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  • I have the high-steer bits coming in the next day or so - that will tell me how much room I have between the steering cross bar and the axle housing... I've also thought about putting the panhard bar to the top of the differential - the problem, though, is if you have a shorter panhard bar than the steering cross bar the axle will move side-to-side as it flexes at a different rate between the two bars.... the best practice is to have the same length steering cross shaft and panhard bar.... then no bump steering
    Doing it all wrong since 1966


    • setting the pinion angle

      so an annoyance of where I got the brackets - these brackets are not for the heim joints... no big deal to narrow it, but if you sell a "kit", you should make sure all the parts work together.
      with that said, the thinner the better as you will soon see

      driveshaft lines up

      and there's a hole for the upper arm

      high steer coming soon

      and the brackets

      so I could use regular coil springs, but it'd be tight

      ​and there's why it'd be tight,
      Doing it all wrong since 1966


      • continued

        I think I'm going to use coil overs rather than these the rear, I need the progressive spring, in the front - not really but I do need the room. Plus, when it comes time to sell this, coil-overs look more professional and goes with the high-end theme.
        Doing it all wrong since 1966


        • onward and ever upward
          links are so much easier with tape

          round 1

          driveshaft clearance

          and there it is... it would clear, barely.... I don't like barely
          so I'll use these

          and modify the triangulation so that it only goes to the frame rails

          Last edited by SuperBuickGuy; March 12, 2015, 08:51 PM.
          Doing it all wrong since 1966


          • more impediments to progress

            so here's where I started

            and a really dark picture of where I ended

            the forward part of the cross member is permanent

            to remind, along with its issue

            I don't like that this FJ40 frame has only 2 permanent cross member - thus the decision to make the forward link mount permanent - it also should help if I need to do remove the transmission (but it will be a pain for the bellhousing as it sits)
            there are some plans, though
            1) the driveshaft won't have to be rubber, but it will, likely be two piece
            2) I'm going back to the original mounts, cut in half like I did with the rear
            3) the way this all goes together, it shouldn't be too hard to work on it - there will be a 3/8" skid plate under the transmission and transfer case, but once it's removed - everything can come out the bottom
            4) the transmission bellhousing... is probably going to change to an open under side since it will be protected by the skid plate that's going to protect the oil pan... I'm also going to use a hydraulic throwout bearing so I have room to run the upper link. I'm also going to change to the 2wd oil filter so I get some room there as well....

            thanks for reading.
            Doing it all wrong since 1966


            • Always a pleasure to follow some well-thought-out progress


              • hmmm.... it's more of a general endpoint with many turns along the way....
                Doing it all wrong since 1966


                • still trial fitting
                  transmission mount is better

                  round 2

                  round 3

                  still not sure that's what it's going to look like when it is done... at this juncture, it'll need a carrier bearing for the front driveshaft right at the passenger side link mount... not a death blow, but certainly not optimal either.
                  Doing it all wrong since 1966


                  • and I've decided I'm overthinking this - this stuff is stupid easy, and I'm making it way too complex... tomorrow, I'll cut all that back off and do plan a or was that plan b? screw it... the other brackets are going to be used
                    Doing it all wrong since 1966


                    • I'm so glad I didn't remove the spring mounts (yet)... they are the perfect "measure from" point

                      so here's 1a

                      of course, I ran out of wire, but as the migraine is medicated - pushing it too much is a classic way to make for a miserable week... I had to go to the welding shop anyway to pick up the last hose for my cooling system - which I will really need when TIG welding the arms.. so now I have two reasons... I love it when a plan comes together
                      Doing it all wrong since 1966


                      • tonight's work
                        true to form, some assembly is required - these are either end of the panhard bar

                        time to make the axle end point at the frame end

                        ends welded on

                        while waiting for that to cool down... time to make some room

                        I'm thinking of using this bellhousing instead... dunno yet - I'm going with a hydraulic throwout to gain some needed room (as you'll see in a bit)

                        panhard bracket

                        lots of trimming to come

                        check out where the upper bar landed

                        I guess Pirate was right... look at this train wreck

                        Doing it all wrong since 1966


                        • Boogety, boogety, boogety........lead me to the closest slippery pine-needle covered trail counselor! That is awesome!

                          Did I mention you are causing my jeepitus to flare up again?
                          Of all the paths you take in life - make sure a few of them are dirt.


                          • Jeepitus? I'd just as soon get 4.3 S10 and go SFA.
                            Stew K.

                            2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer LS 4x4 4.2 L6 Stock DD
                            1992 Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser Adopt-A-Whale
                            1988 Chevrolet R30 Custom Deluxe L05 3L80 C&C
                            1974 Chevrolet Corvette 350/TH400 (Garage Art)


                            • started here tonight

                              decided to forego the bracket and do something a bit more simple

                              so I'll put the bolt that will eventually go through here (I don't have a 6" bolt tonight) into shear by welding a bracket to the outside of this johnny joint

                              ​eventually I'll put this into shear - but I didn't have a 5/8 6" bolt tonight so here it rests... the oil filter will keep it snuggly in place

                              it looks like everything will clear fine - but I won't know for sure until the panhard bar is in place... which is the next step

                              Doing it all wrong since 1966


                              • Remote mount filter? Keep the lifeblood in the crankcase where it belongs....