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22 Dec 2014 16:49 #212 by oestek
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Cutting the notches allowed the bed to come down approximately 2 inches, which helped, but was not quite enough. Next, the crew shim the back of the cab upwards to make up the difference in height. At this point, the wheelbase is nearly correct, the cab in bed are in alignment, and the truck has a slight rake which is exactly what the customer wanted.




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22 Dec 2014 16:50 - 22 Dec 2014 20:57 #213 by oestek
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We were all pleased at how quickly the major pieces came together on this project. It is far from finished or driving, but it is really coming together nicely. The rear track width fits under the bed, the front wheels fit comfortably in the front fender wells, in the truck looks natural. At this point, it looks like a '69 truck with Lightning wheels! This one is going to surprise more than a few people!




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23 Dec 2014 20:34 - 23 Dec 2014 20:34 #216 by oestek
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Next it was time to solidify the chassis. The crew removed the X shaped crossmember and repositioned it to work with the shortened frame.


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23 Dec 2014 20:34 #217 by oestek
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Originally, the leaf springs were riveted to the frame, but we decided to weld everything solid. Adam made some closeout panels to box up the rails to prevent the leaf spring perches from twisting the frame rails.










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23 Dec 2014 20:35 - 11 Feb 2015 10:00 #218 by oestek
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Next, he fabricated a new upper shock mount, as the position of the mount had changed slightly, and the two shocks were not in the exact same position. The drivers Side upper shock mount was recessed into the crossmember to ensure that it would have the same travel as the shock on the passenger side.






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23 Dec 2014 20:36 #219 by oestek
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Next, a tubular rear cab mount/crossmember was fabricated to support the rear part of the cab.


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