Post by wvopowered on Nov 10, 2016 21:12:25 GMT -8
I have been slowly working on getting this project modified . I have cut the back quarters and built a new rear bumper. I used a front bumper kit for a late 80's Toyota. I have plans on cutting out the IFS and putting in a Dana 44. I am using a hi pinion center from a Ford with Chevy 10 bolt tubes and and hubs cut to FSJ axle length. Also did a little grooving on the tires .
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Post by wvopowered on Nov 15, 2016 18:47:36 GMT -8
I have been going back and forth on that one. I was thinking radius arms with coils what I would like is coilovers but that's not in the budget right now. But I think I am just going to do leaf springs it's the cheapest and easiest route and see how it does.
I got my front housing together just need to weld it up now
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I have been rounding up more parts. Picked up a Detroit locker [ now have a FSJ pass side offset rear end drum to drum and 4.88 no carrier if anyone needs parts] and a 1978 Bronco steering box, these mount out side of the frame and the arm points forward and is twice the size of the stock box. My tires arrived also 37 12.00 15 TSL SX II
No turning back now. I removed front suspension and all mounts last weekend. The hi pinion 44 is going to solve the problem most people have with to steep of a drive line angle. And it looks like it may be a little higher than I was thinking.
Post by wvopowered on Jan 18, 2017 21:56:29 GMT -8
I am not sure about the drive line . I was thinking to make a flange adapter at the t-case so I could go to bigger u joints but now that it is apart there is not much room to go bigger. I started the new frt suspension . Definitely going to be higher than I had planned. Thought about frenching the rear mounts up into the frame but that would only have dropped me a few inches and would have been a lot of work . I am not planning on driving this on the street so the extra clearance will be nice any way. tried to put up some pictures but my picture site is not working
I have the front springs and the axle under it. The height is higher than I was planning on, the tires measure 36 1/4 they are listed from Interco to be 37.20 . Any one have a comment on the ride height, good bad okay normal ?
I would like to have it done by the end of the month. Not sure if that's going to happen unless I take some time off work. I did the steering box today , made and welded in the plate to the frame to mount it on.
Ran in to front drive line angle issues .The flanges I have that fit the transfer case would not allow for the angle I needed . Was thinking about doing a trans swap to a turbo 350/205 but that would require a custom converter possibly this motor has the chevy 60 degree pattern so the bolt circle is smaller and no room to re drill flex plate and after taking measurements it still would not gain me much in improved drive line angle. So I decided to take a die grinder to the yokes to see how much angle I could get and was able to go from about 25 degrees to 35 degrees this is enough to make them work I am going to have to drop the ride height down as much as I can so I can have the largest amount of travel. Started setting up the gears in the rear end have them close but found that the shim kit I have did not have the correct size pinion shims, the Isuzu Dana 44 uses a smaller bearing than the earlier 44's . I had bought a FSJ rear 44 for the Detroit locker when I tore it apart I found that it had new gears and bearings ,the bearings still had grease on them that they used for assembly only problem was that there was no pre load shims on the pinion they had just tightened the nut to set pre load. So I decided to take the locker apart to see what it looked like. I found that it looks to have all new internal parts no wear marks on any of the teeth. The bolts that hold the two case half's together were loose though. Also they had assembled the springs and retainer rings in the wrong way. The springs were between the retainer ring and case with the retainer rings flipped the wrong way. This was putting the whole assembly in a bind and most likely made it into a spool.
Post by wvopowered on Feb 20, 2017 20:37:08 GMT -8
I pulled one leaf out of my front packs and that dropped me about 2". I have around 3 1/2 " of up travel and at least 5 down. I will see were that comes in at once I get the drive line in and test for binding. Also was able to get exh cross over pipe from pass side to drivers side made. It used to go under drive line due to IFS. Started working on steering linkage.
ExCabSwap: The wind there looks horrible... Still worth it haha
Feb 1, 2016 18:43:45 GMT -8
ExCabSwap: Finishing up the fuel tank... Hope to see you all Tuesday in my extended cab!
Feb 6, 2016 1:43:36 GMT -8
poorboy: Can somebody give me the official rules for the Cowbell please?
May 8, 2016 15:26:47 GMT -8
Wyldman: The Cowbell... If you are a club member and you're on one of our wheelin' trips. If you get stuck on an obstacle and have to be pulled out by your winch or someone elses winch/strap. You earn the Cowbell.
May 9, 2016 15:46:03 GMT -8
poorboy: Wyldman, I got to see the passing of the bell at the meeting and learned quite a bit about the tradition.
May 11, 2016 13:03:11 GMT -8
ljdude: Who has the cowbell?
Jul 20, 2016 23:45:14 GMT -8
petee: who has the cowbell
Aug 7, 2016 20:00:28 GMT -8