XRBrati Underway....

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Post by MerkXRTurbo » Tue Jul 01, 2008 12:54 pm

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Every time I see "trucks" like that I want to get in my 3/4 ton Dodge and CRUSH THEM!!!!!!!!! :evil: :evil: :evil:
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Post by Rooster » Tue Jul 01, 2008 5:14 pm

what do the p100 tail lights look like??
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Post by CV12Steve » Tue Jul 01, 2008 6:08 pm

This might be more what you're looking for.
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Post by DPDISXR4Ti » Tue Jul 01, 2008 6:20 pm

CV12Steve wrote:This might be more what you're looking for.
Right, basically 100% functionally equivalent to the ones I've already got there now, which fit precisely in place with 4 screws. So tell me again why I'd want to change them? :dunno
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Post by Rooster » Tue Jul 01, 2008 7:00 pm

well then mod the stock ones so it doesnt look like a scobby tail light... 8)
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Post by DPDISXR4Ti » Wed Jul 02, 2008 11:41 am

In the interest of getting this thread back on track :roll:, I figured I'd actually do something relating to the project....

"Measure twice and cut once". Solid-roof headliner cut in half, to match the new roof size...
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I figure it's about time to get the bed sealed up in preparation for spraying in the bed-liner, so here's some progress in that regard. (If you're so inclined, you can go back to page 19 to see the "before" shots).
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And just for documentation purposes before paint, I figured I'd take a shot of tube that indicates the use of 4130-MIL-T-6736 1.625" x .083" Chromoly tube.
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Post by CV12Steve » Wed Jul 02, 2008 4:55 pm

DPDISXR4Ti wrote:"Measure twice and cut once". Solid-roof headliner cut in half, to match the new roof size . . .Image
As long as you have to recover it, what about trying to close the ends of the "head troughs" simaliar to stock (give it more of a finished look)?
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Post by DPDISXR4Ti » Wed Jul 02, 2008 5:06 pm

CV12Steve wrote:As long as you have to recover it, what about trying to close the ends of the "head troughs" simaliar to stock (give it more of a finished look)?
Novel idea, but that would require too much time for the minimal impact it would have. I'll be working on this forever if I try to make everything look "factory original".
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Post by DPDISXR4Ti » Sun Aug 03, 2008 11:14 pm

Not much progress to report, although it did occur to me today that the "Merkur year" is 1/6th over already - I really need to get back on track if this thing is gonna have paint a year from now. :oops:

So here's a couple shots with the Rota Slipstream wheels that the XRBrati has adopted...

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Post by DPDISXR4Ti » Sun Aug 03, 2008 11:20 pm

Built Ford tough? :lol:

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I really need to get some stiffer springs in this thing, dontcha think? :beats head
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Post by CV12Steve » Sun Aug 03, 2008 11:57 pm

DPDISXR4Ti wrote:I really need to get some stiffer springs in this thing, dontcha think? :beats head
How about air bags in the springs?
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Post by DPDISXR4Ti » Mon Aug 04, 2008 9:30 am

CV12Steve wrote:How about air bags in the springs?
That approach has been suggested before, but it just doesn't appeal to me. A dual spring solutions is where I'm likely headed - short spring in the stock location and coil-overs.
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Post by Chuck W » Mon Aug 04, 2008 9:54 am

How about just some heavier springs? What is in there now?

On the Scorpio (the old one) I had my beefy rear springs in there (about 2-1/2x's stock rate) and when I loaded a 2.3T shortblock on a small skid in the back of the car...it dropped about 1/4"...
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Post by DPDISXR4Ti » Mon Aug 04, 2008 10:35 am

Chuck W wrote:How about just some heavier springs? What is in there now?
The currect ride has stock springs with about 200,000 miles on them. Can you say "mushy"? :lol:

Certainly just some heavier springs would be a step in the right direction. My thinking on the dual-spring approach was that it would sorta be like leaf springs, where the second spring wouldn't really do much until a load was put in.

With that second load yesterday, I'd venture to say I had about 1250 lbs in there - does anyone else make a 5/8 ton truck? :P
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