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Today 06:05 AM
cobrajoe Yeah, It's getting harder for me to justify spending money for something that has no functional values in my old age. GAWD! WTF happened to me, I turned into my father! I still need to fix that rear quarter and real roll pan before I spend anymore money.

I think the main reason I didn't keep the old hood is because I didn't want to have to paint another hood to sell the truck. At the time, I was knee deep in trying to get the '96 squared away and sold the '93 to stop some of the bleeding. That, and I really wanted that GT500 hood.
Today 12:37 AM
BikerPepe` yes, you should have. that's one bad-ass look that I'll never pay for.
Yesterday 08:21 PM
cobrajoe Well, I'm thinking that this is gonna be about it for this build for this year unless I miraculously stumble into some money.

I'd really like one of these USBody hoods for my next investment, but I don't see it happening anytime soon.








I probably should have kept my Cervini hood off my old bronco.


Yesterday 03:29 PM
cobrajoe I tried posting this morning, but it kept telling me the web site wasn't available?

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Originally Posted by Doosenberry View Post
So what's all this black magic you got goin' on here. I see 5 holes... but you had 10 before you test fit them and then put it in the lathe right?. What gives? What is this sorcery?
Damn it, I've been caught!!!

Actually, I drilled the drums out one at a time, just in case it didn't work out. That way, I'd be able to return at least one of them for credit. Once I found out it worked, I cut the second drum before I drilled the holes, thus leading to a picture out of sequence. I actually took a picture of the 1st one finished, but I tried to use a regular tool bit and the material was too hard and didn't come out as good. I used a carbide cutter on the second one and the finish looked better, so I utilized that picture. I'll post the first one below for reference.

Good catch on your part @Doosenberry .






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06-25-2019 09:30 PM
Doosenberry
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Originally Posted by cobrajoe View Post
So what's all this black magic you got goin' on here. I see 5 holes... but you had 10 before you test fit them and then put it in the lathe right?. What gives? What is this sorcery?
06-25-2019 08:59 PM
cobrajoe

Hey, at least it worked....


06-25-2019 08:45 PM
cobrajoe Correct, well technically smaller, depending which surface, in this case the drum OD is smaller.
After I machined them, they sat flat, ridding on the entire axle surface and the wheels bolted on true. I adjusted the brakes and ran it on the stands to warm the gear oil up and took her for a ride in the pouring rain. I like the 5:43's, a BIG improvement, but I think I would have LOVED the 5:89's. I know, never happy.



Now I need an alignment.
06-25-2019 08:42 PM
CDA 455 So; one surface is bigger than the other, hence, won't sit flat?
06-25-2019 08:41 PM
cobrajoe It's sitting flat, but it's only ridding on the outside edge which I'm not too crazy about so I kept going.

I chucked them up in the lathe...



...and removed the necessary material:

06-25-2019 08:38 PM
CDA 455 As long as that is centered and sitting flat; you should be good to go.


I've seen guys redrill 8 on 170 rotors to 8 on 6.5 with similar results.

All they care about is that it's centered.
06-25-2019 08:37 PM
cobrajoe Further inspection showed that the inside of the drum is not machined as wide as the original drums. I'm committed now, otherwise I have two expensive paper weights.

The original drums have the area between the two arrows machined flat:

06-25-2019 08:32 PM
cobrajoe Slid it on and then WTF? Notice the 1/16" space in the bolt holes, it's centered on the hub but not sitting flat.

06-25-2019 08:27 PM
cobrajoe Counter sink both sides...



and we are good to go:

06-25-2019 08:25 PM
cobrajoe Now I used a smaller bit for a pilot hole...



Then stepped up to 9/16"

06-25-2019 08:18 PM
cobrajoe Now I marked out the Explorer drum bolt pattern for a reference point...



Then I inserted the turned down axle hub into the Explorer drum hole and indexed the correct bolt pattern in the center of the smaller bolt pattern...



...and used a transfer punch to center the new holes.


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06-25-2019 08:12 PM
cobrajoe Okay, so after several emails and phone calls to Currie with no luck, I decided I needed to do something about these brake drums. If you take the Wagner part number off of the drum and match it up, it shows that it is for an Explorer, 5 lug 4.5 inch bolt pattern. If you go to Curries website, they sell blank drums with no bolt pattern, which got me thinking. I wonder if they drill these drums to 5 lug 5.5 inch bolt pattern or whatever application they need it for?
I figured, what the phuck, I can do this. I went upstairs and pulled an old 9" 5 X 5.5 axle and measured the hub diameter. I then measured the hole on the drum which was slightly smaller than the axle hub. I chucked the axle up in the lathe and turned the hub down to the drum hole size.

06-23-2019 06:18 PM
cobrajoe
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Originally Posted by Doosenberry View Post
You wouldn't be the first person to mistake it for Doonesbury. My name starts with D and Doosenberry was one of like 10 different nicknames my older brothers gave me growing up. I would use one of the other ones, but I get accused of bragging I'm packing heat downstairs when I do.
Lol, @Doosenberry , or your a detective.
06-23-2019 06:16 PM
cobrajoe
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Originally Posted by SRWillis View Post
The 57 looks amazing, you guys do very good work.

I think I spy a pretty much stock 66-67 Big Twin also, and another headlight housing peaking out there...
Thanks @SRWillis . The Panhead he has had almost as long as the '57. Also, the blue Electraglide since the early 80's. The red Electraglide he acquired a couple of years ago. It's been molested; it has disc brakes and some other not very well done changes. The new "Black Thing" is there for repairs.

06-23-2019 05:56 PM
Doosenberry
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Originally Posted by cobrajoe View Post
My apologies, funny how your mind sees what it wants to see. I always thought it WAS like the Comic strip.

I appreciate the compliment, move a little closer and I'll help you with your projects. Truthfully, I just enjoy working on stuff. I blame my dad, he always made me feel guilty if I wasn't working.
He knows I have done body work, paint and mechanical stuff. I actually had the key to his shop because I got out of work two hours before he did. Hey, at least he trust me to work on his stuff. Seriously though, him and I have been friends for too many years. It's a reciprocal thing.
You wouldn't be the first person to mistake it for Doonesbury. My name starts with D and Doosenberry was one of like 10 different nicknames my older brothers gave me growing up. I would use one of the other ones, but I get accused of bragging I'm packing heat downstairs when I do.
06-23-2019 05:39 PM
SRWillis
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Originally Posted by cobrajoe View Post
It's gonna be a nice ride when it's done.
The 57 looks amazing, you guys do very good work.

I think I spy a pretty much stock 66-67 Big Twin also, and another headlight housing peaking out there...
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