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68 and sunny (finally), PROGRESS =)

Finally had our first day above 60 and plenty of sun, hit the garage hardcore =) Making room to get the new axle and springs under the F-3, with motor/tranny mounts to follow. A few highlight pics below and a link to the rest of todays work.

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Glad to see you back at it. Weather has been up and down here....mainly windy...yuck
I'm looking forward to seeing your progress this summer.

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Glad someone in MI had some nice weather. We had snow and rain. Truck is lookin good.
 
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We had 65 degrees today. Not too shabby. Instead of working on the truck I spent the time after work raking and shoveling all the gravel the snow plow tossed all over my yard.
Gotta get a few seasonal things like that done before I roll the frame out into the driveway for some knuckle-bustin.

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Unfortunately, the temps dropped back off into 40's and rain, but hasn't slowed me down too much. Hoping tomorrow I can get the mounts set up for the "new" leaf springs, and just waiting for my new u-bolts to get here so I can test the fit of my freshly narrowed axle
 
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Glad to see some parts of Michigan are getting nice weather! I woke up to find NEW snow on the ground today...
 
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my F3 stock chassis goodies will be coming off, if you need something LMK! its all there, including a dump bed hydro assembly.
 
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my F3 stock chassis goodies will be coming off, if you need something LMK! its all there, including a dump bed hydro assembly.
haha, I'm doing the same thing with my F-3, putting a late 70's Ford 3/4 ton 4x4 driveline in.. although that dump assembly is kinda tempting
 
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A few more updated pics from today.. have discovered I'm going to have to tweak my motor crossmember a bit, but not a big deal. I'm also going to have to ditch the headers and go with stock exhaust manifolds for clearance.






 
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More sunny day progress

Had another 60+ day, got the leaf springs installed and test fit the axle, looks like it belongs under there =)


 
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is it safe to say the bump stops are our axle centerlines??
 
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I did a check with a plumb line first to check, but yes i did use the bump stop (mounting hole) as centerline. With my new suspension (approx 77' F-250), my new axle shifted forward approx one inch, but shouldn't really make any difference. I know I'm going to have to add shims to correct castor, i built in 7.5 degrees when i put the axle together, but now that it's on the truck is sitting at 10. Thankfully that's easy fix. Hoping new springs will ride a little better than stock.
 
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Looking good. Man, that truck will be a beast once its all up and running

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Progress 4-28

Another busy day in the garage. Got some of the body panels set on frame to help with planning for the engine, tranny, and radiator mounts.

Oh, and I still have to pick the truck up 4 more inches to be at final ride height (If any of you F-2 or F-3 owners want to compare, I believe the final ride height will be 44 inches measured from ground to top of wheelwell arch on front fender ) I'm also thinking I'm going to have to add lift blocks in rear to even out height.

Really hoping I can keep this pace going =)


 
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You do realize factory height of top of the box was 48.5" Myself, I'm aiming for factory ride height which will be probably hard enough

I think you need a bigger garage as you need some nice big tires on that bad boy to fill the wheel well.
 

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