YOLANDA...My Turbine Princess build 03 7.3 E350 pop top 4x4

wanderer-rrorc

Explorer
I waited too long to get power stops. I should have had these brakes my whole life!!!!!

Backs on and AWSOME fronts waiting for axle to be installed one brackets arrive..

Front axle fully assembled minus brakeline that are in the box..

I'm ready!!


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wanderer-rrorc

Explorer
Well it was time to start getting ready some lights well I wait on brackets to come in!!

And a very good friend of mine's lady does pin-up art and I asked you to do one for Yolanda!! I'm so THRILLED WITH THESES!!



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wanderer-rrorc

Explorer
It appears as though Yolanda lost something. And then this little guy come wheelinf around the corner and I asked him if he wanted some place to sleep he tucked himself right in..

Still a lot to do mounting brackets to be drilled suspension parts to be installed brake lines connected. And then a completely different weekend I got to do everything to get the 4 x 4 box installed. Then she will be 4 wheel drive


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wanderer-rrorc

Explorer
Still waiting on my bolts and trackbar to arrive....... Then drill holes n do brakelines/shocks...


Got the crossmember cut and might have gotten a little carried away by the frame side but not quite enough in the pumpkin space..

She's on the springs and has her finish tires on temporary so i could get a height and a look where things will finish up...

Overall lift is 5in with no spring spacers over stock van height. So 4in from spring and Dana 60 perches and a bump of an inch from the tire.

She's sitting pretty flat!!

Oh ujoint isn't offering the fuel tank shortening kit for sale seperate so it looks like I'm going to be visiting a friend who's far more talented than I am to weld my fuel tank up.

If my trackbar doesn't show up by Thursday I'm gonna go ahead with my own design. I can't wait any longer for ML OFFROAD. I have no updates without threatening to go-to the bank. 2 other guys have had the same issues..one has had the 2 month delay and the run around. Another guy was without his van for 4 months..

The kits nice..but my timeline was to have her done by June...now August is my reasonable full completion goal.

Once trackbar is in I can get my driveway alignment done and get her to the tire shop.


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Raul

Adventurer
I think you are fine with the cutting on the cross member. Clearance with pumpkin is always tight, that's why I had to change to taller spring. With the 6" lift you are aiming, it will be fine. This was the step that scare me the most.

Yolanda is looking awesome.
 

wanderer-rrorc

Explorer
I think you are fine with the cutting on the cross member. Clearance with pumpkin is always tight, that's why I had to change to taller spring. With the 6" lift you are aiming, it will be fine. This was the step that scare me the most.

Yolanda is looking awesome.
Thank you!

I'm not too worried about cutting the frame I know that there's plenty rigidity in it. My concern is making sure that my track bar insecure and doesn't rip itself loose from the frame. I've seen way too many of those turn off in off-road competition buggies over the last several decades.

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Raul

Adventurer
My concern is making sure that my track bar insecure and doesn't rip itself loose from the frame.
Yeah. That is, to me, one of the areas of concern of these conversions. The frame was never intended for efforts in that direction. That's why I like to tie the track bar to the opposite end of the frame .
 

wanderer-rrorc

Explorer
Okay so I had any updates lately it's been very very hot here so efforts been minimal plus we've got my wife a new convertible and I've been troubleshooting the hydraulic motor on it.

Ended up the ml off-road track bar bracket won't work because I'm not going very tall I think you have to do a minimum of a 4in lift to be able to clear. It was resting directly on my pumpkin with a mounted in place..

It's a pretty stout unit I'll probably go ahead and sell it once I get a couple miles on the van and I'm sure I don't want to change over to that design..

So with that said I have drill to put capture nuts on the factory cast iron bracket track bar. Bought a BD diesel solid machine track bar very Stout just as strong as the original I read some reviews for people who bought cheaper ones and had them bend definitely don't want that happened while I'm hauling kiddos.

ended up having to make some ugly shock extensions cuz I just bought these Fox 2.0 s last year and I'm kind of tired of spending money at the moment so I still have full wheel travel but I needed to gain about four more inches of shock length. They're ugly but they'll work for now they're welded to the factory bracket at the bottom to keep them lined up.


I did a quick driveway alignment I got the F-250 pitman arm that I still need to ream out a little bit more and then the steering's all dialed in. I have a 45 degree offset on My keyways. look at the pictures to see the difference.. and let me tell you that thing is hard as hell to drill!!

Neither going to put bump stops on it I only have about 2 inches of up travel until my pumpkin will contact the crossmember but it may be the lowest four wheel drive conversion aside from a twin beam I'm not sure. But I didn't want to give up my 880 s helwig front springs is they Ride amazing!! and I tried to pull the bolt that holds the lower spring perch and can't get it off of either one of my Dana 60 axles so putting a puck underneath the spring perches not going to happen without a torch...eek!!!

Got to put fluid in the differential bleed the brakes and put the track bar ball joint in on the axle and she will be ready for her maiden voyage!!!

the track bar ball joint got lost in the mail that's two major key components that have been lost in the mail on this build now. But it only delayed me like 3 days and today was a much cooler day here in Ohio after it poured down rain!

I'm stoked to almost be done with the axle install!!! I miss driving her!!

Oh..it looks like she may level out with the front axle..no more big rear end in the air!!



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wanderer-rrorc

Explorer
Look who took a drive today????

4x4 axle swap is complete!!

Just need an alignment and to get my sway bar mounted!!

Next project while it's hot is body panel replacement...

This fall is the transfer case while it's not fukin 90+*!!


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