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Old 09-28-2017, 05:48 PM   #151
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Re: TCI to start new R&D Project with a C10!

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Old 10-01-2017, 08:08 PM   #152
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Old 10-05-2017, 12:12 PM   #153
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Mounting the ballast.... Since the bed wasn't mounted yet I just took a guess on where they should be based off the factory cab mounts.





Came pretty close on my guesstimate.



You can kinda see it hiding under there.



Mounted the Holley Hi-Ram to check for clearance issues.





I have always hated the 67-72 dash. It's flat, tall, ugly and boring.





So about 5:30 last night I'm in the shop and Ed(Owner of TCI) comes walking out of his office. I'm sitting on a short stool inside the cab just staring at the dash contemplating things. Ed says "You know, when I was building my Mustang I wish I would have cut the dash out. It would have made my life much easier". That was all I needed to hear. I grabbed a sharpie and started marking it up. Removed the few retaining bolts and fired up the plasma cutter. I left a one inch flange to attach the replacement dash to later.






With the dash out it became very clear to me how the tunnel and firewall should be cut. I knew I wanted to push the engine back, I just didn't know how much.



So I took some measurements and rigged up a floor mounted fixture to use as a guide with the plasma cutter and went to town.





Once you exceed 3-4" of setback things start to get interesting (difficult). However, once you go beyond 3-4" it's not much different to go 10-12" vs. 6". In the position below the engine is back 10" from the factory location.

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Old 10-05-2017, 12:49 PM   #154
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Once you exceed 3-4" of setback things start to get interesting (difficult). However, once you go beyond 3-4" it's not much different to go 10-12" vs. 6". In the position below the engine is back 10" from the factory location.

Ouch..... Maintenance is going to be a beoch.
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Old 10-05-2017, 01:33 PM   #155
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Ouch..... Maintenance is going to be a beoch.

We made a removable tunnel for #ProjectReddawn, we'll do something similar here. I'm definitely going to reinforce it much more than this one is. Plus add an SFI blanket. I don't want to lose a leg if the tranny decides to scatter itself.

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Old 10-05-2017, 02:11 PM   #156
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Old 10-06-2017, 10:53 AM   #157
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Ouch..... Maintenance is going to be a beoch.
it's an LS-based engine, what maintenance?
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Old 10-06-2017, 05:33 PM   #158
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Re: TCI to start new R&D Project with a C10!

With the engine set back there's plenty of room for the twins out front.
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Old 10-06-2017, 06:02 PM   #159
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With the engine set back there's plenty of room for the twins out front.
Mounting them behind the cab was never about real estate issues under the hood. I'm trying to take weight off the front.

We have a few different sets of headers sitting around the shop we use for mock up. Of all the ones I tried our own off the shelf headers fit the best. Mainly because the rear cylinder primaries go forward slightly before going down. This actually allowed me to move the engine back another 2.5"(12.5" total) with relative ease. I had to raise the engine in order to keep the pans(engine & tranny) above the bottom of the frame anyway. It had to go up over an inch(too much) in order to keep the transmission tabs off the tunnel. Now I've got clearance issues with the intake manifold. Next week I'll trim the tunnel a little more where the tranny tabs are interfering so I can bring the engine down roughly 1/2". This may or may not be enough to clear the intake manifold again.

Needless to say if the engine stays this far back I will have a constant foot warmer.



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Old 10-06-2017, 08:01 PM   #160
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Re: TCI to start new R&D Project with a C10!

I really like the idea of the super far set back. I have mine set back about 3 inches and want to do more but I'm concerned about doing any engine work. I guess a removable hump would solve that. I don't think my engine hoist would even let me get that far back either....

Great project. Looks awesome and cant wait to see how it turns out.
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Old 10-07-2017, 09:57 AM   #161
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Getting to the engine would be like a van if you use a removable dog house or engine cover. The engine could be offset to the passenger side slightly if you needed a little more leg room.
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Old 10-26-2017, 12:51 PM   #162
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Haven't made much progress lately. Ed and I have been discussing the chassis center section and engine placement at length. There is no physical way to lower the engine in place so we've decided to build a removable lower section of the chassis. It will have 6 attachment points and allow the body/chassis to be lowered over the top of it. I've built this over and over in my head so many times that I get disappointed when I walk into R&D and see that it isn't physically built yet. I should start on it today though.

Much like the engine placement, cab placement is still up in the air. I had read and spoke to a few C10 builders that if you body drop .75" the bottom of the pinch weld will be dead even with the bottom of the frame. That's not the case on this truck. I am currently using our Camaro 3/8" spacers(which are roughly.75" less than the stock rubber mounts) between the cab and frame mounts and the pinch weld is still well below the bottom of the frame. On top of that the rear of the cab is lower than the front, using the frame as reference. This kind of works to my advantage though. I had kinda wanted to tilt/rake the whole body down a degree or two in the front. My plan is to make the bottom of the cab parallel to the bottom of the frame.

All of that means that the core support bushings will also need to be modified to assume the new angle. This pic is with roughly 1" less thickness.



I was at a stand still with cab placement because I wanted the pinch weld rolled up flat. I'm an OCD photog so i've seen way to many good looking trucks be ruined by the pinch weld.



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Old 11-07-2017, 02:50 PM   #163
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Re: TCI to start new R&D Project with a C10!

Ed was working on shock placement while Sal and I were at SEMA. Here is what he came up with. This is basically our original upper shock mount raised another 7/16". She's going to be loooooooooooooooooooowwwwww.

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Old 11-20-2017, 01:21 PM   #164
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SEMA, Pleasanton & Scottsdale, 3 weekends in a row working out of town has slowed progress on the C10.

We needed a little room under the cab for intercooler piping.



Still need to roll the edge to add some strength.



Started working on the chromoly center section. Form fitted around the tranny on the bottom side. The two middle tubes aren't mounted yet. There will be a couple cross braces added for the tranny mount & driveshaft loop.

*NOTE* The relationship between the front of the bell housing and the cab mount.




The Torque Arm will end up filling out this space so I needed to devise a way to gain clearance. It took some thought to get the angles right but the bend came out perfect (Even though chromoly deflects so much after being bent).


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Old 12-05-2017, 07:07 PM   #165
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Still plugging away on the center section. Built the main tranny hoop and tied it in with some downbars. It is just tacked in place at this time. I still need to throw the cab back on to confirm placement. It'll make sense why the tubes are on top of the frame once the cab is back on.



I still need to make a couple tabs to close out the round tube on top of the frame.



The rear tube placement must be 21" behind the front one to fit properly. I plan to tie the driveshaft loop, tranny mount and Torque Arm mount all together in that area.

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Looks great. I plan on doing something similar with the tubes. Have you seen the mounts to tie the chassis to the back of the heads?
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Old 12-06-2017, 12:28 PM   #167
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Looks great. I plan on doing something similar with the tubes. Have you seen the mounts to tie the chassis to the back of the heads?
I haven't, Are they solid mounts? I would like to run an additional tube up and over the bell housing area if space permits.
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A couple people sell them but I'm sure you can make them yourself (not my pic btw):
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A couple people sell them but I'm sure you can make them yourself (not my pic btw):
I am trying to imagine what application this would be helpful in. Sandrail maybe?


We had our friends at California Rebuilt Exchange build us a quick ratio manual rack. Yes, that's right, a manual rack with what will likely be 315 or 335 tires on the steering axle. I better start eating all the spinach.

In all seriousness though. We are going to begin testing the feasability of running EPAS with our suspension. I figure that if it can handle this type of load & abuse then pretty much every other application will be just fine.



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I am trying to imagine what application this would be helpful in. Sandrail maybe?
I think the original purpose of the mounts were for that. I don't have the engineering background to figure it out but I have always wondered how much chassis stiffness is lost by only adding tube and triangulating the back half of the chassis. I'd assume that by adding more to the front it would deflect much less (like when you add the forward bars in a cage).
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