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Dana 60 being installed under my 91

Discussion in 'Offroad Explorer - Ranger Projects' started by Hammer, January 2, 2004.

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      Did they do anything special when welding the brackets to the cast center sectoin? I have a spring pad thet needs to be welded to a cast centersection :D
       
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      Yes, they preheat the cast material before welding. They welded to my center section and I haven't had a problem in 5 years... knock wood ;) They also welded to my steering knuckle which many say is a no-no.

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      Do you know how hot I need to get it? Wonder if a little propane or mapp gas torch will work? I knew they welded yours and it has worked well thats why I am asking :D If mine comes out 10% as well as yours I will be happy. And I knew about your steering, Its been nomitated for the scary steering page :rolleyes:
      http://www.rrorc.com/forums/showthread.php?t=22705&highlight=scary
       
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      I just had to reply to that thread :D
       
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      lol nothing like bringing up an old thread from the dead. Maybe I should send a link to fakrwee as well so he can see how scary the clearancing of his frame was as well.
       
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      www.lincolnelectric.com/knowledge/articles/content/castironpreheat.as

      this might help
      If it won't take you there between 500-1200 F but never over 1400 deg. F and short welds with no cooling at all.
       
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      Busted!

      I finally caught someone working on Hammer's Explorer:eek:
       

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      That has to be a posed shot! :D

      Hope it gets done for a few truckhaven romps!
       
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      thats is the coolest front bumper i have ever seen on a 1st gen!
       
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      95ofroadx, Thanks, I am going to add a few items to it once I get it on the road.

      Rick, That brings a tear to my eye!!!
       
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      Update:
      Matt, Pepper and Myself put on a Marathon last night.
      Bottom line is, the EX is now on all fours again :eek:

      Pepper welded for 2 solid hours, Matt and I finished some guseting, finished putting the front 60 back together and got the arms ready for install. We then put that heavy sob under there. Hung the coil overs and installed the tires. NO JACK STANDS! We left at 10PM.
      Much thanks to Matt and Pepper for staying late after working all day.

      I forgot my camera, I will take pictures 9/15
       
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      bout time ;)

      lookin forward to the pics
       
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      Dropped the gas tank tonight. Doesnt smell too bad but two and a half year old fuel is not something I want to run in my motor. I am going to have it cleaned and reinstall it asap.
      Installed the rear drive shaft and set the pinion angle.
      Pepper welded some more and only has a little more to go.
      I removed the headers and steering box so he could get behind my shock hoops and weld. Headers are not so hard to do when your inner fender wells have been completley removed :confused:
       

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      Gas tank removed, pinion angle set and drive shaft installed.

      The drive shaft does not need to be changed from what we can tell. We removed the flange and the caps fit right into the dodge dana 60. We put a couple straps on and all looks good.
       

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      Finally some real progress pics. :D :thumbsup:
       
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      DANG that thing is sitting high. Are you going to crank the coils down any?
       
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      I think the spring rate is too high. I have 600 and 500. I might change the 500 to a 400 or I might have to change the 600 to a 400. We will figure it out soon.
       
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      To do list:
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      Weld and plate back of track arm bracket
      Install steering arm
      Install track arm
      Re-route A/C Line
      Fab and mount a battery tray
      Fab and mount ARB compressor
      Fab and mount Radiator overflow
      Install new front brake lines
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      Figure out front springs
      Set final ride height
      Weld rear spring perches
      Fab and mount rear shock mounts
      Reinstall fuel lines
      Fab and mount new trans cross member
      Install new front driveshaft
      Install ARB Lines
      Install winch power cables
      Install exhaust Y pipe and cats
      Gas, Change Oil, Fill Axles
      FIRE IT UP
      Ramp It, Check for clearance issues
      Wheel the chit out of it!!!!!!
       
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      Hurry up and get yours out of the way so I can take mine down there. :D
       
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      That bumper is sick. Did FST do it? If so, and if you don't mind me asking, how much did they charge you for it? Truck looks great!
       
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      did you get a final $$ amount for the entire build-up yet?

      Woo Hoo, broke 1000 posts on this thread







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