That truck is going to be too tall to fit into a standard sized garage. I'll help you out by providing an excellent home for it. It'll live in a heated/air conditioned hangar and only flogged on the weekends.
Americans sleep safely in their beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do them harm...
Happiness is a Barrett M82A1 .50 caliber and a target at least a click out........
I come in peace. I didn't bring artillery. But I'm pleading with you with tears in my eyes, if you f**k with me, I'll kill you all.....
spring over axle conversion nets 3.5" for the thickness of the spring packs, plus 3" for the thickness of the 14-bolt axle tubes, another inch for the spring perches. . .that's 7.5" in suspension lift plus when we bought the Willy's it was sitting on 30" tire so add another 5" for the 40's under it now. . .that takes it up a grand total of 12.5" of theoretical lift plus I'm gonna use poly body mounts instead of the rubber washers. . .probably another 1/2".
S0 ~13" in the rear and the same in front cause I'm using a 4.5" shackle instead of the stock C-shackles (and I did a shackle reversal too!).
Sorry for the lack of updates. . .like I said the weathers been pretty nasty and my welder has been giving me some problems lately (and it's freaking brand new!!!).
I got everything undercover now though. . .I got the transmission/transfer case crossember fabbed and tacked into place, but I have to get the welder issue resolved before I can fully weld it in. I'm gonna tack the anti-wrap bar into place this week and start undercoating the bed and the front and rear fenders.
As soon as I can get the tranny/transfer case crossmember and anti-wrap bar fully welded we will be painting the frame and and then start running the brake lines. . .once the brake lines are run it will be time to set the bed back on the frame.
I will get back to posting up more often fairly soon, but school has taken quite a bit more time this quarter than I anticipated. . .
I'll get some taken. . .between the bad weather, the camera drowning while salmon fishing, and school I haven't had much time or motivation for the Willy's, but this weekend has gotten me re-motivated!
OK. . .so the weather took a real nose-dive and I've had two group projects and multiple papers to work on in the last couple of weeks. . .and on top of that my welder crapped the bed on me (it's fixed now. . .yea!!!).
So last weekend I finally got the transmission/transfer case crossmember tabs fully welded to the frame and the crossmember fully welded as well. Once I got that done I was able to get the anti-wrap bar brackets welded to the rear axle, but I didn't have any tube to finish up the anti-wrap bar. . .not wanting to cool my heels and not accomplish anything I got my new 4" RSS front shackles, baby shackle for the anti-wrap bar, all my leaf spring plates, the washers and nuts for the U-bolts, the 14-bolt disc brake adapter brackets, and the 14-bolt rear axle primed with two coats of Eastwood's Rust Encapsulator primer and painted with two coats of Eastwood's Extreme Chassis Black paint in matte. I also finished painted the 14-bolt hubs with two coats (on top of two coats of Eastwoods Rust Encapsulator primer) of flat OD green. So this weekend I can finally reassemble the 14-bolt rear axle.
My ProComp Shocks came in as well. . .12" travel shocks for the rear and 10" travel shocks for the front. I mocked them into place and ordered the appropriate shock mounting tabs for the chassis side (using the stock 14-bolt and D44 HD axle mounts) from Ruff Stuff Specialties which should be here this weekend. Other items ordered are all of the brake lines and fittings, front and rear RPV's, adjustable proportion valve for the brake system (still need to buy rear calipers and pads) and fuel line, fittings, and fuel filter. The pinstriping stuff came in so the GF is gonna get to work with the pin-up art on the doors and some misc. pinstriping here and there.
I got the "new-old" 350 SBC stripped down to a shortblock this weekend and onto an engine stand for cleaning and painting as well. I checked it out and it looks real good on the inside. It came with an Edelbrock Performer aluminum intake manifold already installed. . .thinking of going ahead and installing a cam, new lifters, pushrods, and rocker arms while I've got it out and easy to work on. For sure new oil pan, valve covers are going on it. . .going with the finned vintage style Edelbrock valve covers and matching oval air cleaner. We are going to paint the block, trans, and transfer case Racing Green and the valve covers will be either Racing Green with the raised fins painted Oldsmobile Gold or vice versa haven't exactly decided yet.
I am picking up some 1" x 0.120" tubing for the anti-wrap bar (two 6 ft. sections) and some 1.75 x 0.120" tubing (two 4 ft. sections) for the rear shock mounts. So this weekend I will be welding up the anti-wrap bar, welding tubing between the frame rails for the rear shocks, welding up the front and rear chassis side shock mounting tabs, and welding the mountinig tabs (3.16" flat stock) onto the transmission/transfer case crossmember (the feet of the mounts are wider than the crossmember and they are angled as well. . .I thought it would be easiest just to weld some angled flat stock into place. That welding shouldn't take too long to get done, let stuff cool down and prime (once again two coats of Eastwood's Rust Encapsulator) and paint (two coats of flat OD green to match the body) the chassis. I will also be priming and painting the D44 HD front axle this weekend as well.
Since it's a long weekend I'm hoping to get the rubberized undercoating sprayed onto the bottom of the bed and the inside of the front and rear fenderwells also. Once that is done they will be ready to go back into place.
Anyway. . .that brings everything back up to speed. . .I will post pictures after this weekend. . .really no point to post pictures of what I've done since the last pictures (I know it's been a while) because it's not stuff that really stands out in a picture. Let me get the rest of the stuff painted and get a rolling chassis and I will post more pic's. . .
. . .things seem to be getting back underway after some irritating delays!!!
OK. . .we got everything done we wanted to except for the brake and fuel lines. . .they haven't shown up yet so we couldn't get that done.
Here are pic's of the rolling chassis. . .the frame is OD green and the axles are flat black.
The engine block is painted racing green and in the frame (although I don't have a pic of it in the frame). . .I will be painting the heads, oil pan, and valve covers this week as well as cleaning the intake manifold. . .so I will post pic's of the frame with the engine it after that stuff is painted and in place. I am temporarily using the old junky valve covers and oil pan because the new ones are expensive!
I need to finish welding the foot plates on the tranny cross-member this week and finish up some work on the ant-wrap bar as well before I paint and final mount that stuff. . .then I will clean up the tranny and transfer case and mount them.
We are no longer going to paint the tranny and transfer case at this point in time. . .we're gonna wait until next summer to do that when we switch over to an NP203/205 doubler transfer case. . .we will also be rebuilding the leaf springs at that point in time as well.
Next up are the brake and fuel lines and then I'm gonna start on the steering. . .1.25 x 0.25 DOM tubing for the drag link and tie rod with 3/4" rod ends for the links. . .will be high steer. Next summer will also see a hydraulic assist steering installed.
It's been a fairly productive week so far despite the fact that it was finals week. . .
. . .we got the cylinder heads, valve covers and oil pan (the covers and pan are temporary) painted and the gasket set came in for the engine (I'm working on that now). We got the flexplate, torque converter, and transmission bolted to the engine now. . .I've got just a bit of last minute welding to do to finish up the tranny/t-case crossmember which I plan on finishing up tomorrow.
Today the rear axle shafts went back on (with new gaskets) and the diff cover gaskets got replaced.
I finally got a correct length U-bolt for the front passenger side cast in center section so that's wrapped up now as well.
The brake line, residual pressure valves, proportioning valves and fittings as well as the fuel line, fuel filter, new lightweight ARP fuel pump rod and fuel fittings all came in as well. I've got the rear rotors and calipers mounted (only very minor clearance grinding was required to get the calipers to fit the conversion brackets. . .it was like 1/32". . .so just a quick kiss to remove some casting flash and they slipped right in.
The shocks are on and nut and washered now as well. . .making good progress. . .I'll take some pic's tomorrow when it's light out and I'm done with the brake lines. . .the fuel lines will be 90% complete with the exception of connecting to the fuel tank (gotta find a 15 gal. SS keg) and from the fuel pump to the carb (have to rebuild the Q-jet carb too). . .should be setting the bed back on the cab later this week after the new body mounts come in. . .
. . .should be getting new hardware for the leafspring later this week or early next week as well. Some 1.50" x 0.250" tubing should be showing up next week as well so that I can make a new tie rod and drag link using heims instead of ball joints. . .I also picked up a new master cylinder and brake booster today (for free!!!. . .brand new in the box, never been used!!!).
So good progress all the way around. . .I think the wiring harness will be what determines whether or not this thing is running before the end of the year.
Some stuff came up and I wasn't able to get stuff done when I was hoping to. . .
. . .I just finished cutting, bending, and flaring the rear brake line from the calipers to the proportioning valve. I'll be doing the line from the proportioning valve to the residual pressure valve, brake light pressure switch, and MC tomorrow and then the front on Wednesday. . .hopefully put the bed back on the frame by Friday and then running the fuel line after that. . .
Sorry guys. . .I haven't made much picture worthy progress.
The brake lines are bent and installed. . .and I have been nut & bolting everything with the proper Grade 8 bolts, flat washers (lock washers in blind hole applications), and lock nuts. . .
. . .I'm going to be putting the bed on later this week and am waiting for my threaded tube adapters, rod ends, saftey washers, and jam nuts to come in so I can fab the tie rod for the front axle. . .
I will take pictures of the frame with the bed on when I get that done.
The constant rain has made it rather unpleasant to work in the carport. . .I don't enjoy standing in a puddle and if I drop something having to stop clean and dry it after I dig through the puddle for it. I can't wait for this summer to come and go so that I will have an enclosed and heated garage!!!
Got the bed onto the frame. . .this thing is HUGE!!!!
I don't think I'm gonna be able to put the cab on under the carport. . .I don't think it will fit??? Good thing we're knocking the carport down to put a 4-car garage/shop in this summer. . .I'll have to make sure the garage doors are high enough to let this monster drive in.
I'll take pic's and get them posted tomorrow. . .GF has the camera for some reason today. . .
. . .we also got the tranny x-member finished and the tranny is fully bolted in now as well. New 7" dual diaphragm brake booster showed up yesterday as well. . .once the cab goes on I'll be ready to install the brake pedal/master cylinder/booster assembly.
I have to order a new gas tank and a few fittings that I missed initially before the fuel system will be done, but things are moving right along now. . .
I wish I would have had some pic's to post between now and the last ones, but there just really woudn't be much to show. . .running brake lines and nutting & bolting the frame and suspension just isn't very impressive visually. . .
. . .hopefully the sun will be out tomorrow. . .if so I'll roll it out and take some pic's outside so that you can see it better. . .if it's raining the pic's won't be great because space is limited.
Here are some pic's of the bed on the frame. . .sorry that they aren't better and don't show any side views, but it hasn't stopped raining for quite some time now and the carport is really crowded. . .
. . .the rust spot you see on the front of the bed is only minor surface rust and is the only rust on the whole truck. . .I will be fixing it before the cab goes on.
Here are the pic's. . .hopefully I will get you guys some better ones soon
Thanks. . .like I said, I really wish I would have been able to post some better pictures. . .but there just isn't the room right now. . .
. . .the tie rod should look beefy. . .it's 1.50" x 0.25" DOM with 3/4" x 3/4" rod ends using step-down bushings to reduce the rod end bore to 5/8" to match the 8-lug HD D44 steering arms. . .also using 5/8" safety washers since the bolt is in single shear. The drag link will be made using the same materials. . .escept it will use 3/4"-->5/8" high misalignment spacers instead of the step-down bushings.
I'm gonna get the valve lash set on the head and then install the intake manifold so that I can get the cab on, mount the front belt drive accessories, start rebuilding the Q-Jet carb, and start running the wiring harness in the next week or two. . .if I'm luck I might be done by the end of February.