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post #1 of (permalink) Old 07-26-2003, 02:35 PM Thread Starter
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It isn't finished yet, but last week it drove. We fabbed a crossmember for the carrier bearing out of round tubing and the original mounting bracket. The driveline was shortened, balanced, painted and had new joints installed. The rear brakes were put back on since i can't afford to do a disk setup yet. I installed new lights in the rear courtesy of walmart. The new reverse light kicks ass over any factory light. I only need a liscence plate light for the rear. I did an oil change, put on a new tranny pan with a factory drain hole and a new filter for the tranny. The rear diff has new fluid. And, I have 50 feet of steel sitting at a friends house waiting to be bent into a roll cage. There are still a few things i need to make it pass safety inspection(and make it safe). They include a new steering column, frame repair kits(weld in and bolt in) and adjust the rear brakes and find out how to shorten my parking brake cable. It is comming along nicely andd i can't wait to get it out on the road so i can really test out this new turning radius since i can already tell a difference with only driving it 5 blocks.
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PICTURES YOU BASTARD PICTURES !!!!!

If you would, give me as much of a writeup you can make about the wheelbse shortening thing, I'm going to hack mine down to K5 length when I put in the one tons, and need as much advice as possible.

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What are the plans for the flatbed/cage thinger ?
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Alright, alright! I will post up some of the pics of when we shortened it and a short write up of how we did it. You will be able to take out 23 13/16" most likely since our bed lengths are the same and the rivets and cross members are all prety similar if not the same. Give me until tomorrow. with getting back into the swing of things at work, preparing for separation from the army, spending time with the wife and kid, and job hunting I have been kind of busy. That and my grandmother died while i was deployed so i had to spend some time with Mom and help her out some.
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Fix your website while yor at it. Geez it is free you know
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hey Frank, my wife started that for me over a year ago and i never did anything with it. It looks like it has been shut down. Guess I'll have to get her to work on a new one for me sometime to document the whole process and evolution of the was big now not so big red truck.
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OK RJ, here are some shots of before and current shots. [img]http://groups.msn.com/_Secure/0RQCiQaoV7AejL8p2adc6B23ODCeF9VV6dTXtPVCJIPz2WCVht kdJk8hq7Shvq8ROq8KKSQqi9V7Wt5Kyw2sqdShU8*nnWC2iomm YKeJy2Fo/leftside.jpg[/img]
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This is when we were relocating the spring hangers.
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I don't know if i have more of the relocating. I will try and search for some more. As for how we did this, we used a grinder to flatten the heads of the rivets and then drilled through the cnter of them. Next a chisel was used to chop the rivet in half. Next a punch was used to knock the rivet through the hole. There are 48 or so rivets and it took quit a long time to get them all out. Take mesurements of how far apart the brackets are located on the frame BEFORE you remove them. I think i did one side without measurements or had started on the rivet removal before i considered this. I don't remeber the distance between them so you have to do this yourself. I also took measurements of the holes once the brackets were removed to double check the numbers. Use a c-clamp and atatch the brcket to the frrame as fa forward as you want it/can fit it. The second is what i did. It ended up being 23 and 13/16". Once they were clamped i used a marker to mark the hole locations removed the brackets and drilled the holes. These are 10mm holes, NOT 3/8". Use 10MM bolts when mounting the brackets. Do one side then copy your measurements to the other side. Check and double check and triple check these measurements. Once i was done bolting them all up I took criss cross(right front left rear and vice versa) measurements and was off by less than 1/8" between the two measurements(close to 1/16"). Mounting the spring hangers at this location moved the front hanger down and the rear hanger up. This lowered the pinion angle which i hope will be fixed properly by a shackle flip.

Here are the new lights. I just enlarged some holes that were already in the frame from 10MM to 1/2" to make the tail lights fit. My goose neck made a nice mounting location for the reverse light and lisence plate. Now i need to find out how to mount up the lisence plate lights. Notice how i have no back brakes? Your stopping distance is greatly reduced without these!! They are now installed and it stops much better. I still need to adjust them propperly though. I think they are not tight enough.
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Here is the mockup of the new carrier bearing mount. The bracket was welded to the tubing and the tubing welded to the frame. he pinion angle wasn't measured, but it looked to be fairly decent went we mocked it up and when it was finished.


here is the new 31 gallon ful tank meant for a TBI suburban(88 or so) Compared to my old 20 gallon modified to 16 gallon(read: dented and smashed) i should now be able to go about 290 miles on one tank instead of 150. My old sending unit is 2" too short, but I am going to modify it to make it fit right, or just buy a new one.
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Here are some more parts we removed. The crossmember wsa in the way of where I want the fuel tank mounted, and the exhaust pipe was in the way of the carrier bearing crosmember. My old muffler busted off, and where this section of pipe wsa located is where the new muffler will go.
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the fuel tank is curentl residing on two pieces of particle board with ratchet straps holding it down until we fab up a way to mount it between the frame rails.

I have a bit more work to do, like find out how to shorten the parking brake cable(ANY HELP WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED!!!!), buy a weld in frame repair kit for behind the steering box(4" crack through bottom rear mounting hole), replace the steering column, and get a couple fuses. Mabe a few more things, but i don't remeber off hand. Duh, and bend and install the roll cage.
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a couple of what the thinglooks like from the side and a clearer shot of the rear bracket location.
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Hey thanks, that'll help a bit.

I think with the tilting of th spring problem, I'm just going to replicate its tilt as stock by making a braket to put under the frame for it to bolt to. I'm going to box the ends of the frame rails together and I'd recommend you do so also, if you weren't going to already. I didn't replace my crossmembers well enough, so the whole end of the frame is gonna be a brick. It should work alright when I get the hitch under there too.

About the 10mm bolts. 10mm, why not drill em out to 1/2" like the ORD shackle flip? 10mm? BAH!

I just put up 40 pics of the Rezzybed experience on my webpage if you're interested.

Anywho thanks again
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Oh, and you really need dual tube door sets, that would look hilarious [img]images/graemlins/laugh.gif[/img]
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A guy that owns a body show here shorenten his frame like you DesertRat except he left his cab normal, then he Bobbed the living hell out of his bed, looks cool but idk if he can haul anything of a decent size in it
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