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The Black Pearl SAS and build

Discussion in 'Offroad Projects' started by KurtECV, November 3, 2017.

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  1. gmanpaint

    gmanpaint Back in 5 minutes Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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    Is it READY yet?
     
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  3. KurtECV

    KurtECV Surrender The Booty Elite Explorer

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    its soooo close
     
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    Lol. Yours will be ready well before mine is.

    Buggy barge will come in handy for the shake down runs.
     
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  5. KurtECV

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    Yes it will. Its a trip driving that thing. Needs a woman's touch but overall its pretty awesome. going to work on swapping the roof mount A/C with a small through wall mount AC/Heater unit. Ditch the big ol' unit on top and save on aerodynamics lol
     
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    That AC cover came off on the HWY on our trip to KY. It was aerodynamic, but just didn't like living up there, and said.....I'm Out!!

    We need to build a box for the back of that for storage of parts & tools. Because...... Ford. :D
     
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    Thats what james said. I figure i could add a heating/cooling unit to he back once i figure out how high to mount it (depending on where the Pearl's front bumper sits. James sent a crank style roof vent that will go in place of the factory AC box.

    I am a little sad that the big storage box isnt on it, but it is what it is, I can build something to go in its place that fits my needs.d
     
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    Well I was invited to a local off-road park the last week of April. Hoping to make it there i made a To-Do List on the rig... Thats a lot, I know if a few other things that need to get done before that trip but i am unsure of what i am going to do, i will update the tread on that issue in another post.
     
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    Marked off the list:
    Picked up the new lug nuts (longer so its easier to get them off because of the thick mounting flange in the rim)
    New Group 65 AGM battery.
    Got the passenger side body mount done (had to cut those front mounts off to reinforce the frame rails)

    And i have been having one hell of a time with battery cables, while using those cheap-o battery terminals, the ones you cut and clamp the cable to the terminal. Mine were horribly corroded and when i would jump start the truck (shot used battery) the negitive able would start to glow LOL from high resistance.

    So using the BIG 3G upgrade that the BKO guys do,i replaced the positive and negitive terminals with marine style stud clamps and upgraded all the main wires (minus the charge wire, I will do that one this weekend) with 0 gauge welding cable, and High Voltage/High Amperage cables and (thanks to @gmanpaint for showing be the cable clamp tool!) cable lugs.

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    Battery/Starter cables
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    Not liking the idea of cutting away a small section of insulation on the ground cable, to ground the frame, i replaced that section on cable with its own short section, the above lug will bolt to the frame, and then to the engine block where that factory bolt is.

    0331190157.jpg You can see above the other end of the frame grounding cable and engine grounding cable. used the factory bolt and also the factory bolt "keeper" so if anyone does this upgrade try and save the little keeper to reuse.

    0331190151a.jpg Here is the starter side of the cable, starter power wire and the starter trigger.

    my rig still has the factory setup at the starter solenoid and is still in good condition so i cut the start trigger wire about 6 inches from the solenoid and installed a WeatherPack connector.
     
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    And if anyone is wondering what Gman is talking about with the Buggy-barge, I picked up this 27' 1983 Fleetwood Pace-Arrow last weekend. The buggy on the back is his, for referance those tires are 44x20
    Since i dont have a "buggy" i renamed it the "Crawler Hauler"

    I am thinking about starting a thread on it. We will see.

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    That's a great rig!:chug:
     
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    It was that, or get a new 3/4 or 1 ton truck and a flat bed trailer. Or pickup this guy.

    Works out cause the family can come along or I can go alone, with out without campsite hookups
     
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    Well after much thought, I pulled the rear axle out of the rig and am currently cutting the leaf spring perches and lower shock mounts off in prep to clock the rear axle and point it at the transfer case.

    I am also working putting together a double carden rear driveshaft.

    I went to the wrecking yard last weekend and pulled the front transfer case yoke (double carden) off of one of the explorers there, as the front and rear spline count is the same. Installing that (front) yoke on the rear will give me the ability to run a double carden 1310 joint on the rear of my rig.

    Now if i can just find some info on finding the long side of the rear driveshaft with a slip yoke sleeve with a 32 spline count i would be completely set up on the rear driveshaft
     
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    Finally got the 9 inch done!!

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    These are the lower shock mounts, I had already installed them and cut them off to clock the axle to point at this transfer case. the lower eyelet is turned so the eyelet can pivot with the axle during articulation.
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    To get a better idea of how it is mounted; That is a piece of 4 inch tube to reference the rear axle tube. The mounting bolt with be installed from the back and the nut slide between the bracket and axle tube,
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    New spring perches welded up, i think my welds are getting better!

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    Weld on the lower shock mount.

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    Front transfer case yoke installed, allows you to run a double carden joint on the rear.

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    Sch 40 2" ID PVC for mock up, that piece in 2.250" long and the slip joint is a little too compressed so i think ill shorten it up a bit and check full compression and extension on the suspension and see how things fit.

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    All welded up and ready to go!
     
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    All instead of working on the Dana 44 like i should (cause i have all the parts!) I hate how to stock rear bump looked with everything else modified on the truck and with removing the rear tow hitch and hangs down really bad because of the 3 inch body lift so that was taken off and NO Recovery points.

    so i started to fab up a simple rear bumper.
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    I've Been working night and day to get this thing done for a shakedown run next weekend. I don't know that I'm going to make it or not.

    A few pictures of the progress.

    Ebrake cable is done
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    And the rear driveshaft works perfectly. Unfortunately I couldn't keep the rubber boot on the slip joint because with the boot fully compressed, I couldn't compress the driveshaft far enough to install it.

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