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Old July 26th, 2019, 03:36 PM
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Looks great! It's going to be a powerhouse.

I wish I could weld like that...
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Old July 27th, 2019, 05:26 AM
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Keep at it.... your doing great work!
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Old July 29th, 2019, 05:30 AM
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Looks great! It's going to be a powerhouse.

I wish I could weld like that...
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Thanks all! The encouragement is is appreciated.

I wish I could weld like that too! haha. It's never a bad think to know a guy that can TIG.
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Old July 30th, 2019, 03:41 PM
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Today I got my exhaust manifolds back from the ceramic coater's. They look pretty good! I went with silver since the two options they had on hand were black or silver and I wanted to try to dissipate heat a bit.



I also decided to go ahead and get the truck box I wanted. After I get it bolted down, I'll relocate the batteries to the box. This way they'll be out of the weather and out of my way. I think I'll turn the center console into a boom box of sorts. Head units on the top and speakers on the sides.



I tried to fiddle with the clutch pedal mounting but with the time I had today, it wasn't going to happen. So I decided to turn my attention to the steering. I had ordered hoses for a J10 and lucky me! They fit the box and the Ram's pump! I need to route the return hose in a bit of a funky direction to avoid the radiator but otherwise, it's looking good! I'm also putting a small cooler on the frame crossmember to cool the steering system. I've at least got one system mostly figured out!



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Thatís a tight fit!
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Old July 31st, 2019, 04:08 AM
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But it fits! We angled the radiator away from the engine a bit as well. But I think anytime I want to work on the accessory drive, I may have to remove the radiator. I hope not, but it's a possibility.
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After fiddling with the radiator and power steering for a while, I realized that those hoses I was trying to use didn't have the right end (they are flared where they should be o-ring style). So while I'm waiting on my new hoses, I figured I'd start work on the clutch.

First thing was to figure out how to sneak in a master cylinder in a place there was never supposed to be one. Since I have a vacuum brake booster, it firewall space more of a premium.



I found a suitable location utilizing a hole that is unused in the clutch pedal mount. I needed to drill out all three holes and grind down the lip in the above picture. The idea is to put the master cylinder to the left of the pedal and relocate the bracket (or make a new one) to work with the new push-rod location.



Drilling the holes wasn't too bad and the master cylinder fits! Although, I got it a tad close to the fender liner. Oh well.







Now all that's left to do is shorten the push-rod and make some form of bracket on the pedal for the push-rod to mount to.
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