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Old 01-16-2016, 01:15 PM   #1361
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Do you know about how much length of chain there is on the Toyota version? I'm wondering if it would extend far enough for my application. Need to measure mine anyway.

And I'll second the chain over cable for anything as heavy as what I'm dealing with.

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Old 01-16-2016, 01:22 PM   #1362
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I dont, its snowing and I'm not wanting to be THAT helpful today, lol. Its pretty long. I am sure its the same version for the 4wd vehicles, which are taller. You could always add some length by welding another piece of chain on or fabricating the piece that goes under the tire, easy enough.

To lift/lower it is just that slot. You could use some rod or square tubing and make a handle. Piece or rebar would work nice, bent as a crank handle.
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Old 01-16-2016, 02:32 PM   #1363
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Thanks OPUS...I just jumped on the Pathfinder version. A little modding will make it consistent with everything else on this beastie.
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Old 01-16-2016, 03:09 PM   #1364
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Great, look forward to seeing it all together.
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Old 01-19-2016, 10:44 AM   #1365
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Drilling Scary Holes --- Howdy All...finally got around to installing a new bung in my oil pan for the turbo to drain into. The old location going into the engine block would not work given the new motor mounts, new remote oil filter and a host of other things crammed into that area so I had to get creative.

Had a chunk of steel machined to accept the press fit end of a Cummins stainless turbo drain line, drilled a 1-1/4" hole in the side of the pan, then welded that puppy in place. Hmmmm...for some reason it doesn't sound nearly as scary when I write it out.


The freshly scrubbed pan and new bung (cleaning off the old gasket was a beotch!)


What the heck...this spot ought'a do.


At least now it won't run onto the ground...I hope.


Not my prettiest weld ever, but the one on the inside is perfect...really it is.
And being thoroughly in-confident that the press fit will stay put...I also welded a little machine screw in place that will allow me to safety wire the drain line to the bung to help keep it all together.

This was just a test fit. Still need to touch up the paint, prep the new gasket, bolt the pan on, safety wire the tube and something else...oh yeah...put 10 quarts of oil back in.

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Old 01-19-2016, 11:25 AM   #1366
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You chose Flex hose instead of stainless steel braided, why? I'm only 1/2 cup of coffee into the day, so be gentle.
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Old 01-19-2016, 11:36 AM   #1367
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Good question. The only braided flex hose I could find was only rated to 250 degrees and I had read about similar hose collapsing over on the 4BT Swap forum. The Cummins flex stainless is made for this task and it ain't gonna' melt.
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Old 01-19-2016, 11:46 AM   #1368
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I knew you had a reason. Yeah, lets do without the collapse!
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Old 01-19-2016, 05:55 PM   #1369
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Found a new Shorty I want!


And an AWESOME color..."Prairie Gold"
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Old 01-19-2016, 06:06 PM   #1370
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SWEET! Highway tires too.
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Old 01-20-2016, 09:37 AM   #1371
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Roger the cool tires. And according to my calculations...at 54" in diameter...the engine only needs to turn about 400 RPM's to make highway speed.
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Old 01-20-2016, 07:13 PM   #1372
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More bits & pieces --- Howdy All. I picked up a couple of steering components today. Haven't had time to do much with them except for the pix.


This is the head I cut off my old '46 Chevy drag link. I had to have the zerk fitting rotated 180 degrees and the old hole filled in order to have it ready to attach to the newer Isuzu drag link. That will be yet another machining job.

And here's one for Ol' Trunt to figger out...


Stage one...


Stage two...


Stage three.

Jack...does any of the above look familiar? Make any sense?


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Old 01-20-2016, 08:58 PM   #1373
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Hey Tango. Looks just like mine SOS. I think you will need a center support bearing right about at the shiny spot. I don't know, do a mock up with the steering gear and steering column and see what happens. I suspect that without the support the shaft will try to scribe an ellipse as it rotates. Jack
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Old 01-21-2016, 05:06 AM   #1374
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I concur with Jack, a center support is needed to avoid elliptical scribing, let alone what it will do with the wheel in your hands.......
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Old 01-21-2016, 10:53 AM   #1375
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You guys are good! --- Congrats on your mechanical observation skills. The "shiny spot" is for just that purpose. I had the machine shop build up a one inch OD area expressly for the purpose of mounting a steering shaft support bearing. Unfortunately, when I went to mount the one I ordered over a month ago...it was a piece of caca. Would not swivel or rotate. So now I have to wait another week or so to try all this stuff out.

Grrrrrrrr...

Ah well, plenty more to do. Guess I'll get back on that oil pan thingie and maybe play with the battery box some more.

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Old 01-21-2016, 05:10 PM   #1376
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Tang,

Enjoy the cold coming in this evening...... It's a bit chilly right now (and I'm NOT talking about Hormel Chili either.......) so bundle up!

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Old 01-21-2016, 09:46 PM   #1377
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HORMEL!? That is sacrilege! This is Wolf Brand country son!

Hmmmmm...a Frito pie sounds mighty good about now.
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Old 01-21-2016, 10:08 PM   #1378
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Been Piddlin' --- Here are a couple of today's quick pix.
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Cleaned up the oil pan a bit after welding in the drain bung and threw some Cummins tan on it. Still need to get a torque wrench to make sure the new gasket is properly set.


And here is the house battery box all screwed & glued in place. Still need to line it with insulation and paint the lid...but at least it is some measure of progress.


Here is another view looking through the big hole where I had to cut out some rusted body metal. At least it made accessing some of the screws a little easier.


More to follow...

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Moving right along I'd say! I tried to read the post-its above the BIG HOLE but couldn't quoite make them out. Jack
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Hey Jack --- I don't know about your build went, but I have so danged many different things torn apart, being built, modified, altered, deconstructed, reconstructed, mantled and dismantled that I have to write myself notes everywhere to try and keep up with them.

Those two particular notes are...

1. A reminder to rotate the tires regularly to try and prevent flat spots (they have been sitting on concrete now for what...a year and a half?)

2. A reminder that I need to get a proper torque wrench and torque all the oil pan bolts (they take 18 foot pounds and there is another sticky up front so I won't forget to put some oil back in)

There are so many notes on my work table I am running out of room to actually work on it. And they are in addition to a bunch of others written in paint pen directly on different parts of the body, engine, rear end and just about every part.

I've never had much of a problem multi-tasking...but with building a bus practically from scratch...it has gotten just nuts.
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