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loudandproud New Reader
2/29/20 10:06 p.m.

In reply to 759NRNG :

Fortunately I have a very understanding wife who puts up with my OCD and allows me to do this stuff off hours.

loudandproud New Reader
3/2/20 8:27 p.m.




Got the upper mount for the 3 link dialed in and welded on. Ready to rock and roll.


Its 1-5/8" .083" chromoly with 3/16" plate. 

759NRNG UltraDork
3/2/20 8:51 p.m.

show off (wink) amazing work carry on....

loudandproud New Reader
3/10/20 6:59 a.m.

Making progress. For you guys out there running 3 link setups, are you running offset or centered? Anyone try both types?

For the guys running an offset upper, do you notice any weird chassis dynamics when transitioning from throttle to hard braking?



loudandproud New Reader
3/19/20 1:32 p.m.

Ive been lacking on updates but not on progress. Frame side of the 3 link is coming along.

-3 Link mount bar risers welded and installed (3/16" plate)
-3 Upper Bar mount installed
-3 link upper bar supports welded in
-Panhard mounting bar bent and installed
-Cut out and bent the mounts up for the panhard bar. Hope to weld them up before the end of the week.












loudandproud New Reader
3/22/20 4:13 p.m.


Got Episode #12 of the build up. Panhard bar mount and 3 Link bars are all wrapped up. Just wait on my rear housing to show up this week.

Check out the video and let me know what you guys think!

loudandproud New Reader
3/29/20 7:18 p.m.




Episode 13 is up. Full floater 9" is installed and ready to go. Next up... Sway bar setups.

Check out the video, like and subscribe! Thanks guys.

loudandproud New Reader
3/29/20 9:26 p.m.





Housing is in and ready to rock. Got my connections in for the diff cooler and heater setup I plan on running.


loudandproud New Reader
4/14/20 10:25 a.m.


 got a fair bit done this week. Rear sway bar setup and cab outriggers are installed.

Rear sway bar is made from a sprint car torsion bar and a set of sprint car pitman arms. Works good and highly adjustable.






ill_climber New Reader
4/14/20 6:43 p.m.

This is glorious. Loving the detail and accuracy.

AngryCorvair MegaDork
4/15/20 8:17 a.m.

vision plus execution = inspirational.  i'm learning a ton here.  carry on.

81cpcamaro Dork
4/15/20 8:30 a.m.

Love this project, it's one of those many projects I would love to do, just too many ideas and not enough money.

As for the centered vs offset 3rd link, I have both styles and didn't notice any differences between the two on and off throttle and brakes.  The offset 3rd link does allow you to place the link a bit lower in the chassis, which helps with some vehicles with space limitations.

ill_climber New Reader
4/16/20 12:27 a.m.

What software are you using to design the parts that you transfer to the plasma table?

loudandproud New Reader
4/16/20 7:01 a.m.

In reply to ill_climber :

I run a mixture of CREO and Fusion 360 for the CAD work. 
SheetCAM TNG for the CAM software
Mach4 for the Motion Control
PokeyCNC for the Motion Controller and Drivers

AngryCorvair MegaDork
4/16/20 7:40 a.m.

In reply to loudandproud :

you are THE TABMASTER and i bow to your superior tabmaking.

Patientzero Reader
4/16/20 7:38 p.m.

Because of you and this thread I have purchased 1-2-3 blocks to keep in my welding table.  Thank you.

03Panther Reader
4/16/20 7:52 p.m.

Ive worked as a machinist a few times, and I learned a few things to use 'em for!

loudandproud New Reader
4/30/20 7:43 a.m.


Got some more stuff done and parts in. Floater hubs, spindles and front hubs are installed. Front Hibs are GM conversion hubs to fit brembos. Also got the coilover mounts on for the rear.

The front GM conversion hubs should allow me to use factory CTS-V2 rotors. Should be a good brake setup for this size vehicle.
You can really start to see how wide and low this truck is. Its 71" to the outside of each front tire and the chassis will be 5" off the ground at ride height. 


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Patientzero Reader
4/30/20 4:33 p.m.

Beautiful work.  Out of curiosity, where are you located?

Scotty Con Queso
Scotty Con Queso Dork
4/30/20 5:15 p.m.

This thread makes me feel inadequate. 

loudandproud New Reader
5/9/20 5:27 p.m.

Well I started on something different last week. The chassis is coming along nicely, so we will soon be placing the cab. Once the cab is on, we need to place the motor. In order to place the motor, I need an oil pan. I decided a while back that I will be going with a 5 Stage dry sump setup on this project. 4 Scavenge stages, one pressure stage. There will be 3 scavenge stages to the pan, and one scavenge stage dedicated to the turbo drains. Having a dry sump allows me alot of options.

1. Better oil control, wont run the sump dry on hard 60ft hits
2. Short profile oil pan that allows the engine to sit 3" lower (better CG)
3. Higher Oil capacity (2.5 Gallons)
4. You can now low mount turbos because you can directly scavenge the oil to the tank. (Better CG)

LTx dry sump oil pans are currently all made by very high end manufactures. Most are billet and $1200+. Soooo. I made on.

3/16" Steel Flange
16" Pan
-12 AN Scavenge ports

I plan on running inline scavenge filters to protect the pump.
Ill need to get the inside of the pan blasted with walnut or something to remove the chances of any scale popping loose and hurting the oil pump.


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loudandproud New Reader
5/9/20 5:29 p.m.

Here is the video of the pan build. Thanks for viewing.



1SlowVW Reader
5/10/20 8:48 a.m.


loudandproud New Reader
5/21/20 9:36 p.m.


I got my front sway bar setup installed. It's a speedway engineering setup. 1.25" x .250w" ar, 33" long. Using their steel arms. As you can see in the video... they weren't perfectly plug and play for my mounting style. The center of the bar was over sized so I could not pass them through the bearing. I ended up turning them down with some help from Calvin. Now everything is mounted up and working great. My buddy Logan bent up the arms for me on his 400T press.




Brett_Murphy (Forum Patrón)
Brett_Murphy (Forum Patrón) MegaDork
5/22/20 9:02 a.m.

Keep up the amazing work!

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