Post by wvopowered on Mar 19, 2017 18:56:49 GMT -8
I am getting closer only had today to work on it this weekend . I have the rear all most complete only need to weld on one bracket for brake line block relocation and secure e brake cables. Was not sure about putting the e cables back on I guess will see how long they survive. The rear has a Detroit locker and new gears I went with 5:38. all so added a truss on the top and fully welded the tubes in to the housing. I have the power steering box installed new lines made and filled with fluid. Ended up making a pitman arm out of two different ones to get the correct shape and tie rod hole. Pre heated to 450 in the oven welded up wrapped in 1" duct fire blanket then in moving blanket and put it behind the wood stove over night. It was still warm the next morning. Ground weld smooth and hit it with a flap wheel could not see any cracks or difference in metal. put in my press and tried to bend it it did not move or develop any cracks so I think it should be fine. I have the tie rod built and the crossover link also. Just need to remove lunch box locker from old rear end, and set up gears in front end, and assemble. I found that Parkrose hardware carries the correct full circle snap rings for the frt axle u joints so I picked up a set to install with the new u joints. Ordered bead locks from TMI .
I was able to get it finished. Hoping to go out on Saturday and do a shake down run. I think I am going to have to build rear traction bar it seems to vibrate on a hard take off. My wife said the pinion moves up about a 1 1/2". I had to shim up the front to get a reasonable amount of drop so now the pinion and transfer case are not at the same angle so the frt is not happy above 20 mph, its not horrible but was making noise with it on jack stands running. With no load it was able to pulse back and forth in the shaft making the yoke clank. May have to try and figure out how to get a cv joint at the transfer case. Drove it down the road up to about 50 went straight, stops good its a little un nerving turning with no sway bars and the soft springs. The shocks I got are some Rancho adjustable and I had them on the softest setting so next time I will set them to the hardest and see how it feels.
The one thing I bought pre made was the frt spring hangers from Sky's off road. It is there rear kit for a toyota.
Front Axle; Hi pinion Dana 44 center from 1968 ford Axle tubes from chevy 10 bolt Axle's from mid 70's full size jeep stub axle, spindle, hubs, from 1988 chevy 1/2 ton Chevy Dana 44 flat top knuckles 5:38 with lunch box locker. Front springs top two rears from a Rodeo and one leaf from a 1/2 ton Chevy rear pack. Stock Rodeo rear drive line cut down about 6 inches with yokes ground for more angle. Used Rancho shocks Toyota Tacoma rubber brake lines
Stock rodeo Dana 44 with 5:38 and a Detroit locker Springs top two stock leaves with 2 from 1/2 ton Chevy re-arched with my press to get about a 50/50 up down travel with a 1" block to make it level with front.
Steering box 1978/79 F150 Bronco box . Was able to adapt to stock hose on pressure side with steel line and used the ford return line for all off the shelf replacement parts.
Post by wvopowered on May 28, 2017 17:41:07 GMT -8
Replaced timing belt started making noise on the last run at Ladee flats. Belt tensioner was totally gone. Timing marks were not in the correct spots due to belt stretch. Seems to run and sound better. Also changed alternator to a GM CS130 Frame model. Had to do some wiring changes to retain my warning light and send correct voltage to alternator to turn on. These are designed to have a light in the power wire or a 35 to 50 ohm resistor to drop voltage to 3 to 5 volts that feeds the L terminal, that is what turns on the alternator. If you feed them 12v they will work but regulator will fail . I can now have ac on hi , headlights on with hi beams , rear window defroster, and still have 14volts at idle. Had to modify mounting brackets a little to get belt in alignment and make adjuster bracket longer to match up with new belt and pulley size.
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