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Old 05-01-2020, 09:40 AM   #126
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Re: 53 3100 - complete rebuild and upgrade . . . .

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A little more progress on the trans xmember. Still a little rough but we'll refine it a bit later. Moving along -

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Looks great. I dig those mounting tabs....very cleaver...

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Old 05-01-2020, 10:47 AM   #127
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Re: 53 3100 - complete rebuild and upgrade . . . .

good to see a beefy cross member in there. since the frame has lost the old cross member behind the engine the frame will be prone to flex some between the front and trans cross members. this can affect the cab mounts and some fellas have had issues with the door gaps changing and doors closing properly. big HP will also make it worse. the cross member you built looks beefy though.
just another thing to consider.
nice machine work you are doing, impressive work and planning processes.
keep the pics coming, they stoke the rest of us a bit to get us off the couch.
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Old 05-01-2020, 09:38 PM   #128
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Re: 53 3100 - complete rebuild and upgrade . . . .

Thanks for the input, fellas.

As for the frame flexing, I'm not completely finished with the support between the front and rear, but wanted to get everything mounted first (engine, trans, headers e.t.c) before I fully draw it out. That way, I'm not fighting it later. The plan is to integrate everything from the motor mounts and trans mount to the driveshaft loop, so there's plenty left to cipher on. Plus, the boxed frame should help too.

More later - thanks for looking -

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Old 05-12-2020, 07:32 PM   #129
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Re: 53 3100 - complete rebuild and upgrade . . . .

Just a little progress to keep motivated. Once the old bass boat comes out it's hard to get shop time !! Finished getting the crossmember mocked up and got the slugs tacked in, so it's something anyway.

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Old 05-12-2020, 08:04 PM   #130
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Old 05-13-2020, 03:28 AM   #131
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You do very nice work sir.
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Old 05-13-2020, 08:58 AM   #132
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Re: 53 3100 - complete rebuild and upgrade . . . .

Great detail.....it takes time. There are no short cuts with this build.

Bravo...

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Old 05-14-2020, 12:15 AM   #133
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Re: 53 3100 - complete rebuild and upgrade . . . .

very slick on the trans crossmember..!!
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Old 05-14-2020, 05:32 AM   #134
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Re: 53 3100 - complete rebuild and upgrade . . . .

Thanks for the compliments. Should get it welded up in the next week or so then I guess I'll start headers. That's always fun!

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Old 05-14-2020, 08:38 AM   #135
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Nice job sir....
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Old 05-21-2020, 05:05 AM   #136
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Re: 53 3100 - complete rebuild and upgrade . . . .

Not a lot of progress, but the crossmember is done for now, so time to get the 5.3 and cab back on and move to the next item.

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My 65 Ford project . .
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Old 05-23-2020, 07:54 PM   #137
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Headers next?

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Old 05-24-2020, 06:07 PM   #138
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Re: 53 3100 - complete rebuild and upgrade . . . .

Would be good to have a cab on there to mock up steering column angle before getting headers, maybe.
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Old 05-24-2020, 08:16 PM   #139
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Would be good to have a cab on there to mock up steering column angle before getting headers, maybe.
Agreed, of course. Slapping the cab back on is no biggie. I'll get the cab back installed and do the passenger side first. Plan for the driver's side is to get the column and steering shaft complete, then build headers.

So really, I should have said headers-firewall-column-steering next LOL.

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Old 05-31-2020, 07:25 PM   #140
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Re: 53 3100 - complete rebuild and upgrade . . . .

Another minor update.

Last set of headers I built I started with "U" and "J" bends. This set, I had an epiphany and thought I'd start with a pre-bent set and see how that works out. Either way there's substantial fabwork involved, but I thought it was worth a shot. So, here goes the passenger side while I ponder steering columns and such on the driver's side. FYI 1-3/4" with 3" collectors, planning to have cutouts right behind the H-pipe.

As you can tell, no where close. Yet.

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