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Old 03-31-2017, 05:01 PM   #376
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well, Ive started mapping out the coilover setup, going to lose some spare tire room and re-config the pan hard. I was tying to see if I could work a watts link into the setup, but I would end up with really short links, and have to reverse the pivot and locating points. It could be doable but would need some room. So I'm putting off the locating system until I get the coilovers mocked and I can see how much room I actually have.
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Old 04-05-2017, 02:45 PM   #377
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Well not a whole lot to report, except that I may have hit a brick wall with this swap. House needs a new roof before the car gets a driveshaft. But I found that a mustang 1piece will probably fit, so if I can score one for cheap then I might be able to get this to ipd.
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Old 04-05-2017, 05:25 PM   #378
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I can't imagine that driveshaft fitting without a lot of BFH action unless the wagons have a really different tunnel shape. Mine ended up being really similar to a Mustang part but it's 2.5" instead. After all the work I did, the rear end has still hit the floor once or twice

AWD Aerostar vans have an aluminum driveshaft that I think is the same length as the Mustang one.
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Old 04-05-2017, 08:22 PM   #379
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Yeah, so I was looking at it, and I was already under the impression that I would need to either BFH the driveline tunnel, or say fuk it and cut it and make a new one. So far, its looking like a hack job is going to be easier, only issue I see is that I may need to remove the lower skid plate type pieces and replace them with a couple loops. The rearmost may be structural, so that will get 2" box tube in a nice octagon or hex shape to clear, maybe do it in a half hex and lay gussets from there to the frame rail.

As for the rear hitting the floor, I was going to do some floor removal since its under the back seat to get the driveline and the axle to clear.
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Old 04-06-2017, 04:33 AM   #380
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I did a 2 pc. The tunnel on mine is setup to be removable. Still need to do a few welds on it, but I'm able to get the driveshaft in and out with it removed.

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I did a 2 pc. The tunnel on mine is setup to be removable. Still need to do a few welds on it, but I'm able to get the driveshaft in and out with it removed.

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Old 04-23-2017, 10:59 AM   #382
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well small update.








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Old 04-23-2017, 05:32 PM   #383
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So my competition engineering brackets were too tall, so those are 1/4" stock, drilled on my drill press using a little jig I made. Then I bolted them together and a mix of death wheel and bench grinder till the fit perfect. I'm not sure if I want to take some U channel and gusset across the back or leave it. But they're all straight, square and sturdier than the factory tabs. Next up is to plate the frame holes and decide on shock and locating device location.
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Old 04-25-2017, 07:19 AM   #384
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This is looking great and is extremely helpful. Thank you for the update!

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Old 04-25-2017, 10:26 AM   #385
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Thanks. I'm hoping that the heim joints aren't too noisy, but since I'm using the factory chassis bracket, I can order some bushing rod ends if needed. Last night I started cutting and tacking together the arms, and tonight I'll get the shock mounts modified to fit the axle tubes. Then I can get the shock mount decision made, and work out how things are going to work with the watts link.
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Old 05-19-2017, 11:33 AM   #386
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Update. 4 weekends to IPD...


Throw out bearing and fork measurements

Got the Clutchnet clutch in. Turbo PP.

Upper coilover bar.


4 Link arms

Stinger for the Watts link.




Axle brackets for the watts link.

Sway bar brackets.

This weekend will be tacking all of it into place, mounting coilovers, and cycling suspension. Then I need to make my pivot and bearing assembly. Looks like an extra pilot bearing will be the ticket.

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Old 05-19-2017, 03:13 PM   #387
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Talked to my boss today about making my watts link pivot on the spare 5 axis and looks like it will be running nearly non stop for the next 6 months :( so I get to make a crude version and I will upgrade it later.
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Old 05-20-2017, 03:18 PM   #388
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Looks amazing!!! Keep up the good work!

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Old 05-22-2017, 12:15 PM   #389
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Thanks Hub! I've gotta push hard to have this thing streetable by 6/17.

Probably won't have any updates until after IPD.

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