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Re: DamageWagon's AdventureWagon

Postby DamageWagon » Tue Jan 31, 2017 8:42 pm

I hit up the guy that bought my 1992 W-250 Cummins a few days ago to see how he was still enjoying the truck. He was a great guy, planned to buy my truck sight unseen 6 weeks in advance, flew out from Ohio to so-cal and drove it home. He bought it to tow a fifth wheel to take his antique diesel Oliver tractors to tractor shows. He rebuilds old school diesel Rabbits in his free time, real cool dude! This morning he texted me back with these:
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He said a #1400 pound angus cow walked into the highway at night. That was the cleanest first gen I've seen, and I did a lot of work to it to make it a nicer truck. I just about cried when I saw the pictures. Don't know why I wanted to share that, but I'm pretty heartbroken for him. He is doing a great job getting it back together though.


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Re: DamageWagon's AdventureWagon

Postby olyelr » Wed Feb 01, 2017 5:10 am

Damn the luck!
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Re: DamageWagon's AdventureWagon

Postby Bill2014 » Wed Feb 01, 2017 11:54 am

Imagine that - didn't see a black angus on the road in the dark at night.
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Re: DamageWagon's AdventureWagon

Postby DamageWagon » Wed Feb 01, 2017 12:27 pm

Waahooooo! My drag link has crawled back from the hidden depths of hell! Damn is this thing sweet!

It's amazing it didn't fall out during transit. Or maybe it did and that's why it took so long...

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1.5" solid 1018 bar. Machined ends, no weld bungs. The threads are perfect. ImageImageImageImageImageImage

Can't wait to put this on! Between the new drag link and a new Trackbar heim I think I'm going to have a brand new truck lol


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Re: DamageWagon's AdventureWagon

Postby nts007 » Wed Feb 01, 2017 1:32 pm

That is pretty..... I want one now
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Re: DamageWagon's AdventureWagon

Postby Colibri » Wed Feb 01, 2017 2:37 pm

Damn beefy! Glad it finally made its way to you!
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Re: DamageWagon's AdventureWagon

Postby DamageWagon » Wed Feb 01, 2017 3:02 pm

nts007 wrote:That is pretty..... I want one now


Just call up EMF! I ordered mine in October [emoji2]


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Re: DamageWagon's AdventureWagon

Postby DamageWagon » Wed Feb 01, 2017 3:07 pm

I'm stoked Colibri. Can't wait to get this on. My steering feels so funky. I can turn from 12 o'clock to 1 o'clock without turning the truck, and it feels like it's going over a hump in that motion.


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Re: DamageWagon's AdventureWagon

Postby Pit Slave » Wed Feb 01, 2017 3:17 pm

DamageWagon wrote:I'm stoked Colibri. Can't wait to get this on. My steering feels so funky. I can turn from 12 o'clock to 1 o'clock without turning the truck, and it feels like it's going over a hump in that motion.


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Re: DamageWagon's AdventureWagon

Postby DamageWagon » Thu Feb 02, 2017 9:02 pm

Alright guys! Here we goooo!

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Re: DamageWagon's AdventureWagon

Postby Colibri » Thu Feb 02, 2017 9:16 pm

Now that is a pile of potential awesome!
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Re: DamageWagon's AdventureWagon

Postby nts007 » Thu Feb 02, 2017 9:27 pm

DamageWagon wrote:
nts007 wrote:That is pretty..... I want one now


Just call up EMF! I ordered mine in October [emoji2]


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Bet I'll order mine in June and have it in June.... Lol

You don't have enough steel...
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Re: DamageWagon's AdventureWagon

Postby DamageWagon » Thu Feb 02, 2017 9:34 pm

nts007 wrote:
DamageWagon wrote:
nts007 wrote:That is pretty..... I want one now


Just call up EMF! I ordered mine in October [emoji2]


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Bet I'll order mine in June and have it in June.... Lol

You don't have enough steel...


Well to add to that... 2 of those sticks is for tgibbs' roll cage haha. I get my DOM at half his price so I grabbed some for the guy. But the THIRD stick... We're going to use that to make White Knuckle sliders look like nerf bars on a 1995 F-250 [emoji2]


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Re: DamageWagon's AdventureWagon

Postby DamageWagon » Thu Feb 02, 2017 11:43 pm

Getting there fast. Shower time. ImageImage


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Re: DamageWagon's AdventureWagon

Postby vanished » Fri Feb 03, 2017 8:19 am

Not enough steel for my set too! ;)


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Re: DamageWagon's AdventureWagon

Postby DamageWagon » Sat Feb 04, 2017 12:32 am

vanished wrote:Not enough steel for my set too! ;)


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Might be able to get you a set


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DamageWagon's AdventureWagon

Postby DamageWagon » Sat Feb 04, 2017 12:33 am

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Re: DamageWagon's AdventureWagon

Postby RAM4ROKS » Sat Feb 04, 2017 6:40 pm

Looking good! Very nice welds! Aluminum is quite a challenge to weld to me, it dissipates heat so much until it finally melts and the zoom, gotta get that weld going!!! Well done!!!
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Re: DamageWagon's AdventureWagon

Postby DamageWagon » Sat Feb 04, 2017 6:50 pm

Thanks! It took me a bit to dial in the settings. The hardest part is that my company only used Lanthanated tungsten since we only TIG stainless, and when you run that stuff on AC it makes the tip look like stalagmites. It works ok but tends to lead to big welds. I'm happy my TIG skills are way better than my MIG skills (with aluminum) lol


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Re: DamageWagon's AdventureWagon

Postby nts007 » Sat Feb 04, 2017 7:21 pm

You gots skills!! I've never used a tig before but I really want to learn. My mig skills are decent enough I can make things stick together and not fall apart
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Re: DamageWagon's AdventureWagon

Postby Colibri » Sat Feb 04, 2017 7:30 pm

My wife can tig better than mig as well, but she weird lol. :rofl:
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Re: DamageWagon's AdventureWagon

Postby DamageWagon » Wed Feb 08, 2017 2:39 pm

Well I finally got the EMF drag link on last night! Crappy pics but it has to come off later for painting anyways.

I ended up loosening the BITD and driving for two days on the stock drag link to get it off. That broke the knuckle side loose, but the pitman are side was still way on there! Another try with s torch, tons of PB blaster, and a sledge and I finally got it off! I brought a 2-jaw and 3-jaw puller home and neither fit. Even lifting the truck up by the TRE stud using a bottle jack and smacking he pitman with a hammer didn't do it.

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The different adjustment methods
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The steering is a tiny bit tighter now. I have also developed death wobble, I believe because the play in my old link was masking it so it never came through to the steering wheel.


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Re: DamageWagon's AdventureWagon

Postby nts007 » Wed Feb 08, 2017 2:51 pm

Tie rod outer ends are likely shot. They tend to go before the drag link does most of the time. It just takes one
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Re: DamageWagon's AdventureWagon

Postby DamageWagon » Mon Feb 20, 2017 2:29 pm

nts007 wrote:Tie rod outer ends are likely shot. They tend to go before the drag link does most of the time. It just takes one


You were dead on. Checked it with a DTX guy and it was the tie rod ends, on the tie rod. I called up EMF today to see if they can make me a stock replica tie rod with their tre's. If they can't I might design one and get a shop to machine the link for me. I don't want their full steering, I can't pay $1500 for that.


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Re: DamageWagon's AdventureWagon

Postby DamageWagon » Mon Feb 20, 2017 2:33 pm

So I made some good progress with the 3 day weekend. Went down to tgibbs place (DTX guy) and he bent up my rock slider tubes for me. 2"x.120" DOM
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Also made serious progress on the camper

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Also got my HAM radio in. Yaesu ft-2900r. 75 watts, 2m band. Larsen NMO-150BK antenna, per recommendation of Radio at Carli. Image


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