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Project: Hereford (75 Travelette Build)

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CazNeck79

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Thanks, Darrel. I'll be getting high steer arms and crossover steering as soon as I have the money (or Ruff Stuff has a big sale). Not sure what you mean about upside down U-bolts? Is that how Furd did it? I was just going to use Ruff Stuff's U-bolts/plates.
 

Darrel

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Good call on high steer it's so much better than push-pull ime.

Yes, Ferd used upside down square ubolts. To use upright ubolts you need to cut a slot or drill a hole in the webbing.
I drilled mine to preserve the housing strength. You also have to massage the housing some to get the ubolt to fit nicely.


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View attachment 131943 View attachment 131944 View attachment 131945 The U fits no problem! Definitely needed the side mounts as the motor was really wobbly with only the front mount. Hereford has the 727 and there is no crosmember under the bellhousing, only at the rear of the tranny. Does this mean someone took it off? It looks like the headers might be in the way if I try use the one off of the t-all.

Thats cool! Thanks for posting that, I would not have believed it unless I saw it.

JJ in TN
 

CazNeck79

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Funny, cause yesterday I put on the stock pitman arm to start figuring out the crossover steering. The U is right in the way! But it looks like I could drill some new holes for mounting the U a little higher and farther back, and get a dropped pitman arm and it'll clear, I think.
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Making a little progress:
cleaned up and painted the U, and drilled new holes for mounting it higher. Still might be in the way of the drag link, we'll see.
Painted the oil pan and the front of the engine, no more chivy orange!
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Sanded and painted the leaf springs, reassembled with new center pins, anti-friction pads, and bushings.
Bolted the front hanger and the shackle hangers to the frame, they will get welded on when everything is finalized.
Mocked up the springs, measured everything dozens of times. I used 1/4" thick magnets to hang the shackle plates for aligning the hangers.
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Next step is to tack weld the DOM to the shackle hangers, then unbolt them and weld them up good. Then bolt them back in and weld them to the frame so I can put the bushings in them and bolt everything together. Truck is nice and bouncy, should ride smooth with good shocks. Pinion and caster angles look good too. Also got my high steer arms and all I need for the crossover steering.
 

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Got a lot parts. Phil Coonrod and Jeff Campbell sent me all the chrome trim pieces that Hereford was missing or are bent, needs some bodywork first but I wanted to get the trim while it was available.
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Stuck a 35" tire infront to get an idea of ride height and clearance. 37's will be perfect:sailor:
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Coonrod also sent me an old-school bug shield. You watch, these will come back in style!:tt2:
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:beer:Cheers,
Caz
 

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Believe it or not, I’m actually updating this thread! Just installed a rebuilt steering box and Borgeson shaft and joints. Really it was J.J. getting a travelette that inspired me to get to work on this beast again. A little bit at a time and eventually it will be an epic family ride. Plan is to get the biggest used Lance cabover camper I can find! Probably will still be a few years before that though. Cheers!
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Where did you get the steering column shaft with the Borgeson joints? Was it a kit specifically for your truck or ordered from pieces to build your own?
 

CazNeck79

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Summit. No kit, it’s a universal shaft that I cut down to 18.5” or so. The column end joint is 1”x48 spline x 1” DD, the steering box joint is 3/4”x30 spline x 3/4” DD. The steering box i ordered was for a 74 suburban 2wd, it’s exactly the same as the stock box that came off Hereford. I kept the stock box to rebuild if needed.
 
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CazNeck79

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Whats your caster set at looks high and pinion angle looks low?

Well, I’ve got a digital angle finder I can use but I’m thinking some shorter shackles will be perfect. If not, shims. The suspension is still in progress. Thanks
 

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Stick the angle finder on top of one of the king pinions should mirror arms. I would leave shakles were they are get them installed and check it. Then just shim. Mine is way to high I got shimms just haven't had time to install. But it makes it hard to turn at low speeds with arms to high. 4-6* and you should be good.
 

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Angle finder says 6.6* caster right now, so not too far off. I’ll definitely get it dialed in to around 4-5* before I’m done. Thanks Bo!:beer:
 

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Angle finder says 6.6* caster right now, so not too far off. I’ll definitely get it dialed in to around 4-5* before I’m done. Thanks Bo!:beer:
Check pinion angle too. It will go up if you shim arms down. Mine is to far down and I get vibration above 50 with hubs locked so shimming my arms down will help that as well.
 

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Taking further advantage of Father’s Day, got the ruff stuff diff cover put on finally. Not sure about the red though, I may still paint it black...
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J.J.

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HAPPY FATHERS DAY CAZ!!

now **that** is the correct way to spend fathers day. Looking good. You have inspired me, I am really now thinking about crossover for my project.

JJ in TN
 
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