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Smithy's Suburban
11-02-2013, 12:26 PM
Post: #11
RE: Smithy's Suburban
(11-01-2013 08:41 PM)AlvarezMetalWorks Wrote:  You work fast!

I tried to have as much done as possible before disabling the truck. The goal was to get it moveable as quickly as possible, I did everything at work and didn't want to tie up a bay any longer than necessary. It took about 2 days to pull the ifs, swap in the 60, and flip the shackles. Another day for steering and brakes.

(11-02-2013 10:41 AM)Miller88 Wrote:  Wow! Nice build. Are the bolt patterns the same between the two? Hub vs Lug centric?

Both are 8 on 6.5", '97 was the last year before Ford switched to a metric bolt pattern. Both axles are hub centric, and the Ford front is slightly larger, which is why I used the Ford wheels up front. The Chevys can be machined to fit, but I dont plan on using them much longer. Its a little extra motivation to get the h1 wheels done, which are lug centric.

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Time for the brakes. I'm not a fan of ABS so I got rid of it.

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Since I'm keeping the rear drums for now I plumbed in a proportioning valve from a Chevelle. I replaced all the tubing from the master cylinder out with cupro/nickel. Great stuff! I will never have to worry about rusty lines ever again.

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Front caliper hoses are for a late 70s F150 2wd, swapped side to side and flipped over.

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Front center hose is a rear for a Dodge W20

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Mounting tab welded to the frame

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Rear hose if for an 06 Chevy 3500, flipped forward and relocated to the center of the axle

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Everything has plenty of slack at fill droop and is in no danger of kinking at full compression.

Aligned up and ready for a test drive!

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11-02-2013, 01:18 PM
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RE: Smithy's Suburban
Awesome build thread! Again thank you!

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11-02-2013, 04:17 PM
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(11-02-2013 01:18 PM)AlvarezMetalWorks Wrote:  Awesome build thread! Again thank you!

Thanks! Its been fun so far.

Took the Suburban out for a ride around the block, it was kind of like driving a waterbed, lol. No shocks yet, so I was expecting a lot of bounce. , but it felt washy. Pulled back in the shop and found the front springs had de arched after a mile or so of street driving.

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Plan B. I pulled apart the used Rough Country Packs, cleaned out the rust, sprayed everything with Fluid Film and reassembled.

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Installed, and drove the truck again. Much better, no wobbles, like it should be.

And no sagging

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11-02-2013, 04:24 PM
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What do those springs look like at full drop? How about shackle position at ride height?

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11-02-2013, 04:41 PM
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Will take a few pictures when I measure for shocks. Hopefully the beginning of next week. The truck is sort of drivable, so progress will slow down a bit. At full droop the shackles are sightly past perpendicular, but not far enough to cam lock.

Actually now that I look at the pictures, the front shackles are at about the same angle as the rears, at ride height.

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11-02-2013, 10:46 PM
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yeah I know huh. He's made us all look like we're lazy lol.

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11-03-2013, 11:26 AM
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LOL, there is still plenty of work to do. Its not even 4 wheel drive yet.

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11-04-2013, 05:54 AM
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Wow great job, I wilk be starting my jeep this winter and I hooe I can go this fast.
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11-04-2013, 12:42 PM
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(11-04-2013 05:54 AM)Pat_R Wrote:  Wow great job, I wilk be starting my jeep this winter and I hooe I can go this fast.

Thanks

Well the truck isn't all that flexy, lol, or I need to find a better spot. Looks like I'm pulling a leaf or two.

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Also the front shackle looks a little too close to perpendicular. Measurements are good as per the instructions. I emailed Chris @ ORD, will wait and see what he says.

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11-04-2013, 08:29 PM
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RE: Smithy's Suburban
OK, heard back from ORD, he says to leave everything alone. So I will take the experts advise.

In the meantime I swapped out the auto-shift 246

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For a 241. Wired in the VSS, and started to remove all the extra wires, module and switch.

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