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Old 08-07-2008   #11
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I've had a lot of distractions in my life as of lately.....Makes it hard to make any good progress at one time.

Anyways, I started making the new transmission cross member/link mount yesterday. It's about 50% finished at this point, I still have to add the other angled tube, transmission mounting flange, link mounts and some plating for rigidity.


Sorry about the less-than-great picture.
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Old 08-08-2008   #12
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The transmission cross member is about 80% finished. I probably bolted it up and took it out 15 time making sure everything fit right. I may still need to clearance part of it for the driveshaft, but we'll have to wait and see. I also used the ever-so-exact method of mocking up the location of the links (duct tape), measuring the distance out from the center of the truck to the centerline of the links both at the axle and the cross member ends.



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Old 08-09-2008   #13
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pretty sweet. your going to end up beating phillips truck

might want to double up on that duct tape and/or use zip ties too
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Old 08-09-2008   #14
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pretty sweet. your going to end up beating phillips truck

might want to double up on that duct tape and/or use zip ties too
I'm just ready to have this thing done so that I can use it, or park other vehicles in the garage finally!


I bolted the transmission crossmember in place for measuring and positioning link brackets. I think I need a taller jack:


I got the spring mount/link brackets tacked to the axle this morning:


Then measured for and started fabricating the links:



I got one of the links primed and painted, the other will have additional tabs welded on for the top link to mount to. I''m waiting on another order of parts from Ballistic now.....
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Old 09-12-2008   #15
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Update 9/12/2008:

I replaced the oil pan the other night due to rust, then welded all the brackets to the axle, cleaned up, painted, and finally slid back under the truck and bolted everything back up last night.






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Old 09-17-2008   #16
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Looks nice and clean. Whats the estimated uptravel? Your going to weld that crossmember in place right? I wouldn't trust two 1/2" bolts per side.
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Looks nice and clean. Whats the estimated uptravel? Your going to weld that crossmember in place right? I wouldn't trust two 1/2" bolts per side.
He said he bolted it just for mock up.
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Looks nice and clean. Whats the estimated uptravel? Your going to weld that crossmember in place right? I wouldn't trust two 1/2" bolts per side.
Short answer: no, it will not be welded in. That would make transmission serviceability very difficult.....
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not to be funny, but what color paint are you using on the front suspension links and rear diff cover? it looks to be an orange or a yellow
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The paint was Transport (Old Caterpillar) Yellow that I had left over from repainting my trailer.

Projects on the To-Do list for this year:
-Replace front coils for softer linear rate coil
-Rework rear leaves to remove one leaf (drop it an inch or so, and soften things back up)
-Replace PS pump & add extra reservior tank
-Repair wiring for rear brake lights
-Remove carpeting and hercu-line interior floor
-Rocksliders/steps
-6pt interior cage/harnesses/seats

At some point I'd like to get to wheel it. It sucked finishing it so late last year. I'm no longer in the mood to wheel when its snowy or cold, so the truck got parked for the winter. Oh well.
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