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When I was doing some strut shortening years ago, I found that the factory strut....prior to a replacement cartridge being put in, was a twin tube setup too.......the inner tube could be cut down, as well.  An extra step or two but it could still be shortened.   I don't remember the details, I just remember that I figured that it could be done......just wasn't worth doing to a worn out stock strut.

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Hi thanks for the info , yes you can cut the inner tube ,but theses have a small return tube up the side and is linked to the valving , waiting for a reply from a buddy about modifying it also , just don't want to destroy a good set of shocks and I want then to function properly . I just missed a short set on Racing junk.com , these shocks are big bones $$$

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Update , welded the holes in the shock carrier , too tired to do anymore today ,Still brackets for this to make up and the part that the shocks bolt on.

Wayno are you going to Canby this year ? I am really going to try to make it this year !!!!

 

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Hi here is another update , shock Bracket

 

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These holes are in case longer bolts are used they won't strip the threads in the plate

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Still have to finish the end plates and two more bracket that hold it on to the sub frame

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Update , more shock carrier bracket stuff, soon onto the cantilever arms. looking forward to being finished with the suspension , would like to get onto something new.

 

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This will give you an idea how its going to work

 

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Still have to cap off the 45 ends , all out of 1 1/2 inch Cold Rolled flat bar

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its all bolt on so it can be removed to access the diff and half shafts etc.

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Small update , still lots of welding to do and some gussets and a cross brace , it will be much easier with the box off .

just making lots of little parts for the rear suspension ,

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I don't have the new shocks yet , so I made a mock up to help things along

 

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it's amazing how long it takes to make what seems like a simple part.

Got to try to stay motivated , as frustrating as it can get, sometimes it seems like I am building a truck from scratch ..........I need to get the Suspension finished so I can figure out the fuel cell and filler tube , Half shaft lengths etc.

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Hi not too much happening , busy working and had to over haul the brakes on my big work van.

 

These are going to be the new Cantilever arms, 4130 Chromoly 1 1/4 x 0.83

 

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Maybe I should have built a 4X4 lol lol

one of the wheels off my van

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I built a 4X4 with a brand new Toyota in 1982 , it was awesome , it was just like a dirt bike with a roof , was way too cool

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Small update , still working on the rear suspension , soon onto something else........

Making new cantilever arms

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still haven't got my new shocks yet , so I have a tube in as a temporary shock

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Hi ...............yes I have been working on my truck just too busy to keep everyone in the loop ...............sorry

I ordered lots of parts , still waiting on Shocks and springs for the rear

and I do appreciate the following

 

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Hi ol'rusty 1980 , well mostly because when I started the project years ago , 17 inch wheels were the coolest thing ,I am on my 3rd set of wheels now , they all had some issue, too wide or too tall, or couldn't find tires the right size that would clear inner fenders .

Also I don't want to ruin the box , you know cut holes in it for shocks to stick through,as well as trying to keep the unsprung weight down,there is only so much room under there.I plan on using my truck everyday , and will probably haul dirt bikes , and some 2x4's , plus there is always the cool factor !!!!!! ............................I guess I like to be different.

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look at his username Fast720 that should say it all. I remember one car that belonged to a friend of mine an old 'Cuda that had a built Hemi under the hood and it twisted the frame so bad when he first started it, it was classified as a write off non repairable so he pulled the engine and trans and planted it in a '67 Dodge 1/2 ton truck, it blew the doors off anyone who even thought of challenging.

My 66' D-100 has a fresh 'leaning tower of power' sitting on the engine stand. A hemi would be bitchin' but when I finally wear out the Slant I am going to go early CUMMINS!!

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Hi ol'rusty 1980 , well mostly because when I started the project years ago , 17 inch wheels were the coolest thing ,I am on my 3rd set of wheels now , they all had some issue, too wide or too tall, or couldn't find tires the right size that would clear inner fenders .

Also I don't want to ruin the box , you know cut holes in it for shocks to stick through,as well as trying to keep the unsprung weight down,there is only so much room under there.I plan on using my truck everyday , and will probably haul dirt bikes , and some 2x4's , plus there is always the cool factor !!!!!! ............................I guess I like to be different.

I like runnin' 235-60-15's on factory 60's GM wheels. Biggest/stiffest tire/wheel combo that does not screw up speedo/rub fenders, or cost a bloody fortune.P1050117.jpgP1050134.jpgP1050144.jpg

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