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FRAME BEEF = COMPLETED!!!

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Waxer, Apr 15, 2001.

  1. Waxer

    Waxer 1/2 ton status Author

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    Hey all, well I'm sure some of you remember my post when I started beefing up the frame by removing the rivets and replacing with Grade 8 bolts and stitch welding for added strength.
    Now I've redesigned the engine crossmember to give added strength and to allow for the crossover steering conversion I'll be doing in the next few weekends. Also I've added the ORD weld in steering box kit and triangulating bracket. If you look close you'll see a BEEFY crossmember in front thats welded on the frame right above the leave spring eyes for even more stability and strength. Take a look and tell me what you guys think.....
    http://www.pacificnet.net/~waxer/Engine_Crossmember/
     
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    Goose 1/2 ton status

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    Looks good, man seeing stuff like that makes me want a shop soo bad. Hopefully within six months or so.

    [​IMG]
     
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    Looks good Waxer. I'm keeping an eye on this build up for-sure!

    Twiztid
     
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    Waxer 1/2 ton status Author

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    Thanks... Yah it definitely stiffened things up in the front. Spent the whole weekend on it and have a sunburned head from the sun and sunburned arms from the welder :)
     
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    xtreme_wlr 1/2 ton status

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    Yeah me too. :)

    '78 Chevy 1 ton Stepside RockCrawler
    468 BB, SM465, NP205
    D60 front, GM 14Bolt rear w/ Detroit
     
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    looks great i would love to do that to mine

    77blazer see it at<A target="_blank" HREF=http://community.webshots.com/user/ssmith6333>http://community.webshots.com/user/ssmith6333</A>[​IMG]
     
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    Waxer 1/2 ton status Author

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    Special thanks goes to "Xtreme_wlr" aka my buddy Todd. He has been teaching me welding and fabrication techniques. He even drove up from San Diego for the weekend to help me out on this. Thanks bro...
     
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    Special thanks should go to your mom for the great t-bone steaks she fed us for lunch both days! And to your wife for watchin my daughter and letting me crash on the couch. :)

    '78 Chevy 1 ton Stepside RockCrawler
    468 BB, SM465, NP205
    D60 front, GM 14Bolt rear w/ Detroit
     
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    Butch 1/2 ton status

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    Who is going to keep constant vigile on all of those bolts to make sure they dont loosen up?? It looks nice, but if you wheel it plan on alot of nut and bolt tightening.

    I thought I was wrong once,
    but I was mistaken
     
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    Each bolt has the nut put on with both loctite and a small tack to keep them from loosening. Need to remove the nut for whatever reason I use an impact and it breaks the tack weld like it wasnt even there. Thanks for the tip though... :)
     
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    looks great want more pics of the beef im doing the same ot my frame on the grade 8 bolts you hit the threads with a chisle too

    AJ
    (Your right i dont understand the jeep thing)
     
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    Waxer 1/2 ton status Author

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    Sure no problem, if you want some pics of the rivet replacement, those are located at
    <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.pacificnet.net/~waxer/CurrentProject/>http://www.pacificnet.net/~waxer/CurrentProject/</A>

    I can always take more pics, get in closer, etc... It wouldnt be a problem at all.
     
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    thanx much

    AJ
    (Your right i dont understand the jeep thing)
     

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