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Just arrived today. Pretty stoked. My paperwork originally had #1000 on it and then it was crossed off and #1001 was written on it. Perhaps FFR reserved it for someone special?

Kind of an initial bummer but something was rubbing on the front of my frame and the PC got rubbed off.... :( . Maybe get some touch up paint and hopefully that part is hidden by the radiator.


I have two days with the car then I have to travel to AZ for two weeks for work. So she'll be sitting around for a while.



 

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Just arrived today. Pretty stoked. My paperwork originally had #1000 on it and then it was crossed off and #1001 was written on it. Perhaps FFR reserved it for someone special?
I do wonder now if the much anticipated #1000 isn't going to appear!?!
 

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After 2 weeks on business travel to Sierra Vista, I'm back. Got to do some sweet mountain biking in Sedona. If I lived in Phoenix I'd be there every weekend. Except I would never live in Phoenix. I wasn't built for that heat....

I inventoried all boxes before I left except the parts that came attached to the body. I was unsure if I needed to build a body buck but I definitely did. I'm at max capacity in my garage. Got some powder coating quotes. I'll try to mock up the front suspension this weekend so I can take the parts in on Monday.... Need to clean the grease off with brake cleaner and remove the ball joint boots.

Notices my rear end was leaking from the ford racing axle housing cover. Went ahead an bought a lube locker gasket. Hopefully that will fix it.

I still haven't found a good place to store the roof. Right now it's in our third bedroom/tiny office. We'll see how long that lasts..... My wife doesn't care, i'm the one that can't stand clutter/things not being in their proper place...






 

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Hi Fostia
I just notice that you live not too far from me. If you have any questions on your build I would be happy to help answer them for you.
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Powder Coat

Thanks. Wondering for the people that powder coated their control arms, what's the best way to get the grease out of the ball joints? It seems like it may be an arduous process to get it all out.....


Hi Fostia
I just notice that you live not too far from me. If you have any questions on your build I would be happy to help answer them for you.
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I just taped over the ball joints before painting. When they came back I run some grease threw them to get all the grit out. RW Little did a very good job for me.
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Banana Bracket

So the banana bracket is driving me nuts. I've read about issues with getting the bolts to align and I feel like I have the same issue. I can get 3 bolts in (i had to do a little match drilling to even do that) but I can't get the last one in and I feel it's too far off to safely match drill it. It's way off. I've torqued the bolts down, loosened them, wiggled, skinned my fingers, stripped some threads, used big hammers, tried a crow bar, ect.

I've wire wheeled all the powder coat off the inside of the cups and reamed the bolt holes of PC. My intention is to weld approx 2 one inch welds on both the banana bracket and cup because my friend only tacked it and his 450 hp cobra actually rotated the axle and bent the banana bracket. So that has made me very cautious here. I plan to do the welds only on the axle tube side, not the cast side. Perhaps a rosset weld on the cup. That being said, in regards to the banana bracket, any suggestions? I figure these are my options:

1.) Continue to curse and strip threads trying to get it aligned. If you look at the pictures, it's a long ways off.

2.) Since I'm going to weld it, perhaps use a grade 8 7/16-20x3" bolt on that one hole? All the other bolts are 1/2-20 x 3". Per the Breeze automotive instructions, once you weld it, you only need to torque to 25 ft-lbs. Since I'm not going to weld it as much as Breeze recommends (i'm worried about my welding skills and warping the axle), I may torque it down a little more.

3.) Get it aligned the best I can and match drill the hole. It's going to take off a lot of material which I'm worried about. I'd probably do it from the banana bracket side but I'd need to buy a long 1/2" drill bit to get through. That way, if I take off too much, I just buy a new cup which I imagine if cheaper.

4.) Ask FFR for new hardware. I know I'm going to run into these fit issues constantly but this one is on a pretty critical running gear connection.

5.) Grind off the one bolt ear from the cup, align the bolt, tac the ear back on, disassembly and weld fully. Probably the best option and I've read other people doing this. I'm not sure my welding skills are good enough for this. I do have a millermatic welder but I've only welded brew stands, TV brackets, metal art and other dumb stuff. I feel like this is a pretty critical weld.

Sorry for the book. I like to write a lot. Good news is all my front suspension items and other hardware is out for Powder Coat. Hopefully i get that back this coming week so I can get the front suspension done.....


 

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I got it as close as I could and ended up drilling it. Hope it will work!

I've debated getting that brace. Not sure yet if I will. I guess I can make that decision down the road. Thanks for the input!
 

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Finally made some progress. Seems like everyone else that has a kit number close to mine is speeding ahead. It will be another week before any more work will be done as I'm heading to the farm in Iowa for the 4th for my wife's family reunion.

Rear end is all mocked up. Was debating disassembling it all to put some stitch welds on the banana bracket but I think I'll just do with everything assembled. Also bought the 3 link brace from VPM. May be a bit overkill but I've seen first hand my friends bent banana bracket. Taking no chances here.

Hopefully front suspension parts come back from Powder Coat before I leave...

 

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leftovers

Dumb question..... I have a bunch of leftover bolts and nuts from the rear end install. Am I missing anything? Going to torque everything down. Manual is not the most clear... I've read that people end up with a box of extra bolts and nuts after but figured I'd double check.

I've got qty two (2) 5/8" washers that I think go on the 3rd link where it attaches to the frame that do not fit/are not required to be used.

2 sets of 3/8" bolts, washers and locknuts from the trac lok bracket package. I read somewhere those are for something obsolete.

2 extra 1/2-13 x 2.75" bolts and locknuts from kit 22352 "hot rod solid rear axle shock mounting components". Supposedly shock mounting bolts? I used the 1/2-20 x 3" bolt in the trak loc package for the upper shock mounting.

The entire 33248 "hot rod 3-link rear suspension" bag.

Have a happy 4th!
 

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I've got a lot of the same stuff left over. The hose blows my mind. Not sure what that could have ever been for.

I just check and make sure everything is connected, bolted and safe and everything unused go into a spare parts box.
 

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Seems like everyone else that has a kit number close to mine is speeding ahead.
Don't worry about what other people are doing. Lol. For example, yours is finished. Mine isn't. I have to blow it up and paint everything later on. Experience levels will matter on how fast things happen too. How many changes you make matter etc. Enjoy your build and your experience.
 

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Same stuff left over here too.. it's fine as long as you don't have any holes without bolts in ;)

Building one of these isn't a race, unless stopping and going backwards occasionally is racing lol
 

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Thanks! It's been helpful to follow along with you build pages. Keep up the good work!

Are you guys doing the Whitby Power brakes?


Seems like everyone else that has a kit number close to mine is speeding ahead.
Don't worry about what other people are doing. Lol. For example, yours is finished. Mine isn't. I have to blow it up and paint everything later on. Experience levels will matter on how fast things happen too. How many changes you make matter etc. Enjoy your build and your experience.
 

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No sir on whitby although I did consider them. I went the tim and basmith route of abs brake systems electric power brakes. It's a cool system but pricey and definitely not a bolt in. It uses a hydraulic pump/accumulator that uses brake fluid to make pressure to give the assist. But it is all hidden behind the dash with some modding and cutting/welding and making a couple of brackets. Mr Smith made a bellcrank and has his turned 90*, but I just moved everything forward. You have to get their short master cylinder (which is pricier lol) to fit it the way I did. I intend to mount the pump and reservoirs behind the dash also, but have to put the body on to see if I have room where I want to, or have to squeeze it in next to the ac unit.
 
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