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Old 01-01-2010, 01:19 AM
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It's hard to tell from the pictures but is there still going to be room for a rear seat in the setup? Work looks great as always and from the way it's going it looks like your friend will end up with a real drivable DC instead of a slug.
Yes it will. Some of the pictures I am about to post have the seat pan and will provide some better reference. But basically the seat will be raised about 3 inches, so the rear passengers will loose some headroom which is why the shape of the cage was important. Keeping a rear seat has been one of his biggest concerns with this build. Everything is designed around it. He is going to build a new seat that has a taller frame (he's a wood worker), and have it upholstered like a stock seat. So it will look like a taller version of the stock seat, and have some room underneath for the motor, and have an aluminum firewall built into it. The seat pan will also hide the electronics and the dry sump tank I will be building for it as well.
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Old 01-01-2010, 01:32 AM
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Stephen brought the motor in today to get it installed. Second picture is the intake I rotated as the first part of this build, to get the throttle body and air box lower to clear the body. Third shot is the motor below the truck. Is has to go in from the bottom, which is definitely difficult.




A shot looking down at the motor, then two angles of it installed.




Some more pictures of the motor, and a bell crank I am working on to get a little more travel out of the coil overs. Mostly just for the sake of saying it's got a bell crank though.




As you may have noticed in the last picture I added some sheet metal braces to tie the cage to the back of the cab. I did this in the morning before Stephen showed up. Hopefully this will add enough rigidity to it since I can't do much else with the C pillar hoop.

Last shot is the truck on stands in the shop.


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Old 01-05-2010, 01:21 AM
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After much debate, I got the trans axle hung today.


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Old 01-05-2010, 02:13 AM
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realy clean man looks good
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Old 01-09-2010, 04:03 AM
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Finished bell crank pictures. Time to start building mounts for these and the coil overs.


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Old 01-10-2010, 04:10 AM
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Bell crank set up in place. It will not stay in single shear.




Bell crank on the other side, and some shots of the double plated bolt hole on the tab that will capture the bell crank in double shear.




Here is the basis of the mount without the bell crank on it. A lot more will happen in this area soon.


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Old 01-10-2010, 09:17 AM
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Looks awesome you are doing some great work there
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Old 01-12-2010, 03:51 AM
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Thank you.


Rear bell crank setup is just about done. I need to cap off the 2x3 and patch the floor back in around the mount. I also need Stephen to figure out his ride height so I can build the tie rods.






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Old 01-14-2010, 01:35 AM
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Machined some push rods out of 6061 T6.






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Old 01-14-2010, 02:25 AM
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That looks great. I just hope the pivot & pivot mount hold up. Have you built something similar for one of these before?
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Old 01-14-2010, 02:55 AM
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Not for something like this, but I have used this type of setup on heavier stuff before (this will be under 3K lbs when finished I think). This thing also still has the torsions in the 944 axle, these are essentially a helper spring right now, and will let him adjust his ride height easier. I feel like it's plenty strong though, and I'm not completely done with the mount for the pivot either. But the bushing is graphite impregnated oilite bushings. I've used them in the past in high use pivots with good luck. If they start to show signs of wear though, I can always try delrin I guess, or swap it out to a sealed bearing.
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Old 01-14-2010, 03:04 AM
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Here is a similar idea on a Chevelle that has been in use for almost 10 years and the bushings had not been changed last I heard. The Chevelle has more weight close to the setup. They used delrin bushings.




The pivot for the bell crank is also the sway bar.
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Old 01-14-2010, 09:32 AM
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FWIW IIRC Delrin has a compression around 45k psi or so. It's great for a lot of things that don't have sharp shock loads.

Looks great man. It's coming along nicely
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Old 01-14-2010, 09:54 AM
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did you get the alluminum locally?
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Old 01-14-2010, 12:41 PM
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Ya like 5 years ago. I've had it in my garage forever. I had to buy a whole stick, and I only needed a foot. I'm finally starting to use it.
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Awesome again Twisted, wanted to mention I liked what you ended up with on the cage tube worx...

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ok, so those tubes against the wall are 100% welded right, dumb question I know but that must have took some mirror work, cussing, and maybe praying to pull that off.
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Old 01-15-2010, 10:51 PM
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They are both welded all around, but the one on the left probably doesn't look pretty on the back side.


Here are some custom bolts I made to put coilovers on a narrowed beam. The bearing on the coilovers the owner got have an oddball bearing, that measures .588". So instead of running a bolt with a spacer on it, I figured I would make something a little stronger that looks a little cleaner. The bolt itself is 4130 chromoly, all corners lightly radiused to prevent any stress risers, and the suspension load is transferred into the chromoly piece. The other side is just an aluminum spacer that allows for some misalignment (same as on the chromoly side, cut at 30 degrees .130" in depth), that uses a counter sunk bolt to keep the spacer in place and provide a flush clean look.





I'm getting a lot more involved with the machine work lately, and I really like it.
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I'm getting a lot more involved with the machine work lately, and I really like it.
Be careful that blinging Machine work will take your excellent fab work to the next level! Looking great!
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Old 01-16-2010, 09:10 PM
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Thanks E.

Here is the PS coil over installed. Truck is leaving Monday to take a break.


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