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Re: The Macheen rebuild
« Reply #90 on: Dec 01, 2015, 04:45:01 AM »
Your oil filter sure will be easy to change.
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Re: The Macheen rebuild
« Reply #91 on: Dec 01, 2015, 06:42:39 AM »
yeah buddy!  just a matter of reaching in there and grabbing it now. 
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Re: The Macheen rebuild
« Reply #92 on: Dec 07, 2015, 01:07:11 PM »
Quick update for some truck porn.

My struts showed up today.



Here is the reservoir.

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Re: The Macheen rebuild
« Reply #93 on: Dec 08, 2015, 08:29:27 AM »
Ba-ling!!!!! Im diggin that orange.
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Re: The Macheen rebuild
« Reply #94 on: Dec 08, 2015, 08:32:49 AM »
Thanks bud.  I am too.   One step closer to getting the front suspension complete.
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Re: The Macheen rebuild
« Reply #95 on: Dec 09, 2015, 07:05:05 PM »
Not a big update.

But i started to mock up the struts to start building the strut mounts.  I'm pretty excited seeing how these bad boys look on the truck.  They'll poke up out of the hood a little bit. 



View from the driver side.  Keep in mind, that the hood was below the exo cage.


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Re: The Macheen rebuild
« Reply #96 on: Dec 10, 2015, 04:51:51 AM »
All this fab work and she is still just going to be a toyota dan. Should have bought a jeep. :outtahere:





Just kiddin, I think it's going to be sick with big orange struts poking out rhe hood.
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Re: The Macheen rebuild
« Reply #97 on: Dec 10, 2015, 05:15:15 AM »
Thanks man.  My goal is to be able to cycle the suspension with the struts by early next week.  I won't be able to make much progress on it this weekend since the weather should be nice so i'm gonna start repainting my house.
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Re: The Macheen rebuild
« Reply #98 on: Dec 10, 2015, 09:13:49 AM »
??? Cousin yo house is brick ain't it?
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Re: The Macheen rebuild
« Reply #99 on: Dec 10, 2015, 11:14:11 AM »
no sir, its hardyboard.  brick would have been nice.
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Re: The Macheen rebuild
« Reply #100 on: Dec 10, 2015, 12:07:00 PM »
 :_oops:
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Re: The Macheen rebuild
« Reply #101 on: Dec 14, 2015, 01:51:00 PM »
I did make a small amount of progress this weekend in between the project of painting my house.

I build the shock towers and was able to get the passenger side tabs built to capture the top of the strut.

When viewed from the front.



Here is a view of set.  Man this babies stand out.



Here is a view just to show how much these will be poking up through the hood.  I'm expecting they'll stick up roughly 7" above the hood.



Tonight, i hope to build the tabs for the driver side strut and then start cycling the suspension with the struts installed.  Once i'm happy with the strut mounts, the only thing left to mark the front suspension will be to finalize the track bar.  But i can't do that till i cycle the suspension and turn the tire to ensure i have ample clearances.
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Re: The Macheen rebuild
« Reply #102 on: Dec 14, 2015, 04:30:57 PM »
Looking good!
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Re: The Macheen rebuild
« Reply #103 on: Dec 16, 2015, 06:47:10 PM »
Update:

Well, tonight was the night for checking the clearances in the suspension with the struts mocked up.  All in all, i'm very please and i really don't have any major clearance issues.  The only thing that comes close to touching is a linkage on the throttle body.  The piece of the linkage that touches is not actually needed and can easily be cut away.

Here is the linkage before I apply the throttle.



Here is where is starts to touch and you can see what i mean when talking about how its not needed.



Here is the next closest place of contact.  But it still looks like enough room.  This is just over 1/4" of clearance between the inner frame rail and the upper link.



Here is the driver side at fully droop.



Passenger side at full stuff with the wheel turned hard right.  Looks like the i have plenty of room there as well.  Granted the cab isn't on at the moment but the firewall was already tubed for tire clearance.



When viewed from behind the tire.  There are no interference issues with the lower link as well as the strut.



A view that i thought was pretty neat...looking down the driver side strut at full droop.



Sorry about the poor lighting, but here is the suspension flexed from viewed from the front.



Now, with the driver side at full stuff.



Passenger side at full droop.



This is what i have for clearance between the frame and mock up track bar.  I have plenty of room to not need as much bend in the bar as well.

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Re: The Macheen rebuild
« Reply #104 on: Dec 17, 2015, 05:21:40 AM »
Dang homie! You getting her figured out.
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Re: The Macheen rebuild
« Reply #105 on: Dec 17, 2015, 05:27:07 AM »
I'm trying to bud.  Still a decent bit of work left on the front end but i can see the light at the end of the tunnel.
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Re: The Macheen rebuild
« Reply #106 on: Dec 17, 2015, 05:30:58 AM »
True that. It's coming along very nicely in a short amount of time.
I'm pretty sure the 4runner is going to gordon so I'll be back wheeling the 1st gen. Keep your eyes out overy there for a 88-95 3.blow thats already let go lol. I want to build a full body rig with ac and heat so the both youngins can go with us.
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Re: The Macheen rebuild
« Reply #107 on: Dec 17, 2015, 05:33:24 AM »
Thanks.  Although it feels like its been slow progress but there has been a LOT of work done thus far.

i'll keep an eye out for ya.  i'll end up building a full bodied fo runner when i have a family as well.
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Re: The Macheen rebuild
« Reply #108 on: Dec 17, 2015, 05:45:46 AM »
Sad thing is I got rid of a nice 93 with a 350 swap a few years ago because I didn't need it at the time. Oh well I'm sure one will turn up for 800-1000. Body damage is slightly irrelevant considering it will be a chewed piece of gum after a few trips anyhow
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Re: The Macheen rebuild
« Reply #109 on: Dec 17, 2015, 05:49:47 AM »
haha, yeah, nothing wrong with some body damage!  i still wish i was shorter so that i could have just rocked an internal cage in my rig and let the body hug the rocks and trees naturally.  lol

you always seem to find great deals (which i'm a bit jealous of by the way), so i know one will show up soon for you.
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Re: The Macheen rebuild
« Reply #110 on: Dec 17, 2015, 07:13:22 AM »
Lol thanks, If you call a work day on that rig let me know I'll ride over.
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Re: The Macheen rebuild
« Reply #111 on: Dec 17, 2015, 07:15:37 AM »
I'll let ya know.  You're more than welcome to come over and just hang out and BS.  Its been too long since we've gotten a few of us to just catch up!
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Re: The Macheen rebuild
« Reply #112 on: Dec 18, 2015, 05:59:07 AM »
Bobby is off today he, Justin, gordon, and another guy are going out to hit 45. I'm at work wishing I could be out there.
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Re: The Macheen rebuild
« Reply #113 on: Dec 18, 2015, 06:01:15 AM »
Yeah, that blows!  i saw them talking about that and wish i was off and had something to ride out there in.  lol  i need to get my junk finished! 
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Re: The Macheen rebuild
« Reply #114 on: Dec 18, 2015, 03:49:20 PM »
True that. It's coming along very nicely in a short amount of time.
I'm pretty sure the 4runner is going to gordon so I'll be back wheeling the 1st gen. Keep your eyes out overy there for a 88-95 3.blow thats already let go lol. I want to build a full body rig with ac and heat so the both youngins can go with us.

I'm about to start the search for 86-95 Ext Cab Pickup/4runner to start an expedition build with.. mine 1st gen will be going too far crawler soon.

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Re: The Macheen rebuild
« Reply #115 on: Dec 18, 2015, 04:27:06 PM »
You don't want my 4runner it's a chewed piece of bubble gum lol
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Re: The Macheen rebuild
« Reply #116 on: Dec 19, 2015, 12:36:55 PM »
You don't want my 4runner it's a chewed piece of bubble gum lol

Lol.. I meant I'm on the hunt for a clean stocker!

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Re: The Macheen rebuild
« Reply #117 on: Jan 06, 2016, 09:42:31 AM »
The holidays have slowed the progress a little bit.  But i was able to start getting back at it in the garage.

I started out by addressing the frame and axle side track bar mounts.  Since i'm happy with their location, i need to further brace the axle side and build the actual frame side mount.

Here is the backside of the frame side mount.



This is what it looks like from the front before i added the top plate.



This is how the axle side track bar mount turned out.  I still need to add one tube to go from the axle mount to the axle truss to add some bracing for side load.





I added the the gussets to tie both the factory frame rail to the new frame/stinger section.

Here is the driver side.



Here is the passenger side.



Time to reattack the upper strut mounts and ensure they have ample room for the reservoirs as well as add the brace between the two.



Since the upper strut tabs are so long, i wanted to add further bracing.





I added a tub to attach the frame side track bar mount to the strut bar mount to further brace tie it together as well.





Then i had to address the track bar.  It has been tough to decide whether or not to put a small bend in the bar or cut/notch the new frame section to clear the track bar.  I decided to go with the bend in the track bar since it would require a good bit of added tubing/bracing to regain the strength back into that tubing that would have to be cut/notched to clear the track bar.

Here is what the track bar ended up looking like at the axle side.



Here is how it falls when the suspension is at full stuff.



Another view from the front with the axle and frame at ride height.



One of the last things left to finish up for the front suspension, was to address the strut tower brace.  So i bent some tubing to go on the inside of the struts to be able to tie them both together.  This is what the final product looks like.







One last thing that was noticed that i need to address before i start on the rear suspension is the ram mounts on the axles need to be moved.  Sadly, it wasn't discovered till this past weekend. 

The issue is with how far the ram is mounted in front of the axle center line.  The issue is that when the axle is turned full lock in either direction against the steering stops, the location of the heim at the high steer arm will be too far behind the ram and there is a high risk of the ram forcing the high steer arm to turn further against the steering stop/binding the steering and possibly breaking the knuckle and/or high steer arms.

This won't be an tough fix, i just need to cut the 2 pieces of tubing that the ram is mounted on, then add some plate under the axle truss that brings the ram down and closer to the axle center line.

I just wish i would have seen that sooner but i'm just glad that this was noticed before the truck was finished. 
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Re: The Macheen rebuild
« Reply #118 on: Jan 14, 2016, 06:22:55 AM »
Not a lot of progress has been made lately.  I've been trying to get caught up with some other odds and ends around the house lately.  But here are a few pictures for your viewing pleasure.

This shows the angle of the tie rods now that the ram is in its new location.  They are a lot straighter than they were previously.



Here is how its mounted to the axle.



In preparation for getting the truck on the ground to roll outside and turn around, i put some rollers on the front axle.  They are 33" mud grapplers and look so cute on the truck.  Gotta love portal axles since there is still a lot of ground clearance.



Sorry about the bad lighting, but here is what she looks like from the front.  After all this time, its really strange seeing the truck with tires on it again.  Makes me excited that its getting anther step closer.

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Re: The Macheen rebuild
« Reply #119 on: Jan 14, 2016, 08:11:29 AM »
Real man builds a front drive shaft and drives it out of the garage.  :shake:
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