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Unread 04-08-2013, 01:05 PM   #31
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Did you pick up the axles yet? Not to doubt your knowledge, but be careful of the cutoff year for weld vs. cast on the Ford axles. I know my '77 1/2 tons were welded, and I *thought* '78 may have been the year they switched over. Just double check if you haven't already, and then confirm for solid info on this for future reference.

Look forward to the build.

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Unread 04-08-2013, 01:15 PM   #32
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Did you pick up the axles yet? Not to doubt your knowledge, but be careful of the cutoff year for weld vs. cast on the Ford axles. I know my '77 1/2 tons were welded, and I *thought* '78 may have been the year they switched over. Just double check if you haven't already, and then confirm for solid info on this for future reference.

Look forward to the build.

Ill bet he is using a 3/4 ton ford HP44. Those are the hd version of the 150/bronco hp44. Leaf sprung, thicker axles tubes, bigger brakes, and 8 lug. No need to worry about cast wedges.
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Unread 04-08-2013, 03:27 PM   #33
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Subbed. I'm going to get my hp44/9" here in a week or so. Just Gatta torch them out of the truck.
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Unread 04-08-2013, 06:10 PM   #34
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Unread 04-08-2013, 08:23 PM   #35
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Ill bet he is using a 3/4 ton ford HP44. Those are the hd version of the 150/bronco hp44. Leaf sprung, thicker axles tubes, bigger brakes, and 8 lug. No need to worry about cast wedges.
You are correct. 3/4 ton versions. They are sitting on my gooseneck flatbed still. Gotta grab a buddy to help unload, they aren't light.

Just got home from work, will see if I get anything done on it tonight.
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Unread 04-09-2013, 05:48 PM   #36
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Got some work done before dinner, cut the tank skid, raised it up, drilled pilot holes. Then I lowered it, drilled a 1/2" hole for each mounting point and welded a flange nut in the frame rail. Then I raised it back up and bolted the skid to the inside of the frame rails:





After I got that done, I started working on the rear passenger wheel well trim.

Marked a rough curve with tape and marketed where I wanted to cut:



Cut it and then removed the foam between the two pieces of metal:



Then the wife yelled to come eat dinner.
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Unread 04-09-2013, 06:39 PM   #37
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You sure aren't wasting any time on it. Keep up the good work. I will be following this build till the end. Im anxious to see you get into those axles.
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Unread 04-09-2013, 08:01 PM   #38
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More work on the rear:



Not much for body work, lines aren't perfect and I still have to patch some inner fender in the back, I cut past the joint to open it up more:



Suppose it lost its show car potential when I started cutting
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Unread 04-09-2013, 08:01 PM   #39
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Oh you;re so close. me want axles. :-(
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Unread 04-09-2013, 08:03 PM   #40
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Oh you;re so close. me want axles. :-(
I drive through Topeka a lot. My family lives south of Manhattan.

Wouldn't take much to throw them in the truck bed.
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Unread 04-09-2013, 08:10 PM   #41
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sub'd. I have the same year but with the rock rails from Jeep. Wanted to do some work on mine, but haven't committed yet. How many miles?
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Unread 04-09-2013, 08:11 PM   #42
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sub'd. I have the same year but with the rock rails from Jeep. Wanted to do some work on mine, but haven't committed yet. How many miles?
135k'ish
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Unread 04-09-2013, 08:25 PM   #43
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I'm pleased with the trim, opened up 5" where you need it. Untrimmed is 27" @ the top of the side molding:



Trimmed is 32":



Should help.. Rough hack math but that measuring point is 8" from the top of the fender. 8" down on my MTRs measures just over 30" should be enough to let me set the bumpstops to stuff the tires most of the way.

All rough estimates of course.
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Unread 04-09-2013, 11:39 PM   #44
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Unread 04-09-2013, 11:55 PM   #45
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