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SAS time again, I know you guys are just dying to see another 44 swap so here it is.



Well got started today around 12. got the axle set up and the ifs off. Tomorrow comes the cutting and grinding, and welding.

Before with IFS


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Dont hate on the jack stands, the good ones are holding up Michael's waiting on the 60
 

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Please... please don't work under that Truck like that. Go buy or make jack stands. You are risking your life, and those that are working on it with you. Those blocks are a disaster waiting to happen.
 

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thanks for the concern. Ill survive Ill post more pix as it progresses.
 

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You are right, I need to make some jackstands. My 6 ton ones are not tall enough anyways. I think first on the list for tomorrow (before torching/grinding) is to get the front crossmember welded in. That way we can put some MORE blocks under it just in case the others fail. I plan to make some nice jackstands, but can't do it until I find enough scrap to make them BEEFY, and easy to use (an time).

Speaking of BEEF, how about that front crossmember :)
 

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chris_dishmon said:
cinderblocks hold up buildings....why not a truck? :dunno: :D
I love this quote, although I don't 100% agree with it myself, I only use them if there is NO other option at the time. I have a couple 3-ton jackstands but they are nowhere near tall enough. There is some wood on top of the cinder block to more evenly distribute the load across the block.
 

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Nice!

Hell yea- Make sure to post up and take plenty-0-pics Im doing a swap on my 01 next weekend! Keep us updated!
 

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Why'd you cut the knuckles like that? Better hope you don't break a hi-steer arm off. I suggest usually leaving them cause as a last resort the tie-rod could be put down there to get you home.
 

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Cinderblocks are strong against vertical compression, but not a side load, in construction they put rebar and cement in the cinderblocks to add the much needed stabilty. If something hits the cinderblock it may very well crack, and break... which could be very very bad!
 

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at least you have the cinder blocks laying the right wy to take a load. but i wouldn't trust them. for long.

BTW that crossmember looks kick ass. just remember you can make the roughest toughest crossmember in the world but your welding it to a pretty thin frame. your friend is the gussett.
 

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Yup, the cinder blocks are laying the correct way, I do have that much sense. After getting the crossmember in, we put more blocks under it just as a precaution. Got it all cut out, ground smooth, and the axle is under the truck. Have some fine tuning tomorrow, steering box and shocks as well.

Got a little distracted today during the build because someone brought a near new Yamaha Rhino for some additions to the cage, some belts, a windshield, and some rear seats. So we have been blasting around in the woods in it some.

Should be finished with the truck tomorrow, but Jimmy took some pictures today, might post them later.

As for the crossmember, it is gusseted on the backside, but I think I will add a bigger gusset to it tomorrow just for extra support. My crossmember is (well, was) 1/8", and it is dented, but I never had any other problems out of it. Now with links on my truck it doesn't really matter.
 

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Got alot done today. Off the blocks now, :) . Got new shackles to put on for better angle tomorrow. Got all the steering to deal with tomorrow but we got a good bit done today

front crossmember mounted up.


some of the the gussets on the rear


Cutting off the IFS garbage


the blocks may not be the safest but I got my vision


Cleaned up frame


Got the oilpan mounted up


Got the springs mounted up, new shackles tomorrow


Axle mounted


Looks pretty good, sits alittle higher than I was expecting but I like it.


Not bad, alot of that is from the rear but not bad for a jack flex
 

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? for ya

Sent ya a pm about your front crossmember- since out year trucks have a different amount of frame sticking out past the radiator (approx 2") Seeing if you stuck ur xmember in that 2'' space or put it on the sleeve thats attached to it- thanks- Truck looks good!
 

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finished it up sunday with the exception of the drive shaft.

new shackle


still sits alittle low in the rear but a shackle should help that














Dont have alot of places to test the flex in halifax but
 

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SaweEt! HaPPy Birthday to you! Good job man- Cant wait to do mine in a few days! Congrats -now go Wheel the shit out of it!
 
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