Good news. Elliott brought the MIG over, and I have one side of the bed welded back together.
Bad news. Machine shop hasn't even started on my rotors. Friend Mickey at mild 2 wild is going to sit next to him on monday morning until they are done, he's just as pissed as I am. Also, no u-bolts either, ****er at autozone forgot to bring them. So rotors and u-bolts monday. So now my to-do list looks something like this...
Hook up and plum hydro assist.
Finish welding truckbed together, weld in support bars, and paint.
...and thats all I can do until I get those fawking rotors to assemble my axle, throw it on the truck with those u-bolts...then get the rear custom brake line made. My front brake line will be here next week and I'll bolt those on...get the beadlocks and I can drive the ****er. I hate waiting on parts...
Also, FINALLY got shaffer's offroad to call me back about my beadlocks, trail-ready was out-of-stock of the 6-lug centers for their wheels. They said another 4-5 days to make them and about 3 on top of that for shipping. When my front brake lines get here this week. And I'm just getting a 6" extension made to go b/t the rear hardline and the explorer rubber lines. All i'm waiting on now is the FAWKING WHEELS...and shocks, but who needs shocks?
Tell ya jey, I've been reading this SAS thread since it was first started, every page, every post. I have to tell you the truth, when I first saw what you were planning I was extremely skeptical. But you have dumbfounded me brother. The truck is 95% done and you have completed all the work single handedly. I have to give you my condolences man, This has to be one of the best threads i've ever read. You have provided such indetail pictures and explanations that this, when made into a LONG how to, will help any person out there wanting to do an SAS on their ranger. Great work man, I must say.
Well thanks Cass. Glad everyone can get something out of this soon to be 30 page long thread. I'll get with a mod when i finish the swap and see if we can't edit it down to a how-to.
Not doing anymore work until this weekend. No time really. Working late to get some xtra christmas money, and by the time i get home its dark. So the only daylight i see outside of work is on the weekends.
So this weekend, hopefully i'll have my front brakeline's in and get my rear extension made. I'll throw the steering back on the truck and hook up the hoses and fill her up with fluid. Throw some grease in the CTM's, synthetic fluid in the front and rear diffs, and fill and blead the brake system. Then continue with the sheet-metal work on the bed. Then all i can do is wait, for my damn wheels.