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Old 08-30-2019, 10:58 AM   #201 (permalink)
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I was doing the rear tube work and the rear shock mounting around the same time.

Here are some shots of the the rear shock mounts, rear bumpstop mounts, and the rear spring perches welded in.

Ill be going with a double cardan rear driveshaft because the angle at ride height is around 13 degrees, so at full droop I felt that the double would be necessary.

I pulled out the smallest leaf at the bottom of the pack. It wasnt even the full length of the spring perch and I figured they would only aid in axle wrap considering how little contact was being made between the leafs and the perch.









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I have plans to make a small bed in the back, got the steel, wood and everything but Im going to focus my efforts on the things that are going to make it go.

Next up is the fuel tank, mounting and plumbing.

The fuel tank obviously couldnt interfere with the driveshaft and I wanted the filler neck to be somewhat consolidated and pushed closer to the cab to make more room for spare fuel, water, batteries etc.

Fuel tank straps are made from 1/8" x 2" flat bar. Made some keyholes for the 'not so accessible' side and a stainless 5/16" stainless 't-bolt' for the other. A 2.5" thin rubber strip will go in between the straps and tank (Its actually rubber garage door seal, for the bottom).

I had to cut, rotate and weld the filler neck to be positioned correctly. Welded with silicon bronze.

And of course, a stainless filler neck mount for extra bling.







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Old 09-05-2019, 07:55 AM   #204 (permalink)
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Amazing tig work Ryan!
Trucks coming along great!
If you ever need an extra set of hands give me a call.
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Fab work is nice! What spring pack is that?
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Old 09-06-2019, 08:52 AM   #206 (permalink)
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you're making solid progress on this thing, nice work. let me know if you want to plan a trip once it's trail ready
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Thanks, Miles just brought that welder over! gonna be much easier to make stuff now

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Fab work is nice! What spring pack is that?
Thank you. The spring packs are the All Pro 05+ 3" lift

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Will do! Hopefully itll be running before the end of the year.
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Nice fab work. Keep the pictures flowing....
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Nice fab work. Keep the pictures flowing....
I appreciate it and will do
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Exhaust stuff:

Downpipes are 2.25" and they Y into a 2.5" then there is an 8" flex pipe then a 3 bolt flange.

After the flange there will be a california legal catalytic converter, 2.5" in/out then the plan is to go to 3" after the cat and a magnaflow 14" muffler somewhere above the axle then dump. Im doing what I hope will be acceptable to pass a referee.

The driver side down pipe needed to be routed around a lot of things, the upper link, clutch slave, oil pan, etc.

I made up some heat shields for the clutch slave and the gas tank. Ill probably make another under the passenger floor and the Y. The downpipes are going to get wrapped all the way to the flex pipe.





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Unless you know a ref and can bribe him, you won't be able to pass smog with that exhaust. You have to have unmodified OE exhaust from the exhaust manifold to the catalyst. After that it's fair game.
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Unless you know a ref and can bribe him, you won't be able to pass smog with that exhaust. You have to have unmodified OE exhaust from the exhaust manifold to the catalyst. After that it's fair game.
I talked to a ref just the other day and he was telling me as long as its the same size pipe and its routed the same way (i.e. comes to y on the same side etc.) it would be ok. I also asked him about the distance to the cat from the manifolds, and I was told that OBD 1 isnt that big of a deal and just has to be kind of in the same stock location.

I hope what he told me is true. Ive talked with him before about this build and hes helped me with a few things.

But theres no way the stock downpipes to the cat are going to fit.

Theres also another big potential problem... a manual behind this motor.
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Upper radiator mount done. Radiator is fully mounted. The shiny part is stainless, the black part is some 2" rectangular tube I cut then dimpled.

School starts today so the build is going to slow down but ill still be chipping away at it. I have a long list of smaller things I can take care of here and there when I get the chance.

The next major obstacle will be the dash and wiring. Ive decided to make a new dash, the stock dash is trashed and would take too much effort to reconfigure how I need it. I wont be using any of the vents or any stock gauges, switches etc. The plan, for now, is to make a simple, flat, 2-bend, aluminum dash, with gauges in the center.

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Unless you know a ref and can bribe him, you won't be able to pass smog with that exhaust. You have to have unmodified OE exhaust from the exhaust manifold to the catalyst. After that it's fair game.
Obd 1 is not as strictly enforced. My exhaust manifolds are off of a different vehicle and are modified. My o2 sensor was installed on the wrong side of the y. It all passed. 95 4.3 vortec from an Astro van.

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I talked to a ref just the other day and he was telling me as long as its the same size pipe and its routed the same way (i.e. comes to y on the same side etc.) it would be ok. I also asked him about the distance to the cat from the manifolds, and I was told that OBD 1 isnt that big of a deal and just has to be kind of in the same stock location.

I hope what he told me is true. Ive talked with him before about this build and hes helped me with a few things.

But theres no way the stock downpipes to the cat are going to fit.

Theres also another big potential problem... a manual behind this motor.
You should be good, but don’t get crushed if you don’t pass on the first time. It took me 4 times and a few years. Even worse, the new catalytic converter I had installed after the first go round needed to be replaced for the final trip. The carb number was no longer valid. It passed smog every time...
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