Haha, Thanks guys!
And read a ton I did...
I'm a bigtime researcher. To me, it's like a Quest to find the path of least resistance, avoid everyone else's pitfalls by learning from them ahead of time,
and then doing it simply and cheaply, while trimming the fluff from the roster of modifications.
You guys here, although a roundabout way to find it, have given us new guys the template order of OBS Powerstroke Modifications.
Everything from Tymars & Wildman's , to Bean's & Swamps....
(and Rosewoods, too!) = ]'
It's more of a journey than a destination to me, and modding the Powerstroke gives instant gratification and makes it fun to keep on growing with the mods list
when one gets thirsty for more. And doing it DIY Style after the hunt for the best bargains and bangs for the buck is over, it is all thoroughly rewarding.
Yeah, this Project of mine will be fun. Free Reign to do what I want to it. Now that is cool! I want something that looks Beasty but very tasteful. Purpose Built But Right On The Edge Of Gnarly... = ]'
I'm going to bend up my very own concoction of 1-3/4" off road tube bumpers, brush guard, concealed winch mount, dual swing out tire carrier, jerry can and Hi-Lift jack mounts,
along with rolled tube arc nerf bar / steps. Heck, I was even thinking of Tube & Plate Fender flares to tie it all in like the crawlers do. This is what will give this truck its'
"you don't want to tangle with this thing" exterior attitude with the 37" tires.
40's are way cool, but are just a touch out of sensible highway drive-ability in my book.
First things first, I gotta shoehorn that oil burner in there and then get it to run. Everything from the full wiring harnesses to the instrument clusters, dual tanks, lines, etc.
And the fact that I'm yanking 2 motors, 3 trannys , four axles, 2 wiring harnesses, etc. I better make it worth my while as I'm in there heheheh!!!!
One thing I am unsure of are the axles.
This is a pretty beefy 9"...
4.11 Richmond gears, alloy shafts, Detroit Locker, Billet 1350 Yoke, etc...
Pro's - Pretty Strong and Very Lightweight.
Caveat - It's a Semi-floating Axle.
Definitely not a Towing Axle. BUT, and before there is huge debate, the purpose of this rig is not to haul a whole herd of hog all the way to ShakyTown... maybe on a rare occasion 4500-5000 lbs.,
but that's enough for concern. This 9" is up for the horsepower, but not the GVWR of a trailer on a long haul. There is a solution to this however, and that is to make the light weight and venerable 9" a Full Floater.
That's where an axle like the 10.25 Sterling truly gets is strength. There are a few companies that are doing this and the axles have proven to stand up to all types of abuse.
I've got a Sterling Axle to boot as well, but it is a DRW axle; about 6" wider than a SRW Axle. Maybe the offset might look alright with the 37's...
I am unsure of the weight savings to be had between the two axles, but every little bit adds up to power-to-weight ratio.
I truly haven't decided what to do as of yet on this subject...
I do like the idea of ruffling a few feathers and doing something unique if it will live....which brings me to the '79 Dana 44 HD I have on the front of the Roller that's holding my Diesel Motor right now....
That's a completely different subject.
Try to stay just outside the box with me if you can....
to be continued...