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Old 05-22-2018, 02:40 AM   #101
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Re: 59 Apache - Lifelong obsession

lookin good there '59. bumper right side up for you? me too.
wheel spacing looks good too
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Old 05-22-2018, 07:49 AM   #102
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Looks real nice.
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Old 05-22-2018, 07:31 PM   #103
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lookin good there '59. bumper right side up for you? me too.
wheel spacing looks good too
Yup, I know a lot of guys flip them but I like it better the factory way. I did tuck it in closer to the body as much as I could though.
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Old 05-24-2018, 09:24 PM   #104
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Got everything mocked up for the first time. Hung the front sheetmetal and bumper and eyeballed where I want the rear ride height. I still need to do the rear 4 link and figure out the mounts for the engine/trans but seeing it look somewhat like a truck is a major motivator.
That sits really nice!
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Old 05-24-2018, 11:13 PM   #105
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Thanks Black_Sheep. The frame is just sitting directly on the rear end right now but it looks so good, I've decided that I am going to make that my ride height. I'm going to step notch it the height of the frame so I will have 4" or so of up travel. right now I have about 8" at the rear step and 6 1/2" at the front of the rocker. The subframe has all-thread in the shock holes to hold it close to ride height, but I'm curious if it will come down another inch in the front once I drop the engine and transmission in.
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Old 05-29-2018, 01:24 AM   #106
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I like the ride height there as well. just ensure you have ample room above the axle plus install some good bump stops. maybe look at the ones from newer trucks. I used S10 units in mine, they sit closer to the axle than you might think. check out a newer truck when you get time. the bump stops hit waaaay before the suspension would ever bottom. the S10 bumpers are beehive shaped and hollow so they are progressive and actually softer than you would expect as well. they look pretty close to what my avalanche has in the rear and those are only a little bit off the rubbing pad for the suspension bumpers, they obviously get used a lot by the shiny spot on the rub pad. you would never know when driving. engineered that way.
just a thought, nothing worse than a bone jarring suspension bottoming on a speed bump or parking lot entrance, and you can't not have those around Calgary roads
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Old 05-29-2018, 01:40 AM   #107
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here is a pic of that suspension bumper. this one is from a 1/2 ton. should be easy to find one at pick n pull

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Chevy1500-S...gAAOSwCM5XP0iY
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Old 05-29-2018, 02:37 PM   #108
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Thanks for the heads up dsraven, I think those would work great. I could integrate them into the step notch.
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Old 05-31-2018, 06:06 PM   #109
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if you look around you can prolly find a large cupped washer from a front suspension strut that you could use for a receiver for the snubber, that way the urethane won't squish out as easily when the suspension gets fully depressed.
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