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Old 04-04-2010, 05:42 PM   #201 (permalink)
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There was an earthquake today. Thankfully my collection of Olde E bottles stayed put.

Air bump strike pads. ...at full bump, duh.





Seats in. Built a rectangular frame to pick up the seat mounting tabs. Frame & seats were mocked in and tied into the cage. Also driveshaft pocket was built and Tcase clearance hole in the floor patched.






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Old 04-14-2010, 02:15 PM   #202 (permalink)
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Sweet build, but why take so much time to TIG everything when you have a MIG there? Less time and far cheaper with the MIG. IMHO.
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Old 04-15-2010, 04:58 PM   #204 (permalink)
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Sweet build, but why take so much time to TIG everything when you have a MIG there? Less time and far cheaper with the MIG. IMHO.
TIG is cleaner, more control. No splatter allowed!!
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Old 04-18-2010, 07:01 PM   #205 (permalink)
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Not much to show, but here you fawks go...

Steering valve in. It'll get a steering column heim joint dropped off the dash bar. Plumbing will go through the firewall and follow the engine cage upper tube.


Exhaust is inching along. Finally decided to run two 2.5" flowmasters. Anyone know how a dual exhaust performs without a crossover tube? Getting one to fit is going to be tight.



Thats it for now
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Old 04-18-2010, 08:58 PM   #206 (permalink)
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Best explanation ever....too bad it is a Mustang site

http://www.mustangforums.com/forum/2...explained.html

Long story short, "H" pipe and "X" pipes allow both banks of any V motor to balance out the back-pressures to increase the scavenging effect and increase power and efficiency. These are big issues for racers where a couple horses matter, but might not be worth the trouble for you. I don't know if you would be able to use one of these but, the MAC PROCHAMBER is like a small muffler that acts as an "H" or "X" pipe. I don't know how far back you can mount one and still get any benefit, but worth a shot!
http://www.macperformance.com/store/...&Product_ID=72
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Old 04-29-2010, 12:51 PM   #207 (permalink)
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I found a cross-flow muffler that is meant for old school Camaros. I want to try fitting it behind the rear axle. We'll see how it works!

Great dual exh info.
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Ahhh shit. Tucked right in there no prob.
That is freaking sexy.

I am thinking of trussing my axles too. Damn you guys and your sweet rock crawlers. I just can't commit to taking mine off the street...

Awesome build, been surfing it for days
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Old 05-01-2010, 07:51 PM   #209 (permalink)
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Not much more left to do, keep that fire lit and you'll be wheeling it before you know it.

Can't wait to see it finished
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so, is it done yet?
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Old 05-09-2010, 06:56 PM   #211 (permalink)
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so, is it done yet?
Yeah, but its blocked in by a toyota

Heres a little progress......

My 6.0L is thirsty - it can drink from here. RCI 17-gallon.
It'll be strapped down, etc.



The shifter / cupholder console is done. I couldn't let this much sheet metal get away without a few flared holes




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Should of flared the cup holes also.Looking good.Keep it up.
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Should of flared the cup holes also.Looking good.Keep it up.
Sorry don't have a 3" dimple die
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Old 05-16-2010, 07:34 PM   #214 (permalink)
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Plumbed my full hydro this weekend. Wyatt cruised over to lend a hand.

Orbitrol Valve:


We looked at hose routing and decided running the L & R hoses down a upper link was the only reasonable option.



Steering wheel mocked in.


Fuel Cell - relocated to the rear. Wanted some weight behind the rear axle. This will simplify the floor as well. Straps are work in progress.




Some eye candy - sort of

This was in the parking lot of the Jack in the Box with bullet proof glass. Donut massacre.
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Old 06-13-2010, 08:11 PM   #215 (permalink)
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Time for an Update:

All of my coolers are plumbed. Check it out - I like the push-on fittings better than the screw-together ones... The push-on hose is more flexible than the stainless steel braided as well.

Trans cooler on left, steering on right... check out the steering ram tucked up there. Its within 1/4" of full bump - a tight squeeze.




Oil accumulator valve and pressure sensor


Found a cool low-profile fitting that makes the oil accumulator line work.


Shortest steering column ever!
Its supported by a 1-1/4" tube with a sweet pinch bolt insert holding a heim. There is a piece of 3/4" bar stock welded to the removable steering wheel splined connector and the u-joint. The heim became permanent.


The oribitrol valve is supported by the old steering column mount. With the steering wheel supported like this the cowl was in need of some stiffening. It was flexing all over the place.

Built a small stiffening plate that bolts into the stock column mount. Ryan in action...

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Old 06-13-2010, 08:13 PM   #216 (permalink)
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Exhaust:
The final setup is dual (no crossover) 2.5" mandrel bent exhaust - 6" flex coupling to shorty 2.5" Hushpower. It dumps behind the rear axle.

Made a few of these...


Muffler is hard-mounted to the frame, the flex coupling should take care of any movement.



Various routing shots - hard to capture what's going on here.





Getting the exhaust done was a huge milestone. I'm going to have the whole system coated by Jet-Hot.

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Old 06-14-2010, 06:22 AM   #217 (permalink)
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wow,

so THAT'S how you get dual exhaust past the triangulated uppers!!

that is some pretty sick exhaust work! very well done.
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Gratuitous full bump shot just cuz it looks cool


B-pillar reinforcement. Its 1.5" .120


Pretend dash and light bar. Thinking about a light bar that fits below the windshield bar - it'll double as a sun shade during the day.



More to come soon...
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Old 06-27-2010, 06:39 PM   #221 (permalink)
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Rebuilt the Fox's and tuned them using a shock dyno - Ryan showed my the ropes. This is a very valuable tool to establish a baseline tune and see the valving changes made.

The Fox's I have were valved very stiff, we removed a ton of shims to get them back down where we wanted them. The King bypasses are too soft so I'll be ordering a valve shim kit. (2:1 motion ratio) It was interesting adjusting the bypass tubes from fully open to fully closed and seeing the adjustment range plotted out. Very cool!



Ryan raged on the cage and got in all the B-pillar spreaders. Its about as strong as fawk now.




We machined the high steer arms to clear the heim joints at full lock. Front end is back together with the new 5-lug hubs and knuckles. The brakes are kinda shady, I have some questions for the vendor I bought the stuff from... I swapped to 1/2-ton brakes and chevy single-piston calipers. The pads hang off the outside of the rotor - i.e. an inner portion of the rotor is not contacted by the pad. Anyone have experience with this problem??



Layed out the rear fenders - white to match the front Looks pimp.




I will be using a set of Genright blank rear corners. The posterpaper is a template that I'll trace onto each side. BAM

Rob and Eric stopped by the shop on Saturday. Good times
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Old 07-05-2010, 07:27 PM   #222 (permalink)
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Pivotal moment in history - I have matching wheel lug patterns and matching lug nuts for the first time ever! Finally swapped out the rear studs to these beefy 9/16" units. The knurl / hole size was the same for my previous 1/2" studs. Just press in and out.



Cut out the rear corners I got from Gen Right. Turned out nice.

Huge opening - thats what she said.... errrr



Also swapped master my master cylinder to a unit from a 2001 Exploder. Bolted right up!

Mounted Battery


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Have a part number for those lug studs or a vehicle they were for?
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Old 07-05-2010, 08:06 PM   #224 (permalink)
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SICK SICK SICK I like it alot.

dude that looks like full compression or close. if that is ride height you cant have much up travel.

Dude for my braked I was going to di the dual diaphragm thing. Why did u use the explorer MC?
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Have a part number for those lug studs or a vehicle they were for?
They are Dorman studs, but I threw away the box with the p/n on it. A good place to start is 88 F350 front studs. They're 9/16". I reused the studs from the F350 hubs on my new front 5-lug hubs and it worked great.
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