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Old 08-16-2012
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Ok Ok...I will be the jerk to say I dont see this working out.

And I see no benefit to using a rolled over chassis over the known good one under the 86.I would take the TTB chassis over the IFS crap anyday. Are you sure the 06 is even straight?

Dont mean to come off like a douche just expressing my opinions. Hope you can prove me wrong!
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Also the rear axle on the 86 will be narrower not to mention that you will be getting rid of a better axle.
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It will be finished. The frame is going on a rack. The 06 only has 65 km on it. I'm not interested in using the 86 suspension design. If I have to I get another bare frame. This is going to be a normal use truck. I'm not building it to mud, swamp or rock crawl. Unfortunately I just got sent out of town with work. The body shop is taking care of the frame so when I get back I will finish pulling the cab from tha 86 and that will go for paint after I mod or swap firewalls and modify the body mounts
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Cool man....at least your taking the right steps to ensure its a good chassis. Good luck brother!
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work sent me out of town, i moved when i got back so things have been slow. but today i got the 86 into the shop and started the tear down. got most of the engine bay stuff unbolted. going in tomorrow to finish stripping it down and get the cab and box off. im hoping work doesnt pick up until i get this done. but i have or rig has been shut down for the last 3 weeks. and work has got to pick up soon. anyways i will have more updated pics tomorrow
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still trying to decide on paint. im thinking black with DSG bottom and flares. debating on the bushwhacker cutouts. they seem too extreme. wish i could find some like i had on my last ranger. they were perfect. these are the only pics i can find of it.



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got the 86 stripped. cab removed was super sketchy at best. lol
would have been nice to use a hoist. i think i will throw the cab on the flatbed and tow it over to my buddies shop and use his hoist for install on the new frame.



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so i decided to keep the 86 frame. i got a great deal on a 4 inch suspension lift kit. i also just picked up a 93 explorer for parts that im going to rip the dana 35 out of and it also has warn hubs. so i will install the lift and all new balljoints u-joints and steering arms/tie rods.

i have made quite a bit of progress. the cab is back on with a 3" body lift. the 2006 dash is bolted. i cut off the mounting points and welded them on so the dash bolts up like factory. i used the inside heater box from the 2006 and the outer from the 1986. it was a major pain to get the dash and heater box to finally fit.

i had to modify the two steering shafts together.

i ripped the fuel lines out of the 06 and ran them in the 86 frame rail and am working on fitting the gas tank. i had to remove the cross braces and am making new ones to allow the new gas tank to fit.

i still have to do the brake lines, power steering line trans shifter cable, electric fan,install rad and mount battery.rewire the head and tail lights
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Impressive, that dash looks very good in ther
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Better paint that frame while its all apart.
But the truck looks real good man. How was getting that dash in there?
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the dash was a pain. and then lining up the heater box was worse. i spent most of today installing the door panels. because the newer stly panels slide on instead of push on i had to get out the old plasma cutter. i cut out squares where the tabs line up and then had to trim some of the edges to line up to the older door. luckily ford kept the same overall dimensions and placement of the window and door handles. i did however have to make a new hole for the lock pin as it was about an inch further back.i got the doors and front end back on for now. i am trying to decide the best spot for the ecu. so far i am leaning towards under the drivers side straight up next to the heater. i dont like the factory location high on the firewall. i also relocated that big square plug connector beside the coil pack. i wanted to reinstall the a/c but it takes up too much room for my future turbo system. i might also leave the power steering off as well because it doesnt seem to be difficult to turn while not moving.
so all i have to do to get this thing running is to mount the ecu, fuse box and battery and connect the fuel lines. will get pics up tomorrow when i have time to upload them. the interior looks great and overall it looks like a truck again.
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