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  • #16

    Re: Yard Sale Valiant

    Great Project! Keep it up and keep us in the loop.

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    • #17

      Re: Yard Sale Valiant

      Excellent project! I did a similar build for my bro and was it was a real sleeper, too. At that point my niece was still a toddler (she's now a Mom herself) so the car seat only added to the illusion.

      Dan

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      • #18

        Re: Yard Sale Valiant

        Down and dirty update. Once I had everything slid under and bolted up I was able to set it all on the ground and measure the pinion angle, very glad I wait to burn them in. It was 14 down...dont know how I messed that up. Anyway, cut the tacks and rotated it up. It took a few attempts but landed on 4 down. Tacked them and pulled it for welding. I was not able to use the explorer lower spring plates because of the way the shocks were mounted. I ordered up a set from an offroad shop and called it good. At this point we were back in the car and bolted up. Needed driveshaft and brakes. I almost just called the driveshaft shop to come and measure one up and be done with it, but my budget said not so fast. I ended up back in the junk yard with a tape. After crawling under every car with an 8.8 I left with an aluminum shaft the measured just a little long. It think it was about 50 9/16 cl-cl.
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        • #19

          Re: Yard Sale Valiant

          I got it all home and started seeing how bad it fit... I was pleased to find that using my eyeball method of lining up slip yoke and driveshaft I had exactly 1" of pullout with weight on wheels. Seemed close enough for this bucket. I ordered up a conversion ujoint and slammed it all together. So, all said I have 7/8" of slip yoke pullout on all 4 wheels. I would like a little more but I'll see how this works out.
          Also ended up with stiffer leaf springs from a 340 car that I put new poly bushings in. They were the same leaf count as my original ones. I ended up standing on each set and had my son measure the deflection with a tape. The originals dropped approx 2" with my body weight, the 340 were at 1"... I have no idea how that works out as far as spring rates but I know the 340 have more ( and they were $40) so they are in the car.
          Brakes were the next one.
          Last edited by GEARHED73; September 29th, 2019, 04:36 PM.

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