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Old 03-28-2017, 02:44 PM   #321
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Default Re: 1941 Ford Pickup frame-off restore for the next generation

I did a Posies superslide reverse eye in the rear with standard sized shackles.

Probably took it down around 3-4 inches.

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After... (I'm using a 7.00 tire all around)
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Old 03-29-2017, 07:28 AM   #322
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Decided to try and lower it myself with what is available in my garage.

Homemade spring spreader to relieve some pressure, jackstands under frame, and jack on hub.

Was able to remove original (aftermarket) shackles with no trauma involved.

Local lumber yard 1_1/2" x 1/4" x 36" metal, cut in quarters and holes drilled, one side 1/2" for the sweg stud, other side 3/8" for threaded end. Used the original studs from the aftermarket shackles.

Raised rear end, slipped in new shackles, Start to finish under 4 hours.

Drove it a couple miles, rode perfect, with no noticeable sway, but I'll install a panhard this weekend, when I remove the wood floor.

Now that's the look I want.
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Old 03-29-2017, 07:28 AM   #323
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I did a Posies superslide reverse eye in the rear with standard sized shackles.

Probably took it down around 3-4 inches.

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After... (I'm using a 7.00 tire all around)
Thanks for the pics.
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Old 04-08-2017, 12:56 PM   #324
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Needed a new lawnmower, what better first use of the truck. Really running nice.
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Old 04-08-2017, 01:15 PM   #325
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LOL, putting it to use!
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Old 04-10-2017, 07:27 AM   #326
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Needed a new lawnmower, what better first use of the truck. Really running nice.
The franken-box turned out really good! Did you have a floor or did you buy aftermarket?
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Old 04-11-2017, 01:42 PM   #327
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The franken-box turned out really good! Did you have a floor or did you buy aftermarket?
For just this summer, I put in a 3/4" ply floor, $9.99 on clearance. Lol. I plan on putting some type of cover, canvas or a tonneau this summer, and than bodywork and paint over the winter.
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Old 04-22-2017, 12:13 PM   #328
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Purists Look Away!

Needed away to haul my planes safely so ...

I finished up my Tonneau cover. Junkyard special, from Dodge Dakota 2001, stored on a rack in the weather. $40

Pressure washed and loaded up the tire dressing spray on it.

Cut down frame 14-1/2"

Weld tabs onto bed

Cut down canvas, have local upholsterer sew. $40

Hardly noticeable side profile....Priceless
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Old 04-22-2017, 04:51 PM   #329
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FYI: Don't get rid of the old shackles. Those Posie springs will settle quite a bit. Over 15K miles I had to shorten the shackles on my truck to retain tire clearance three times and I am now down to about stock length.
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Old 04-11-2018, 08:40 AM   #330
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Great build, nice documentation..any updates?
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Old 04-13-2018, 11:15 AM   #331
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Great build, nice documentation..any updates?
Thank you very much. Updates....... well it was either finish the bed, bodywork and paint, etc or fix the low end knock in my motor this winter.

Motor won. Will have full details when all finished. Its a whole story by itself. LOL
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Old 04-13-2018, 11:48 AM   #332
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Hi Everyone. An RC Floatplane? Now THAT'S taking it to another level!

Now back to the story of what happened with the engine...
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Old 04-14-2018, 09:07 AM   #333
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Good eye. Here's a shot from Minnesota.

Lots of fun, my other hobby for the past 25yrs.
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Old 04-14-2018, 09:19 AM   #334
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Hi Everyone. An RC Floatplane? Now THAT'S taking it to another level!

Now back to the story of what happened with the engine...
About the motor let's just say I'm 6 months into it and it's still not done. Should have solid update when up and running in a month or so.
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Old 04-14-2018, 10:55 AM   #335
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I would never "lower" a truck.. they are designed to carry loads.. and besides the cool factor; a lowered truck is harder to do repair work underneath.. JMO
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Old 04-24-2018, 02:59 PM   #336
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I would never "lower" a truck.. they are designed to carry loads.. and besides the cool factor; a lowered truck is harder to do repair work underneath.. JMO
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Old 05-05-2018, 06:51 PM   #337
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On to the next step,

Let's rebuild a motor. The fact I got to drive the truck the season was a bonus. I had a low end rod knock over 45mph. So kept it close by and waited to winter to rebuild.

Hoping for a quick fix and ends in full rebuild. 6 weeks takes 6 months.

Price well we all know how that turns out.

I'll let the pictures do the talking.

Phase 1 teardown:
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Old 05-05-2018, 10:33 PM   #338
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Old 05-06-2018, 07:46 AM   #339
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So what I found was a couple things. 2 quarter sized holes in the 2 rear cylinders, motor had already been punched out to 3.1875, 0.020 over.
Crank had rod journals turned over .030, and main journals were shot.

So block goes to machine shop, 2 sleeves installed and bored to .060.

I found a great crank from H&H Flatheads, main and rod bearings, I also had Mike recondition my rods.

All my other engine parts came from Van Pelt Sales. Great people to deal with.

Machine said 2-4 weeks and ends up being 6 months, I guess thats the way machine shops work. LOL
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Old 05-06-2018, 08:04 AM   #340
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Finally engine assembly can begin. I have 4 different books to go by and all had something to help. Major one was Ol Rons floater bearings book and Mike's assembly book.
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