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Well, I damn near did the swap in 1 day. Between my buddy Jon and I we were able to tear down the axle, cut off the old perches (too narrow), install the new brakes and rotors, and get the new perches welded on. Still have to do the shock tabs, bleed the brakes, get a slightly longer drive shaft and throw a little primer on it. Good news is the angles seem to be acceptable so I'm going to skip the double u-joint on the drive shaft and just stick to lengthening what I've got.

Was moving so fast today that I forgot to snap many pics. Here's my buddy welding up the perches.

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August 8th, 2015, 6:21 pm
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Tig welding with finger shoes. Crazy.

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I was just thinking "when did Danny learn how to TIG?" LOL

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August 8th, 2015, 10:09 pm
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blazeremt89 wrote:
Tig welding with finger shoes. Crazy.

Jon wears those to do all kinds of things you shouldn't do in those. Every time we're doing car work. I don't get it.


August 9th, 2015, 8:00 am
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One more. Love having a this accessible.. :D

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August 9th, 2015, 3:19 pm
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There's def burn holes in the top of my vibrams. I like your buddy :mrgreen:

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August 9th, 2015, 7:22 pm
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Dan90FSB wrote:
There's def burn holes in the top of my vibrams. I like your buddy :mrgreen:


That's actually the Brit who played poker with us...


August 9th, 2015, 7:35 pm
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The only socially accepted shoe in Berkeley lol :goodfinger:

Nice job on the swap. I was going to tell you to swap the hub nuts out to dana 60s spindle nuts since they work on the 14 bolts too but im late! I have the stock nuts in my current 14b but ill switch to d60s when I put the other 14b in. That way I can carry the one tool instead of both.


August 9th, 2015, 8:43 pm
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So the 14FF has been good so far. I still have to take the driveshaft in to get lengthened. That's happening Monday. Today I swung over to Pick-n-Pull in Newark to grab a few things for future projects since they were having a 50% off event. One of the things I got was a hydroboost brake booster to replace the vacuum one I've got now.

I have to say this looks to be an easy swap (famous last words) for a massive amount of extra braking boost. While the dual disks are pretty good as-is right now (haven't done any full power stops since the pads are still bedding in) I like the idea of having even more power, especially while towing.

So, anyone have any thoughts? Done this already? I'm following this write-up roughly and trying to find parts that match my truck vintage. http://www.gmfullsize.com/forum/showthread.php?t=156800


August 15th, 2015, 5:58 pm
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The hydro boost should be a great upgrade. I think it's time and money well spent.

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August 15th, 2015, 6:09 pm
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Nice, good to hear.

Seems to be a junkyard booster should be fine, right? That can't be a part that "wears out" too much... And for about $40 that's a pretty good deal over the $140+ for a reman. Now I just need to sort out the lines, those look to be pricey.

Thinking maybe doing the AN fitting thing and making my own. Convert all the flare fittings with adapters.... hmmmmm


August 15th, 2015, 6:21 pm
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So this is actually taking shape pretty quickly. I pulled a booster and master cylinder out of a '95 G30 van in Newark. 50% off weekend got me the pair for $40 after fees and core charges. I then spent a fair amount of time looking for the right AN adapters online. Rock Auto links to spec sheets that have the fitting sizes - 16mm x 1.5 and 18mm x 1.5 o-ring - for the steering box, booster and pump I'll be using, so I ordered up -6 AN adapters from Amazon, along with some -6 AN steel braided hose. I think I'm going to mock up the pieces to figure out what angle of end fitting I want on each hose before I order. Amazon has Fragola end fittings available for 2-day delivery, so it won't take long once I decide if I want 120/90/etc end fittings for each. I've also got a legit hydroboost steering pump on the way from Rock Auto for $40. Saves me having to T-off hoses since it has 2 low-pressure inlets instead of 1. Between the fittings, hoses, parts, etc, I'll probably end up spending $150 or so on this, but that's still cheaper than JUST a reman'd hydroboost unit, so I'm pretty excited.


August 16th, 2015, 3:17 pm
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In and out in at South Bay Driveline today. Pretty happy. They got me 3" longer and new joints. Slip yoke sits nice and deep now. Was left with only about 2" holding on after doing the swap! :-o


August 17th, 2015, 9:34 pm
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Got mine shortened there too, never had an issue with their work.

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August 17th, 2015, 10:37 pm
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Yeah Steve at SBD is great.

Glad to hear the brakes are coming along. Carry smart trail spares though (like a high pressure hose) because if you lose your steering you lose your brakes too!

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