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Old 09-10-2015, 11:40 AM   #151
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All get more details on the 8.8 and way the cost.

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I just picked up an 8.8 out of a drum brake explorer (1990?) for 100.00. My plan is to get a second hand passenger side (short) axle and see how much I need to take off of the long tube. Then I'll get a set of adjustable heim joints (RH and LH threaded) and do up a set of Triangulated 4 links. The great thing about the wagons is that the upper and lower link attachments are already boxed up. It would be easy enough to just weld the attachment points to the axle and go, keeping the panhard. But I want to eliminate the need for a panhard bar so I'll weld in new uppers on a 30-45* angle.

So far for the swap my parts list is:
8.8 --------- $100. (drum rears out of rangers and early exploders are way cheaper)
rebuild kit----- $70.
Heim Joint kit- $200.
Short axle ---- $40.
------------- ~410

excluding brakes since I havent decided on using the drums, my old front calipers, or saving for another wilwood set up.
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Old 09-10-2015, 08:31 PM   #152
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Thank you everyone for your input on the rear end. I keep flip flopping on what i would like to do. Ford Explorer rear end will be easier to get my hands on in this area.
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Old 09-10-2015, 08:34 PM   #153
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Default Cleaning Rear End Components- More Parts back from Powder Coating

Well I started working on the cleaning up some of the parts for the rear end and dropped off to be powder coated.

Removing bushings (redneck style). Lol






The process goes by much slower with a good cigar though.

Got some more parts back from powder coating today too.

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Old 09-11-2015, 11:29 AM   #154
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that looks awesome! I cant wait until its all together!
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Old 09-11-2015, 07:14 PM   #155
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Default Rebuilding of Steering Gear Box

Starting to rebuild the steering gear box tonight. The bushings had to be pressed out, but the new ones just slide in with one finger. Don't think that's right.






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Old 09-11-2015, 07:32 PM   #156
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hmmm, not exactly sure about the box bushings.... I think that they should be pretty tight.
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Old 09-11-2015, 07:39 PM   #157
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hmmm, not exactly sure about the box bushings.... I think that they should be pretty tight.
That's what I thought. Won't stop me from powder coating it though till I can figure it out.
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Old 09-11-2015, 07:57 PM   #158
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Old 09-11-2015, 08:34 PM   #159
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Thanks man! Will grab that tomorrow.
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Default Rebuilding of Steering Gear Box- Powder Coated

Steering gear box powder coated.


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Old 09-12-2015, 06:15 PM   #161
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Nice project. Looking forward to hear your experience with the steering box overhaulin. Think I have to do the same soon.
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Old 09-13-2015, 09:03 AM   #162
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Nice project. Looking forward to hear your experience with the steering box overhaulin. Think I have to do the same soon.
Will do. Will drop it off at the shop Monday.
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Old 09-15-2015, 07:53 PM   #163
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Default Rear End Components back from Powder Coating

Got some of the rear end parts back today. Turned out very nice! I feel like I'm so close, yet so far away...



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Old 09-17-2015, 09:14 PM   #164
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Well just bought a rear end. Pick it up Saturday.
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Old 09-17-2015, 09:16 PM   #165
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What'd you get?
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Old 09-18-2015, 06:02 PM   #166
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What'd you get?
A ford rear end... Pick it up tomorrow.

I'm thinking about playing around with a bag setup and would start with the rear first. I feel this would be a great learning experiance before moving on to the fronts... Thoughts?

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Old 09-18-2015, 07:25 PM   #167
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A ford rear end... Pick it up tomorrow.

I'm thinking about playing around with a bag setup and would start with the rear first. I feel this would be a great learning experiance before moving on to the fronts... Thoughts?

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nice, due to the space in the back of wagons (rear suspension wise) a triangulated 4 link is doable. This will remove the panhard completely, meaning when at ride (or above) and when slammed on its jack points the axle stays where you put it... yay no popped tires.

the fronts- might want to check in with keith602.
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nice, due to the space in the back of wagons (rear suspension wise) a triangulated 4 link is doable. This will remove the panhard completely, meaning when at ride (or above) and when slammed on its jack points the axle stays where you put it... yay no popped tires.

the fronts- might want to check in with keith602.
I have reached out to Keith numerous times with no repsonse. It appears he is keeping some information to himself. Haha. Amazing car though... It's what inspired me to get mine.

I'm thankful for all the help... Wouldn't of gotten this far if it wasn't for the support on here and offline.

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I have reached out to Keith numerous times with no repsonse. It appears he is keeping some information to himself. Haha. Amazing car though... It's what inspired me to get mine.

I'm thankful for all the help... Wouldn't of gotten this far if it wasn't for the support on here and offline.

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Well, hes a really nice guy to chat with and a beautiful car.
For bags, I'd cup the lower control arms, but a shock of some sort is tricky... maybe a mount on the front or back of the subframe.
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Old 09-19-2015, 08:42 AM   #170
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Well, hes a really nice guy to chat with and a beautiful car.
For bags, I'd cup the lower control arms, but a shock of some sort is tricky... maybe a mount on the front or back of the subframe.
I was told the compressor is really loud and don't want that in the car if thats the case.

Will look to see what's available under the car and could keep the tank inside.

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Old 09-19-2015, 10:26 AM   #171
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Bags are for posers, if you want to keep the same ride height the spring rate is not adjustable.

Unless you make mechanical changes increasing air pressure raises the car
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If you are looking for a place for the compressors, I'd go right behind the drivers rear tire and plumb it to a tank either in the spare tire well or just in front of the gas tank. If you go in front of the gas tank, its going to need a triangulated link to remove the panhard bar.
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Old 09-19-2015, 02:48 PM   #173
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Default Ford 8.8 Rear End (3.73 Locking)

The "new" rear end.



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Default Disassembling of Ford 8.8 Rear End

The old and "new"


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Old 09-19-2015, 08:25 PM   #175
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You DO NOT mess around. Nice progress pace you have going here. Envious!
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