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Old 04-28-2017, 12:01 AM   #26
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Re: Crossbreed

Almost caught up with the present.. body did finally come off the frame. Built a wood jig to tip it on its side.

Underside was blasted, epoxy primed and coated with raptor liner. Still need to put the rocker boxes back on, probably get to that this weekend.

Inside floor has also been blasted and primed with epoxy.
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Old 04-28-2017, 12:10 AM   #27
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Frame also got some love. Was tough dragging it from the driveway out back onto the deck but managed to get it up there on my own. Didn't want to get liner overspray on the neighbors vehicles.

Blasted, epoxy primer and raptor liner just like the body but I shot the raptor with an hvlp gun instead of the shutz gun supplied with the kit. Really like the way the texture turned out.
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Old 04-28-2017, 12:26 AM   #28
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Currently working on converting the 14 bolt over to disc brakes. Grinded down the OD of the stock hubs to allow rotors to slide on rather than be staked to the back like most conversion kits. Did this so I could use stock rear brakes from a late model gm. Had to use rotors from a dually to get the backing plate to set far enough inboard to land on the axle tube.

I need to have some flanges made so I can weld them on and get everything bolted up. Anyone know a friendly machinist willing to do such a small job without charging a fortune? Tried several of those eBay machine shops that say no job is too small and can't even get a response for a so I assume it's not worth their time. I could probably get by with just a 1/2" plate plasma cut and not have the raised part.
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Old 04-28-2017, 12:35 AM   #29
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Almost forgot about these pieces... Bent up using a vise, hammer, dolly and whatever was laying around I could pound on.
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Old 04-28-2017, 12:28 PM   #30
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I didn't get before pictures of the hack job from whoever put on the 4" lift before I got it. It had 4" lift springs up front and 4" blocks out back.

The spring perches on the 14 bolt were space out about an inch too far on both sides. Whoever installed it just forced the springs out to match and you could see the shackles were in a bind. The axle had some aftermarket shock mounts but they were in the wrong spot as well. I cut off the sping perches and beat the shock mount off with a hammer. The had practically no penetration and some nasty looking welds. I assume they tried to weld over paint/dirt and whatever else was on the axle.
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Old 04-28-2017, 04:42 PM   #31
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very nice job so far!
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Old 04-29-2017, 05:24 PM   #32
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Installed the rocker boxes today. Raptor liner sprayed inside and out, hopefully that will keep em from ever rusting out again.
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Old 04-29-2017, 07:30 PM   #33
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The axle had some aftermarket shock mounts but they were in the wrong spot as well. I cut off the sping perches and beat the shock mount off with a hammer. The had practically no penetration and some nasty looking welds. I assume they tried to weld over paint/dirt and whatever else was on the axle.
It's frightening what people are driving on public roads. There's tons of stuff like that out there, where some backyard guy goes to Harbour Freight and buys a Chinese 120v flux core MIG welder and now thinks he's a professional welder. I've seen some homebuilt trailers with bubble gum welds that you'd wonder how he ever made it out of his driveway.
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Old 05-13-2017, 02:02 PM   #34
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Had someone make me a set of flanges for the 14 bolt to mount the newer model disc brakes.
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Old 05-13-2017, 02:03 PM   #35
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Starting to put stuff back together.
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Old 05-15-2017, 07:28 AM   #36
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Impressive. Looking forward to more.
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Old 05-17-2017, 10:06 AM   #37
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I'm hooked ... I need to do the same thing... I like the way you write ... I totally scrolled down and looked at that bell housing photo ... lol
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Old 05-18-2017, 07:29 PM   #38
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Thanks for the compliments.

I set out to paint and rebuild the drive/axle shafts. Got everything apart blasted and primed. Just orders all new u joints to put them back together.

I got the u joint out of one of the front axle shafts using a hammer and socket... Set out to do the other side and couldn't get it to budge. Starting hitting harder and harder and I finally missed and caught my finger. After that I bought one of those tiger tools u joint presses. Should have bought it before I started.
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