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Geometry seems to be a little off with the front axle, looking into some radius arm drop brackets...
 

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Picked up a set of radius arm drop brackets, that should correct the front axle and even out the lift level I think. I'll continue posting progress when I get the chance.

In the meantime, I noticed all my original progress pics were gone, so here they are again:
























It started out as a MUCH simpler project than what it's become lol
 

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Picked up a set of radius arm drop brackets, that should correct the front axle and even out the lift level I think. I'll continue posting progress when I get the chance.

In the meantime, I noticed all my original progress pics were gone, so here they are again:
























It started out as a MUCH simpler project than what it's become lol
It always does...lol Well done!
 

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Cool project so far!
 

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Next question...any pics of the snorkel install? How did you hook it to the air box?

Unfortunately, I was out of town when the snorkel was installed. The engine is the carbureted 2.8L, so there was no air box to speak of, like you'll find on a fuel injected engine. I have a sealed intake tube with filter (another Ebay special) hooked up to a carburetor plenum. This creates a sealed system. I'm stopping by the shop today, I'll get a few pics of the under-hood setup.
 

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As promised, here are pics of the sealed setup underneath the hood.





I would imagine this would be similar on a fuel injected engine, just to a throttle body instead of a carb plenum.

Been having some issues getting everything level on the lift. :damnit1:
The original lift was simply a 2.5" front coil spacer, and a 2" rear block. My "just add an inch and a half" plan didn't really work. :badidea:

The first shot is 3.5" rear blocks, and the front has Rough Country 1.5" leveling springs, plus the 2.5" spacers. The front still sits lower.



The second shot is still 3.5" rear blocks, but the front now has 4" skyjacker coils and a small spacer to make sure the 32" tires clear at full lock. The rear sits just a little lower, but we still have to put in a 6 degree shim to get the pinion angle right, we are hoping that gives the rear just a little boost to level it out.



This is a comparison between stock, 1.5" leveling, and 4" coils. Also the original spacers and the new short spacers.

 

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Have you thought about using some Belltech shackles on rear for 1-3" adjustability?
 

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As promised, here are pics of the sealed setup underneath the hood.





I would imagine this would be similar on a fuel injected engine, just to a throttle body instead of a carb plenum.

Been having some issues getting everything level on the lift. :damnit1:
The original lift was simply a 2.5" front coil spacer, and a 2" rear block. My "just add an inch and a half" plan didn't really work. :badidea:

The first shot is 3.5" rear blocks, and the front has Rough Country 1.5" leveling springs, plus the 2.5" spacers. The front still sits lower.



The second shot is still 3.5" rear blocks, but the front now has 4" skyjacker coils and a small spacer to make sure the 32" tires clear at full lock. The rear sits just a little lower, but we still have to put in a 6 degree shim to get the pinion angle right, we are hoping that gives the rear just a little boost to level it out.



This is a comparison between stock, 1.5" leveling, and 4" coils. Also the original spacers and the new short spacers.

Thanks for the pics!
 

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Have you thought about using some Belltech shackles on rear for 1-3" adjustability?
I have not, but I'll have to keep that in mind! I think we're pretty much level, just getting the rear driveshaft figured out now...
 

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Rear driveshaft situation solved! We simply drilled and tapped the flange on the 8.8 to accept the u-joint assembly from the BII, which is a ridiculously tiny 1210 joint. I'll get some photos when I have the chance. But the point is, it's drive-able now! :yahoo: Still have to wire up the lights, install a air compressor/tank in the rear, and a power inverter. There are a few other odds and ends, but that's about it!
 

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As promised here are some fresh pics...
Front axle detail with steering linkage installed:


Detail of the crazy small BII u-joint mounted to the larger 8.8 flange:



Improvised radius arm drop brackets, he built these before I had the chance to tell him they could be purchased lol:


An update on how the truck sits now:

 


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