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 Posted: Wed Sep 5th, 2018 03:44 am
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I am a bit jaded about Valdosta. I was there in the early 80's as a college student when the female to male ratio was 6:1. I was destined for failure being the horny SOB that I was.

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Tsquare wrote:
I am a bit jaded about Valdosta. I was there in the early 80's as a college student when the female to male ratio was 6:1. I was destined for failure being the horny SOB that I was.
lol.. well in my defense when I was a young man, the chances of you catching an STD were like 1:40 and in today's world that far closer to 1:4 and I am "Deathly" allergic to Penicillin and the mental precurser has been mostly LTR's. Getting women was never an issue, getting RID of them becomes an issue.

It's also why I date young, a little drama can be tolerable if not a bit interesting at times.. Being some older THOT's idea of a 401K plan when she brings nothing to the table but her bodily assets in exchange for half+ my lifes work/gain is a no fly zone for me anymore.

Married once, only thing worth the trouble was my 3 boys. I may do it once more under careful scrutiny and if she is willing and capable of building that life with me. Marriage isn't a career challenge I'm into. My father was married 5 times.. NO THANKS

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Today was pretty productive and exciting day for the 94' Donor truck 4x4 frame. Yep.. finally got that Mutha@&$%#! off the frame so I can strip it down to basic frame for the media blasting shop before I start welding it in for boxing the frame in, hard facing it, and modding it for my needs.





Although, seeing this does make me wanna build a driveway grader low rider version.. lol




Maybe not right now tho.. ha!



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I will certainly be making up for the last 3 weeks of dragging feet and or not meeting certain portions of my goals this week and next that is for sure. Trying to make best use of all my daylight as I can. Its already getting darker closer to 1930hrs which in Vegas time means I lost an hour of daylight already at the end of the day for the season as it changes to cooler temps which will help.

So as I summarized this afternoon as to what the loose itinerary will be. I am going to be doing the following:
  • Digitally document every inch of the frame as is first. Left, right, inside and out and from above and catalog every bolt, nut, bracket, hole used or not used, harness routing, brake lines, fuel lines, everything as it is done for both reference and documentation purposes.
  • Pull the fuel tank
  • Pull driveshaft
  • Pull whats left of the exhaust
  • Pull body and supplement harnesses
  • Pull brake lines and E Brake cable
  • Remove spare tire mount and brackets
  • Remove rear axle and figure out what gear it may be and if it could be open or LSD equipped
  • Remove rear leaf springs
  • Remove front & rear sway bars
  • Remove front TTB as complete left & right units
  • Remove radius arms
  • Removal of all unnecessary items, brackets, OEM silencing materials (bed area / 4 patches of goo on frame rail)


From there I'll see whats left and if i had missed anything that just didn't come to mind mentally just yet or anything obscure.

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Today after a Saturday morning meeting of the minds, I was able to make use of the big giant heat lamp in the sky and took 38 pics of every inch of the frame in/out, above, as well making mental notes of orientation of details on the frame.

Was also able to do the following at least too:
  • Removed fuel tank
  • Removed body wiring harness
  • Removed cat-back factory exhaust
  • Removed fuel lines with exception of the forward bolt.
  • Removed driveshaft from rear axle
  • Removed remaining rear shock
  • Started removing forward brake lines while inspecting them

Hopefully get a chance to get in it tomorrow again too. So until then...



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 Posted: Sun Sep 9th, 2018 11:31 pm
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Still need to remove the guard plate at the front before the fuel filter.








Also, aside from the obvious plastic push pins. I seem to be lost in the proper removal of the OEM wheel well guards/lips. Any advice on their removal?

Last edited on Sun Sep 9th, 2018 11:44 pm by Undrstm8ed



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Whats been done so far [Highlighted]:
  • Digitally document every inch of the frame. Left, right, inside and out and from above and catalog every bolt, nut, bracket, hole used or not used, harness routing, brake lines, fuel lines, everything as it is done for both reference and documentation purposes.
  • Pull the fuel tank
  • Pull driveshaft
  • Pull whats left of the exhaust
  • Pull body and supplement harnesses
  • Pull brake lines and E Brake cable
  • Remove spare tire mount and brackets
  • Remove rear axle and figure out what gear it may be and if it could be open or LSD equipped
  • Remove rear leaf springs
  • Remove front & rear sway bars
  • Remove front TTB as complete left & right units
  • Remove radius arms
  • Removal of all unnecessary items, brackets, OEM silencing materials (bed area / 4 patches of goo on frame rail)



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"The slave is held most securely when he is held by the chains of his own will and of his own fears, and when he is locked down by his own slavish desires for a comfortable life." - Michael Bunker

"Mundus vult decipi, ergo decipiatur. Mundus vult decipi, ergo decipiatur" - ~ attributed to Petronius (Gaius Petronius Arbiter (ca. 27–66 AD))
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"Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it." - Thomas Paine


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Putin in some work!



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yea.. a lil bit.

I'm hoping this weekend to:
  • Get the rear end off
  • Get the leaf springs off
  • Figure out the fuel line guard to get that all the way off
  • Pull the frt & rear Sway bars off
  • Pull misc speed clips and label them in ziplock bags for organization
  • Pull the rest of the screws and bolts out of the wheel well guards from the trailer bed
  • And maybe... loosen up the front TTB and get it out of the way too.


And either Tuesday or Wednesday.. I'm gonna to be forced into cutting that cab up for scrap as I figured.. Oh well.



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"The slave is held most securely when he is held by the chains of his own will and of his own fears, and when he is locked down by his own slavish desires for a comfortable life." - Michael Bunker

"Mundus vult decipi, ergo decipiatur. Mundus vult decipi, ergo decipiatur" - ~ attributed to Petronius (Gaius Petronius Arbiter (ca. 27–66 AD))
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Been a bit.. lots changed, other things needed to be done.. Great opportunities on the horizon to test out and try.


Small day trip to get away was needed to reset some thoughts after working 18hr days/7 days since end of November.. Back down to 9 hr days and some celebratory fun was needed to get away.









Also, putting the 4Runner on hold some with its mods. The Flip-pac on the Ranger is in need of some attention, upgrades, and fabrication mods both. To do so will be best to remove it while doing so.


The bed will be naked for a short bit as a temporary Front Runner bed rack setup in the truck bed which will be used with the eventual use of an RTT in preparation for use and re-installation into the trailer build that is needed to be worked on more when I can as the that will complete that project and work towards the next and an expensive phase for me - A Norweld tray & canopy  I've been eye  ing for awhile now and working my ass of towards! Yea, I know.. I'm a fan-boy of 12* North, whatever..

This pic reminds me of the beginning of all the changes and how other nothing seems relevant than that faded blue paint that is going away soon too... Oooops did I just say that out loud ?!

Last edited on Sat Jul 27th, 2019 03:29 am by Undrstm8ed



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So cool, always doing something I've never heard of. I need to look things up after reading your stuff. I appreciate the education!! Have to say your projects are very interesting.



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Eddie Money wrote:
So cool, always doing something I've never heard of. I need to look things up after reading your stuff. I appreciate the education!! Have to say your projects are very interesting.
Thanks, Always going against the grain sets you apart from others thats for sure....



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Great project, congratulations! I was wondering where you have your second battery located?

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RickSTL wrote:
Great project, congratulations! I was wondering where you have your second battery located?

Best regards, 
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Secondary battery system was/is an interesting design task.. Its been awhile since I've updated anything on the forums here or elsewhere and i don't have any of the build photos up either of course during the progress yet.  But the spare tire carrier rack under the Ford Ranger provides a creative opportunity in my opinion. 

I've taken an Alum-box 67L Size modified it internally to side saddle a pair (@2) of Exide AGM 200 marine batteries for a couple reasons but they offered over 4.5X the vibration protection of a typical heavy duty, anchor-bonded product, and over 14X the vibration protection compared to a standard similar built or priced batteries out there and I've had great luck with Exide in hot places specifically considering heat kills batteries. Plus my favorite shop here carries them..

Anyway, The National Luna setup works great keeping everything charged as it should, main batteries first which is rather quick considering I have the 130A Alternator swapped in and not everything I need to account for inside or outside for that matter. Once I do, I'll be doing a quite a bit of power source swapping for some more convenient and smarter reasons.  And then the 280w static alternator will go in and complete that portion and make the 1/0 Cable be more useful.

Other options that came in after the fact was of course the need and desire for a solar setup for backup options that don't require the engine to be ran while either recharging or maintaining while in use during the day, and the addition of a shore plug so I can plug in somewhere to a 120v power source.

The Spare tire rack lends to the reduced space in the bed or under the hood, its near same specs as a OEM spare tire in size and keeps the extra weight of such plus a bit more down low and mostly between the rear frame rails really.  It also allows me to lower down the space and access the batteries should I need to check them or maintain anything, check seals or main fuses inside.  Plus, its my hope to find a 4BTa 3.9L Cummins to swap in and when I do.. again my favorite shop has access to a 34gal extended fuel tank that fits where the factory one does and then some and things will really balance out.

I'll try to spend some time updating this further.

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Awesome. This is a very interesting build. Ready for updates and pics👍



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