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Old 09-16-2012, 12:14 PM
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Got the hole in the housing fixed. I had washed the area with a lot of dish soap to remove the 90wt. Then as I used my Dremel tool to prep the area for welding it was apparent that a number of hairline cracks were traveling along the OEM welds. I think the vibration of the Dremel really helped to identify the cracks. The dust filled in the cracks. So I drilled a number of holes where the cracks appeared to end. Then filled them with the welder in addition to the original hole.
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Old 09-16-2012, 02:24 PM
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Well done.
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Old 09-16-2012, 06:22 PM
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Hanger cleaned up and tacked into place. I could have burned it in all the way but I want to use the caster plates to make sure everything is aligned properly. So I'll be calling Christo early tomorrow for a set among other things.

Its coming along slow but I got a major honey do item done today, removal of the broken hot tub off the deck. Happy is a good thing. Next weekend finish the and gusset the knuckle balls. Drop of the front diff this week for the gears set up professionally. Then maybe I'll be in the reassemble mode on the front end.

Then only thing left is the rear axle PM and gear set up. Might actually have this back on the road by Oct.
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Old 09-16-2012, 08:05 PM
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Weld done.
Fixed it
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Old 09-16-2012, 11:21 PM
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Way to get after it, looking good Corbet.
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Old 09-26-2012, 06:13 PM
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Progress report. I didn't take many pictures this past weekend while welding on the broken hanger and Slee Caster Plates. I welded the plates inside and out and added a larger than OEM gusset to the top of the rear portion of the radius arm hanger (where it broke). Did some additional welding to the driver's side too. Landtank heavy duty sway bar hangers installed. Not real pretty as my east coast cruiser had some undercoating applied probably by the dealer. Hard to get cleaned up real good. Pics: finished housing rattle canned and ready for re-assembly. Picked up the 3rd member from the shop today with the new 4.88's installed.
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Old 10-27-2012, 01:59 PM
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Finally got a break from work this week and some progress on the truck. Starting another business sure is time consuming.

Pulled the rear diff and dropped it off in town for the gear install on Thursday.

Today I made some front bump stop drops. The only 1" drops I could find commercially were from Man-A-Fre and out of stock. Overpriced anyway. So for $15 in materials I have a set of HDPE bump stops made from a cheap cutting board (Wal-Mart) and some new grade 10.9 hardware. A 3" hole saw is all you need. I went with green because I could.

Hopefully this will keep the 315's from rubbing. And leave some additional space for the winter chains.
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Old 10-27-2012, 02:02 PM
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Then I got the housing back in with some preowned 30mm spacers donated to the cause by my neighbor. Colorful set up I know

Bridger has a friend's birthday party to attend so work is done for today.
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Old 10-27-2012, 11:27 PM
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Nice! Cutting board is to 2010s as hockey pucks were to 1980s.
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Old 11-04-2012, 06:28 PM
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It lives...

Finally got it out of the garage today. I ran out of gear oil so I still can't drive it but at lease it pulled out of the garage under its own power. I filled the rear diff about half full before the bucket went dry. So in addition to the front axle housing repair I was able to complete the following:

Nitro 4.88 gear sets
30mm spacers at all 4 corners
dropped both sway bars, front Slee spacers, rear LandTank
New front radius arm bushings
Front and rear axle over hauls
Slee caster plates.

Still need to install the LandTank rear LCA's and Adjustable Panhards (backorder from IronMan) But after I can get some 90w Redline gear oil delivered to Durango I can put it back into DD service.
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