1969 Patrol, Take 2: Action!

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Postby Esteban » Tue Oct 08, 2019 8:37 pm

:pray: I have no idea of both but I'm sure the size/pitch will be Standard.
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Postby yitzac1990 » Wed Oct 09, 2019 1:36 pm

In case anyone is wondering,

king pin bolt pattern: 2" x 2"
king pin stud thread size: 3/8-24

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Postby yitzac1990 » Fri Oct 11, 2019 4:46 pm

I just got the seats back from the upholstery shop. Simple, but I think they will look great!

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Postby yitzac1990 » Fri Oct 11, 2019 6:46 pm

Ayyyy! Now all I am missing are new tires and driveshafts....so close!!!

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Postby moore_rb » Mon Oct 14, 2019 11:10 am

yitzac1990 wrote:Starting to rethink my steering arm setup.....

Does anyone know if the studs at the top of the steering knuckle are removed easily? Are they simply threaded in? I am thinking of taking the cap off, removing the studs, and using longer studs so I can attach a high steer arm in this location.



I don't think 3/8" studs will be up to the task of handling the leverage that a steering arm would place on them (especially with bigger, heavier tires)

There is more than enough beef in the knuckle for what you are considering, but I think the studs would probably need to be hogged out and re-tapped to 7/16 -20, minimum, so they can be torqued to 90+

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Postby yitzac1990 » Mon Oct 14, 2019 12:00 pm

moore_rb wrote:I don't think 3/8" studs will be up to the task of handling the leverage that a steering arm would place on them (especially with bigger, heavier tires)

There is more than enough beef in the knuckle for what you are considering, but I think the studs would probably need to be hogged out and re-tapped to 7/16 -20, minimum, so they can be torqued to 90+

Just thinking out loud here... :think:


i didnt really think about that, good point!!
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Postby yitzac1990 » Thu Oct 17, 2019 7:09 am

got the 33" tires on! and the rusty wheels are a pretty good match :lol:

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I am waiting on a 5th matching tire for the spare, and then ill be making a custom spare tire carrier, mounted to the bumper.
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Postby mdawg4x4 » Thu Oct 17, 2019 12:11 pm

Looks like your rear spring shackle inverted back in on itself. kinda like the leaf springs are not long enough?
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Postby yitzac1990 » Thu Oct 17, 2019 12:48 pm

It's the opposite actually. Springs seem too long. I'll make some slightly longer shackles to help with it though. In person it does seem like the rear could use a little lifting
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Postby yitzac1990 » Mon Oct 21, 2019 2:54 pm

so I went ahead and put in slightly longer shackles in the rear. it looks much better now! I believe the original distance between holes was 3.14", and the shackles I made are 4" between holes.
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Postby yitzac1990 » Thu Oct 24, 2019 7:41 am

so here is the rear of the Patrol with the slightly longer shackles:

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looks much better!

I also got an old jerry can and made a custom can holder:

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Postby yitzac1990 » Thu Oct 24, 2019 12:56 pm

moore_rb wrote:
I don't think 3/8" studs will be up to the task of handling the leverage that a steering arm would place on them (especially with bigger, heavier tires)



returning to this...my original plan was to replace the OEM studs with a longer length stud, attach a high steer arm, and then a nut on each stud. what if I replaced the studs/nuts with long, Grade 8 bolts instead? Bolt all the way through the steering arm, king pin, shims, into the knuckle. Do you think that would hold better? I could also weld another support piece to the knuckle and bolt the arm through that as well?
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Postby yitzac1990 » Fri Oct 25, 2019 8:34 am

i got the driveshafts yesterday and went on the first drive!!!

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the front driveshaft needs some work...at normal ride height, there was a little bind at the u-joint in the front. I used a grinder to remove some material, and it works now, but any downward travel of the axle will see it binding up again. I may have to get some custom flanges made to adapt another CV head at the diff. But the rear works fine since I was able to tilt the rear axle up when I did my SPOA swap. ive already contacted a driveline shop that seems to be able to make custom high angle flanges/shafts, so hopefully they get back to me soon.

and yes I know I have a fuel leak, I need a new gasket for my fuel level sender, happening hopefully later today.

I am so excited to get this thing driving! as far as I know, it has not seen a road in over 20 years!!!
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Postby mad4hws » Fri Oct 25, 2019 9:23 am

are those new driveshafts? They look great.
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Postby yitzac1990 » Fri Oct 25, 2019 10:46 am

yes, they were custom built for me. each one had to have a CV head at the TC.
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