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Old 04-01-2018, 10:54 PM   #176
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Re: Big Bird - 1972 Longhorn K30

With my degree in farmer ingenuity sometimes it takes one or two times to get it right. And sometimes it takes 3,4,5,6 times. My geometry was a little off on the rear. I tilted the bed with the forklift and the bed hit on the back support after raising it only a couple feet. Easy fix just took out the bolts and flipped the bracket 180. The bed then hit the bolts on top of the frame that hold in the farthest rear support. I removed them and added some flat bar inside the frame rails that I also added some pipe for more support at pivot point. Pictures is as the steepest angle I will be able to go for the time being. I will have to notch bed rails a little bit to go to a sharper angle. I will eventually pull everything back off and paint when I paint the bed. To finish up the night I mounted the rear mudflaps.
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Old 04-03-2018, 07:38 PM   #177
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Re: Big Bird - 1972 Longhorn K30

Worked on the front mudflaps today. I am waiting on a local hydraulic shop to get back to me on a pump. Also need to wait for a spot to open back up in the big shop to finish front hoist mount. Got holes made and attached just have to weld in more support. Here is a before during and after picture of the badging that goes on the mudflaps. I had them on my Dodge but keep getting ripped off. They should work good on Big Bird since it sits higher ground. I took the wheels off to install the mudflaps and found this. Needless to say they are getting replaced.
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Old 04-03-2018, 08:31 PM   #178
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Re: Big Bird - 1972 Longhorn K30

dam those are NASTY ! and i live in the rust belt.
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Old 04-14-2018, 09:01 PM   #179
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Re: Big Bird - 1972 Longhorn K30

Got back at work on Big Bird today. The pump came in on Wednesday and gather supplies to finish the hoist assembly. I got the top pivots attached and added some more support on the top of the frame of the bed. Since the pivot shaft is about 2" and the frame is about 3" so little more support seemed fitting. I scrounged around the farm and found a retired toolbox. It would end up being a great place for the pump. Made the platform for the toolbox, made hydraulic lines, wired, filled with fluid and tested the system out. Works good. Have to notch rear frame tomorrow so that I can tilt the bed at more of an angle. Also go the battery box holder made. Still need to tuck the wires up nicely and run a charge wire from the main battery. Hopefully get at the headache rack tomorrow also.
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Old 04-15-2018, 08:10 PM   #180
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Here's a picture of today's progress, testing the 4-wheel drive and a picture of where I had beefed up the frame on top of the upper pivot point. This is full tilt so far, I will do a few test runs with it to see if I need to trim some more to get a sharper angle. I also got the wiring finished and neatly tucked away. I wasn't able to start on the headache rack today. We got about 5-7" of snow so this morning was tied up with pushing it around.
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Old Yesterday, 12:08 AM   #181
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Re: Big Bird - 1972 Longhorn K30

Good looking truck & even better fabrication skills!
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Old Yesterday, 06:32 PM   #182
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Re: Big Bird - 1972 Longhorn K30

Man, that turned out awesome! I really have a bad hankering to build a similar one now. Nice work on Big Bird!
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Old Yesterday, 06:55 PM   #183
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Re: Big Bird - 1972 Longhorn K30

Very cool wish I set my truck up with dump bed
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