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Started the steering box reinforcement.***Finished with more pics****

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Esteban86K5, Feb 11, 2004.

  1. Esteban86K5

    Esteban86K5 1/2 ton status

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    So I started the boxing in of my frame yesterday. I only tacked it all in place cause I want to drill the holes and do some fitment test prior to welding it all up. Whatcha think?

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    Here are the pics of the finished product. I am really happy as to how it came out. I feel it's a hell of a lot stronger than stock and should eliminate the cracked frame problem. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
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    Here are the full set of pics. /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif
    Full set of pics
     
  2. smokkey1

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    Re: Started the steering box reinforcement.

    looks good
     
  3. TopOff

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    Re: Started the steering box reinforcement.

    Are you boxing the inside?

    What about the outside?

    Looks EXCELLENT!
     
  4. 4xcrazy

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    Re: Started the steering box reinforcement.

    [ QUOTE ]
    Are you boxing the inside?

    What about the outside?

    Looks EXCELLENT!

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    OUTSIDE??? Outside of what??? /forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif /forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif
    It's not an I-Beam... /forums/images/graemlins/tongue.gif
     
  5. rjfguitar

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    Re: Started the steering box reinforcement.

    Looks very good, I like your work. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif Are you going to need longer bolts now that hold on the box?
     
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    Re: Started the steering box reinforcement.

    hmm add to favorits list'



    really need to beef mine up to, the 38's were hell on my frame, I have a c-channel in my c-channel frame /forums/images/graemlins/eek.gif
     
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    Re: Started the steering box reinforcement.

    It looks like he is boxing the frame. I thought the problem with the frame is the thickness and brittleness of the frame metal.

    The kit I got from Rough Country many years ago, welds their plate to the outsie of the frame. This in essence makes the frame thicker and stronger.

    I suppose boxing it does the same thing. It puts the strnegth into a box, instead of a single plate.
     
  8. 85m1009

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    Re: Started the steering box reinforcement.

    Good start! why not go all the way
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  9. 4xcrazy

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    Re: Started the steering box reinforcement.

    I want to know where you got that electric fan kit??? and what it costs? /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif /forums/images/graemlins/thinking.gif
     
  10. camok5

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    Re: Started the steering box reinforcement.

    Looks alot like my fan set up from flex-a-lite. Mine cost me $500 for a dual fan and a adjustable thermo control box.
     
  11. Esteban86K5

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    Re: Started the steering box reinforcement.

    I am boxing in the frame which will take away the stress off the single side and distribute it to 2 side. I am drilling the old mounting holes to 3/4inch then welding in a 3/4" .120 wall tubing on both side. This will make both the outer frame and the new plate one STRONG piece.

    I did need to get longer bolts. I now have 2 at 3 1/2 and 2 at 4" I should be done with it by tomorrow so I'll be posting more pics.

    And Steve, the crossmember seemed to be stong enough as it is so I just decided to strengthen the weak spot only. /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif
     
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    Re: Started the steering box reinforcement.

    That is a BlackMagic M150 Flex-A-Lite fan, well at least it looks identical to mine and that is what I have. Do a search in google you'll find it /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
    The are 2800cfm too /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif
    EDIT>>.Opps that is not the M150 I didn't see both of them at first!M150 is only ONE fan /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif /forums/images/graemlins/deal.gif /forums/images/graemlins/doah.gif That is a FlexAlite though....

    Edit #2 it might be Two M150s???? They do have seporate shrouds????
    Lets here it Frizzzbeeee? /forums/images/graemlins/ears.gif
     
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    Re: Started the steering box reinforcement.

    [ QUOTE ]
    That is a BlackMagic M150 Flex-A-Lite fan, well at least it looks identical to mine and that is what I have. Do a search in google you'll find it /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
    The are 2800cfm too /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif
    EDIT>>.Opps that is not the M150 I didn't see both of them at first!M150 is only ONE fan /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif /forums/images/graemlins/deal.gif /forums/images/graemlins/doah.gif That is a FlexAlite though....

    Edit #2 it might be Two M150s???? They do have seporate shrouds????
    Lets here it Frizzzbeeee? /forums/images/graemlins/ears.gif

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    so theeeen that would make it a m300 then,,,right? /forums/images/graemlins/tongue.gif
     
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    Re: Started the steering box reinforcement.

    The stock crossmember is plenty strong, I added the 2 x 4 tubing and boxed both frame rails since it was accessable with the engine out. I am also planning on using the crossmember as a partial support of the new hidden winch mount bumper in the works. As far as the fans, they came with the truck. I think they are flexalite fans though I am unsure of the model. They do work extremely well almost too well. My 10:1 383 runs about 150-160 degrees in the hottest weather with the a/c on. This time of year it barely breaks 120 and I have not even heard the fans turn on for several days due to the cold.
     
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    Re: Started the steering box reinforcement.

    Wow. /forums/images/graemlins/ooo.gif

    Awesome. /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif

    I suppose I should do the same thing. /forums/images/graemlins/1zhelp.gif

    I guess I never heard of boxing the frame at the steering box.
     
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    Re: Started the steering box reinforcement.

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    They do work extremely well almost too well. My 10:1 383 runs about 150-160 degrees in the hottest weather with the a/c on. This time of year it barely breaks 120 and I have not even heard the fans turn on for several days due to the cold.

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    Sounds to me like you need to check out that thermostat then, try runnin the 195 in the winter and 180 in the summer, always worked for me in my old car. Oh well, i like those fans, going to have to see if i can find some. /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif
     
  17. Esteban86K5

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    new pics up top. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    You do know that you should "fish mouth" it where it ends to keep from having a bad stress concentration....

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    [ QUOTE ]
    You do know that you should "fish mouth" it where it ends to keep from having a bad stress concentration....

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    Monday morning Quarterback /forums/images/graemlins/doah.gif

    Looks good Esteban.
     
  20. Esteban86K5

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    Do you mean like this?
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