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Old 12-11-2017, 08:07 PM   #51
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Nice progress. Removing the bed that way was pretty handy.
Thanks. Slow progress but itís progress!
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Old 12-12-2017, 04:55 PM   #52
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Re: 1972 SWB Build

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Old 01-16-2018, 01:33 PM   #53
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Sigh, progress has been at a snails pace. Between the holidays, sickness coming to my house and ravaging everyone and life, it's been painfully slow.

The shock cross member is in, finally. I started in on the bolt in RideTech c-notches and quickly found that the paper template supplied is more of a suggestion than the answer. The holes were sorta kinda close to where they needed to be. Instead of taking 30 minutes to drill out the holes, it took 2 hours. A lot of measuring, marking, drilling pilot holes to see how close I was. Finally, one of the notches was all drilled an bolted in. I ran out of time on Sunday, but now I have a plan for the other side. The I'll cut the notches in the frame and be done with this debacle.

I not placing blame on RideTech here for the pattern since my truck was not originally a coil truck. The holes are all in "flux" since I am locating the cross member with a 50 year old dimensional drawing on a frame that was never mean to be square. It's more of a throw the dart at the wall kind of locating method.

I put the rear in yet another time to triple and quadruple check that the notch was located where it was supposed to be and all is well. The problem I am having is that I am a Type A, so close enough is really bringing my anxiety up.

One thing I am concerned about is the Ridetech track bar clearing my Moser girdle cover. The cover is quite large and just by quick inspection, it looks like it will interfere. I've got a bit of wiggle room since I get the locate the mount on the frame.

Also, the hardware is just fit-up hardware. It will all be 7/16" GR8 hardware on final assembly.
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Old 02-12-2018, 01:19 PM   #54
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Forward progress. Started working on the panhard bar cross member. Ran in to a problem that I knew I was going to have. The girdle cover I have sticks out to far. To get the panhard bar to clear the cover, I have to move the cross member back 3.25". This is not going to work with the Boyd tank I have so I am going to have to ditch the girdle cover for now. I may, down the road, fabricockle a new panhard bar that clears the girdle cover, but for now, I am going to use the stock cover and locate the crossmember were it is supposed to be.

The front edge of the blue tape is where the center of the cross member is supposed to be. I installed the shocks to see where the axle will hang at it's lowest, which also happens to be the worst case scenario. It's a bummer, but I'll make it work at a later date.
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Old 02-17-2018, 01:41 PM   #55
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My conversion U-joint arrive yesterday. I was out in the shop verifying that it's going to work and I noticed something that may be an interference. When I lift the axle up to approximate ride-height, the drive shaft is really close to the center crossmember hoop. The truck does not have the stock trans crossmember. It was originally a manual truck that somewhere along the line was converted to auto. I believe it has a 73+ trans crossmember that is bolted to the bottom frame lip. My gut is telling me that there may be something funky going on with the trans mount and cross member. I'm going to check it out tomorrow and see what is cooking.

I am hopefull to get the stock diff cover on tomorrow and located the panhard crossmember and be done with the conversion, finally!
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Old 02-18-2018, 09:51 PM   #56
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The conversion is complete. I'm going to break it down to touch up paint and clean up the frame. I'm glad to finally be beyond this point. It's been a long process when I'm only working on it an hour at a time. I'm excited to start installing some of the Ridetech and Wilwood goodies!

I am going to clean up the stock diff cover and put a coat of paint on it. I need to get a list of all of the bolts I need to order in GR8 to re-assemble.

Forward Progress!

Here is a link to the most current YouTube video on this build: https://youtu.be/gyM_SIwGh4g
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