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.