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Old 11-01-2018, 05:27 PM   #376
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Re: 1957 Chevy 3100, meet 1994 Dodge Ram 1500

Ambryatim was asking about pictures of the repurposed Dodge cab mounts and of course, Photobucket being the twatwaffles that they are, has killed the link to the original pictures.

I just took these a few minutes ago with my phone, to help illustrate what has been done.

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Old 11-01-2018, 05:29 PM   #377
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Re: 1957 Chevy 3100, meet 1994 Dodge Ram 1500

And the last two pictures of the mounts that I took today...

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Old 11-02-2018, 10:10 AM   #378
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Re: 1957 Chevy 3100, meet 1994 Dodge Ram 1500

The bed floor looks nice with the strips on it. Coming along good!
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Old 11-02-2018, 07:51 PM   #379
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The bed floor looks nice with the strips on it. Coming along good!
Thank you sir. I was really hoping the strips would break up the monotony of a flat sheet of steel. The color works well, in my opinion, sort of wood-like. I think it will look even better when I get the colored liner on the box sides. It should really pop after that.

Yours has been coming along very nicely...and fast. I always look foward to your updates.

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Old 11-05-2018, 02:48 PM   #380
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Re: 1957 Chevy 3100, meet 1994 Dodge Ram 1500

Ambryatim, I was finally able to find the original pictures relating to the new cab mounts.

Obviously, I cut the factory cab mounts off of the Dodge frame, (using a Sawzall). I had built a jig for the cab mounts on the original Chevy frame to help locate the position on the Dodge frame.

Once the mounts appeared to be in the right location, I welded them in. I found out later that I had the cab about 2" too far forward, nad had to cut them off and start over. It was worth the extra effort to put the front axle in the center of the wheel well openings.

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Old 11-05-2018, 02:54 PM   #381
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Here are some more pictures related to the cab mounts.

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Old 11-05-2018, 03:00 PM   #382
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These are the last two I can find right now that relate to the cab mounts.

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Old 11-11-2018, 12:24 AM   #383
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Thanks Purcell69!! I really appreciate it!
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Old 11-11-2018, 03:35 PM   #384
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Thanks Purcell69!! I really appreciate it!
You are very welcome. Hope these helped.

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Old 11-11-2018, 03:53 PM   #385
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Of course, the weather has turned here and now the project is slowing down until next spring arrives, though I will get done little things here and there as I can.

This week, I got the rear driveshaft taken care of. A couple of summers ago, I shortened the rear driveshaft on my own so I could move the truck around under its own power and to get an idea of how short it would really need to be. I tacked it back together knowing full well that it would go to a driveshaft shop when the time came so it could be cut to final length, trued and balanced. Precision Drive in OKC did a great job and had it ready to go in about a day.

Since I had left it a little long, I had two inches taken out, to allow for extra suspension compression if I load the truck or start dragging a gooseneck. I still have over 3" of spline engagement on the transfer case output shaft with the slip yoke, and 3" of compression available instead of the 1" that I had initially after my handiwork.

Precision will definitely get my business when the time comes to build the longer front driveshaft next year.

I also devised a scheme to attach the bed strip to the hitch cover plate and make a pair of tabs to keep it secured to the bed when not in use. I figured I could use some longer bolts with nylock nuts to hold the strip against the bottom of the hitch cover. The remaining exposed thread below the nylock nuts would be used for the tabs to hold the plate in the opening. A piece of steel with a nut welded on would be attached at the bottom of the bolt. The tab could be threaded up the bolt until it held the plate securely, with red Loctite to keep it in place one it was adjusted.

An allen wrench could be used to turn the tab back and forth, with a locating pin in the hitch plate for a stop.

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Old 11-15-2018, 08:56 PM   #386
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I got treated with a few hours of beautiful weather today and was able to get home from work before it was all gone. I celebrated by reinstalling my rear fenders for winter storage, so they wouldn't be sitting in a truck bed full of damp, decaying leaves until Spring returns. I also made sure that the truck, and all my small engines, got a dose of Stabil and some run time to ensure it is in the entire fuel system.


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Old 11-16-2018, 11:40 PM   #387
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Lookin good Joe!
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