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Re: SquareD Part 5: The build continues and gets more aggressive
« Reply #1450 on: April 06, 2015, 08:56:20 PM »
I had a goal of getting the painted and completed fender at least hanging on the truck today, so with that in mind, I painted the louver:
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« Reply #1451 on: April 06, 2015, 08:59:52 PM »
Yea, I know...runs in the paint. It's on the inside, so I let it be!

Since the wiring harnesses are being created all over the place, I decided it might be a good time to get some more stuff installed that involves wiring. Here I'm testing one of the solar panels Ash sent me some time ago. It's making good power. Not enough to arc weld with, mind you, but enough to provide a trickle charge for the aft deep cycle battery
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« Reply #1452 on: April 06, 2015, 09:01:25 PM »
Covering up the cells definitely affects output!
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« Reply #1453 on: April 06, 2015, 09:03:31 PM »
I think these are 100 watt panels, so I'll use one as a trickle charger.

I added 4 new feet and some new wiring
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« Reply #1454 on: April 06, 2015, 09:04:38 PM »
Cleaned it up and mounted it to the roof of the topper
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« Reply #1455 on: April 06, 2015, 09:06:56 PM »
I cut out the hood openings which were covered over with the hood underside pad. I think I'll finish these ducts with some of that aluminum HVAC Duct tape before I screw down the louver panels
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« Reply #1456 on: April 06, 2015, 09:08:44 PM »
The factory Dodge fenders had this reinforcing panel which I cleaned up, undercoated, and bolted home onto the repaired fender
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« Reply #1457 on: April 06, 2015, 09:11:10 PM »
I hung the fender then started the lengthy process of getting it to align and fitted properly. I did not have enough time to get that done so it still looks "Roughed-in" instead of fitting properly
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« Reply #1458 on: April 06, 2015, 09:13:58 PM »
This might be a problem area. I might just saw off that fender below the marker light and end this issue immediately!
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« Reply #1459 on: April 06, 2015, 09:16:56 PM »
Looks like pretty good access to the power steering filter for future servicing, I'll take it!

Here's the louver panel drying and colored green. I had half a thought to paint it flat black, but I couldn't think of a good reason for doing it other than for show, and this truck is not for show!
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« Reply #1460 on: April 06, 2015, 09:17:44 PM »
First time in a long time, I am having sheet metal all the way down the side from front to rear!
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Re: SquareD Part 5: The build continues and gets more aggressive
« Reply #1461 on: April 06, 2015, 09:18:45 PM »
And that right there boyz and girlies is the end of a tiring build day 237.
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Re: SquareD Part 5: The build continues and gets more aggressive
« Reply #1462 on: April 06, 2015, 10:39:39 PM »
Looks like you got plenty done.... I spent the day on my Exmark shortening the grass on 7 acres and change. Good news is, the spring cleanup of the lawn is done, so I can take the bagger off now.
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Re: SquareD Part 5: The build continues and gets more aggressive
« Reply #1463 on: April 06, 2015, 10:56:18 PM »
Looks like you got plenty done.... I spent the day on my Exmark shortening the grass on 7 acres and change. Good news is, the spring cleanup of the lawn is done, so I can take the bagger off now.

Norm,
You have played with these old trucks more than I, what do you say about the front tire fender clearance? Moving the axle forward has certainly eliminated the tire to rear part of the fender clearance issue, but the front is looking suspiciously close to me.
What say ye, trim or hold it to the stock dimensions?
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Re: SquareD Part 5: The build continues and gets more aggressive
« Reply #1464 on: April 06, 2015, 11:01:12 PM »
It's going to hit.  Even with the axle in the stock location and 4" of lift, a 35" tire will hit that front corner. Usually I rim mine under the marker lights... then wrap the front bumper around the corner to make it look cleaner. Wish I had a pic.....
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Re: SquareD Part 5: The build continues and gets more aggressive
« Reply #1465 on: April 06, 2015, 11:19:55 PM »
It's going to hit.  Even with the axle in the stock location and 4" of lift, a 35" tire will hit that front corner. Usually I rim mine under the marker lights... then wrap the front bumper around the corner to make it look cleaner. Wish I had a pic.....

Well, no worries, that's exactly what I was going to do. Since I might be painting the other fender tomorrow, it is the right time to trim away. I'll cut them both. I was going to bring the bumper around anyway...
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Re: SquareD Part 5: The build continues and gets more aggressive
« Reply #1466 on: April 07, 2015, 12:16:27 AM »
Nice work as the norm, not the "Norm".

Not looking for any credit on the lights. Found by chance and simply passed on the info. They work great and the AC/DC option is a bonus.

As for the panels you can't beat the price. But for anyone looking for them get "mono" panels (more eff in diff light settings) and you can get stick on panels now to stick right on the roof and are flexible. I will use those on the Sub for sure!!

Don, you will have to do youtube vid when you first start SD, just seems fair after all this,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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Re: SquareD Part 5: The build continues and gets more aggressive
« Reply #1467 on: April 07, 2015, 08:31:27 AM »
There's definitely been a lot of work going on, just that most of it involves dirt at the moment.

But we have movement on SquareD!

I got the relay and switch panel in from John, owner of ARC electronics. He is a great guy to work with. Very laid back and interested in solving your problems. I had shorted out his switch panel by mistake so he sent me a new one. I then proceeded to short that one out in the first 30 minutes I had it! So I soldered jumper wires in and made all that better. It produced this fully operational battle station, err, I mean switch panel.

Don, Great progress! You do have quite the assortment of switches! but you did miss one:


Keep up the great work!
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Re: SquareD Part 5: The build continues and gets more aggressive
« Reply #1468 on: April 07, 2015, 10:46:13 AM »
You putting a voltage controller in, to knock down the voltage?

http://www.amazon.com/HQRP-Charge-Controller-Regulator-Indicator/dp/B002GJ456S

 
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« Reply #1469 on: April 07, 2015, 10:58:37 AM »
Yes, I already have one.

You will see it with the emergence of the aft electrical panel going in the inside of the bed
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Re: SquareD Part 5: The build continues and gets more aggressive
« Reply #1470 on: April 07, 2015, 12:23:05 PM »
Don.... could you do me a favor when you get a chance.... and measure from the top of your front axles spring plate (centered) to the frame?  I'd sure appreciate it.
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Re: SquareD Part 5: The build continues and gets more aggressive
« Reply #1471 on: April 07, 2015, 03:29:57 PM »
Don.... could you do me a favor when you get a chance.... and measure from the top of your front axles spring plate (centered) to the frame?  I'd sure appreciate it.

OK Norm

Just got myself all dusty for ya

Measuring from the center top side of the spring plate straight north to the bottom of the frame I get these measurements:

L  13"        R   8"







Naw, just kiddin'



L  9"         R 9 1/16"
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Re: SquareD Part 5: The build continues and gets more aggressive
« Reply #1472 on: April 07, 2015, 04:31:34 PM »
Oh my goodness, it's a 1/16" off!! the world will end !! can you imagine how much lower the left side will be when Don gets in the truck? oh boy :)

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« Reply #1473 on: April 07, 2015, 05:13:45 PM »
Oh my goodness, it's a 1/16" off!! the world will end !! can you imagine how much lower the left side will be when Don gets in the truck? oh boy :)
...And remember we thought those springs might be sagging?

Well they both look about the same to me. Slight positive arch in both of them and without adding back in the leaf I removed, which I plan to do
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Re: SquareD Part 5: The build continues and gets more aggressive
« Reply #1474 on: April 07, 2015, 08:42:18 PM »
Thanks Don that helps me considerably. Our Ramcharger measures 7.5" at the same place. That's with 12 year old Alcan 4" custom springs. They measured 8.1" with the big block gasser when new 200K miles ago.

You have Jim's 2" drop hanger and longer shackles correct?



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Re: SquareD Part 5: The build continues and gets more aggressive
« Reply #1475 on: April 07, 2015, 09:07:48 PM »
Thanks Don that helps me considerably. Our Ramcharger measures 7.5" at the same place. That's with 12 year old Alcan 4" custom springs. They measured 8.1" with the big block gasser when new 200K miles ago.

You have Jim's 2" drop hanger and longer shackles correct?




I am using the 2" drop hangar because that is all he has I believe. As for the shackles, He sent me like 4 different sets of which two were designed with the improper lengths according to Jim. So, I can't actually say with certainty if the shackles are longer, I think they may be near stock length.
I measured them center of bolt to center of bolt. They are 5.5" and I have others 1" shorter.
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Re: SquareD Part 5: The build continues and gets more aggressive
« Reply #1476 on: April 07, 2015, 09:30:26 PM »
Thanks Don you have gave me something to ponder while staring at the bare frame and wondering what to do next LoL We have a week of rain forecast....no farming will be done...so I should build something.

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« Reply #1477 on: April 07, 2015, 09:45:11 PM »
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Thanks Don you have gave me something to ponder while staring at the bare frame and wondering what to do next LoL We have a week of rain forecast....no farming will be done...so I should build something.


But remember you said this thing would be done by June!

I want to work on mine something fierce, but something has come up which will slow me up for a bit...
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Re: SquareD Part 5: The build continues and gets more aggressive
« Reply #1478 on: April 08, 2015, 06:55:28 AM »
A whole lotta talk happening...  Not alotta work....

Wash off that mower after every use, then when you get ready to mow again, it's already cleaned up and agile.  No down time getting ready to mow...

just curious as to what this moving button did.....

Now that's cool.  Does it still move within a quote?  Let's see?

It does!!!
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Re: SquareD Part 5: The build continues and gets more aggressive
« Reply #1479 on: April 08, 2015, 01:36:34 PM »
Can you people believe what just happened to my respectable build thread

Ah the forces that strive to turn all my good work into some mindless chat thread...

And of all people...Ash....

I think I'll ban Shawn as punishment! ;-))
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Re: SquareD Part 5: The build continues and gets more aggressive
« Reply #1480 on: April 09, 2015, 08:27:24 PM »
Square D build continued on Part 6...
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