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Old 3rd-April-2012, 09:22 AM   #16
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Front crossmember

Engineering on the fly,

I purchased the TCI four bar set up. But after looking at it I realized I could not fit the tire I wanted. So the front crossmember (transmission) will be TCI's If you are talking about the crossmember for the rear I will use TCI's four bar but I will have to modify it. Have not gotten to that point yet, but I will post pics when I do.
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Old 3rd-April-2012, 01:18 PM   #17
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Did you worry about the body flexing when you removed the framerails while on the rotisserie? What extra steps did you take?
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Old 3rd-April-2012, 07:54 PM   #18
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Body flexing

I measured (marked) the body with a laser level in several spots before I cut out the frame rails. Also before I weld in the crossmember (4 bar) I will rotate the car to the flat position and take measurements from the floor.

I also have been using a digital level in several spots making sure the body has not flexed during the process.

Also I welded a piece of angle iron ( temporarily) to the body all the way across the tail panel, then welded this angle to the rotisserie mounts.
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Old 16th-April-2012, 06:42 PM   #19
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Following this one closely.

Any progress updates?

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Progress

Sorry guys my Mom has been very sick for the past month and passed away last week. Missed a lot of time at work. As soon as I get caught up at work I will get back on it.

I have started modifying the TCI rear crossmember, I will post pics of this tomorrow.
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Old 16th-April-2012, 09:53 PM   #21
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Very sorry to hear about your Mom. Out thoughts are with you and your family.
Those rails look awesome!
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Old 15th-October-2012, 09:46 PM   #22
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Comeback

As I posted earlier this year I lost my Mom and then shortly after I lost my Father in law to a brain tumer.
Well the weather has cooled off. I will be back at it real soon.
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looking good. I ended up doing the same thing, except I removed all the interior sheet metal. The rails are nice quality and a lot better than the stock ones. Right now I am getting a fabricated 9" built from a local chassis guy.
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Old 16th-October-2012, 10:18 AM   #24
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I havent decided whether or not to cut out the trunk floor. The 325s I'm using require mods to the TCI 4 link too. Do I build rails off the existing front 4 bar mount or toss the whole thing and just do a regular back half....either way I want to have it done by spring.

Sorry to hear about the family, some work on the Ol' Chevy II should take your mind off things

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Trunk floor

Yeah I have decided to replace the trunk floor. Considering the rust I have and by the time I fit it to the frame rails it will look much better with new sheet metal.
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How is this one coming along?

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Old 7th-December-2012, 10:54 PM   #27
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More setbacks

Work has consumed all of my time lately. I have a severe itch to get back on this project, but the timing is just wrong. I hoped to get Christmas week off, but that will not happen.

I will keep you guys posted.
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A little progress

Removed the passenger side today


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New rail & no rail

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Old 22nd-January-2013, 12:25 AM   #30
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No fair doing that on a rotisserie! You are supposed to be on your back getting crap in your eyes and having the blood run out of your arms....
Really, looking good. Looks like your lower sheet metal is in good shape, gotta make it easier. Keep it up and us up to date.
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