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Old 04-24-2017, 11:32 PM   #651
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Re: Br3w City's Project omgwtfbbq

By popular request, the GrillCraft tag was pullled off. Gotta agree, it does look better.
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Old 04-24-2017, 11:41 PM   #652
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Before I get to the meat of this post, I wanna first give a quick thanks to Ryan Duke here on the forum. He contacted me about his LS swap, and ended up coming through in the clutch on a part of my rebuild. I've got video of his swap coming soon to my channel, but in the meantime check out some of his posts on his truck!


He knew of a local junkyard spot that just so happen to have a 4/5/6 out on the back 40. Turns out there was a 4/5/6 fleet small window, as well as a 'burb and a few other vintage scrap piles (video of that coming to the channel TOO, you should be sub'd by now...). Not much was good on the 4/5/6, except the chunk of back panel that I would need to do a patch job on mine...and good rear glass to boot. We cut the whole back off (it WAS NOT worth saving any other part, it was swiss cheese) and I took it home for $40.




My rear cabwall on the passenger side is pretty knackered if you hadn't seen it, here's a flat edge against it.



After much debate on the pull vs patch decision, getting this cab wall pushed us to the patch option. The old panels are just too creased to pull, so we started planning cuts to relieve stress on the metal. This let us return the nearby areas to a more neutral position. We removed a strategic section of the wall (YES there will be challenges, but we have a plan for most of them).



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Old 04-28-2017, 02:52 PM   #653
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Paid a visit to another local member to help get his swap up n going. Take an introductory look at Ryan's build!

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Old 05-03-2017, 10:44 PM   #654
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Another update.
Used a jack and some wood to prop the fuel cell in a rough area where I wanted it. I could move it around as needed while I took measurements. After that, I started laying out some 1/2" square tube for the skeleton.




I tac'd those into place and used the jack again to align the whole thing. I made some tabs for mounting, since I wanted the assembly to be removable and potentially allow for a different cell (alternate fuel possibly?) to be put in on 4 bolts. I also wanted my cell to sit as a certain height, and to naturally counter the rake of the truck.



I gusset the back side with the longer arms, and the whole thing could be set back into place. Then I drilled and tapped the tabs into the frame. The assembly has 4 bolts threaded right into the frame on 3/8-24 fine thread grade 8 hardware.


I also reused my old top strap with a few different bends in it. It hooks to the longitudinal strut I added (where the battery tray will start ...in the next paragrash ) and uses another 3/8 bolt, locking the fuel cell in place should gravity fail, or should I be upside down.


And after a bunch of grinding and some blending, I hit it with a few coats of prime and satin black.



At the same time as all this ^^^^, I was working on the battery tray also. Its a triangular skeleton with a flat stock floor plate welded into it for the hard mounting on the battery box.




I think its strong enough for me, so the battery should be ok.



I had to make a few small trims to the battery box plastic shell, mod the hardware, and narrow the battery hold down (was designed for larger battery than I run). The box and bracket dropped right in and sat firmly and squarely (triangularly? lol) on the base.


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Old 05-08-2017, 07:25 PM   #655
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Awwww yeaa. Ryan located a cab for me, so we went to hack the good part off

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Old 05-09-2017, 11:42 AM   #656
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Whos that awesome Ryan guy in the vids? I like the progress, sometimes we all need alittle push from a complete stranger to get you jump started! It's all looking very good tho. If your ever in need of some help just let me know.
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Whos that awesome Ryan guy in the vids? I like the progress, sometimes we all need alittle push from a complete stranger to get you jump started! It's all looking very good tho. If your ever in need of some help just let me know.
Truck community for the win. Your help has been huge so far man, only hope that Dan, myself (and any of the other guys I keep around) can offer the same help getting your stuff on the road too.

btw I have your radio keys to return. They didn't fit the deck
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Old 05-19-2017, 06:16 PM   #658
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Finally got the video part done for the initial frame rebuild!

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