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Old 01-15-2020, 12:56 PM   #161
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I like the addition of the engine crossmember brace. But after seeing this design from another company I'm actually going to do one that is a track bar that is incorporated into the sway bar mount brackets that run between the two frame rails so in essence the track bar bracket will get the engine cradle and both frame rails tied together to distribute all of the forces which will prevent frame flex and or ripping the bracket off!!
I like to triangulate. I used the old steering linkage to reinforce the track bar bracket. It can be tightened up.
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Old 01-15-2020, 06:39 PM   #162
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I found this image this year when I was looking for differences in the frames between Ford pickup trucks and Ford vans. I have not verified this yet but it is the only drawing I've ever seen directly comparing the two.Attachment 31342
This is gold. Thanks for posting.
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Old 01-15-2020, 10:07 PM   #163
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I like to triangulate. I used the old steering linkage to reinforce the track bar bracket. It can be tightened up.

Nice!!!!

What steering arms did you have to get?
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Old 01-15-2020, 10:08 PM   #164
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This is gold. Thanks for posting.
Your welcome!! I've gotten so much stuff stored n saved!! One day it will be useful!!
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Old 01-15-2020, 10:09 PM   #165
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Aside from 2 new brake hardlines... ITS READY!! (2004 Sterling Ford 10.5 w 4:10s I swapped the ELOCKER from the 2014 Sterling 10.5 w 3:31)

Locker went right in... backlash within spec per my micrometer...and the freaking EASIEST way to dump 3.5 quarts in a differential I've EVER done!!

You aint done some brave/stressful/insane shit as a builder till you've drilled a 3/4 hole in a diff case!! (Nerves were on edge)

I painted all the axle bolts with touch up paint left over from Yolanda's paint job this last summer!!

I'm in love!![ATTACH=full]561746[/ATTACH]

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Old 01-16-2020, 01:48 AM   #166
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Diffs are always a fun time.
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Old 01-16-2020, 11:26 AM   #167
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Nice!!!!

What steering arms did you have to get?
I got the MG kit and it came with a modified arm. I think is an extended F350 with the van taper broached.
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Old 01-17-2020, 09:23 PM   #168
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I needed to load the Sterling tonight onto the trailer .

The Tailgate was at ground level so i rolled tire up onto bed..sprayed the planks with Wd40..then backed the van up and the axle slid in all the way to the far side brake rotor..then I used a ratchet strap and 2 4x4 blocks to lift the last bit n slide it in!

Sterling 10.5 loaded with an inch to spare!!

Going in tomorrow at my works garage..post lift..fork lift...hope it's quick!!

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Old 01-17-2020, 09:32 PM   #169
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Yeah..Fun...that's the F word I kept saying..

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Old 01-20-2020, 07:12 PM   #170
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After what turned into a 14 hour Saturday build we finally got the axle up inside. turns out I'm an idiot and left the drive shaft at home so that cost us two hours to drive out and drive back to get it. Found out that the perches on the Sterling or actually about half an inch taller than the Dana 60 rear end so the u-bolts did not fit with my added springs. So we had to go get for new u-bolts, fortunately O'Reilly's in Grove City happen to have exactly what we needed on the shelf!!

All new brake hard lines and rubber lines across the back. I'm dealing with a caliper that is sticking somewhere because we only bleed the back brakes I got a slight brake smell.

it is a profound improvement and acceleration and braking with the 410 gears E-Locker and larger rotors that this axles supposed to have over the 60. towing on Stock tune last night even with the larger 33 inch tires on the back versus the thirty ones that we're on it (31.5 but they are worn out) it was way quicker and had much more power than when I run on the hundred horsepower tune with the old axle. So running on the hundred horsepower to now makes it incredible!!!!!

speedometer is about 5 miles an hour faster than I'm actually going so I will need to get that recalibrated. however now I think I'm going to go up to a 34 inch tire on the van when I do the front swap.

I'm going to have to lift the front at least 2 in more than it is now when I put the Dana 60 underneath it so that it will be a little more leveled out. But I got to say I'm super happy with how it's working how easy it went in minus a couple bonehead mistakes that I made and a slight oversight on the U bolts!!

I want to make sure to thank my buddy Chris Sullivan help me get it all done well getting to meet a bunch of his new coworkers because he's going to be starting as a apprentice plumber with the company I work for!!

I could have done it without your buddy!!

oh and we found out that with the leaf spring pack on the back I have 5 in of down travel from static height. Not sure how much up travel we have yet we'll find that out soon enough!! ;DClick image for larger version

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