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 Post subject: Re: New Hauler!
Post Number:#51  PostPosted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 9:22 pm 
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Leave it to MK to.never take the easy way out.


You know how hard it is to find a short bed dentside? A long wheelbase would be cool if it would only be cruising on flat ground but losing 16" should make a difference in rougher terrain. Plus this one's already paid for haha.


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Post Number:#52  PostPosted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 9:26 pm 
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Do you ever finish any of your automotive projects? haha One of my best friends is like this, drives me nuts! Starts something very cool, gets it nearly to the good part, then starts another one...haha


Yup, I finished the Marauder. And the Chevy isn't finished but its a driver/project.

Drives my wife nuts too, she doesn't understand it. The way I am, I like the option of working on something until I get tired of it, then move onto another for a bit. I always come back around to the first one, but its nice to take a break. It allows me to not stress about things if they aren't going well, and I usually come back to it with a solution.


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 Post subject: Re: New Hauler!
Post Number:#53  PostPosted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 9:35 pm 
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Not judging, I was just curious...haha I am polar opposite as that. It would drive me nuts. Me and my buddy that's like you have been like brothers since the 6th grade. We'll help each other on projects, but know to not take on full projects together...haha


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Post Number:#54  PostPosted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 10:31 pm 
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Well I have a buddy with a 49 Ford that he's had since he was a kid and the only work that's been done to it is what I've done (so its got a long way to go). He's my co-driver on this project and donated his 74 F150 to the cause for parts. But we both have kids and not much free time. That's why I'm giving myself til 2020 to get this one done.


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Post Number:#55  PostPosted: Wed Feb 14, 2018 11:44 pm 
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Started putting the box back together today, cleaning up the front panel took most of my day. Hoping to finish it tomorrow, then move onto cutting the frame. Was struggling with the welder today, lots of shitty tacks.

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Post Number:#56  PostPosted: Thu Feb 15, 2018 12:18 am 
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Post Number:#57  PostPosted: Thu Feb 15, 2018 1:20 am 
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Definitely!!


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Post Number:#58  PostPosted: Thu Feb 15, 2018 5:24 am 
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Nice work!



I don’t think Ford ever made short bed regular cab F250’s and up.

Nope, I forgot somewhere around 78-79, they made a f250 rcsb 4x4 with coil sprung frontend trucks. Pretty rare trucks


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Post Number:#59  PostPosted: Sat Feb 17, 2018 1:40 am 
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Got my new tires today, a little wide for the rims but I'll source out some new ones. In the meantime I can roll it around and do my fender/suspension work.

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Then I cut my frame. I had to pinch/spread the rails 1.5" due to the taper and the 16" I was shortening it. I could have pulled the cab off, put the frame on my welding table, etc. But I wanted it done today, so I just hacked it off. I had thought about stepping my cut to give more area to re-weld, but that would have taken waaaaaay longer.

Two floor jacks and a couple minutes later:

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I left the front section long and trimmed the top and bottom off so it would fit inside the rear when I slid it forward. Hacky, yes. But I'm hoping its better than a simple butt joint welded together. I'll fish plate it and maybe run some bolts through for insurance.

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Shortened up and welded back together now. Not finished, I wanted to make sure everything was straight before getting too carried away.

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I threw the box back on to see if I got it right. Nope. A little off as you can see from the way the beltline isn't straight. Its a little bit of my setup being off, and a little distortion in my camera. Its not as bad as it looks.

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I'll adjust it before I finish weld things.

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Post Number:#60  PostPosted: Sat Feb 17, 2018 1:56 am 
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That's going to look great MK!


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Post Number:#61  PostPosted: Sat Feb 17, 2018 9:34 am 
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Gonna be very cool! I like it a lot!

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Post Number:#63  PostPosted: Sat Feb 17, 2018 9:59 am 
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I've been thinking about my cage. I'm thinking cab cage fully welded in, and bed section that bolts to mounts both at the frame and to the back of the cab (to tie the two together). Then engine bay cage bolts to cab cage in similar fashion. Bed and engine cage would be removable.


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Post Number:#64  PostPosted: Sat Feb 17, 2018 2:07 pm 
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I dig it!


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 Post subject: Re: New Hauler!
Post Number:#65  PostPosted: Sat Feb 17, 2018 3:14 pm 
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I dig it!

I wanted it low and long but like he said, if it was for flat ground that would be ok. This will still be cool regardless in its own right.

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