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#1 jdcrawler OFFLINE  

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Posted June 29, 2012 - 12:31 PM

Time to re-mount the front fenders and grille.
I set the front end on a creeper and rolled it around to the front of the truck.
The back of the fenders were then set up on the tires.

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Using the lift cart, I raised the front end up and slid it into place on the cab.

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The top and bottom of the back of the fenders were then bolted to the cab.
These fenders are strong enough that this will hold the front end in place while I make new body mounts for the front.

Raising the cab has given me some air space between the top of the tires and the fender lip.
I have decided that I like that after all.
It makes the truck look more like a 1-ton should instead of like a pickup with a flatbed on it.

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Here's how the engine looks in the space of the engine compartment.
I did a rough fit of the radiator and it looks like there will be about a 3/4 inch clearance between the fan clutch housing and the radiator with a good 1-1/2 clearance for the fan blades themselves.

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Edited by jdcrawler, June 29, 2012 - 05:08 PM.


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Posted June 29, 2012 - 12:38 PM

She's looking good Ray! I like the raised cab too!
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Posted June 29, 2012 - 01:35 PM

Looks like it is coming along well! Good luck as you complete it!
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Posted June 29, 2012 - 02:12 PM

I wish I were closer! That looks like one sweet ride, Ray! You are going to enjoy this!
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Posted June 29, 2012 - 08:56 PM

Oh man, I can almost smell the diesel smoke
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Posted June 29, 2012 - 09:02 PM

Man, is that pretty. How much are you charging for a ride?
Is the tank still behind the seat Ray?
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Posted June 29, 2012 - 09:08 PM

Ray, The trick has shaped up very nicely. I like the added height of the cab and fenders, really looks Great !! :thumbs:
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Posted June 29, 2012 - 09:17 PM

Is the tank still behind the seat Ray?

This still has the original tank behind the seat and it also has another tank just behind the cab on the drivers side under the bed.
I soldered a piece 2 inch diameter tube to the bottom of the original tank and it extends down thru the floor of the cab.
This is connected to the fill tube on the tank under the bed so when I put fuel in the original tank it also flows down into the other tank.
This gives me a little over 25 gallon capacity.
The tank under the bed is the lowest tank so the fuel gauge and the fuel pickup are both in that tank.
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Posted June 29, 2012 - 09:49 PM

Looking great Ray. Definately liking the higher ride of the truck. That Chevys not going to reject the transplant with that "Dodge Ram" stamped into the intake is it? LOL!!!!!!!!
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Posted June 29, 2012 - 10:05 PM

Looks great Ray, i like the look of the fenders up off the front wheels. Almost time for a first drive video??
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Posted June 29, 2012 - 10:44 PM

More fender clearance is good and only adds to the sharp looks of the truck :thumbs:
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Posted June 29, 2012 - 10:44 PM

The APACHE CUMMINS.......Looking good!
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Posted June 29, 2012 - 11:09 PM

Ray it sure is looking good.
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Posted June 30, 2012 - 06:23 AM

That engine looks like it came with the truck Ray! (except for the Dodge Ram part LOL) Your work is always top notch and I love following the projects as they unfold! Beautiful work as always!
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Posted June 30, 2012 - 06:43 AM

That Chevys not going to reject the transplant with that "Dodge Ram" stamped into the intake is it? LOL!!!!!!!!

The old girl is pretty open minded and she's never complained about having "Ford" mirrors on her.
She already has a "Chrysler" hood orniment that she is very proud of so I don't think she will complain about a "Dodge" engine.
I'm sure she will just be happy to finely be able to pull the trailer up a hill without me having to get out and help push.

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