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#16 jdcrawler OFFLINE  

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Posted June 01, 2012 - 04:11 PM

I found two pieces of aluminum that are the same thickness so I cut them each in half and drilled mounting holes in each piece. These will raise the cab 1-1/4 inch.

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The back of the cab is going up first so it tilts away from the bed.

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Then the front gets jacked up.

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And the riser blocks are set in place.

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This sets the cab back square with the bed.

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The steering shaft was removed to do this work and you can see here that the brake lines are now setting up off the frame.

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Lowering the brake lines back down to the frame is not a problem.
When I built this I formed flex coils in the brake lines coming off the master cylinder so they wouldn't crack from the movement of the cab.
I just stretched these coils out a little to lower the brake lines back down.

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The brake lines are re-mounted on the frame.

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then I put the steering shaft back on.

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Posted June 01, 2012 - 04:15 PM

Looking good, Ray! Hope this gives you enough clearance every where!
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Posted June 01, 2012 - 08:35 PM

Wow Ray, that looks great.
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Posted June 01, 2012 - 08:49 PM

Looks good and I think it will make life easier for you.
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Posted June 01, 2012 - 09:07 PM

Looks like you have another nice project in the works Ray. Should be another dandy when you get it done!
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Posted June 02, 2012 - 03:18 PM

When I pulled the Cummins engine out of the Dodge, the odometer on the Dodge showed 90710 miles.
I want to re-set the odometer on my Chevy to match that so I'll always have the correct mileage for the engine.
First thing is to take the instrument cluster out.

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Then I removed the speedometer and took unscrewed the face plate so I could turn it around and get to the odometer.
It currently shows over 26000 on it.

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I re-set the odometer to reed 90710 and mounted it back in the cluster.

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then I put the whole thing back in the dash.

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Posted June 02, 2012 - 03:54 PM

At least you can always get a job selling LOW milage used cars!! LOL
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Posted June 02, 2012 - 06:50 PM

At least you can always get a job selling LOW milage used cars!! LOL

OLD vehicles anyway. When I worked at auto dealers I can remember guys coming around and offering to service the speedometers. For a modest fee of course. Most carried a small bag similar to a doctors bag.
I've been away from it a long time but I wonder if it is possible to do something like that today with the digital speedometers? .
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Posted June 02, 2012 - 08:27 PM

At least you can always get a job selling LOW milage used cars!! LOL

I don't know ... seams to me that I'm not very good at it because I ended up going from 26 thousand to 90 thousand.

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Posted June 03, 2012 - 06:38 AM

OLD vehicles anyway. When I worked at auto dealers I can remember guys coming around and offering to service the speedometers. For a modest fee of course. Most carried a small bag similar to a doctors bag.
I've been away from it a long time but I wonder if it is possible to do something like that today with the digital speedometers? .


I've heard of guys saying they can hack the computers, but I've heard other guys say that it's either not possible or causes other problems. With what little I know of computers, I'd guess that it's possible but most people making the claim don't really know what they are doing.
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Posted June 03, 2012 - 08:00 AM

I don't know ... seams to me that I'm not very good at it because I ended up going from 26 thousand to 90 thousand.


Well you just went from 126,000 to 90,000. Low mileage for '59 model. LOL
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Posted June 03, 2012 - 08:59 AM

Ray, this is the first chance I've had to go thru each pic and really read this thread with full attention.

Beautiful job, as usual. I had a friend in HS who was big into repowering older trucks with Perkins Diesels. I remember the effort and love they put into them. The job I was around the most was an old pipe truck (1/2 width cab) that they put a 2 stroke detroit diesel into. Real beast when they were done.

Took some getting used to driving with the half cab LOL
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Posted June 03, 2012 - 09:13 PM

This was my first chance to go through this thread too Ray! Great work and lots of it going into this build! Should be able to just jack the house up and take it with you on long trips when you're done with this one! Thanks as always for sharing with us!
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Posted June 04, 2012 - 05:38 PM

The issue of oxidation between the aluminum rizer blocks and the steel was brought up on another forum and I hadn't even thought of that at the time.
Today I went back and put a piece of rubber in between the aluminum blocks and the steel.
I also coated the bolt shanks with antiseize compound to prevent them from corroding.

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Posted June 04, 2012 - 06:03 PM

Hadn't thought of that, Ray! Glad it was brought up. Good fix!
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