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Old 09-12-2012, 10:20 AM
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dude, nobody is going to have one of those unless they put their truck on a whole new frame, and who in the hell would ever do that? what would be so hard making one?

this horse's petute comes over to look at my truck and asks me if i know what the difference is between a 55 front fender and a 56. i said yes, the fender spears are below or above the crease. he says 'no, the 56's are rounder above the headlights'. i told him all the aftermarket fenders say they are the same part for both years and he thinks i am being a smartas. whatta ******. glad he never called back. where do people get all these stupid ideas from?

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Old 09-12-2012, 10:21 AM
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dude, nobody is going to have one of those unless they put their truck on a whole new frame, and who in the hell would ever do that? what would be so hard making one?

this horse's petute comes over to look at my truck and asks me if i know what the difference is between a 55 front fender and a 56. i said yes, the fender spears are below or above the crease. he says 'no, the 56's are rounder above the headlights'. i told him all the aftermarket fenders say they are the same part for both years and he thinks i am being a smartas. whatta ******. glad he never called back. where do people get all these stupid ideas from?
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Hey , Guys what been going on , I haven't been here in awhile. I'm looking for a piece of frame crossmember for my 57 that I took out and through away a long time ago for a suspension mod I made. Anyway the crossmember i'm looking for is the last crossmember at the back of the frame between the rear shackles , it's a heavy piece thats rivited in. Does anyone have one thats in good shape and has not been all cut up ?
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I'd like to help, but right now I'm waiting on my ankle to fuse itself together so I can walk again. I'm going to be swapping my 57 to a 01 4x4 chassis in the future, but looks like it'll be a while.
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Old 09-12-2012, 01:59 PM
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dude, nobody is going to have one of those unless they put their truck on a whole new frame, and who in the hell would ever do that? what would be so hard making one?

this horse's petute comes over to look at my truck and asks me if i know what the difference is between a 55 front fender and a 56. i said yes, the fender spears are below or above the crease. he says 'no, the 56's are rounder above the headlights'. i told him all the aftermarket fenders say they are the same part for both years and he thinks i am being a smartas. whatta ******. glad he never called back. where do people get all these stupid ideas from?
Maybe he's seen one that some hack has "repaired" the eyebrows on with bondo!?
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Old 09-12-2012, 06:05 PM
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I took that crossmember out of my pickup when I put in an aluminum gas tank in the back and replaced the leaf springs with a 4 bar setup with air bags, now I want to go back to leaf springs. I know I could make one out of box tubing but I figured someone did what I did and took theirs out also.
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Old 09-14-2012, 11:02 AM
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57halfton: i have to ask why your taking out the 4 link?
i removed mine for a similar aluminum tank and still run springs
unless you plan to haul a full load of gravel i don't think you need to replace it
though i still have the shock x-member and the rear welded solid with 4x1/4 channel iron
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Hey Ogre
This is going to sound really crazy but I plan to put all the leaf springs (new ones) back in and convert it to 4 wheel drive. I did this to a 57 Chevy pickup about 35 years ago using later model solid axle running gear, but the kids were young and we out grew it and sold it now with an empty nest my wife and I want to build another one. I have to see if I can find a pic of it to scan and post.
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Old 09-23-2012, 12:42 PM
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gene I have a 58 parts truck if you still need that crossmember
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Old 09-28-2012, 11:22 PM
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Hey guys... wow it has been a while, deployments deployments schools more deployments, kid on the way (due any day now)... anyways....

finally got some time this last week to finish up almost all the body prep for paint, gutted the inside of the cab, finished welding up all the holes in the firewall from the stock systems and attacked the suspension, i got the front dropped monoleaves from brothers in, however now that they are in i have a question, did you guys that have done these before have to do anything about the bump stops, with all the front sheet metal off i am sitting about 2 inches between the bump stop and the springs and with weight on the wheels there is very little arch in the spring, is this normal?
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that sounds normal to me
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ok thanks, time to start in on the No Limit Rack and Pinion kit
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Old 09-29-2012, 11:59 PM
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ok so the new rack and pinion kit wen in real easy, then i ran into a little stopping point with the flaming river tilt column, i was trying to use the stock floor plate and dash mounting plate, i have a question for you guys

is the bottom of the steering column supposed to go through the firewall, and if so how much should be through?

the hole in the stock floor plate was just a little to small so i widened it untill i could get the shaft through, i brought it through the firewall about an inch and then tightened the dash mounting clamp, when i started to try to line up the shaft with the u-joint on the r&p that's when i noticed the angles were just a little off to where it looks like i will be needing another u-joint, or possibly it can be corrected with the flaming river floor mounting plate, not sure, it looks like that floor plate has a swivel to it.

what do you guys think is the FR floor plate necessary, if not do you just have the column poking through the firewall an inch or so and then only secured with the dash mounting plate?
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Old 09-30-2012, 09:42 AM
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you will need the floor plate to secure the column.
try to move the bottom up on the firewall to fix the steering knuckle angle
you shouldn't need more than 2 steering knuckles on a tf truck
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you will need the floor plate to secure the column.
try to move the bottom up on the firewall to fix the steering knuckle angle
you shouldn't need more than 2 steering knuckles on a tf truck
ok, thanks, was hoping to avoid needing the FR floor plate, oh well, right now there is only 1 u-joint at the r&p I will be adding a second u-joint up top, still trying to work out weather to add it right at the base of the column or below a little bit. I will play with the angle a bit as well im still trying to find the correct floor plate, looks like there is a few online, havent found one for our truck yet, found a few different ones but the only one on FR's website is a small round one not sure if that is the only option for us or what
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This is the 57 Chevy I built about 35 years ago and want another one like it.
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