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Old 11-20-2015, 02:18 AM   #61
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Hockeypuck body mount bushings. WTF LOL. I would of never thought of that. So Getto. tff

Hydo fluid for ATF? will it work? Is that a lowbuck alternative? Will it shorten the trans life at all/much?
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Old 11-20-2015, 09:09 AM   #62
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hydraulic oil for trans fluid is a well known thing. in fact, jake's performance transmission recommends it for some applications. http://www.jakesperformance.com/4L80E_FAQ.html

the additives packages are very similar, but it doesn't have any dye in it. I'm planning on using the low viscosity stuff (hy-gard lite equivalent) to loosen up my low stall converter a little.

been using it in my daily driver '66 LWB 5.3/4l60e for over a year. Trans fluid temps stay about 10-20*F cooler on long grades with a bed full of firewood.

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Old 11-20-2015, 04:20 PM   #63
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i have the day off work for a doctor's appt (damn elbow still, lol)
but I took the morning to run into school and drop some book work off
the shop was empty so I took a sec and made some spacers for the steering rack and QA1 shock lower eyelet adapters. Didnt have any 1.25" delrin so I'll have to pick some up next week.






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Old 11-21-2015, 02:43 PM   #64
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it's not raining today so I decided to take advantage of that and pull the bed off and prep for the 4 link.









hopefully i can get a hand to move the bed into the backyard before my lady starts her fussing. then I can plasma cut the rivets that hold the leaf springs in and roll the whole thing away.
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Old 11-23-2015, 10:54 PM   #65
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plasma'd the old 10 bolt and leaf spring set up outta there and cleaned it up for the 4 link

after looking at the quality of the parallel 4 link kits in the $400 range I decided I could do as good or better making it from scratch for about half the price, and spend the savings on some coilovers.

here's a hundred bucks worth of DOM round and HREW rectangle tube.




skeptical dog is skeptical

got some UHMW rod cheap on ebay for bushings.
and 2 adjustable end links & weld bungs from an off-road parts house

probably the best thing I did was get this thing hooked up.



I had planned on a waste oil heater but this thing was free except for the stove pipe.
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Old 11-23-2015, 11:00 PM   #66
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Looking really good, making some great progress. Doing some great out of box work.
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Old 11-25-2015, 09:50 PM   #67
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starting in on the 9"
pulled the axles, drums & backing plates. axle splines & bearings look good.

I decided that i'd be sticking with the 9" and putting a mini spool in it. Mini spools are hot with the dirt roundy rounders and demo derby guys. I have heard they use 'em on the asphalt late models too, but I've never messed with those, there are no tracks like that near me. I do know they are a handful on the street and are very hard on axles if street driven with sticky tires. But they are dirt cheap and easy to set up.

first I mark the location of the bearing end play caps with a paint pen.



rattle gun the bolts out, carefully chisel the ring off and carrier open.
drive the cross shaft retainer pin out, then the cross shaft itself
remove the spiders & side gears (and spider thrust washers)
I leave the side gear thrust washers in. They don't hurt anything.




slam that sucker back together with the rattle gun. use a drift to turn the bearing play caps to your paint marks and double check for a good pattern.





throw these in the scrap pile and bag the pumpkin until you reassemble the axle.

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Old 11-26-2015, 07:59 PM   #68
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I got started on the four link crossmember today.
it's .188" wall HREW I snagged from the "cut" bin at the steel yard.
I laid out where I wanna put the clearance arch for the driveshaft.





then I burnt it out with the plasma





next I made a buck from some 2x10 I had laying around and bent some 3/16" cold rolled around it, persuading it gently with a 4 pounder as I went.





then I laid it in there and threw some beads on it. 316l rod at 100A because it's all I have right now.




also had a sec to burn the leaf perches off the 9" housing while I had the plasma fired up.





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Old 11-29-2015, 10:31 PM   #69
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made a little headway towards fabbing the 4 link
i got the crossmember tacked in
and put the housing in where it should go with 27" tall tires
looks like the uppers bars will be a little shorter than the lowers
but right around 28" long
still debating on where the coilovers are gonna go, in front or behind the axle.
which is mostly predicated on whether i go with a panhard bar or a watts link.
i'm leaning towards a watts link b/c I have never done one.





here's the axle end brackets getting fabbed up. I didnt have time to jig 'em up and tack 'em as the honey-do list was pretty long this weekend. it's 3"x4" .250" wall HREW...would went with .188 wall but beggars can't be choosers.

laid out with some eyeballing and some trig



drilled out for the rod ends and plasma'd the 3" hole for the axle



plasma'd the unneeded ends off and ground clean


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Old 11-30-2015, 02:39 AM   #70
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Looking pretty sweet there man, lots of tight fab going on.. Hope all is well bro, keep up the good progress.
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Old 11-30-2015, 06:14 AM   #71
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haha whats up brett man! winter is the best time to pick up a project. keep your eyes peeled!
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Old 11-30-2015, 11:11 AM   #72
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Yea man I found the project just don't have the 3 g's to pick it up. It's a shame to she is a beauty.

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Old 12-02-2015, 10:42 PM   #73
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finally got the front coilovers installed

had to modify the stock upper mounts and turned some acetal and uhmw for the lower mounts





stock spring ride height is around 14"
i need to be around 12"




disassemble, cut, weld etc..





next I made some bushings and spacers on the manual lathe





bolted em in tonight




wow, 550lb springs are really stiff. might have to trade these off for something lighter. might drop another inch out of the upper mount too. sitting a little higher than I had hoped.

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Old 12-02-2015, 10:53 PM   #74
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also got a chance to bust out some bushings on the cnc lathe for my 4 link bar ends

more uhmw. super cheap on ebay. I got 5 feet for $30 delivered.



they go inside a 2" section of 1.5" .120 wall dom like this




and they bolt to this end of the 4 link


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awesome fab work...gotta get me a plasma
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Still got those 9" parts and ill give ya a deal of a life time!
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Still got those 9" parts and ill give ya a deal of a life time!

oh man dont tempt me!

i just shelled out 2 grand to an arborist. it seems that if i cut stuff off of a tree and it falls on my house i'm SOL insurance wise. but if I pay some hippie to do it and he screws my house up, i'm in the clear. YAY HOMEOWNERSHIP


350SS, I highly recommend a plasma, but go upmarket from what I bought. It eats consumables like crazy and the cutting amperage led read-out died with < 2 hours run time. A used thermal dynamics is what I'd do if I had my money back.
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That's awesome, I'm working on an 85 scottsdale now. I'm building a turbo 5.3 for it. I was planning on a Vic front end too, cool to see someone else doing the same
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oh man dont tempt me!

i just shelled out 2 grand to an arborist. it seems that if i cut stuff off of a tree and it falls on my house i'm SOL insurance wise. but if I pay some hippie to do it and he screws my house up, i'm in the clear. YAY HOMEOWNERSHIP


350SS, I highly recommend a plasma, but go upmarket from what I bought. It eats consumables like crazy and the cutting amperage led read-out died with < 2 hours run time. A used thermal dynamics is what I'd do if I had my money back.
LMFAO! technicalities.... Well Im not kidding... The number we spoke about..... I dont even care anymore.... I need it gone lololol
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Nice build. Your are a talented guy.
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