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ford shock tower installation question

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by RockinChevy, Mar 18, 2007.

  1. RockinChevy

    RockinChevy 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    Guys, I bought the cast iron ford towers today and did a test fit before attempting to grind off the rivets.
    I'm very glad I did a test fit because the shock mounting stud at top of the towers were hitting the a/c evaporator box (or whatever that a/c thing is called) on passenger side and hitting the steering shaft on drivers side. I did a search on this topic and all I'm getting are the dreaded red x's.... Most of the threads are old.... I see BadDog did them but he didn't have the a/c in and his pics only show passenger side.
    I'd love to ditch my a/c for an aftermarket one to fit inside the cab but I'm gonna have to make do with my stock one for the time being. So... anybody else got the cast iron ford towers installed while a/c is still in the truck? And how are you guys getting the towers to fit without hitting the steering shaft?

    Pics will be good.
     
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    That is exactly how I have mine setup, and I didnt have any problems with a/c or steering on the 84.:D I could take some pics for you tomorrow, but they'd just end up looking like sandawgk5's.:D

    Z
     
  4. RockinChevy

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    Hmm... I guess I let the test fit freak me out a bit. . I think I angled the towers up a bit too high. I looked at sandawg's pics and I'm convinced I can pull off the job. I wonder how come I didn't see this thread in the search anyway...:doah:

    I'll tackle this again next weekend... Thanks guys, appreciate it :waytogo:
     
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    It happens . Can't wait to see your truck work with the new mods . Next step would be getting you locked front and rear too :D
     
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    RockinChevy 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    You betcha! I also bought 5 16x8 rims today... that way I don't have to mess around with grinding down the calipers. Next is tires then 14B & front 3/4 ton swap then lockers and I'm done for a long time.
     
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    Good . 16's have some flotatation sizes available too .
     
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