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Old 02-07-2009, 11:13 AM
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Fitted the front clip parts for the first time. I think it looks pretty mean. Some trimming is certainly needed when mating M715 fenders to other civi parts but nothing major. Those are 30x9.50s on the front, and man they look tiny. Planned is 33x12.50s on a chero WT front diff. Should fill it out a wee bit better. What I *want* to do is put the HD44 8lug front I have and a matching 4.10 geared D60 in the rear, and run 35s but not there yet monetarily wise.

The truck is sporting a one off Tadworks 2" steel body lift. The frame and drivetrain is 68 J3000, cab and thriftside bed (not shown) are 65 J300 vintage, rear diff is a truck D44 with 3.54s. Looking at slapping a fron 70s Wt chero d44 to get it on the road, and 3/4 ton conversion maybe someday in the future unless I do that with my 78 J10 shorty. (edit: truck now has 1975 HD44 front and 1973ish Jeep Dana 60 rear, 4.10s, 3/4 ton)

This will be getting a M715 front brushguard I have, rhino conversion, and hopefully some sorta decent front frame bumper (3 piece wont look right with the body lift and doesnt protect much..)
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Old 02-07-2009, 11:29 AM
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That is going to look pretty sweet when it is done!
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Old 02-07-2009, 11:37 AM
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Crom's M715 fenders were so bad it took 3 of us to get them to line up. Craigs dad and I lifted up and pushed in while Craig got the bolts started. That is when we decided next time would just sawzal the stock fenders and make our flairs
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Old 02-07-2009, 02:11 PM
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Crom's M715 fenders were so bad it took 3 of us to get them to line up. Craigs dad and I lifted up and pushed in while Craig got the bolts started. That is when we decided next time would just sawzal the stock fenders and make our flairs

yeah I tried doing that alone and it was a no go. I had to trim about 2" of the inner fender flare from the top down to the cab corner and they go on..also a small notch for the fender flare in the front support and the lips on the corners of the air intake areas have to hammered flat..pretty much popped on after that. You can see the front bracket doesnt line up at all, I guess M715 have different lips maybe at the bumper. But its gettin there
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Old 02-07-2009, 04:03 PM
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Looking good Ryan

I think I have that same pile of wire under the J2K.
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Old 02-07-2009, 05:08 PM
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So whats the ETA on GITTEN R DONE

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Old 02-07-2009, 07:58 PM
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Looking good Ryan

I think I have that same pile of wire under the J2K.

Lol most of that is the rear harness! I bought 25' of trailer wiring to redo it.

MIB: ETA...optimally by spring. Realistically by July. Besides body stuff which is no big deal, I have too:
1: wire it. Won't be too bad
2: plumb it. Gas will be a snap. Got a nice Holley Red Top, just need hose and filters
3: brakelines. Sorta scary on that. But I hypothetically have enough old ones here to get it working. At least I'll get the handbrake set up first.
4: rebuild the rear drums. Not excited about that.
5: windshield and interior, plop the thriftside bed on it, etc etc.
6: little spot weld on the clutch linkage and that should be good to go
7: top off the fluids and see what explodes a mile down the road
8: I could drive it in 2WD as it is with mismatched diffs, of course the big $$ and effort will be setting up a proper matched front end. Lacking welding skills means that has to be jobbed out. Have some local options on that.

I wish I had the time and $$ to do a 100% resto/build on it, it sure deserves it. But its just a truck..
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Lookin' good!

Man, everyone is getting or showing off their J-trucks and I already want one (J-20). You guys just keep adding to the fire!

Ryan, even though it looks like you already have an axle, have you considered a Sterling axle from a Ford? I'm using one for my Explorer. The one I have (SRW F-350) is 66.5" WMS-WMS. Not sure about the spring pad spacing--I can probably check this weekend if you want. Sterling bonuses: beefy, common, don't have to pull hubs to do brakes! The one I got was already a 4.10 ratio. It's getting 5.38s, though.
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Lookin' good!

Man, everyone is getting or showing off their J-trucks and I already want one (J-20). You guys just keep adding to the fire!

Ryan, even though it looks like you already have an axle, have you considered a Sterling axle from a Ford? I'm using one for my Explorer. The one I have (SRW F-350) is 66.5" WMS-WMS. Not sure about the spring pad spacing--I can probably check this weekend if you want. Sterling bonuses: beefy, common, don't have to pull hubs to do brakes! The one I got was already a 4.10 ratio. It's getting 5.38s, though.


I hadn't considered it no. Not a bad idea, but I sorta like the idea of running the same discs front and rear, GM 3/4 ton stuff. Also, does the ford use standard 8 lug pattern like chevy and dodge? (although I found the dang studs on the dodge axle are smaller, those need to be pounded out and replaced, which isn't a bad idea anyways to use longer ones).
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Also, does the ford use standard 8 lug pattern like chevy and dodge?

Up until '99, yes. 8 on 6.5". With the advent of the "Superduty" moniker in '99 it went to 8 on 170mm. The shafts are nice and beefy, too. 1.5" diameter and 35 spline.
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Up until '99, yes. 8 on 6.5". With the advent of the "Superduty" moniker in '99 it went to 8 on 170mm. The shafts are nice and beefy, too. 1.5" diameter and 35 spline.


Interesting, I will keep that open as an option. Certainly are tons of Fords out here.
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Old 11-03-2009, 03:16 PM
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One more step done..time for lunch!

Man it looked so cool with the 315/75/16 rollers under there, filled up them M715 wheelwheels alot better than 30's

just some fuzzy blackberry pics best I could get in the garage. Tie rod should clear but it looks like I'm in the market for a spacer for the steering arm. At least the studs are long enough to put one on..they'll be flush with the top of the stud end but this isn't a daily driver.



next step..fit in and tack the 1" lift lift perches...with the outboard 2" FSJ springs I have about 5 inches from center of spring pack bolt to the first inner weld behind the knuckles on the tube..plenty of room up front

Haven't figured out shock tabs, prolly weld on some later
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