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ulev1st 09-07-2013 08:17 PM

Finally had a chance to get started!
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I got an official start on my truck son and a friend came over and we just took off on her..a beginning pic at 9 am and how it sits at 6 pm.

Marauder2004 09-07-2013 08:26 PM

Nothing like starting at a point where you can access all the important items. Good start!

zombiefied 247 09-07-2013 09:21 PM

now time for the fun stuff good luck with your build post pics and keep us updated !!!!!!

arctic y block 09-08-2013 12:02 PM


ulev1st 09-09-2013 12:44 PM

Engine out..column out
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SOOO many bolts in the fenders.....THREE holding to entire engine/trans in.Go figure! Front shackle hangers gave me FITS!

arctic y block 09-09-2013 04:47 PM

Looking good. They sure come apart easier and cheaper than putting them
back together.

I like to get them running as what they are and drive them a bit and let
them tell me of what they want in the way of upgrades. I find this to be less expensive and gives me more motivation.

ulev1st 09-14-2013 02:48 PM

Rear suspansion mnocked up
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I had about four hours today to mess with the 56 so I mocked up most of the rear suspensin and managed to knock one side for the C notch.

ulev1st 09-15-2013 04:00 PM

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Working on pass side "C" notch and mocked up engine today....

ulev1st 09-17-2013 05:33 PM

Got to spend a couple of hours on her today.
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Managed to get the old spring perch brackets cut of the Explorer 8.8 and got the new perches welded in place. So with the exception of throwing the U bolts on the bottom plates and installing the shocks the rear end is pretty much mocked up and square, plum and set at the correct pinion angle.

dennisb56 09-17-2013 07:02 PM

Wow your kicking butt. Nice work!

ulev1st 09-17-2013 07:29 PM

Thanks Dennis..I have had the suspension parts for a while. I just haven't had any time until the past two weeks to play with it..After I get the front end installed I'll be back to the " saving up for parts" phase for a while.

Schuyles 09-17-2013 07:52 PM

Man looking good! I'm in the same boat, garage full of parts...but no time/friends to work on it.

Thanks for the motivation.

AXracer 09-17-2013 10:03 PM

I have all the parts, I'd give anything to have a friend/buddy to work with.

ulev1st 09-17-2013 11:15 PM

Ax...I am fortunate enought to have a friend who will help for free food...that works out good for me. My son lives close enough that he sometimes helps too. Like most on here I split my time between work ( I have a CRAZY schedule) and family time other interests, etc.
My drag car calls out every time I can make a Test N Tune session or local race, my other interests are NASA HPDE's and autocrosses in the area..sadly I haven't been able to make many this year..I sold my trailer and had to wait over three months for the replacement to be built..that pretty much ate into my open track days..I managed to make it one time to Barber this year...then it friggin rained all weekend..go figure!

ulev1st 09-18-2013 06:00 PM

Slow day in the shop.
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I got the old front crossmembers out of the way....SORTA on the back one...I just cut the center out for now.
Managed to get the front frame boxing plates in and sat the new crossmember in place just to get an idea how it would fit.
It is not even tacked...just sitting therre.
I SUPPOSE i should be happy that many years ago someone did one HELL of a job of undercoating the frame and body....but now it's a bitch to get that stuff off!

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