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Old 10-10-2017, 06:47 PM   #1
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Ugly 61 freebie build

Hey guys thought I would add a build thread on my first bagged truck build. Its a actually my brothers truck hence the title. I'm a fabricator by trade and have built many offroad race cars and am currently working for an EV company and have a few show cars under my belt working for them and my previous employer. I think that is all pertinent info because what I'm doing with the truck this will never be a show truck but the goal is to have a perfectly functioning hell raiser. Heres some pictures of the truck the day my brother bought it for $2,300.
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Old 10-10-2017, 06:57 PM   #2
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Re: Ugly 61 freebie build

All the parts of this truck have been designed and hand built by me no kits were bought or available the plan was to bag front and rear with a c notch and secretly I was working on a short bed conversion. All fab work will be completed in my garage with exception of the drive shaft and exhaust.Heres a couple pictures of the front after spindle install and stock arms modified for bag mounts the complete kit was hand cut and full bolt on but is now drawn in cad if there are any interested people out there.
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Old 10-10-2017, 07:06 PM   #3
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Re: Ugly 61 freebie build

The rear is currently being finished. The frame has been shortened notched again templated and drawn in cad and available if any person is interested.I bought a stepside bed that that actually matched the shotty existing red paint.the idea currently is to cut the existing cross member out while still using the front have of the x member and switch back to an own style carrier bearing for packaging purposes. I will be building chromoly trailing arms with bag mounts near the stock mount.
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Old 10-10-2017, 07:11 PM   #4
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Re: Ugly 61 freebie build

Stocky 6.5 wide wheels were sourced prior to finding out how expensive white wall 16" tires were, so we ended up with a Sierra 225/70/16 thin white wall sourced online for about $100 per tire wheels and craigslist find center caps were blasted and powder coated putting the wheel and tire set in the 1k price range.
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Old 10-10-2017, 07:17 PM   #5
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Craigslist bed mocked up at rear bump height. Front of bed needs to be brought up but that will come with inner floor fab. Also still trying to source a tailgate if any body has a stepper GMC gate for sale.
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Old 10-10-2017, 07:30 PM   #6
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Re: Ugly 61 freebie build

Here's the chopped chassis and trailing arm components pre tube install. I used the pre existing bed mounts on the long bed chassis to "fixture" the shortened chassis the two rivit holes were square and only 12" apart the exact amount that needed to be removed. The rear has been chopped off for now I will build bumper brackets to fit.
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Old 10-10-2017, 07:55 PM   #7
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Re: Ugly 61 freebie build

Current hurdles in this build are relatively small and will be solved with the injection of some cash and time.
1 front upper ball joint limits out and will need to be re positioned or new arm built neither out of my wheel house but open to suggestions
2 bag wiring is complete but needs to be installed
3 battery needs to be moved to the rear (harness complete) need mount.
4 drive shaft
5 cross member fabrication and install
6 completion of trailing arms
7 bed floor fab
8 exhaust
9 bag system mounted ;compressor,tank,relay, (assuming this will be done in the rear of the bed under floor)
10 re-plumb brakes assuming stock dual outlet master will work,any input should I get a vaccume assist booster?
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Old 10-19-2017, 10:32 AM   #8
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Re: Ugly 61 freebie build

Looking good! Are you able to fully stuff the tire and still keep it out of the inner fender? I'm looking for the tallest tire size to run on my truck without have to cut up the fenders when its aired out.
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Re: Ugly 61 freebie build

Looking good! I see that was a green truck. Are you going back to that green?
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