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Old 05-31-2011, 05:18 PM   #51
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Re: Project Pro Touring "Ole Blue"

looks nice so far... interested to see the look of the medium bed, I have often thought the longs look too long, and the shorts too short...
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Old 06-01-2011, 08:53 AM   #52
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looks nice so far... interested to see the look of the medium bed, I have often thought the longs look too long, and the shorts too short...
Thanks....I figured that I was going to have to cut the bed down anyway and I too have thought the shorts were just a little too short It should be pretty subtle with it only being 5" longer overall....we'll see....
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Old 06-06-2011, 07:43 AM   #53
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Re: Project Pro Touring "Ole Blue"

Awesome work man! Frame and wheels look sick together.
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Old 07-02-2011, 04:49 PM   #54
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Re: Project Pro Touring "Ole Blue"

any updates on blue?
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Old 07-05-2011, 08:56 AM   #55
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Well, it's funny that you ask.....I finally got off my lazy rear and worked on the truck this weekend No pics, but I did get started on my custom accessory drive for the engine and worked on mounting some of the air ride components (compressor, switch valve assembly, etc.). I'll try and get some pics up in the next week or so
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Old 07-09-2011, 09:46 PM   #56
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Re: Project Pro Touring "Ole Blue"

I just read your thread. What caught my attention is the trucks name. It's he same as mine. Your fab work is great. Looking forward to more.
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Old 08-06-2011, 01:03 PM   #57
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Re: Project Pro Touring "Ole Blue"

wow super nice work, and nice meeting you.
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Old 08-06-2011, 11:54 PM   #58
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Re: Project Pro Touring "Ole Blue"

tagged this build is AWESOME, almost exactly what i want to do with mine
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Old 08-07-2011, 02:01 PM   #59
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Re: Project Pro Touring "Ole Blue"

Nice work....

I am glad you checked out my one of the builds i have going on right now or i so would have been missing out on yours...You have some great work going on in this build....nicely done
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Re: Project Pro Touring "Ole Blue"

Great looking build, I really like the Watts link setup, and your fab work in top notch.
With the way you triangulated the frame, what are you going to do for exhaust routing?
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Great looking build, I really like the Watts link setup, and your fab work in top notch.
With the way you triangulated the frame, what are you going to do for exhaust routing?
Thanks for all the compliments As far as exhaust goes, I'm working on it right now....I'm building fenderwell headers and routing the exhaust outside of the frame rails, eliminating the issue of routing around the trailing arms (and my bracing....). I'll post up some pictures sometime this week.......
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Thanks for all the compliments As far as exhaust goes, I'm working on it right now....I'm building fenderwell headers and routing the exhaust outside of the frame rails, eliminating the issue of routing around the trailing arms (and my bracing....). I'll post up some pictures sometime this week.......
Interesting idea, I look forward to seeing how this comes out, I had thought about the idea of moving the exhaust out side the frame rails, but not fenderwell headers. I like It..
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Old 08-14-2011, 06:45 PM   #63
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Re: Project Pro Touring "Ole Blue"

Ok, an update......finally

I've actually gotten quite a bit done, just haven't posted up in a while....

Bodywork/rust repair on the passenger side....

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Old 08-14-2011, 06:53 PM   #64
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.....and what I did on my week long vacation.....HEADERS!!!!

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Before anyone asks, no they are not equal length....but there is only a 4" difference between the longest and shortest tubes (38" for the longest and 34" on the shortest). From all the research I did on header construction I came to the conclusion that it wasn't worth the effort to try to make them perfect.....it's not a race car......yet Without a dyno to test header design it's impossible to know what the ideal primary length is anyway.

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WOW that's a lot of cutting and fitting on those headers! Is there a reason you didn't use mandrel bends? looks good though.
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Love the headers!!!! I want a set....Send them to me and I will test them
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nice work man!! those headers are badass
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Old 08-15-2011, 06:41 PM   #68
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WOW that's a lot of cutting and fitting on those headers! Is there a reason you didn't use mandrel bends? looks good though.
Yeah, it was a ton of work....took me all week I didn't use mandrel bends because doing it this way gives me even more flexibility in routing the tubes exactly where I want them.....and it's just plain different
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LOL....they probably wouldn't fit right anyway, I've got the engine set back as far back and low as possible.......
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Thanks coulter, it's actually got me a bit more motivated to get some work done on it now
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Lookin good! how about a close pic of how you mounted the rear shocks outboard of the frame? Can't see how the bottom is done?
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Lookin good! how about a close pic of how you mounted the rear shocks outboard of the frame? Can't see how the bottom is done?
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I used 1" solid bar that I drilled and tapped for 1/2" coarse thread and just welded right to the trailing arm

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Let me know if you need anything else......
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Headers? Those look like foot warmers. Nice work.
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Old 09-04-2011, 10:07 PM   #74
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Ok, now for an update.....

I've actually been working pretty hot and heavy on the truck.....I've shortened the bed and I'm hoping to finish the fuel tank this weekend, and maybe, just maybe , get the framework for the bed floor done too....


And now for some pictures

Before I cut the left bedside.....which, by the way, I just picked up from Joedoh (thanks!!)....much better than the one I was planning on cutting up

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More pics to come......
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Old 09-04-2011, 10:22 PM   #75
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.....and now what me and buddies would call, the homey hook-up

A good....make it great, friend of mine works at a metal fabrication shop and he hooked me up in a huge way......we went in yesterday morning and cut out and broke a stainless steel fuel tank .....nothing like having access to a massive cnc plasma table and a hydraulic press break that will bend a full 8' x 1/4" plate 90*

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