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Old June 17th, 2012, 04:18 PM
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So more progress to report. I got the front spring hanger for the passenger side rear spring done and did the rear spring hanger on the driver side. Still need to clean up a bit but in general I'm happy with the out come. Looks like the wheel base will be in the 93" range with the weight of the truck on the springs. Here is a shot of the passenger side. You can seen the original position of the rear shackle bracket too.
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Old June 23rd, 2012, 05:01 PM
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So I finished hanging the rear axle today! Right now the wheel base is 94" but it will be 93" when I use the center hole on the spring perches. I will definitely be trimming my wheel wells. I'm really glad to have this part done. Next up will be to decide on pinion angle which will determine what kind of rear drive shaft I'll be using. I'm pretty sure I won't need a cv type but we'll see.

Hoping to order nice looking u bolt plates next week an move the bump stops back and then I'll figure out where my rear shocks are going.

Daniel
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Old June 30th, 2012, 11:41 PM
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Little more progress. I got my u bolt plates from ruff stuff specialties and added some pieces of 2"x4" tubing to the tops of them so they will contact the bump stops before anything bad happens. Also re-drilled the rear spring perches so the axle is now in its official position. With a little weight in the bed the wheel base is 93.5".

Also bought a 10' sheet of 18ga sheet metal to replace the center section of my bulkhead and to to build my tunnel cover and floors.

Timm C will hopefully be swinging by tomorrow to help me get my rear pinion angle all set and i will weld the spring perches to the axle housing. Then I can pull the rear axle housing off the truck to paint and install the new diff and sewer cap. Feels good to be working on this again.
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Old July 1st, 2012, 09:10 AM
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Be careful there Daniel. You may be in danger of having a functional Land Rover if you keep working on it.

Silly question time. With all the new perches & such have you paid close attention to keeping your caster angle correct when you welded on the purchases? Caster is not adjustable in these beasts. I have not seen you mention it yet so I thought I might ask.
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Old July 1st, 2012, 10:39 AM
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Hey Teriann.

Timm helped me with that on the front axle. We set the caster the same as a coiler (can't remember the numbers anymore) and I will be using a modified driveshaft from a disco too.

I'm waiting to weld the rear spring perches until Timm sees it and helps me decide about which type of drive shaft I'll need. The angles don't seem very extreme to me so probably conventional driveshaft.

Hoping to have a running truck again soon! All this talk on the Mendo list of fun trips to four corners or death valley has me motivated! Thanks.

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Old July 1st, 2012, 08:57 PM
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So got started making my new "dog house". I cut the inside panel of the drivers foot well. It was pretty close to my header so I trimmed off about 1". I made some cardboard templates and cut the new piece. It will be one solid panel that is the center section am the inside panel of each footwell. I'll hopefully get some time this week to weld it in.

Still have to cut part of the center section to Lear the bell housing.

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Old July 2nd, 2012, 10:21 AM
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Hey Daniel,

You have been taking a lot of pictures documenting your truck buildup and sharing your efforts with others. You have a lot of innovations that you are sharing.

It just occurred to me that you might be interested in sharing your rebuild and innovations with others in a web site. If you do and you are not interested in building your own web site I would be happy to host your build in my Series web site.

All you would need to do is provide text and the pictures you want to use to illustrate the build up and I could build and host the web pages for you. I have done this for a couple of projects so far. Of course you would get the credit for your work.

Anyway, it is just a thought for when your truck is finished and the gotchas are worked out. You have innovations that I'm sure would inspire others.

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Great Build!

That is going to be a sweet rig when you are done. I like the out board spring hangers.
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Old July 2nd, 2012, 02:52 PM
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Thanks guys! Yeah Jeff you mentioned that to me awhile back. I keep looking at that crusty wheel barrel in the back yard, but I'm going to try to make one a bit more boxy like the original. I've got to install all the levers for the tcase and od and then work around them.

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Old July 22nd, 2012, 08:51 PM
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Hey folks

So today I made the center section of my bulkhead! I've never done any sheet metal work before and bent the steel by hand. It came out better than I expected.

Also not used to welding really thin material but I'll probably proficient by the time I'm finished with this thing.

Anyway here are some pics. I still havent figured out the tunnel cover plan but I think that's next. Might go for late 2a style heater install next instead. We shall see.

Daniel
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Old July 22nd, 2012, 09:19 PM
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I had to cut the passenger side to clear the head on that side and I cut the drivers side because there was about 1/2" clearance between the header and the side of the footwell. Iirc I cut 2.75" from the passenger footwell and 1" from the drivers footwell. And yes I'm keeping the radiator panel where its supposed to be! Really glad this part is over! Think I might be seeing a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel!

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Ps-coming down the hill anytime soon Jeff? We need another Rover pizza night soon.
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Looking great Daniel! Let me know if you end up hosting a Rovers and Pizza night. It would be great to see everyone. It's been too long!

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Great idea! Currently in playa prep mode but once the dust settles (pun intended! ) lets do it!

To keep on topic, Timm C stopped by the other day and gave me some more motivation. He was driving his old 109. He had cleaned it up and repainted much of the underside. What an amazing rig. I hadn't seen it in person before. If mine looks/works half as well I'll be pleased.

Brian he also reported that Gonzo performed really well at Hollister. Congrats and put some pics up on here. People need to see that truck.

I'm currently working on modifying all the t case and od shifters before I make the tunnel cover. Also hashed out my rear pinion angle with Timm so I'll be able I get that finished soon too.

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Old August 9th, 2012, 01:23 PM
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Brian he also reported that Gonzo performed really well at Hollister. Congrats and put some pics up on here. People need to see that truck.
Sure, here's a few pics from this past weekend. We had a great time and Gonzo performed well. Our trucks are so similar that hopefully these will inspire you to blow off work and finish your truck! Looking forward to a Pizza & Rovers night and getting you & your rig out on the trails!

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Goodness gracious...that truck is awesome!
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Would love some details on the drivetrain. Tire size?
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Yeah, here's some highlights of the build:

6.0L LQ9 Vortec Engine (Gen III LS)
4L65E Transmission (automatic)
Power Steering from P38
Cooper-Forbyn Transfer Case
ROAM High-Steer
ROAM Big Bore Spindles
SOA 109" rear leaf springs in back
SOA 88" Rear leaf springs in front (extended frame horns)
Eaton Rear axle with 14-bolt 30 spline shafts
Salisbury front axle with 35 spline end-to-end 4340 shafts, Dana 60 U-joints inside ROAM swivels.
5:13:1 R&P
ARB Lockers Front and Rear
Bilstein 7100 shocks
ROAM 4 wheel disc brakes
ROAM 15x8 wheels
35" Goodyear MTRs
ROAM 19g fuel tank (1/4" steel bottom)
... and a lot of Timm Cooper magic.

We're still in the shakedown phase and are refining a few odds-and-ends but it's already an absolute pleasure to drive. A highlight for me was when this guy in a Jetta aggressively sped up when I tried to merge onto our main road and I just blew right past him. I'm not a hot rod guy but that was a really great feeling!

Thanks,

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Yeah, here's some highlights of the build:

6.0L LQ9 Vortec Engine (Gen III LS)
4L65E Transmission (automatic)
Power Steering from P38
Cooper-Forbyn Transfer Case
ROAM High-Steer
ROAM Big Bore Spindles
SOA 109" rear leaf springs in back
SOA 88" Rear leaf springs in front (extended frame horns)
Eaton Rear axle with 14-bolt 30 spline shafts
Salisbury front axle with 35 spline end-to-end 4340 shafts, Dana 60 U-joints inside ROAM swivels.
5:13:1 R&P
ARB Lockers Front and Rear
Bilstein 7100 shocks
ROAM 4 wheel disc brakes
ROAM 15x8 wheels
35" Goodyear MTRs
ROAM 19g fuel tank (1/4" steel bottom)
... and a lot of Timm Cooper magic.

We're still in the shakedown phase and are refining a few odds-and-ends but it's already an absolute pleasure to drive. A highlight for me was when this guy in a Jetta aggressively sped up when I tried to merge onto our main road and I just blew right past him. I'm not a hot rod guy but that was a really great feeling!

Thanks,

Brian

What's the next project going to be? That looks awesome!
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Old August 9th, 2012, 05:44 PM
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What's the next project going to be? That looks awesome!
Thanks! Timm is building another 88" for his own personal usage that will likely be a lot like Gonzo (my red one). We're finalizing some new parts for production on that vehicle. He's also working on a rig with an old friend of his but details are fuzzy other than that it will be a game changing no-compromise vehicle.

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