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Re: suzi the psychic [Re: rascott] #991469 11/07/10 02:01 AM
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There are hardtops now and then on CL... <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif" alt="" />

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Re: suzi the psychic [Re: rxinhed] #991470 11/07/10 05:39 AM
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There are hardtops now and then on CL... <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif" alt="" />

thanks for that, russ.
i have seen some and can't seem to get very excited by them.
being a cheap sob, i think i need to make one myself.
i have been considering this for a while now and collecting some materials.
i want to keep suzi's "sun roof" feature, but make a sheet metal roofing over the back. i've begun collecting radios and sprouting antennas, so a metal roof will give me more places to put sticks.
i have some ideas about a rear window/hatch to improve access to the back, and i like the side windows on the swb montero, and want to copy the idea.
besides- it gives me something to do in my spare time....
ha ha


'89 kick w/some modifications.
some intentional.
suzi the psychic gets me fishing.
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Re: suzi the psychic [Re: rascott] #991471 11/08/10 03:40 AM
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Re: suzi the psychic [Re: rascott] #991472 11/12/10 12:58 AM
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still thinking about the roof. i picked up some sheet metal that i'm flopping around on the top as i try to figure out how to proceed.
i've got time. the rag still keeps the water out.
good thing, 'cause i leave her packed and ready to run.

i seem to have blown out my rear shocks.
funny i didn't notice it on my last run- it was bouncy after i finished the last suspension tweaking. there was oil leaking out of both of them.
those shocks were made for a mustang(i think- monroe32202 gasmatics).
i got some for a ford f150 to replace them(monroe37132 sensatrac).
they fit on. i should get more drop out of these. will i kill them too?
i never lowered the bump stops, and may be beating them to death. must consider.
suzi does does a fair amount of rough work, but i'll bet she only got around 300 miles of trail work out of those 'stang shocks.


'89 kick w/some modifications.
some intentional.
suzi the psychic gets me fishing.
kj6esv
Re: suzi the psychic [Re: rascott] #991473 11/12/10 05:50 AM
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If you're going to make a metal top, remember to leave the spoiler out of the design. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/lol.gif" alt="" /> Will you possibly be adding a rack to the agenda?

Secondly, unless you're getting these Monroe shocks cheap, are you wasting money? The oil Tokico 1987 shocks are still on my Raider and don't leak. They still dampen a little and may be replaced before they rust away. I liked the Rancho units I put on a 95 Tracker I had briefly. FWIW.

Re: suzi the psychic [Re: rascott] #991474 11/14/10 10:28 PM
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i decided to do something about my rear shock/bump stop and used up some scrap 2" square tube. that and some shim for the stop itself, and i am in the ball park for these f150 shocks(if my original spec. calcs. are right).
stock.
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with the change.
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with spacer and spring(full drop).
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the spring can rattle around at full drop, but i don't think i'll lose it.
i don't know why i have to try and paint everything- must be a condition i have.....

russell- no rack in the works. suzi is already standing kinda tall. i'd probably scrub a rack off if i had one.
besides, it would make me want to bring more stuff.


i'm interested to see how these new shocks feel.
unless something changes, that won't be until next season... although my brother and i are discussing a run to ef carson mabe.....could still get in, i think.....


ooh! i drove suzi to work and back. rides nice.
always looking forward.

Last edited by rascott; 11/16/10 06:46 PM.

'89 kick w/some modifications.
some intentional.
suzi the psychic gets me fishing.
kj6esv
Re: suzi the psychic [Re: rascott] #991475 12/04/10 04:00 AM
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i finally got around to installing a proper spacer in the differential center link.
i had made some shims out of some aluminium stock, but they were not really as thick as they should have been, and i like the material of this new one. same guy as my spring spacers.
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actually, i need slightly longer bolts. ordered and on the way from indiana.
i know.
anyway, they'll be easy to replace, and i'll be happy.
i need to get access to a lathe somehow. i need to thin a driveline spacer i want to try.


'89 kick w/some modifications.
some intentional.
suzi the psychic gets me fishing.
kj6esv
Re: suzi the psychic [Re: rascott] #991476 12/05/10 05:19 PM
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What is the spacer above for< a panhard rod?

Re: suzi the psychic [Re: rxinhed] #991477 12/05/10 07:44 PM
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"they" seem to call it the 'rear suspension upper arm'.
suzi has trailing arms and this center ball joint arrangement to locate the differential.
i had only partially spaced it to reflect the suspension changes i made.
i never had any problems with it(ran a couple of years without any spacer), but the ball joint was always at a funny angle.
this spacer is 2", and seems to correct that.
perhaps i'll never notice a difference.

sometimes i look for excuses to fondle suzi.
i think i should fiddle with her rear drive shaft. i think it should be longer. i'm thinking of adding a 1/2" spacer to the diff. end.
this is where it sticks into the transmission tail piece(static load).
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that's a 1/4" gap, and it could stuff in there better than an inch, i've never had it drop out, why worry?
just seems that it's supposed to be "in there" more.
i never noticed what it was like stock.

Last edited by rascott; 12/08/10 06:47 AM.

'89 kick w/some modifications.
some intentional.
suzi the psychic gets me fishing.
kj6esv
Re: suzi the psychic [Re: rascott] #991478 12/06/10 04:32 AM
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Regarding the driveshaft, with the lift you've done, I agree with your spacer idea. The slip shaft may not be engaged very much.

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