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Old 03-11-2013, 05:33 PM   #16
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You do really good looking work codeman. Looks like everything is coming along nicely. I'm curious about your body lift though? Why did you choose to go the route you're going and how much lift will you achieve? Also, what size shoes are you going to put on her and are you looking to avoid modifying your fenders to avoid rub?
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Old 03-12-2013, 05:12 AM   #17
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Thanks for the complement!!! I try hard to think things through, looking down the road to the end result. I guess that comes from years of home building and knowing what can happen if you don't!!!

I'm doing the lift this way b/c I don't like the design of the "standard" lift kits on the market. To me, a big block with a long bolt through it provides the opportunity for movement. Since the body is off the frame, the weldments can be attached and be very strong. Fortunately, drt steelworks has been a valuable resource for fabrication. We duplicated the oval holes in the frame body mounts on 3/16" plate, 2.5" by 2.5". The 2.5" square dimension is a perfect fit at all mounting points. It allows for very easy alignment of the weldments visually and with a straight edge. Then, we cut 2" id pipe to 1.6" long, trued one end on the lathe and finished the other to 1.5" overall length. The new mounts sit completely flat on the existing frame mounts and provide significant surface area for welding. With the new body bushings from IHPA, the total body lift is right at 2.5".

I"ll be going SOA, r/s, with new alcan springs providing an additional 2 - 3" of lift. So, I guess I'm looking at about 10 - 11" of lift at the rockers. As far as tires, I'm thinking a minimum of 35's??? Once I have the body back on the frame, I'll be able to determine actual clearance. Then I'll decide????
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Old 03-12-2013, 05:33 AM   #18
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With rockwell axles yes?

just kiddin. Looking great man. Those poly body bushings from IHPA made a good replacment for the junk that came with my lift.

You're doing great fab work and I hope you enjoy the wee beastie
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Old 03-17-2013, 04:38 PM   #19
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A week later and another coat of primer on the headers. The vht directions say to allow 1 week for curing if you can't com-lete the finishing in one operation. I hung them over my shop stove for a while before doing anything. Then, after they had cooled to ambient temperature, I scuffed the stan's up with scotch brite, wiped them down with a tack rag (previously used but still picked up alot of dust), recoated with primer and made my best attempt at "curring" the paint. Tomorrow, ill scuff again and apply the 1st coat of jd muffler paint.
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Old 03-17-2013, 04:44 PM   #20
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My 4 1/2" grinder got so good to me last weekend, I ground through the cord!!! Thanks to home depot & a 2 wire replacement cord. Here's the pass. Front body mount with lift weldment. I've got a little more "smoovin'" to do, but this is where I'm going. It has been blasted not not finished with it. I've got the 5 remaining frame mounts almost there but still have to replace the rear cross member. Hopefully, the weather will cooperate next weekend?????
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Old 03-21-2013, 06:14 PM   #21
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I got some more paint on the headers this week. I scuffed them Sunday afternoon, put another coat of primer on and hung them over the stove for the night. Monday, I scuffed the primer, sprayed first coat of jd muffler paint and hung them over the stove.

A friend has an infra-red thermometer he gracoiusly allowed me to borrow. I've been burning this stove for 14 years and never knew how hot it got until last night. As you can see, the ir thermo tells the story!! I shot it at the top of the stove. The vht paint online "instructions" indicate the paint should be cured in stages to 600# f. I'm not sure the headers actually got that hot, but I'm good with where I am. The headers reached about 400# last time I checked. I'd turned the lights out in the shop, too dark for a photo, but the stove was full.

The last picture is this morning after 2 coats and hanging to "cure" overnight. The jd paint says to allow 36 hrs. Between coats, so I'll scuff and coat tomorrow night.
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Old 03-31-2013, 06:37 PM   #22
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I finished 6 of the body mounts this weekend. I still have the 2 on the rear cross membber to do when I get it replaced. I shot them with primer to see how much more blending work they need. I think I'm close.

I also got the 3rd coat of jd muffler black paint on my stan's headers. The jd paint is a satin finish. I hope it stays on!!! I was able to "cure" it to 400 degrees, +/- hanging over the shop wood stove. I know that's no where near exhaust temp, but it's better than nothing?????

I'll get some buds over this week to flip the frame over and remove the rest of the brackets to prep for the reverse shackle kit. Also this week, I'll be ordering a set of new alcan springs. I'm thinking somewhere in the 2.5 to 3" lift range. Any thoughts on spring lift??
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