Undead Sleds / Rat Rods Rule - Hot Rods, Rat Rods, Sleepers, Beaters & Bikes... since 2007!

Go Back   Undead Sleds / Rat Rods Rule - Hot Rods, Rat Rods, Sleepers, Beaters & Bikes... since 2007! > Builds!

Builds! Post your project here... show us what you're up to! Please Note: This section is for "Builds" ONLY!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #271  
Old 05-15-2020, 10:47 PM
MercuryMac's Avatar
MercuryMac MercuryMac is online now
Builder Junky!
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Northern Alberta, Canada.
Posts: 3,039
Default

Thank you guys for cheering me on.
Today I tackled a weird dilemma. There's a downside to running into trees and buildings to stop a truck, when you actually should have fixed the brakes. Sometimes when you're loaded and going a little too fast, you hit the tree too hard and wreck things. Well the old fellow "PO", bent the frame in front of the front crossmember on the drivers side. The first picture is straightening it out again, 7/8". That went along pretty good.
I had a fun time cutting my too long bushings down to size in my hill-billy lathe, the ID and OD were right on. Pic two is a full length bushing and a newly cut one. Pic three is the bushings pressed into the spring eyes and then pried into the hangers and spring pins installed, making the front suspension almost completely finished.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg IMG_2445.jpg (104.1 KB, 28 views)
File Type: jpg IMG_2446.jpg (180.4 KB, 24 views)
File Type: jpg IMG_2447.jpg (103.0 KB, 24 views)
Reply With Quote
  #272  
Old 05-15-2020, 11:41 PM
Torchie's Avatar
Torchie Torchie is offline
Rusty Rat Rodder
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Northern Michigan
Posts: 6,119
Default



Torchie
Reply With Quote
  #273  
Old 05-16-2020, 08:33 AM
Old Iron's Avatar
Old Iron Old Iron is offline
Rusty Rat Rodder
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Willard Mo.
Posts: 12,146
Default

I like following along on your projects
Reply With Quote
  #274  
Old 05-16-2020, 09:57 AM
bob w bob w is offline
Still crazy after all these years!
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Stillwater, MN
Posts: 10,009
Default

See a problem. Solve a problem. Nice work Mac.
Reply With Quote
  #275  
Old 05-16-2020, 04:10 PM
joedoh joedoh is offline
Rusty Rat Rodder
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: doodah ks
Posts: 1,360
Default

keep banging on that old steel!


Quote:
Originally Posted by MercuryMac View Post
There's a downside to running into trees and buildings to stop a truck, when you actually should have fixed the brakes.

this is a good metaphor!
Reply With Quote
  #276  
Old 05-16-2020, 11:13 PM
MercuryMac's Avatar
MercuryMac MercuryMac is online now
Builder Junky!
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Northern Alberta, Canada.
Posts: 3,039
Default

Joe, that was an accidental metaphor, but ya, it could apply to quite a few things in life.
Anyway, I didn't do much on the truck today, more tractory things. I traded a bunch of John Deere tractor parts for a JD three bottom plow.
I did do some finishing up on the suspension. There was a little necessary camouflaging in one spot, removing the original brake line between the two front wheels, and adjusting the toe-in. Now I have very nice camber, good toe-in and poor caster.
Reply With Quote
  #277  
Old 05-22-2020, 11:44 PM
MercuryMac's Avatar
MercuryMac MercuryMac is online now
Builder Junky!
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Northern Alberta, Canada.
Posts: 3,039
Default

Rather than rely on a reasonable looking 86 year old brake line between the front wheels I bought a new line and installed it. It feels better already. Then after scouting around for some wedge shims to change the front axle caster angle, I started to take the U-bolts off the springs. This axle is round so the axle cap is welded on. I found that the driver-side wasn't welded anymore, and the centre bolt was broken. The picture is showing the new centre bolt in and tightened and the U-bolts back in place but not tightened, so I can turn the axle when I get the other side to this point, and hopefully put my wedge shims back on the shelf. The caster angle was 0* even when I winched the frame down 2" to simulate a heavier front end. I want at least 4* positive. The embarrassing thing about today was I took a couple of 'partly done' pictures without the film card in the camera.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg IMG_2449.jpg (71.7 KB, 8 views)
Reply With Quote
  #278  
Old Yesterday, 12:16 AM
MercuryMac's Avatar
MercuryMac MercuryMac is online now
Builder Junky!
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Northern Alberta, Canada.
Posts: 3,039
Default

Well, I got the passenger side apart 'pic one' and cleaned up. Then I put it back together and put a big 36" pipe-wrench on the axle and twisted it a wee bit. Actually, I didn't need that big of a wrench as it turned out, the axle twisted easily. It's now set at about 5* positive caster 'pic two' and the 'U' bolts are tightened up. I tack welded the saddles to the axle and painted it ultra flat dark brown to look like I never touched it.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg IMG_2450.jpg (84.5 KB, 10 views)
File Type: jpg IMG_2451.jpg (61.7 KB, 9 views)
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:13 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Rat Rods Rule Inc.