Discussion in 'Builds and Fabricators Forum' started by Fly Navy, Feb 11, 2015.
Love this build.
Thanks, your too kind. I consider that high praise after watching your build!
Waiting for parts so I can finish the drive shaft for the PTO... So I figured I would figure out the skid plate mounting. But as luck would have it I realized that having the front driveline installed would help me insure I had clearance/positioning for the skid plate correct, so I set about to shorten the front driveline.
I don't have a lathe (maybe someday) to cut the yoke off so I had to make due with a cut off wheel on the grinder and an extra dose of patience (just like Dad and I used to shorten them, all the good ole' days ). Overall the operation went well, considering it was something I hadn't done since high school, and the patient survived. I did fail to check run-out before I cut the yoke off for comparison purposes, but after all was said and done run-out on the yoke was 10 thou which I consider perfectly acceptable for a front driveline. (I read online that the acceptable run-out for the rear driveline on newer chevy trucks is 20 thou so I figure I'm more than good) The rear will be professionally done.
Turning my attention back to the skid plate I decided it would be a good idea to wait until the PTO shaft was in place as well... So back to waiting on parts, I decided to start making card board templates for boxing the frame.
Are the circles on the template for holes? And possibly dimple dies?
When I get to that point on mine, I'm really in the fence about which direction to go. The holes and dimples look cool and add rigidity, but I worry about being one mud hole away from there being a clogged up mess inside the frame. Any concerns?
Yep, dimple dies are the plan.
I'm not overly concerned about mud. I really don't plan on burying the jeep in mud... not that what I plan ever really matches reality. But it has been my experience that mud and dirt are going to find their way into the frame no matter what. Without holes there is no hope of getting it out, with holes I can wash out the muck with a pressure washer.
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