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Old 05-28-2015, 11:52 AM   #851
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so how do you guys get those really cool mitre cuts to line up perfectly? everytime i've tried one, i always get a gap at the top.
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Old 05-28-2015, 12:24 PM   #852
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chop saw and a little grinder work plus beveling the edges to get a better weld
Old 05-28-2015, 02:45 PM   #853
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Quote: Originally Posted by bdydrp18
chop saw and a little grinder work plus beveling the edges to get a better weld
i'm talking about the way an angled piece would come into a horizontal piece. there's always a gap at the top where the two pieces meet. or am i supposed to angle cut the horizontal piece to make the cuts line up better?
Old 05-28-2015, 03:34 PM   #854
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nevermind....i figured it out...you split the angle between the two pieces.
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welded the axle in place. should be cutting the frame out today.

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didn't get as far as i wanted, but i was trying to be careful around the body mounts.







my next day off is thursday, so i'll cut the rest of then.
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Get it son.
Old 06-04-2015, 07:20 PM   #858
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i was playing around with the angles and just seeing how things were gonna lay out.
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Hope you don't have to modify your cab. Starting over is refreshing after f'ing with some crap you don't like for so long.
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progress from this weekend



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I can't seem on angle gauge when I zoom in
What angle you running your transition at ?
Old 06-09-2015, 07:03 AM   #864
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Quote: Originally Posted by flawlessfab
i can't seem on angle gauge when i zoom in
what angle you running your transition at ?
30*
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That will clear lower portion or firewall floor
I can't remember if yours is stock or not
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That will clear lower portion or firewall floor
I can't remember if yours is stock or not

yeah, it will clear. the floor i built was 3/4" above the transition before. i measured off the body mount on the cab where the floor contours are so i knew where i had to be to clear. also i gained 1/4-1/2" when the skid plate swung down and now lays flat with the rest of the frame.
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Thanks for the info
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Quote: Originally Posted by flawlessfab
Thanks for the info
but look at how far i cut into the stock frame to make the 30* work. that also gave me more room.

When i put the cab back on and i see there's a conciderable amount of space between the frame and the floor, i may consider redoing those floor sections to give me back alittle pedal and foot room.
Old 06-11-2015, 08:02 PM   #869
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Looks like good start & great plan. Wish I woulda built a 4 door now.
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Quote: Originally Posted by wirrrey21
but look at how far i cut into the stock frame to make the 30* work. that also gave me more room.

When i put the cab back on and i see there's a conciderable amount of space between the frame and the floor, i may consider redoing those floor sections to give me back alittle pedal and foot room.
Ya I plan on cutting mine right behind control arm mount also
And plan on building a smooth firewall and cab floor
But wanna retain as much foot space as possible
Plus I'm moving can back 3/4 for centered wheel and smaller tubs
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Quote: Originally Posted by flawlessfab
Ya I plan on cutting mine right behind control arm mount also
And plan on building a smooth firewall and cab floor
But wanna retain as much foot space as possible
Plus I'm moving can back 3/4 for centered wheel and smaller tubs
well moving the cab back is gonna help you more than you think. you'll have more room than me.
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alittle progress from this weekend. had planned on getting all the cuts perfect and bevelled but things came up and had to stop working before it got the horizontal rails where i wanted them.






quick little 15* cut and it'll line right up.


I forgot to cut this back 1/2" before i did the 15* cut so i'll cut it back and this side will line up too.
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Looking good
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got the angles fitting alittle better. and just as i was about to start figuring out the angle up towards the axle.......it starts to pour. GD!!!!!







i have the wood between the rails so i know they're spaced evenly apart and going straight back.

Whats a good angle i should go up to the axle at? Or should i bolt a lower link bar on and see where it would be?
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You got those angles to come together very nicely! Good job. I know how time consuming that can be sometimes
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alittle more progress



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Looking good
Moving right along
Old 06-24-2015, 11:05 AM   #878
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Had a quick 2 hours to get some work done. So i got the cut leading into the notch done. Nailed it on the first cut on both pieces. I'm trying to figure out what angle i should come down at behind the axle and leave me enough room for the stock s10 tank.





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wow didnt sign on for a bit but you sure changed things for the better. don't do stock tank go with the 2 door blazer tank, it will be so much easier. you can mod your pump to fit it also. good looks mikey!
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wow didnt sign on for a bit but you sure changed things for the better. don't do stock tank go with the 2 door blazer tank, it will be so much easier. you can mod your pump to fit it also. good looks mikey!
yeah, buddy!!! been super motivated. there were so many things off with this frame the more i cut into it. the 2x3 that was under the cab wasn't 3/16 wall like i thought......it was 1/8" and the backhalf was 1/16 wall. he also got wind that i cut the frame off and we had words over text. he basically knew the skid plate didn't lay out. he set the frame up with the wheels still on it and said we never talked about him doing the extra work to lay the front out....my reply was...."just unbolt the rims....the skid plate would have layed out then. it's common sense". i was so freaking mad. but needless to say, i'm building it better and MUCH stronger.

here's work from yesterday.....

dualing frame rails!!!!!(insert banjo sound)


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I really don't understand why some people get so upset when you buy something from them and them modify it? It's yours, you could burn it to the ground if you want. If they claimed one thing when you bought it knowing they were lying they are just better off to keep there mouth shut and hide. Good for you for fixing the weaknesses in it.
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Holy shit 1/16th" wall! That's what I made my latter rack out of and I would never ever consider that for a frame....ever!
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so all the pieces of the frame are tacked together and right where i want them. my next day off i'll tack the new rails to the table and move the axle into a "ride height" position. What do you guys figure is a good place to be at ride height? 5" below the notch? 6? right now it's 1/5" below the notch at what would be laid out. Or can i just swing the bars up and keep moving with the axle in this position?
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I set my ride height to 4" when I set all my stuff up

Wow 1/8" wall and 1/16 wall tubing unbelieveable
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everything i have build has been set at 4" for ride height. my personal truck is being build at 3"
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worked on the truck alittle friday and got the carrier bearing xmember mocked up. The exhaust cutouts are getting changed to 3" round pipe. also going to add tabs to make the center section removable. But for right now it'll give me my pinion angle and thats all i care about.




my next day off is friday, so i want to have the axle brackets cut off and the axle at "ride height"
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updates from yesterday!!!

got the link bar brackets cut off. axle sitting at ride height and pinion set.



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This is going to be awesome when you get done!
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some updates from the last week......

got the axle brackets cut off and moved in so the bags don't rub the frame.




then started playing around with the lower bars




Started working on the xmember




got the first pieces of the xmember tacked to the frame and the link bar tabs tacked to the xmember.


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this is turning out great. Glad to see your fixing this all.
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This thread has been a life suck for me. Can't put it down. Excellent work my friend. Can't wait for more.
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so much math i haven't used in more than 10 years!!!!!! aaaaaaaaaaah
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this is just clamped together quickly.


since then, i've tacked it all together and while i wait for some brackets and bushing from SD, i'm working on the behind the axle stuff.
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That's funny. Me and you both had to move our carrier bearings forward and inch. Creepy, lol
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