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Old 12-14-2009, 01:52 AM   #1
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This will probably be a pretty slow project. Between building this i have a sfbd s10 on 20s to build, a 28 model A to chop and channel, a 79 ford cab to restore, And several other things going on. So i'll update this as i make headway. right now Ive had time to put a few hours into the hardbody.

Plans:

Bumper to bumper SFBD on 22s, IFS based on stock nissan geometry.
mustang 2 power rack & pinion
Tubular uppers and lowers
toyota 5 lug swap up front, 300zx IRS out back
Going to try to make 300zx 13" rotors and 4 piston calipers work up front
Hard line all the air lines
240sx intake swap
Rebuild and turbo the ka24e
4x4 bed with some sheet metal work
And possibly a custom sheet metal dash and console.

so heres the truck:

93 hardbody. I got it for free. was going to backhalf it, Then that turned into a SFBD due to rot, Then after pulling the cab and motor i realized the front clip was a little more rotted than i liked.

The cab is mint tho. Doors are good, hood, front fenders, Grill and bumper are good. The interior is actually pretty clean, Core support was rotted, the rear bags and 4 link are salvagable. one of the front bags is cut, Dont know about the other yet. Just about the entire chassis is junk. The bed is pretty hit as well, And the trans is blown.

Here it is as i got it: (sorry about pic quality, Iphone camera sucks)




Everything stripped (almost):



Upper control arm jig:




And started work on the front clip.








And thats as it sits right now. I need to go pick up some more metal this week so i can build a jig to keep everything in line for building the front suspension. I also need to order the balljoints, cups and bushings to build the control arms.
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Old 12-14-2009, 02:11 AM   #2
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thank you god your building fucking upper arm instead of rigging bullshit up and flipping your arms
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Old 12-14-2009, 02:41 AM   #3
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x2 on that and this is gonna be a sick build,i can tell lol
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looks damn good.
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thanks guys. Yea i have my pet peeves with things. One is if your going to spend time building a sfbd frame, the least you can do is clean up the front suspension a little bit. Stock arms look like ass. As you can see in the pic i trimmed the lip, i was going to try boxing them, to see if there was any way to make them look good, But its just not possible. And for all the work of boxing them, Its honestly easier to make a jig and build your own arms. they are simple enough to make for this truck. I actually might make a new jig, or at least modify that one, Because i am going to probably run a mustang 2 screw in balljoint instead of the bolt on style, Because they are cheaper, Look better, And fit perfectly with toyota spindles. So i'll need to modify the jig to hold the balljoint sleeve in place.
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Old 12-14-2009, 03:23 AM   #6
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looks like a good start man
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Old 12-14-2009, 03:28 AM   #7
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nice welds bro, keep up the good work!!
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Old 12-14-2009, 03:47 AM   #8
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thanks guys! i appreciate the kind words.
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Old 12-14-2009, 04:02 AM   #9
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nice work so far!
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Old 12-14-2009, 04:09 AM   #10
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Those welds are amazing looking. He's a good guy to, let me pick his brain for about an hour.
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