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Old 04/30/18, 05:48 AM   #91
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looks good! just a matter of time before its back on the road! what was the reason for a 73 windshield!
Thank you, Ryan! Iím looking forward to bringing another 68 back to life. I had access to a 73 parts rig years ago and got bucket seats and a nice windshield and wiper set-up among other things. I had considered re-using the original windshield and vac wipers for originability and character but ultimately decided to ďmodernizeĒ on this aspect of the build. The 68 windshield and bench seat are resting in the rafters of my shop for now.

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Old 04/30/18, 01:39 PM   #92
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Thank you, Ryan! Iím looking forward to bringing another 68 back to life. I had access to a 73 parts rig years ago and got bucket seats and a nice windshield and wiper set-up among other things. I had considered re-using the original windshield and vac wipers for originability and character but ultimately decided to ďmodernizeĒ on this aspect of the build. The 68 windshield and bench seat are resting in the rafters of my shop for now.
gotchya! cool man!

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Old 05/14/18, 01:35 PM   #93
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I had announced these as on their way for a chemical dip but instead they were cooked in an oven.
Nice thread, can I ask what made you go the bake route vs a chemical dip? Did media blast before baking as well? Iím also in Mooresville so when it comes time to get the body on the frame, I can help if you need another pair of hands.

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Old 05/15/18, 04:45 AM   #94
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Nice thread, can I ask what made you go the bake route vs a chemical dip? Did media blast before baking as well? Iím also in Mooresville so when it comes time to get the body on the frame, I can help if you need another pair of hands.
Thank you! Good to find someone in Mooresville, and I am happy to lend a hand also. The baking was a bit easier on the budget for my tub and also included blasting. With all the sealing that is being done with the body work, I feel I will be getting the same result. While the tub got baked, the frame got dipped.

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Old 05/15/18, 10:33 AM   #95
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The baking was a bit easier on the budget...
I hear that, Cash is King. Iím sure it was fun and frustrating at the same time to sub-contract your build. Iím still in the exploratory phase with mine but when I get to stage Iíd like peak at your vendor list. I figured Iíd start with the vendors that NicksTrix uses if they can work in small jobs like mine would be. I subscribed to your thread to watch your progress. See you around Chuck!

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Old 05/15/18, 11:14 AM   #96
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I'm loving this build! The fact that it was your Grandfather's makes it even cooler. Keep up the good work!

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Old 05/16/18, 04:18 AM   #97
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Thanks guys! An update on recent progress, I am focusing on being ready to start the build as I am expecting to bring my powder coated frame home soon. I need to have a rolling chassis ASAP to keep the body work on track. The axle housings have been POR-15íd with chassis black along with new coil cups etc. The rear axles have new bearings installed and the front axles have new u-joints installed. Driveshafts are being rebuilt and balanced. Rear driveshaft is being shortened 9Ē to accommodate a Rancho Borg Warner overdrive. Weather permitting, will work to get POR-15 silver on the radius arms and bell housing this weekend. Dana 30 rebuild kit and front disc conversion kit are in boxes and ready to go.
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Old 05/18/18, 09:53 AM   #98
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An update on recent progress, I am focusing on being ready to start the build as I am expecting to bring my powder coated frame home soon. I need to have a rolling chassis ASAP to keep the body work on track.
I'm sure you can't wait man.. Good luck

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Old 05/21/18, 09:28 AM   #99
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Frame is home, the build begins

The powder coating is now complete. I am happy with the result. My son and daughter each helped me install a shackle to kick off the build. Next up is to install leaf springs and rear axle housing, then move to the front and get the radius arms and D30 attached.
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Old 05/23/18, 01:15 PM   #100
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Tub is primed...

...and ready for sanding and paint next week.
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Old 05/23/18, 02:32 PM   #101
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Old 05/31/18, 06:31 PM   #102
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Bolting on some shiny parts

Iíve done a little work in the front and a little work in the back. I have added a 2 degree shim on the rear, the leaf springs are sitting a hair ďwideĒ compared to the 9Ē housing to line everything up perfectly. Back grease seals are in and Dana 30 rebuild kit is probably next.
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Old 06/11/18, 09:31 AM   #103
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Progress on the drivetrain

I delivered the Rancho overdrive to my engine builder who is also rebuilding the three speed and transfer case. He will mate the OD to the transfer case.

It was interesting to learn that the original 289 came from the factory with a 302 block. I guess this is due to the switch-over from 289s over to 302s. It is a late March 1968 build. Refer to the pictures of the castings. The block has a 68 build code and is stamped 302. The heads are stamped 289 and the crank shaft is for a 289.

I have been doing some research on the Rancho overdrive and chasing a few parts. It was missing a relay and a kickdown switch and I now have new ones. It also appears that the solenoid is damaged - it is out for repair. The OD unit had a little original seafoam greenish paint on it. I went with POR-15 Buick green engine paint to respray it. I have also gotten a couple of Spicer style yokes since my driveshafts are being rebuilt Spicer style. One yoke is for the front of the transfer case and the other will go on the back of the overdrive.

The internals on the transfer case and the transmission were in really good shape so they will not require major work. The 289 was showing itís wear after 190k miles.
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Y'all were right - Dana 30 is a PIA!

I am keeping the rig as original as possible and don't intend on doing much 4x4, so I elected to keep my Dana 30. Wow, what a pain to change out the new racings / bearings / dampners / seals. I have a little more upside down hammering to go to complete one lower set. The knuckles and kingpins are no picnic either. Evaporust was required to soak the kingpins apart. I finally found a use for grandpa's old pull scale to set the preload on the knuckle. One knuckle complete and one more to go.

My PS box is back fresh from West TX Offroad. It was back on my doorstep in less than two weeks.

After I get the other knuckle on, it is time for connecting the steering linkage and the front disc brake conversion. Hopefully my knuckle grinding is adequate.
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I am keeping the rig as original as possible and don't intend on doing much 4x4, so I elected to keep my Dana 30. Wow, what a pain to change out the new racings / bearings / dampners / seals. I have a little more upside down hammering to go to complete one lower set. The knuckles and kingpins are no picnic either. Evaporust was required to soak the kingpins apart. I finally found a use for grandpa's old pull scale to set the preload on the knuckle. One knuckle complete and one more to go.

My PS box is back fresh from West TX Offroad. It was back on my doorstep in less than two weeks.

After I get the other knuckle on, it is time for connecting the steering linkage and the front disc brake conversion. Hopefully my knuckle grinding is adequate.

looks fantastic cant wait to see some color on it!

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