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Tube and tilt front end? Anyone done it?

Discussion in 'Center Of Gravity' started by sled_dog, Dec 7, 2003.

  1. sled_dog

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    Alright now that I have the core support and fenders off I don't forsee any of it going back on ever. Now that I've got ti all stripped down all I can envision is running a tube front end with factory hood on top and have it all tilt forward for easy work. So basically I'm giving up on the factory fenders, won't look as good but oh well. Anyone done this on a K5 or have pics of one?
     
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    i did it on mine (dont have a hood on it yet, but i will graft it on.)---i have pictures of it on the post below. I just mounted bushings at the front window and on top of the spring mount by the radiator. right now it has bolt going through, but i will replace the ones by the window w/ pins
     
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    image station is down so you cant see the pics--if you want some right now or if you havn't seen them i can email some to you
     
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    I'll wait to see not urgent. I think I've seen it.
     
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    why not make the front fenders removable? Thats what we did to my friends truck. bent some tube up for the core support and 4 bolts per fender and his front clip is off. HE also has no hood so he can see when his truck catches on fire. /forums/images/graemlins/eek.gif /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif
     
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    I want to lower the hoodline as well so I have better vision. I can't envision how to tie the fenders in with the lowered hoodline.
     
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    get rid of the hood.
     
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    screw it I will just roll the body off and sit on the damn frame. wear some goggles to keep the mud out of my eyes.
     
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    yeahh now thats what im talkin about
     
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    Now that the front and back ends are gone i seriouslly look at whats left and think about just unbolting it and rolling it right off and never looking back. Its hard to fight the idea but I know how much work would be involved then and I'm not going there yet.
     
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    Well if your going to get rid of the body why did you cut the tub up? Finish what you started and get the body work done.
     
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    yeah theres no way I'm getting rid of the tub its just hard to keep from it /forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif. I am definetally going to finish it and won't regret it I'm sure.
     
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    mockup drawing of the new hood to be. Red lines are the hood, black line is the stinger front bumper where the hood will rest when tilted forward. I unscientifically(with paint) drew an imaginary line so the stinger will be long enough that in case of a roll the truck will rest on the roof/interior cage and the stinger and not on my motor.
     
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    mockup drawing of the new hood to be. Red lines are the hood, black line is the stinger front bumper where the hood will rest when tilted forward. I unscientifically(with paint) drew an imaginary line so the stinger will be long enough that in case of a roll the truck will rest on the roof/interior cage and the stinger and not on my motor.

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    Where you gonna put your radiator? /forums/images/graemlins/thinking.gif
     
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    in the back...
     
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    in the back...

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    you gonna the coolant thru tubing or rubber hose?If tubing what type?
    I assume with electric fan or fans?
     
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    yeah dual electric fans likely, probably go with a 4 core rad and pipe, i think we have some old wellpipe in my metal supply shop(aka outside beside my garage).
     

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