Why I have not heard about this project?
When are we taking the wee ones camping at your lake?
Here are my updates. I am not at a very photogenic portion of the build but progress is being made.
Pulled my old 4 inch beam and drop spindles. They are for sale if anyone is interested. Pm me.
Cut some holes
And more holes. There is light at the end of the tunnel.
Got the top tube frame knotches cut out and ready to weld back up. Just waiting on a few tubes to make sure everything has clearance before I weld em up.
I was finally able to make it up towards a1 yesterday morning. After the little ones went to bed I headed out to work. I'm anxious to get this this done and I still have a lot of work to do!
I got my side plates cleaned up to weld and mounted for the LAST time ever. Got my spacers trimmed down for the one mounting point on each side that was onset from the rest. Got my adjusted slots cut and slid my tubes into their new locations. I'm ready to weld the adjusters on and do my mock up to clock the tubes into their correct orientations.
Not a ton of visual progress but its 3 more hours logged into the project. Anyone with small kids who has taken on a project knows what I'm up against and what it means to get time logged in!
7.5 inch narrowed ball joint beam with a 7 inch beam raise. Overkill lol? NAHH!
Sadly, the pacers I had lined up dont look like they are gonna work out. They have a wicked offset! On a 7.5 beam they were still getting into the dog leg in front! Looks like its time to do some shopping. I think this is a sign to move up to a 15 inch sizing.
Got the box and frame out last night. Got my front boxed in. Just a little more boxing and knotching in some of the inner body panels and I'm ready to put it back together.
The lower 6 inches around the perimeter are crusty as hell. I was very pleased to find the frame I removed as well as all the body metal around are solid as could be. The bus is the perfect rat. On the outside it looks like it could fall apart but underneith where it counts its as solid as could be. I will get plenty of use out of my work and someday metal replacement is justifiable.
Got some more work in on the steering box raise last night. My frame section has been boxed and modified for floor clearance. After a little cleaning up of the frame on the bus, I made another plate to box off that side. I tacked it on for mocking up and then tacked my front frame section on 1.5 inches higher to check for fitment on the steering column. Everything is where it needs to be and has plenty of clearance! Now I need to finish boxing the nose panel and then I can finish weld the frame back together. Overall, this has been much easier than I anticipated and I am not sure why so many DIY bay slammers are so reluctant to dig in on this job.
Good night last night. GOt my steering box raise finalized. I had to re-box the bottom of the frame rail since this is where the bumper mounts.
Got my drivers side frame rail knotch knocked out as well. It wasnt as bad as I thought it would be. I should easily be able to do the passengers side on my next night out.
Thanks again to A1 for the reference measurements!
I got my last grub screws installed and was finally able to set this on the ground under its own weight for the first time. Just a reminder note, the beam is narrowed 7.5 inches and this is at its highest setting before the adjuster plate starts to hang over the teeth..........
Also, I have new wheels to run on this but I will leave you with some suspense on those. Just know that they will do this justice!