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Old 08-30-2012, 09:25 PM
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By now I think everyone knows I killed the IFS front axle at Derrik's send-off

I literally broke it in half

So I'm putting a Dana 44 with all the goodies under it


The progress:

One of the piles of brackets from the old lift

Cleaned off the frame rails of useless bracketry. Also mocked up the new spring hangers only to realize I needed to pull the exhaust to move the cat back. The stock front cross-member will probably get cut out after the front spring hanger is welded in.

and plated it with 3/16ths

I also tapped the steering box, now to rebuild it. I hope to figure out spring placement this weekend. I'm pretty sure the brackets will get reworked some to fit the 52" springs and to keep the lift at about what i was before.
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Old 08-30-2012, 09:34 PM
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Progress looks good.
Now get back to work.
Turkey run is just around the corner.
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Old 08-31-2012, 06:41 AM
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WOW,

Thats quite an undertaking. Looking good, nice to see the 44 with those RCV's. Should of got a 60 you will end up with one soon ,LOL.
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Old 08-31-2012, 07:21 AM
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Nice work Josh. Can't wai to see it.
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Old 08-31-2012, 08:17 AM
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Lookin good man.
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No Jack Stands!

Hopefully it settles in a bit more once the winch and bumper get back on.

Perches and rear hangers are just tacked in place. Got this for the shackle angle. I think it looks good, though I think the pinion needs to go up. The t-case output is just above and behind the x-member in the upper right. Not sure what this will do to the caster or highsteer.


And I need some welding advice. Is my Hobart 180 suitable for welding the spring perch to the cast pumpkin? I've read some say a nickel rod in a stick welder and some have just gone at it with a mig.
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For the front axle. Worry more about the caster and camber. If the Pinion angle is so bad you can't drive it I have the tools to turn the knuckles. Have not actually done it yet but I have the tools.

As for welding to the cast case.
I have done it both way's key is to get it hot slow and cool slow.
I have a stick welder if you need to borrow it.

Looks really good. You are coming along quick. Wish I had more time to get up there and help.
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As for welding to the cast case.
I have done it both way's key is to get it hot slow and cool slow.
How would you recommend to do this? Besides building a small fire under the axle, I only have a heat gun and a small propane torch for soldering copper pipe. Neither one of those seem big enough.
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How would you recommend to do this? Besides building a small fire under the axle, I only have a heat gun and a small propane torch for soldering copper pipe. Neither one of those seem big enough.
You can manage the heat as you weld or barrow my Oxy/ Acetylene kit or just a good hot day.
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The spring perches are a relatively small area. I would think you could manage with a good propane torch. If you want more heat get some MAPP gas, I think that burns a bit hotter.
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