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Old 06-07-2020, 11:02 AM   #151
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Good to hear. I think some place the bags behind because they become more fine tunes. A half inch adjustment ahead of the axle is more overall ride height than the same height adjustment made on the bag behind the axle.
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Old 06-07-2020, 08:16 PM   #152
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Good to hear. I think some place the bags behind because they become more fine tunes. A half inch adjustment ahead of the axle is more overall ride height than the same height adjustment made on the bag behind the axle.
You bet. That's exactly why I mounted the bags in front of the axle.
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Old 06-07-2020, 08:17 PM   #153
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Got my door hung and aligned. I ended up replacing the lower hinge as it was too far gone to rebuild. Was able to re-use the original upper hinge. I also installed a new latch. I don't to have to lift the door and slam it any more to close it. The step is just tacked in for now. . I wanted to make sure everything fit with the door before I welded the step in solid.

I also needed something to fill the hole now that I have removed the gas tank from behind the seat. I plan to drive this as is for a while before paint so I needed something to fill the hole. I had a 64 Chevy truck horn button in my parts stash that fit perfect.
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Old 06-29-2020, 11:43 AM   #154
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Drivers side step is fully welded in, working on the passenger side now. I did the steps a little different. Since the vertical portion of the step is still very solid I didn't want to remove it. Instead, I just cut out the horizontal portion on the step, then I welded a piece of 3/4 square tubing under the seam between the new and old metal. Then I will use 100s of tack welds to join the two panels together. I know I'm just creating more work for myself but I didn't want to cut more good metal than necessary.
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Old 07-01-2020, 03:49 AM   #155
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Drivers side step is fully welded in, working on the passenger side now. I did the steps a little different. Since the vertical portion of the step is still very solid I didn't want to remove it. Instead, I just cut out the horizontal portion on the step, then I welded a piece of 3/4 square tubing under the seam between the new and old metal. Then I will use 100s of tack welds to join the two panels together. I know I'm just creating more work for myself but I didn't want to cut more good metal than necessary.
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Old 07-03-2020, 01:18 AM   #156
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As long as you're making progress and getting her done, you're on the right track!
Thanks! It's been a slow build but I'm feeling like I'm making good progress lately.
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Old 07-05-2020, 01:09 AM   #157
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Finished welding up the passenger step today. Next on the list is getting my steering hooked up.
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Old 07-05-2020, 02:37 AM   #158
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no pic, didn't happen. lol.
forward progress, I wish I could say the same.
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no pic, didn't happen. lol.
forward progress, I wish I could say the same.
Ok. Challenge accepted. lol.
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Old 07-12-2020, 12:47 AM   #160
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Got my steering mocked up with a new jag joint, slip shaft and a 3/4 x 3/4 DD U-joint. It's like Chevy designed these front ends to go in these trucks it lines up so nice! I am sure feeling it in my arms after filing the steering column shaft down to DD.
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Old 07-28-2020, 01:04 AM   #161
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I needed to get access to portion of the frame under the cab for a few projects:

- Drill holes to permanently mount the transmission crossmember
- I need to move the battery box down an inch or so to give more clearance to the cab floor
- I'm planning on painting this portion of the frame while the cab is out of the way

I previously build some 2 x 4 cribbing with straight non pivoting caster wheels when I sandblasted the frame a couple of years ago. To take the cab off I jack the truck up, place the cribbing under the steps then drop the frame out from under the cab. It makes it easy to roll the cab backwards and forwards by myself.
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