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Old December 21st, 2016, 21:25
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Re: New guy build-The Family Truckster

New transmission mount. 3/8" hardware and cold rolled steel. Motor mounts are next.

Anyone running urethane motor mounts with the stock cast iron block side mounts? They look pretty stout. I know that under extreme conditions the bolts will break the threaded casting on the block. Has anyone seen that type of carnage in a non racing environment?



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Old December 22nd, 2016, 00:56
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Motor mounts are next.

Anyone running urethane motor mounts with the stock cast iron block side mounts? They look pretty stout. I know that under extreme conditions the bolts will break the threaded casting on the block. Has anyone seen that type of carnage in a non racing environment?
I'm a tightwad, fairly handy with the basic fabrication tools, and certainly not a speed racer. After looking at trying to build my own block side motor mounts, I decided to buy them from Dallas at SFR. (Stinky Fab Racing)

Maybe if I'd had a spare engine on a stand it would have been worthwhile, but with the interferences inside the chassis, I decided it wasn't worth making my own.

Good thing I did, as my passenger side had broken one of the bolts and the other two were loose. No apparent damage to the cast mount its self, just the fasteners.

I run the Mountain Off Road Extreme (MORE) frame side motor mounts in rubber.
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Old December 22nd, 2016, 03:25
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Re: New guy build-The Family Truckster

Sweet build so far . Your fab skills are second to none . I'll be watching your build .
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Old January 1st, 2017, 16:38
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Re: New guy build-The Family Truckster

Front axle stripped of the stock brackets and new centerted spring perches tacked on.

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Old January 16th, 2017, 14:46
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Re: New guy build-The Family Truckster

Made some progress on the front axle today. New upper bushings and a gusset from the sheet metal mount.

Also did some trimming on the rear quarters to get these 35's to stuff.





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Old January 17th, 2017, 18:02
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Re: New guy build-The Family Truckster

Started working on the WJ swap parts since the front axle is getting closer. I opted to get stock WJ rotors and re-drill them. I was nervous about this after reading some horror stories. Spent a lot of time in laying out the new holes. Came out perfect! Done with a cordless drill and a step drill bit from good ol Harbor Freight.

I also drilled out the knuckles for 3/4" bolts for the steering. I'll post pictures when I build the double shear mounts.

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Old January 18th, 2017, 03:08
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Re: New guy build-The Family Truckster

Rad skillz bro
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Old January 18th, 2017, 09:11
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Re: New guy build-The Family Truckster

Set the axle at what I hope to be full bump. Just tossed the shocks on real quick to get an idea of fitment and lower shock mounting points.

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Old January 22nd, 2017, 08:35
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Re: New guy build-The Family Truckster

Started building the frame side control arm mounts. It's so nice working with fresh clean metal after fighting with the dirty galvanized unibody rails.





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Old January 22nd, 2017, 11:26
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Re: New guy build-The Family Truckster

Some snazzy shocks there! Looking good so far
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Old June 1st, 2017, 08:07
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Re: New guy build-The Family Truckster

The family trickster isn't dead...I just got busy making my home shop a little better. I've made a few tools that I have been wanting forever.

A belt sander attachment for my $10 HF bench grinder. By far the best tool I have ever made. Si much better than using a hand held grinder to shape metal.





A vice mounted finger brake and a table top fixture table.





And a tubing bender in process. This bracket connects the bottle jack to the bending die.





Some updates on the actual truck soon too. The front suspension is all designed, I just have to build it now.
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Old June 2nd, 2017, 08:47
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Re: New guy build-The Family Truckster

LooKing good,great fab skills. Looking forward to seeing more of this build.
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Old June 3rd, 2017, 09:40
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Re: New guy build-The Family Truckster

Amazing work, I'll be watching this build close
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Old June 20th, 2017, 17:24
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Re: New guy build-The Family Truckster

Homemade tubing never complete and it works!! Makes it to about 88 degrees without resetting the jack. Good enough for 95% of what I need. Total cost about $270.

I also have the front suspension on its way to being mocked up. A few more hours of work and I'll be able to cycle it and set the shocks.



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Old June 20th, 2017, 20:32
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Re: New guy build-The Family Truckster

I have a similar design bender, although yours is a bit better. One thing you might find tho (mine was) is it's a bit top heavy with a tube loaded in. I added some long runners at the bottom to keep it stable.

Like your control arm packaging too.
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