Good morning my hungover friends! I must admit, I might have gone a little too hard yesterday. My family and I went to a friends house for a bbq, we brought the cornedbeef and cabbage. It was delicious! I also brought Jameo, irish crème and Guiness. Turned into a good time. I'll get some of those pics up...
So at this bbq, a guy with a Heep challenged Maggy and I to a pose off. I won. In fact, he didn't even get on the rock! haha
So I will cover a little bit of the SAS right now...
We had just come back from a work outing, and only had a couple weeks before I had to leave again, but this time it was going to be a lot longer. We pulled Maggy into his garage and got to work.
drooping the TTB for the last time...
I didn't feel the need for the "salute" seen so much on FSB, the TTB served me quite well...
As you can see there wasn't a ton of room in the garage, but we made it work.
Cleaning up the frame, working the brake lines and a quick paint of the crossmember
Here we have the chevy 52 hung on passenger side.
This angle shows the frame being cleaned
This is a close up of the bushings we used for the shackles.
This image is inside the frame
Here is the axle in "mock" placement
I got the leafs off the rear of a blazer, and swapped the old rubber bushings for some new red poly bushings. So far they are holding up just fine, and I have no complaints.
Since we were short on time, I didn't get to do a lot of little fine details here and there. I wanted to cover the frame with hurculiner or something along those lines, but I had to settle for a little flat black. Over all though, I read and read and read so many different SAS threads on here that it all ran pretty smooth. Not to mention the leaf swap seems to be easier than others. Now that I have been driving on the leafs for four years or so, I have no idea how a coil would feel like?
Here we were trying to figure out the steering. That turned out to be the only thing I didn't plan for...the steering from the TTB wasn't going on, but I thought the steering from the 250 it came off of would work, no dice. I ended up having to buy a Reid racing knuckle for the passenger side. It was probably the most expensive single part of the SAS, which is why I haven't painted it black to match...haha
you can see my new ORANGE knuckle and high steering arm...
next, I ran into an issue with the drop pitman arm... it dropped way too much. I had to find a stock one and ream it out to accept the chevy one ton TREs.
If you look hard enough you can find the pitman arm, when cycling the steering driver side, the arm would hit the leaf. Thus I couldn't turn left at all!!!!
Well that's all I have for today. I hope it was enjoyable...