More baby steps
--- Got the second rear shock installed. The mounting bracket was a bear. Also started wrangling with the new park brake. It is a mechanical driveline brake that fits onto the rear of the Allison. As usual, gathering parts without a magic "VIN Number" was a beotch. Still need to get several very special bolts before I can hook it up, but that is the least of the "issues". The main frame crossmember has to go away before it can fit. Gonna' be a chore to remove and even trickier to replace. Have one designed out but I think I'll let my friendly neighborhood metal shop fab this one. It involves bending a couple of sections of 2" x 1/4" wall pipe. Don't want to weld it up so I'll go with bolting it to the upper & lower frame sections.
As Jack sez..."without pix, it didn't happen...so...now I have two rear shocks. Monroe Gas Magnums.
The main components of the driveline brake. This fits an '08-09 Chevy 4500 which comes with an Allison. Just an old fashioned drum brake that locks up the driveline.
But here is the tricky part. The main frame crossmember is in the way and has to go. Just barely enough room even then, but it should work. The new crossmember will be fabbed with a pair of 2" pipes and plates that will bolt up to the frame just a few inches to the rear of the original but will be a couple of inches higher.
Yet more fun to come.