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Old 02-07-2017, 10:19 AM   #126
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Re: TCI to start new R&D Project with a C10!

Can these engine towers be swapped side to side for a more rearward position?

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Old 02-13-2017, 01:12 PM   #127
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Can these engine towers be swapped side to side for a more rearward position?


No, they can't. The engine angle would be waaay off.

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Old 02-14-2017, 09:29 AM   #128
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No, they can't. The engine angle would be waaay off.

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Yeah, I noticed that when I got my stuff unboxed last week. I'll get it figured out, though.
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Old 02-16-2017, 07:21 AM   #129
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Re: TCI to start new R&D Project with a C10!

Has this set up been test fitted to see if a stroked bbc and oil pan will clear that ..
Seems if the ls tiny oil pan didn't clear the bbc guys are sol
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Old 02-20-2017, 03:23 PM   #130
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Has this set up been test fitted to see if a stroked bbc and oil pan will clear that ..
Seems if the ls tiny oil pan didn't clear the bbc guys are sol
The big block clears just fine. Just don't run tall valve covers as they will hit the firewall.

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Old 02-20-2017, 03:56 PM   #131
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The big block clears just fine. Just don't run tall valve covers as they will hit the firewall.

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Eck..
how much, like ball peen hammer dimple or cut,splice and weld..
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Old 02-20-2017, 05:11 PM   #132
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Eck..
how much, like ball peen hammer dimple or cut,splice and weld..
Cut, splice, weld. It's in the "tunnel" area so should not affect much else.

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Old 05-12-2017, 02:00 PM   #133
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Re: TCI to start new R&D Project with a C10!

I know it's been a while since a real update on our shop truck. Unfortuantely, we've just had too many new development projects lately so the truck has been collecting dust. So recently I approached Ed the owner and Sal the VP about spending my lunch and breaks working on the truck. This led to a situation where I would work towards finishing it and eventually it would be available for me to purchase. I've been wanting one for a long time so I am hopeful this will work out.

So anyways, with some freedom to proceed how I choose I began to mock up some things. First and foremost I put some shock simulators in place to mimick full compression of the 5.2" travel ridetech coilovers. Then I placed some wheel simulators in place mimicking 26" tall tires. I know this is probably less than what some may run but I plan to run 18x12 wheels all the way around with a 315/30/18 Falken tire which is 25.5".

Here is a pic with the frame at full compression.



The frame under the front cab mount is 5" off the ground.


Something that has been lingering in the back of my head is the original upper shock mounts we made for the front end. The engineers ditched this design early on because the truck sat too low. Basically the inner fender had to be raised with them so they felt our kit wouldn't go this route. Anyways, we still have a couple of the original design mounts sitting in a box. There is roughly 2.5" difference in height between these.





The rear axle sits above the frame but it does clear the bed.




So, I will try to keep this thread updated a little more often. It will be slow though since it will only be an hour or so at a time.

On a sidenote, we began designing the Squarebody rear suspension.

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Old 05-12-2017, 06:50 PM   #134
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Re: TCI to start new R&D Project with a C10!

Nice lunch break project.
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Old 06-02-2017, 07:21 PM   #135
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With the power this thing is going to make, we're going to need a strong foundation. I'll work on the back half next week.

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Old 06-08-2017, 11:45 AM   #136
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Worked on the rear boxing plates. I removed the standard bolt-on frame plate that comes with the Torque Arm kit and placed it on top of the rail. I don't need to step the rails that far to get the desired ride height but it was a good starting point.

The frame is countoured in this area so I will have to put two bends in the new boxing plate to match the frame. R&D is really busy right now so I might not wait for them to draw these up and cut them on the plasma table. I might just trace and cut them out with the hand held plasma. Sure it's dirty but I am trying to get this thing back to a roller by the Brothers Truck Show.



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Old 06-14-2017, 12:24 PM   #137
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Re: TCI to start new R&D Project with a C10!

Sending the frame rails out to get sand blasted. I've got a lot of work to do before the Brothers Truck Show.



We placed a rather large order with Holley and parts are starting to show up.



These 83 lb/hr injectors will likely be too small for what I've got planned. But it'll get us started on pump gas.



I've got some ideas for a coil mount that involves the valley cover. The intake manifold hasn't arrived yet so that'll have to wait.





Coil harness adapter for a factory type engine harness
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Re: TCI to start new R&D Project with a C10!

Your gonna be super busy now.
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Old 06-14-2017, 06:51 PM   #139
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Re: TCI to start new R&D Project with a C10!

There's definitely going to be some late nights and weekends in my future.

Messing around with coil mounts options today. The intake manifold is still in transit so this could all be futile.



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Old 06-20-2017, 11:57 AM   #140
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Re: TCI to start new R&D Project with a C10!

The Holley Hi-Ram is in our possession now so we can actually do some mock up with the coils. There is plenty room to mount them underneath it. We just want to make sure that they are serviceable somewhat easily. Probably make a one piece removable shaft so they come out as a unit.



Some more major components have arrived. We haven't done a bagged shop project in a few years so this is kinda exciting. Ridetech triple adjustable shockwaves 5" travel front and 6" travel rear. Dual 3 gallon tanks, dual pumps and their pressure based ride control system.

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Old 06-20-2017, 09:55 PM   #141
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Re: TCI to start new R&D Project with a C10!

Well I hope your cost for the truck doesn't exceed the parts cost if you're putting your own time into it! Looking good though. But why get those frame rails blasted? They look pretty clean to me...
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Old 06-21-2017, 12:59 PM   #142
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Well I hope your cost for the truck doesn't exceed the parts cost if you're putting your own time into it! Looking good though. But why get those frame rails blasted? They look pretty clean to me...
That chassis was our display so it was already powdercaoted. I am going to box the rails though so they need to be raw. The blasting was going to cost waaay too much so I will just be grinding back all the weld areas.
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Old 06-23-2017, 07:08 PM   #143
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So the thing about boost. It's just a measurement of restriction. Less restriction, more flow at a given pressure. On a naturally aspirated LQ4 these 230cc AFR heads would be overkill. I've already said too much. Those that know me, know the direction this is headed.









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Old 07-31-2017, 02:24 PM   #144
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Re: TCI to start new R&D Project with a C10!

We finally got the frame rails back from sandblasting. Well......they only baked it apparently. Anyways, waited this long so we are moving on.

One of the guys in the shop mentioned that we had a chassis dolly in storage. He thought it was sturdy enough to build a temporary fixture out of so we took a few guys down there and grabbed it. Sure enough, this thing is a monster and honestly I am kinda glad that it is short. This way I can place the cab and bed on it if need be. Will come in handy with doing a body drop.


I had to install a CPP driveshaft loop because the stock one would interfere with the chassis dolly.




Unfortunately, not much progress will be madefor the next week. I fly out to Louisville tomorrow for the Street Rod Nationals and I won't be back until Thursday next week.
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Old 08-11-2017, 05:12 PM   #145
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Re: TCI to start new R&D Project with a C10!

I am finally back in town so it's time to make some real progress. I spent my lunch today tracing and cutting one of the rear boxing plates. It's sucks that I had to cut it with the hand held plasma vs. the hi-def but I can't wait for R&D to draw the plate(they're super busy finishing up the squarebody 4-Link).

So basically what we have done is give the rear suspension an extra 3.5" of travel. The bottomed out height before is where the new set up will be at ride height. I left the rail height at 6" at the step so there is plenty of strength for towing.








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