Ford length stubs, and got Chevys.




There was some ridiculous customer service issues with RCV, but in the end, Maxx at Northridge 4x4 straightened it out. I'm very grateful to him for taking care of this in a timely manner even though RCV wasn't cooperating before I left for EJS.

More wiring detail.
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Old 05-10-2016, 11:54 AM   #79 (permalink)
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Pushed it off the trailer into the Crawl booth minutes before they opened the gates. I had been awake at this point for 68 hours.




One of the problems with working on projects while not sleeping is making stupid mistakes. Before the swapmeet I had put the wrong set of springs on front to rear, and the rear of the truck sagged with the lighter rate. So a couple days later I swapped them back.


The truck sits better, but I still wasn't happy. The initial spring choice was just an educated guess.


So I spent the next couple hours re-reading the spring tech thread on pirate.


First drive out of the garage. A lot of the rattle you hear is unsupported sheet metal that eventually got fixed. But yeah, its loud. Click on the pics for video.
20150311_170421 by Jeremy Benson, on Flickr
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Now that's been together for a while, what would you change?
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Now that's been together for a while, what would you change?
I'm pretty happy with it as is. Maybe save up for some different shocks and lighter wheels and tires if I was actually going to race it. But works great as a rec wheeler.

Here's a couple pics of its first test run on my friends property. I immediately bellied it out, at the bottom of a slick hill, without a working winch. That was fun.




A week later I was at EJS last year. The truck had only been running for a couple weeks, so totally unproven. I met up with Tim Magee from Crawl mag for a photo shoot on Moab rim. The second ledge I crawled at an angle, one of the sway bar arms folded up an tore into the aluminum bed side. They lasted about 5 minutes on a trail. When I got home I emailed Tony K. and he refunded the cost of the original arms, and I upgraded to these 7075 billet beauties. I think they're the same ones used on some of the Jimmy's cars. No problems with the sway bar since.


TK1 by Jeremy Benson, on Flickr

Also while at EJS, my epoxied shifter tower failed a couple days in. After a couple attempts, I was able to temporarily fix it for the rest of the trip, but did manage to damage my 3rd gear syncros when the shifter was loose. I had an issue getting out of Mickey's Hot tub with the sway bar broke. It just wanted to unload and roll over. A little suck down may have helped. This was also during a photo shoot, so it was a little embarrassing. I went back a couple days later with the sway bar arm temporarily fixed by Steve Nantz at Moab Offroad, and it crawled right out.


The rest of the trip was awesome, and the truck performed great for something brand new. Had a blast on Pritchett Canyon and at BFE.




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After I got back I had a few repairs to make. Pulling the engine/trans out at Devin's shop was so much easier than using a cherry picker in my garage.



I also smacked up the belly pretty good on the ledges in Pritchet Canyon. I did my best to straighten out the panels, and added another layer of steel.




I don't think I've posted any pictures of how tight the engine bay is, so here's one.
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Old 05-11-2016, 07:59 AM   #84 (permalink)
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Wow. Not much else can be said... This is pure badass
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Looks like a bent front link too.
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Old 05-11-2016, 01:39 PM   #89 (permalink)
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Looks like a bent front link too.
Yeah. Those were DOM, and I replaced them with heat treated Chromoly.

A couple months ago I was on on a snow run that ended quickly. The stud at the end of the steering ram that the clevis threads onto snapped. These came with the PSC kit, and use washers to lock in your clevis alignment. Even though I check tightness on steering equipment and links pretty regularly, my guess is this side had worked loose and fatigued until it snapped. Luckily I crashed into soft snow instead of a bus full of nuns.


Poly Performance carries these bigger PSC clevis ends that use a socket head cap screw instead of a stud. Alignment is easier, and you can torque them properly. It also uses a 3/4 x 3/4 rod end instead of the 3/4 x 5/8. So more strength and bearing surface. A much better design.


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Welp I officially have a pile of crap compared to this, nice work and hands down one of the best builds I have ever seen
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It also uses a 3/4 x 3/4 rod end instead of the 3/4 x 5/8. So more strength and bearing surface.
i always thought 3/4x5/8 heims were stronger then 3/4x3/4 due to the joint being the same size so the 5/8" joint has more material in it

heres a short thread with some thinking the same
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beautiful rig and since im in the process of putting a cummins in my buggy i love your choice in engine
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i always thought 3/4x5/8 heims were stronger then 3/4x3/4 due to the joint being the same size so the 5/8" joint has more material in it
I've notice that depending on manufacturer. Check out the difference between the 3/4 bore on the left vs. 5/8. Its quite a bit thicker. These are Ruffstuff rod ends.


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beautiful rig and since im in the process of putting a cummins in my buggy i love your choice in engine
Awesome.
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A couple months ago I was on on a snow run that ended quickly. The stud at the end of the steering ram that the clevis threads onto snapped. These came with the PSC kit, and use washers to lock in your clevis alignment. Even though I check tightness on steering equipment and links pretty regularly, my guess is this side had worked loose and fatigued until it snapped. Luckily I crashed into soft snow instead of a bus full of nuns.
You've got them installed wrong, turn them 90 degrees like this:




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I've notice that depending on manufacturer. Check out the difference between the 3/4 bore on the left vs. 5/8. Its quite a bit thicker. These are Ruffstuff rod ends.




Awesome.
thanks for posting that, my info was from many many years back reading the specs on some heims, i just applied it to all the other heims out there, never knew ruffstuff ones were thicker like that
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Use ball and socket joints instead of the clevis and cheap joints, won't have that issue, and also won't have to worry about the joints when they get worn out.
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I was thinking ball and sockets from emf would be the best route.
This thing is tits though! Thanks for sharing.
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Old 05-16-2016, 08:36 PM   #97 (permalink)
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This is by far my favorite build ever!! Pure art that has come to life! Awesome talent used wisely in my opinion!!
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How bout an interior shot after everything was put together?
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How bout an interior shot after everything was put together?
For some reason, I don't have any good ones. I'll take a few when I get home tonight.
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I got the weirdest boner right now Amazing build, please post more trail vids.
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