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Unread 05-09-2014, 07:06 AM   #46
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Bump for updates.

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Unread 05-09-2014, 07:34 AM   #47
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Unfortunately there are no updates. I haven't had a day off since my last post. By the end of the day Sunday I will have worked close to 180 hrs in the last two weeks. I've been too tired to even think about working on it. I have got in several parts for it though. The radiator is here, LS6 intake is here, CTM shafts and flanges for the rear axle are here, and I ordered a custom ATL fuel cell for it.
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Unread 05-30-2014, 09:26 PM   #48
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It's been a really long, really busy month at work. So I haven't had much time to even touch this thing. But at least all the OT has allowed me to order more parts. Over the last few days I've had a little time to work on a few small things.

LS6 intake installed.





New oil pan installed.





Orbital, column, and steering wheel mocked up.



The lighting in that picture is horrible, but you can kinda see the new fuel cell sitting there too. I decided to ditch the RCI cell, and had a custom ATL cell built. It's a 8 gallon cell with an in-tank Bosch 044 pump feeding from a trap door surge tank. It was pricey, but man is it nice.

I also got the Radiator in from PRC. I highly recommend them if you need one built. I ordered it on a Friday afternoon and it was built and shipped by Wednesday. The quality is top notch as well.

Once I got the radiator here I decided I didn't like it mounted over the engine so I decided to put it back down in front of the engine. So far I just have the lower mount mocked up. I split a short piece of 1.75" tube to saddle the 1.5" and welded on a piece of 2" flat bar to support the bottom of the radiator.









I still have to bend some tube to protect the radiator and build the top mount off of.

I also worked on the shifters for the Atlas. With the the standard shifters the levers were almost behind the seat.



I cut the levers off short and used a couple short pieces of 1/2" sch. 80 pipe as a sleeve for the new lever.



I bent and threaded a couple pieces of 1/2" for the new levers, and added the pistol grip handles just because.



New shifters installed. They're easy to reach now, and I think the extra leverage will make the Atlas easier to shift.





I know this is a pretty boring update, but I hope to get some more stuff knocked out this weekend and next week.
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Unread 05-31-2014, 06:49 PM   #49
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Today I worked on the radiator protection/top mount. This was my first time ever bending tube. So it was slow going. No better time to learn than in the middle of a build I guess. Lol. Love the RogueFab bender so far though.



I just bent a simple hoop to protect the top of the radiator and added tube flanges so it can be removed to pull the motor.





Made the plate to clamp the top of the radiator from some 2" flat bar and some shock tabs I had here in the shop.



I had to make a couple tabs to attach the top plate to the tube.



Finally finished.





The radiator is isolated with 1/8" silicone rubber between the top and bottom mounts, but it's still a little loose. I need to find something a little thicker that will still compress and hold it tighter. Any suggestions?
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Unread 05-31-2014, 07:09 PM   #50
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Might dig around on McMaster Carr... in their Rubber section. They have lots of different material in varying thicknesses.
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Unread 05-31-2014, 07:12 PM   #51
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Thanks, I didn't think to check there.
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Unread 06-03-2014, 06:57 PM   #52
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Today I got the fuel cell mount built. I added a piece of tube between the shock mounts to mount the front of the brackets on.



I made the brackets out of some 1" angle and mounted them to the bolts holding the can together. I used the same rubber I used on the radiator between the brackets and the top of the cell and between the cell and the floor.









I also started working on the interior panels. I'm using 1" thin walled tubing for the framing, and probably will use 1/8" aluminum for the panels. I want to make them all easily removable to make it easier to work on. It's definitely going to be snug inside for a big guy like me, but it's still comfortable.







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Unread 06-05-2014, 02:34 PM   #53
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I just had a couple hours to work on this thing today. I made a couple tabs and got the light bar mounted. It's a 20" flood/spot combo from TrailWorthy Fab. I started to bend up some tube to protect it, but I ran out of time.



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Unread 06-18-2014, 10:36 PM   #54
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Update.

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Unfortunately I don't have anything worthy of posting pics of. I've barely touched it the last couple weeks.
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Unread 06-24-2014, 01:48 PM   #56
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Great looking build. I've got an LS/powerglide build going on right now with the same headers. Looking forward to seeing more progress.
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Thanks man! I've had to cut the motor mounts and move the motor toward the drivers side just a little bit. I haven't nailed down the final position yet, but I may not be able to use those headers now at least not without cutting them up.
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That has been a TON of work to get this far, but doing it right the first time is the way to go! The one thing about this build is that everything is custom, lots of time figuring crap out as far as placement and functionality. Great job!
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Thanks man! This continues to be a huge learning experience for me.
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I've been off work this week so I finally got to work on this thing a little bit for the first time in a month. I've had a lot of other stuff to do so I haven't made as much progress as I'd like though.

I cut and moved the tube that was hitting the right front shock when it was flexed out. The joint is slugged with 1.25" tube.



Then I added some reinforcement to the chassis side track bar mount and made it double shear. Before it was just a bolt threaded into a bung in the chassis.



Most of my time this week has been spent redoing my screw ups though. I had to cut all the drivetrain mounts and angle everything toward the drivers side a little more. Luckily I had only tacked everything. I got in too big of a hurry the first time around and didn't leave enough room for the driveshaft. It's still SUPER tight, but I think it will work now. After I got everything relocated I bent up a skid plate for the engine. I tied it into the motor mounts and used tube flanges to make it removable.







Hopefully I'll be able to get a little more done this weekend.
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