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Posted June 30, 2012 - 07:20 AM

Ray, that truck looks great! How about a test drive video? I cannot wait to see it!


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Posted June 30, 2012 - 07:42 AM

Nice ride Ray. Bet you'll enjoy using that truck.
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Posted June 30, 2012 - 08:06 AM

Looking awsome Ray! :)
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Posted June 30, 2012 - 08:27 AM

I does look much better with the fender clearance. What else have you got to do before a test drive?
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Posted June 30, 2012 - 09:18 AM

The old girl is pretty open minded and she's never complained

You better hang onto her. There aren't many like that anymore. :smilewink:
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Posted June 30, 2012 - 09:56 PM

What else have you got to do before a test drive?

Well there are a few things that need to be completed yet like:
Finish wiring and mount the voltage regulator, intake heater control solenoids and electrical control box.
Make new front end body supports, make radiator supports, run power steering and power brake lines, make air cleaner mounts, put in firewall and floor insulation, re-install floor mat, recover seats and make mounts for new seats, .....

Then I could fire it up and take it for a test drive.

From there I need to re-mount the windshield washer tank and run new lines, mount the hood, make new bumper brackets and install the heater and air conditioner ( which hasn't even been bought yet ).

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Posted July 01, 2012 - 04:14 AM

So Wednesday is the big day, huh? :bigrofl:
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Posted July 01, 2012 - 09:36 AM

So Wednesday is the big day, huh? :bigrofl:


Not much faith in Ray eh? ....I figure Tuesday evening!
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Posted July 01, 2012 - 09:43 AM

I was letting him get a good nights sleep! :bigrofl:
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Posted July 01, 2012 - 12:30 PM

I was letting him get a good nights sleep! :bigrofl:


I just hope its done by Buckley so I can have look at her....

Your doing a fine job Ray.
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Posted July 01, 2012 - 12:44 PM

I just hope its done by Buckley so I can have look at her....


Yea .. me too ........
I'm not a rookie at doing engine swaps my any means but this one turned out to be a lot more involved than what I first thought it would be.
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Posted July 01, 2012 - 12:45 PM

It's always the little things that take the most time.
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Posted July 01, 2012 - 01:04 PM

Ray, this will be like all your others builds. Just Outstanding and Awesome! I'm happy to follow along and watch you find your way through all the challenges. Great stuff!
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Posted July 02, 2012 - 05:04 PM

Started working on the new front fender and grille supports.
The old front mounts were pieces of heavy angle iron that were welded to the bottom of the bracket that bolts to the inside of the fender and also held the radiator.

I need more height clearance for the Dodge radiator so I went ahead and cut the angle iron supports off instead of making riser blocks.
The new support brackets are going to be made out of 2 inch by 1/4 inch flat steel.
Here is the first support being cut to length.

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Then it is bent at a 90 degree angle in the press.

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This is the finished support bracket.

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This is then bolted down to the rubber mount on the frame and tack welded to the fender bracket.

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The support bracket for the drivers side is all finished and painted.
This is the back side.

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Sheet metal is wrapped around the front side to make it smooth.

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The support sits upright like this and the left side bolts to the inside of the fender while the bottom bracket bolts to the rubber frame mount.

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Edited by jdcrawler, July 02, 2012 - 05:11 PM.


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Posted July 02, 2012 - 07:13 PM

Nice looking supports you will have there. Looks like you'll have plenty of room for that radiator to fit. I like your bending die!
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