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Post by penski61 on Thu Oct 22, 2015 12:49 am

figured i might as well as put this up , while im waiting to figure out what im doing with the town wagon body for body work and paint i picked up a complete 59 truck however i wanted to go 4wd with this one . i started out by trying to use a jeep frame but that went no where so i eventually came upon  64 powerwagon frame . the 44 up front and shot so i pulled that out in favor for a dodge ball joint 60 that i cut and rotated c's and well as changing out the c's so the ball joints are on the knuckle not the c. rest of the parts should be in this week to put that all together . Decided there was too much flex in the frame ( may put a cummins in) didn't want it twisting a lot so plated the frame and made new body mounts from scratch










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Post by rich on Wed Oct 28, 2015 11:20 am

This should be a fun build.

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Post by penski61 on Sun Nov 08, 2015 1:30 am


once i got the body on and axle back under the the truck found out the leaf springs pushed the axle too far forward to work with the fenders , went back to the jy and pulled upper coil buckets off an 07 superduty and grabbed a sterling 10.25 out of an F250
and thats where im at today getting these installed
drilled out new holes in the mounts which gave me 3 positions with a little over 2" in adjustment




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Post by penski61 on Sun Jan 03, 2016 10:20 pm

more progress , pulled a nissan steering box at the junkyard and may end up pulling a grand cherokee box as well so i can swap the sector shaft and possibly the input so i can run a different pitman arm . If everything goes as planned ill have a 12v cummins with 149k on it tomorrow afternoon then i can start on the engine mounts and cradle



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Post by penski61 on Sun Jan 03, 2016 10:21 pm



more progress .. got the upper link mounts done , got a set of new coils
and picked up a trans and t-case . still need to get the pan hard bar axle mount done and drag link mount then i can move onto cross member for trans . also got the town wagon body off the lowered frame and truck body put on



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Post by penski61 on Sun Jan 03, 2016 10:22 pm

Steering and pan hard done. Transmission mount and frame re enforcement done . now need to make the last of the body mounts , cut out some of the rear frame and weld new stuff back in and figure out where to put a gas tank





well thought i had enough room without having to cut into the firewall but body still needed to go forward about 1-1/2"

body will still come down about 1-1/2"

roughly about where it will sit , 31's are definitely not gonna work haha


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Post by penski61 on Sun Jan 03, 2016 10:22 pm

got the firewall and trans tunnel pretty much wrapped up just need to trim the excess


here is version 2 of the auto shifter i modified , started out as a montero sport auto shifter like the one in the pic
. pulled the handle off which left a nice piece of round tubing to work with and the threaded rod for the button to shift thru the gate . removed the threaded rod and installed new longer piece along with longer tubing, got some 3/8 rod then threaded it for the shift knob and drilled a hole out for the smaller threaded rod to go thru for the push button . for the trans shifter i tore it down to the bushing , welded on longer piece of tubing then hammered in the 3/8 rod and tapped it for the knob


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Post by penski61 on Sun Jan 03, 2016 10:23 pm

took the body back off so it would be easier to make new cross members and get the fuel cell mounted . cut one of the stock cross members out and one of the ones i made to make room for the fuel cell , its tight but fuel cell drops pretty easy . did it this way so the cell is close to stock gas tank location which will allow me to use the stock filler
next up is cutting the frame horns off in the back that are mangled and replacing them then possibly install a spare tire carrier



now time to figure out how to stuff the radiator , intercooler and ac condenser in there


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Post by penski61 on Sun Jan 03, 2016 10:24 pm

got the core support blasted then was able to open it up enough to fit dual volvo e fans since the oem mechanical fan wasn't really lining up

pretty decent clearance

got radiator, ac condenser,intercooler and trans cooler on their way , so while im waiting for that moved onto the hydroboost . hydroboost is from a superduty because the hydroboost from a dodge was too long and would have hit . made and adapter plate/stiffner for the booster to bolt to but found out that the oem mounting plate behind the booster is at an angle so it put the mc at about 75 degree angle downward , luckily there is a large nut and snap ring that holds it in place . took it all apart and made up a new plate and worked out pretty good . may end up heating the brake to bend it over to the left a little to make more room for gas pedal


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