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7/8 Ton Conversion a Success!

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Stoopalini, Sep 19, 2001.

  1. Stoopalini

    Stoopalini 1/2 ton status

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    Well, I finished the D44 install on Thursday around 3:30pm, and left for the beach around 5pm. The truck ran flawless all the way down and back [​IMG]

    I've now got a 14B FF with 1 ton brakes and a 3/4 ton D44 front, hence my 7/8 ton truck [​IMG]

    4-wheel worked great! I had no problems and was very impressed with how the 4.10 gears did in the sand. The truck just crawled over everything I aimed it at [​IMG]

    Thanks to everyone who made this possible - Boss, Rocko, Kyle89K5, Lake Tex, and all the others who have offered invaluable advice! I cannot express my appreciation enough.......

    WooHoo ..... I have 4-wheel drive again [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

    Thomas.

    -- '84 K5 Blazer --
    <a target="_blank" href=http://stoopalini.off-road.ws/blazer>My Blazer Site</a>
     
  2. Kyle89K5

    Kyle89K5 1/2 ton status

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    Good News Man!!!!! [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

    Glad you got it running!

    Kyle
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  3. rocko

    rocko 1/2 ton status

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    Excellent...
    Gotta get mine done now.. then we'll plan a trip to the Slab again for next month.

    I haven't failed, I've found 10,000 ways that don't work. www.rocko.rockcrawler.com
     
  4. Boss

    Boss 1/2 ton status Author

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    Haven't seen you in a while. Now I know what you've been up to. And that's what I'm talkin' about!! [​IMG] Glad to hear you got everything together and running excellent. Take care.


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  5. Stoopalini

    Stoopalini 1/2 ton status

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    Thanks guys, I am very pleased with it [​IMG]

    Rocko, the slab sounds like a plan! How about Saturday, the 29th? Lemme know and we can start arranging a trip.
    What do you have left to do to yours? Just the brakes, right?

    Yea Boss, I've been working my arse off getting this done. Man, 8 lugs all the way around looks so cool! [​IMG]
    Did you know that the 14B FF you sold me had 1-ton brakes on it? While searching for another drum to fix the axle seal leak, I went through 2 before I figured this out. The drums were from a 3/4 ton 14B FF and they were too small [​IMG] Luckily, the hubs are interchangable. I was able to seal the leak with one of the hubs and the ole' speedi-sleeve trick.

    Thomas

    -- '84 K5 Blazer --
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  6. rocko

    rocko 1/2 ton status

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    Brakes and Front end alignment..
    Then she's ready to rock.

    I haven't failed, I've found 10,000 ways that don't work. www.rocko.rockcrawler.com
     
  7. Boss

    Boss 1/2 ton status Author

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    Yeah, I thought I told you that. 3/4 ton 14bolt with 13" drums (1 ton drums). Remeber I had to get the drums seperate for you? 13" drums works a lot better and cooler (like temperature cooler), than 11" 3/4 ton drums.
    Anyhow, i'm glad it's working :) Take care and wheel the sucker hard!!
    Boss

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  8. Mr.Chevy4x4

    Mr.Chevy4x4 1/2 ton status

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    Slab? Are y'all referring to "The Slab" near Marble Falls Texas? That is my old stompin' grounds!

    '85 K5 : Run it til it breaks, then fix it and go again!
     
  9. rocko

    rocko 1/2 ton status

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    That would be the Slab... Great place for off-roading..
    Thomas.. won't be able to make it to the Slab the 29th..
    My unit is getting activated til the end of the month and possibly longer.. No free weekend's for me for awhile..


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  10. thatK30guy

    thatK30guy 1 ton status Premium Member

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    Actually, just because the drums are 13" does not mean its a 1 ton size drum.

    13" drums come in two sizes. 2.5" wide shoes are on the 3/4 tons, and 3.5" wide shoes are on the 1 tons.

    11" drums are on the older 3/4 tons, and they use 2.75" wide shoes.

    Just because someone says there is 13" drums on the rear, does not automatically make it a 1 ton. The width of the drum needs to be known and measured before confirming a 3/4 or 1 ton.

    Just wanted to let everyone know the 3 differences between the 14FF brake drums. [​IMG]

    <font color=red>I'm a "black top mudder"!!!</font color=red>

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  11. Stoopalini

    Stoopalini 1/2 ton status

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    The 3/4 ton drum I tried to install fit on the axle circumference wise, it just left a huge gap between the back of the drum and the backing plate because It wasn't deep enough.

    Is this what you mean?

    If you put a 13" 3/4 ton drum and a 1 ton drum on the floor with the hubs facing upward, the 1 ton would be taller, right?

    -- '84 K5 Blazer --
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  12. thatK30guy

    thatK30guy 1 ton status Premium Member

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    EXACTLY!!! [​IMG]

    If you took a 3/4 and 1 ton drum without the bearing hubs, the 1 ton drum would sit taller than the 3/4 ton.

    There is no mistaking the 1 ton drum for a 3/4 ton. Its just HUGE!!! The 3/4 ton drum just seems "narrow" than what those "other, bigger" ones are!!! [​IMG]

    <font color=red>I'm a "black top mudder"!!!</font color=red>

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  13. Boss

    Boss 1/2 ton status Author

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    I hear yah K30. But the ones I sent Stoop was definately 1 ton drums. They are just plain huge is the best way to describe em [​IMG].
    Boss

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  14. Stoopalini

    Stoopalini 1/2 ton status

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    ahhhhh, cool; So my earlier diagnosis that I have 1 ton gear on my 14 bolt is correct! [​IMG]......... LOL

    Thanks man, you can see how I was confused when I tried to install the drum, and it was too short! I guess if I had listened to Boss when he told me they were 1 ton brakes, I could have saved myself a lot of thought process; and we all know how much thinking can hurt .... [​IMG]

    Boss has it right on, these things are freakin' huge! I pressed new seals in them more times then I can count. I had to pick them up and put them onto my press. not really a big deal, until my back tells me so ......... LOL ....... they are h..e..a..v..y!

    Thomas.

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