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11-30-2009 06:01 PM Body work and U bolts
The body work is on hold till I make the frame a roller again. But here is a pic of the new front u bolts I had made today.


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11-30-2009 05:58 PM Axle under the truck
Here are a few pics of the axle under the truck. If you notice you will see new brake calipers also. I could not find any premade u bolts so I went to a local spring shop and had them make 4 new ones for me.
If you look close you can see the old u bolts on the axle and that they are to short. I had the new ones made long enough for me to add another leaf or two to my spring pack if I need to.

I went to the junk yard on Sunday and picked up the top plates that the u bolts bolt up to...you know on top of the springs. Plus picked up the sway bar also. All this came off of a 70's Suburban.

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10-26-2009 11:25 AM 2wd to 4x4
So I decided to change my truck from a two wheel drive to a four wheel drive. I bought a 1977 10 bolt corporate front end and a SM465 tranny with a 205 transfer case. So now I just have to fit them in the truck. As you can see the front end will fit nicely. The spring perches are in the same location as the old axle.


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05-03-2009 11:14 PM Cab corner cont
Pic one shows it mostly spot welded in. i will continue to spot weld it in until it is completely welded in. This helps to keep the metal from warping. I also use a hammer and dolly to keep the patch the same height as the original metal. The metal will "grow" for lack of a better word some times and using the hammer and dolly gets it back in shape.

The next two pics are just a close up and another one after I ground some of the spot welds down. I still have some more spots to put down...but that will be tomorrow.. I hope.


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05-03-2009 11:07 PM Drivers Side Cab Corner repair
Pic one shows new patch panel I made. I make the panel first then cut out the old metal.
Pic 2 is the outer sheetmetal cut away. You can see the rusted inner panel. These trucks are known for rusting out here.
Pic 3 is the inner panel cut away. I will weld the outer panel on then weld a piece from the inner panel to the new outer panel. i am not trying to replicate the same shape for the inner panel so it will be shorter than the original. But that is fine with me.


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