so i've never done a drag style 4 link before, just stuff for crawlers and buggies. so there was a little learning curve.
I ended up with johnny joints on both ends of the links. some more swap meet qa1's ---these needed rebuilt by a local guy. all in--a couple hundred bucks
yukon locker. noisy as fuck, but gets the jerb done.
initially I was gonna run the stock axles, as they had been narrowed and resplined. but I had some extra scratch from a side hustle doing hot side fab work and splurged on some custom joints from currie. I did have to re do my brakes as I could no longer use my IMCA chevy caliper kit with the old style big bearing ends and off the shelf rotors so some fuckery had to be done
but it all went together well with the '03+ crown vic rotors and I even got a hand from the missus
52" wide banjo style housing, yukon locker, 31 spline "street" axles, watts link, big bearings center and outer, factory 3.50 gears, qa1's with 275lb springs
added some bump stops to keep the axle off the frame
that pic shows the DS i made from the remnants of this beast. I was doing a side hustle buying fleet trucks and parting them out. eventually I got sick of craigslist flakes and having a pile of crap in my backyard so I knocked that shit off. It was good sweatpants money if you could get them cheap enough. People sweat those AA&M 11.5" dually rearends. 900 buckaroos everytime.
but here's the few pics of the driveshaft I made. The cab chassis trucks come with 1450 tube ends and the proper slip yoke for an 80e
so I ground the welds off the tube ends, and ordered up some 3.5" spicer tube ($80) and some HD joints. I had to use a 1450 to 1350 adapter joint on the pinion end. I put a used nascar pinion yoke on it and they use a 1350 joint prettu much exclusively.
I put the ends in phase with bubble levels and tigged it on. my local driveshaft guy spun it to 7500 critical speed and it only need a gram after he straightened it up
with the driveshaft sorted it was time to figure out the hotside. some 2.5" schedule 10 304 stainless els hung off two driver's side truck manis
oh yeah on the core support frame bracket you can see my special high tech body bushings...hockey pucks! they're super cheap and work way better than the stock replacements which tend to crack and fall apart after a few years.
anyways, back to turbo stuff. I necked down to 2.25 16g stainless for the rest of my hotside
Post by motherfuckerjones on Jun 4, 2017 7:06:33 GMT
Are those rails still stick width with the Vic front end? I've got a 79 long bed I might LS+boost one day so just looking at manifold options. We don't really get the truck manifolds here but I've got some commodore (G8) manifolds here that look similar
yeah the frame is stock width. I narrowed the CV front 5" and used a pinto rack. but then you gotta either use wheel with a lot of negative offset (like 50+mm) which can be hard to find or just deal with a lot of tuck which I must admit has grown on me.
the g8/zeta/gto manis would work even better than truck manis IMO, they hug the block a little tighter.
my next hotside I wanna use them and have the driver side snake back around behind the oil sump, into the pass outlet and then scab some schedule 10 2.5" pipe onto the pass mani, to the turbo flange