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Old 06-13-2016, 04:55 PM   #11
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WAYYYYY better! nice work!
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WAYYYYY better! nice work!


Thanks man! I told myself that I wouldn't spend too much time or money on this thing, but I've officially gone down the rabbit hole now. Everything needs to be fixed before I'll drive it anywhere ha
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Old 06-13-2016, 07:30 PM   #13
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The result was worth the effort. That is so much better.
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The result was worth the effort. That is so much better.


Thank you! It's little stuff like this that tend to make the biggest difference on a build. This truck just looks so much better now that everything lines up like it should.
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Old 06-14-2016, 03:40 PM   #15
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Started taking the front suspension apart last night only to discover that the genius that "triangulated" the lower control arms decided to weld them in while the arms were still on the truck.





As you can see, the bolt that holds the control arm to the chassis would not be able to be installed or removed without first removing the brackets for the fancy addition to the arm that the previous owner made. The same went for the GIANT bolt that held the heim in place...

So drastic measures had to be taken to remove it



I unfortunately could not reach my cut off wheel in there to remove it just yet for fear of cutting something that I did not actually want to cut, so I went about work breaking the material until I had enough room to squeeze the bolt out.



The lower arm was finally free, and boy was it worse than I thought









And from the looks of it, every bushing/ joint on the truck is a worn out original. Or possibly just broken due to the above masterpiece. There goes more money....









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Holy shit! some people should not even touch a welder
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Old 06-14-2016, 08:12 PM   #18
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^^^X2, at least I know I shouldn't touch a welder. I just wonder what left over scraps he made this "master piece" with, part of it looks like square tubing from a bad fence.
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Holy shit! some people should not even touch a welder


Lol It's making me afraid to dig in any deeper. The truck looked decent on the outside, but the more I explore, the worse the prognosis is. This truck should have never been on the street.

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^^^X2, at least I know I shouldn't touch a welder. I just wonder what left over scraps he made this "master piece" with, part of it looks like square tubing from a bad fence.


Hey, I'm certainly not a pro in any sense of the term, but welding is something that takes a lot of practice and skill to get right. If you don't have patience, don't try to be a welder. lol and I'm sure it was made for literally whatever was laying around. In fact, I don't even think the other side has matching material welded onto it.
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at least everything will be new when your done
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