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Old 02-11-2015, 02:11 PM   #871
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Thanks...and good observation Jack --- Yes. Actually I am building two. One up near the front of the motor and another back by the tranny to support it. And come to think of it, possibly two more. I need frame mounts for the new rear shocks (these rigs never had any) and it will probably be easier just to go all the way across with some heavy angle rather than rigging one for each shock (the Dana is set up with one pointing forward and one pointing aft).

May wind up with what racers used to call a "ladder frame".
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Old 02-21-2015, 02:08 PM   #872
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Look Ma...No Chains! --- Finally have the engine and tranny secured to the chassis instead of just hovering from the hoist. Fabbed the engine & trans mounts during which they went in and out more than a few times. I had last minute fits with the transmission mount pads thanks to O'Reilly's. Picked out a pair that were for a 1980 Volvo. Built the steel to accommodate the size/thickess/bolt position. But when we went to actually install them, turns out that we had two, slightly different pads in spite of the boxes saying they were the same. Back to O'reilly's who sent me across town to pick up the only mate they showed to be in the city. Get there and guess what, it seems the folks in India had managed to package several different mounts as "mixed sets". After going through several boxes and part numbers, the parts guy acknowledged..."we seem to have a problem here". Lesson learned. Don't believe what the box says. Still not certain which part number I finally wound up with. Could be 2428's...or it could be 2424's.

Either way...here they are...




The famous 4BT tilt (Ya...they sit that way)


Now I can start on the new firewall & doghouse.


Cummins engine mounts can be tricky.


Allison trans mounts were pretty straightforward...once we got the right parts.

Still tons to do, but having the engine and transmission in place are huge for me.

Onward!
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Old 02-21-2015, 02:44 PM   #873
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Excellent. I have some free time Monday, maybe I'll fly down and push you around the block in it.
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Old 02-21-2015, 02:51 PM   #874
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Much appreciated Opus --- But there is still a complete steering system to be figured out and built...and the brakes...and...

...what WAS I thinking!?
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Old 02-21-2015, 05:46 PM   #875
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Sweeeeeeet....I have been waiting for these pictures for several years....very pimp

Looks great!!!!!!


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Old 02-21-2015, 07:36 PM   #876
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Thanks Bansil --- Glad to have finally been able to take'em. Next project involves a possible axle swap. I have a 2-ton axle that I can adapt to front disks but still waiting to confirm whether the kit will clear the slightly smaller rims I had to go with (19.5 vs 20"). It needs new kingpin kits for both sides so I am spending hours online trying to track parts down.

This shorty arrived about three and a half years ago, so the build thread is getting heavy. In my next life I will very likely buy a newer, running bus and just build out the interior. Maybe. As long as I don't go and do something stupid again, like fall madly in love with a pretty face.
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Old 02-22-2015, 12:23 PM   #877
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Hey Tango, I've never seen a cleaner install--is that really a Dodge slant six you have laying under the hood? Just kidding. Will you have to narrow the 2 ton front axle to make the wheels fit inside the front fenders? I've never understood why the front of the frames on our buses were built a couple of inches narrower than the back. Maybe it was to make it easier to mount that skinny little stove bolt? I ended up spreading the cowl and hood on mine to make the stretch but that took a huge amount of sheet metal work. Jack
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Old 02-22-2015, 12:25 PM   #878
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hey old folks...there never was a V-8 until way after ya'll,s shorty rolled off the line;)

I think you shoud have gone for a straight 8 or 12 supercharged
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Old 02-22-2015, 12:31 PM   #879
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I've never understood why the front of the frames on our buses were built a couple of inches narrower than the back.
Clearance for the steering tires to turn lock to lock without rubbing the frame would be my guess.

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"Clearance for the steering tires to turn lock to lock without rubbing the frame would be my guess."

A wider axle would have solved that problem without the pinched frame. I'm just about sure the real reason was to make the vehicle more more likely to roll over during events like parallel parking.
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