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Something w/ rabbits. 72.5 pages of BS

So seeing as spring is just around the corner, I thought I'd start a thread on the future undertaking of swapping in the Dana 60.

The axle is from a 1986 "Fawwd" F-threee "fitty", sporting some kingpins and a whole lot of rust. I took this axle apart a few months ago (except stupid me didnt remove the pinion nut before breakdown :rolleyes:) and had it hot tanked. I wanted it sandblasted, but the machine shop owner smirked and said "naaah yo, that junx is too big for my blasting cabinet" .. okay except he didn't really say that cauz he's old and a really cool guy. ANyways *twirls blonde hair*, this is my plaannn:

- WMS-WMS this axle is just a bit over 69" wide so I'm going to cut the passenger's side down a few inches to match 'ye ol General Motors 14-bolt axle. So this is going to require custom axle shafts and I think I'm going to go Chromos and 35-spline outers off the bat from the most awesome guys at Complete Off Road.

- Drive flange or lockouts? They are about the same in price and its a dedicated trail rig so I'm leaning towards the drive flanges. Right now, the cheapest flanges I found are the Teraflexes at $180 for a pair. If anyone knows of a better deal, please let me know :D !!

- High-steer arms and a double-ended hydroponics goodness ("cylinder").

- Opposite-ended panhard bar! The idea is to mount the chassis end of the panhard on the passenger's side frame rail and the axle end on the driver's side. Doing so should allow a more simple and cleaner design since the axle-mount can be mounted on top of or near the differential housing, instead of a tower on the passenger's side (like in my current D44 setup). I also plan to boost the panhard as far up as possible to increase the roll center of the front suspension. Yeah the concept is a little strange but I'm hoping it'll work and won't have any issues (no drag-link to factor into the design). But if anyone knows of any problem running this config, please chime in!

*EDIT*
- Detoit Locker for the carrier. I'm please with how the Detroit in the 14-bolt has performed so I figured I'd run the same in the front. Of course 5.13s to match the 14-bolt.


So here's the little guy, he's been in this position for the past few months just collecting dust:

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and then when were spoting you rather then give you good comands well just yell "pull the lever... no the other lever..."
Dont joke about that :)

Levers / shifters :
1) Transmission
2) Doubler
3) Transfer Case
4) Right rear brake lock
5) Left rear brake lock
6) Rear axle disconnect
 



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ok, so well need an "other other lever".... and a "well the the only one you havent pulled yet"

maby even a "pull the lever the other way"
 






i know i know, well cut you off at the knees and give you hand controlls....

and then when were spoting you rather then give you good comands well just yell "pull the lever... no the other lever..."
If you are going to go to all the trouble of cutting off your legs for the sake of wheeling, then you might as well go with thought actuated controls and just sit in there and think your way through the trail.
I was thinking of something more reasonable:crazy::crazy::crazy:
Jeeeeeeeeeeeeezzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
Dont joke about that :)

Levers / shifters :
1) Transmission
2) Doubler
3) Transfer Case
4) Right rear brake lock
5) Left rear brake lock
6) Rear axle disconnect

All those levers just to wheel. You is wacked, IZWack. I only have two and get confused....Wait...Aahhhhhhh CRAP!:p:
 






I know how you feel. I have 5. 2 for the Atlas, 1 for the tranny, and 2 for the rear cutting brakes.
 






Hey Harold,

General consensus from Ford is that you do NOT need that puck, since the manual tranny's flywheel is thicker. They're only for automatics. Sorry it took me so long to get an answer, the tech I wanted to ask was on vacation!
 






Hey Harold,

General consensus from Ford is that you do NOT need that puck, since the manual tranny's flywheel is thicker. They're only for automatics. Sorry it took me so long to get an answer, the tech I wanted to ask was on vacation!
Okay thanks Spas!
And *looks left, looks right*, who the hell is "Harold" :p:
 


















Plenty of room for shoes BKennedy :shifty_ey

shoes1.jpg
 






Bending tubes while sleeting:
tube_bent.jpg


which are the doods that run along the top from front to back:
cage_start1.jpg


I also bent two more at the back but thats about it.. ran out of good light and its freaking cold!
 


















Oh poor poor you, you must be tired from lifting that glass of lemonade all day long :p:
As a matter of fact, I did have lemonade today. While we were seated on the outside patio of our favorite Greek eatery. Quite nice. Had to sit in the shade though....:p:
 






As a matter of fact, I did have lemonade today. While we were seated on the outside patio of our favorite Greek eatery. Quite nice. Had to sit in the shade though....:p:

My we like to rub it in, don't we? As I sit here waiting for the foot of snow I'm supposed to get, to finally end. But then again, I love the snow wheelin'!
 






My we like to rub it in, don't we? As I sit here waiting for the foot of snow I'm supposed to get, to finally end. But then again, I love the snow wheelin'!
Actually, I was looking forward to some colder weather since we don't really get seasons here. Winter seemed to have lasted about a month, then it warmed up again.
 






Old rear cross member was too difficult to work with as far as mounting the shocks so made another:

rear_cross_member.jpg


rear_cross_member2.jpg


Shock mounts like so:
rear_shock_mount.jpg


The top of each tower will tie into the cage.
 


















Are you using a hole saw to drill all those holes?
Yup yup.

So far I've tried two brands of hole saws, Dewalt and Rigid -- the Rigid cuts like twice as fast as the Dewalt but is more noisy. I've heard there are other better brands out there but Home Depot carries Rigid so thats what I've been using.
 



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How many rolls of welding wire have you gone through so far on this project?
 






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