Sunday, August 29, 2010

Joplin Trail Report 11-08-08

Joplin Trail Report 11-08-08

I had promised my friend Bobbie a trail ride for quite some time. Due to the hit and miss factor of my truck being drivable, this trip kept getting put on hold. You see, she lives about 3 hours away and our schedules don't always align. The weekend of 8th & 9th of Nov. we managed to get on the trail. Although Capitalj was absent due to a technical problem with his B2, we were able to hook up with our newest regular "Ethan". Ethan joined us on the trail in his Jeep and proved that his rig was definitely 138Modified worthy.

The first thing that should be said is that the temperature was pretty damned cold. It was very windy and we had to dress the part, since the MutantK5 has no heater, doors and a very small top. We packed a bunch of snacks, some drinks, bundled up with layers of clothing and hit the road. Luckily once we got into the woods the wind was blocked and it made a cold day much more tolerable. The first place we hit was the spider trails. I figured that would be a great place to let Bobbie get used to the way the truck moves, and a feeling for the trails. About half way into the trail, we encountered our first problem. My rear bumper, actually just a piece of "C" channel, ripped the mounting bolt threw the frame and fell on one side. This, in turn, made the bumper dig into the ground semi-violently causing the upper side to jam into my otherwise beautiful tailgate. I had to put it in reverse and take the whole thing off, as there was no trail fix for it. My tailgate received a dent from the fallen bumper.

Monday, August 23, 2010

14 Bolt Full-Floating Axle Up-Grade & Swap

14 Bolt Full-Floating Axle Up-Grade & Swap

I purchased a 14bolt ff from an ad in Craigslist. It cost me $75, was geared in 4.56, and needed a new pinion bearing. For that price I couldn't pass it up. I had to drive 3 hours round trip, but I feel it will be worth the gas and money spent. This rear axle was originally out of a 3/4 ton 2 wheel drive. Since it is out of a 3/4 ton, it will swap straight into my Blazer. All I need to do is get it ready to be bolted in. One of the priorities is upgrading the brakes from drums to disks. The advantages in doing this swap are as followed...

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Bronco 2 Solid Axle Swap

The most difficult part of the solid axle swap for me was the coil bucket placement. The full sized coil buckets were the key up top rather than trying to modify the stock ones, and by completely replacing them I was able to easily set the proper ride height (lift). The lower spring perches were at a terrible angle, leaning open towards the front with that much lift. Even though I had the lowest drop brackets I could find without totally making new ones, they caused the coils to bow outwards under the vehicles weight. So I modified them as well. I cut the perches 3/4 the way around, taking note to were the coil first touches them as the lowest point, and shaping it in sort of a coil and welding sides under it. After a few tries it was fixed but it had raised the ride height another 2.5 inches so I moved the upper coil buckets accordingly. I used Progressive rate coil

springs for the early bronco from James Duff inc.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

A Simple Solution for a Weak Yoke.

A Simple Solution for a Weak Yoke.
The 1/2 ton Chevy O.E.M. yokes are a serious weak link.

I was climbing a hill with some small ledges and after a bit of rear wheel hop, the yoke broke at 3 of the four bolt holes. I'd like to just throw down the money and buy full 1 ton drive train and fix the problem, but unfortunately I am as broke as you. That being said, replacing it with the same piece of crap style yoke wasn't an option. So, after some forum trolling, 411 searches & some timely good luck, my answer came from a magizine ad in Bronco Driver Magazine. Cap called me and read the Advanced Adapters ad to me. I really wasn't sure what I needed, so I wrote them an Email asking opinions. I supplied the needed info for them to give me a good response. I also sent a picture of the broken yoke.
NP205 w/ broken yoke

I dealt exclusively with Mathew @ Advanced Adapters. He gave me good answers and explained everything perfectly. The kit I bought was for a NP205 chevy. It's the 1 ton upgrade but, it's made to accept the 1/2 ton or the bigger 1 ton Ford flange. For my application I went with the 1/2 ton. For the flange I went no farther than Joplin Driveshaft. Rick has helped me many times with my driveline issues. He had a used flange sitting on the rack. $20 well spent. It even came with a good U-joint, unfortunately the shoulder was a speck too big and wouldnt fit in my shaft.

Monday, August 16, 2010

138Modified, A Summary

138Modified, A Summary

It started as two construction workers brought together by a mutual friend.  At the time Jimbo was driving his '75 K5 Blazer daily.  CapitalJ was in the process of having a rebuilt motor put into his first BroncoII.
A few years into the friendship Cap was in a near fatal accident in which his BroncoII was totalled.  Luckily, in hind sight, this did not deter him from his passion.  He soon found another BroncoII to carry the torch.  Now, at the time of this writing, Cap is on his 5th BroncoII.

The friendship grew as the two found ways to go wheeling locally.  In the beginning, they didn't wheel too hard.  They had small hot spots that would have mud or chat, and they did a lot of trail riding.  This was before internet entered their worlds, and good 4x4 tech. was hard to come by.
Soon, armed with fresh internet ideas and products, their trucks began to change.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Swapping an NP203 for an NP205

Swapping out the NP203 for a NP205
Installing, modifying & general guide

Now that we have a nice, clean, freshly painted transfer case, with dual shifters....
It's time to install it into the rig. After a good breakfast at the local cafe
we went to work. It will take all day. I will drive it home.

The first thing you will want to do is drain the NP203 (still in truck). We actually forgot this and we had to deal with a bit of a mess. You also want to fill the NP205 on the bench. It took me about 3.5 of the 32 oz. bottles. I bought a gallon of the SAE 80W-90 GL5 and one 32oz. bottle. As i tended the fluid, Capitalj was unbolting the rear drive line. I unbolted the front drive shaft soon after.

Since I have a custom T-case to frame bracket we were able to drop the crossmembers and set up a pair of floor jacks to remove the old case. To do this removal we used several wood blocks to help distribute the wieght and balance.
bulky, heavy NP203
crappy linkage won't be missed

After we put the older case in a secure location we installed the new one. We had to use a bunch of blocks and three floor jacks. Someday we will have a guy in the group that owns a transmission jack.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Installing a JB Custom Fabrication Twin-Stick shifter kit for a NP205 transfer case.

Installing a JB Custom Fabrication Twin-Stick shifter kit for a NP205 transfer case.
For this write up, I would like to note the following factors. The np205 transfer case was bought used, to replace a np203 in my '75 K5 Blazer. This was done in Feb-March '08.

Trail Report - Feb. 2, 2008

Trail Report
Feb. 2, 2008

It was perfect. Capitalj and I havent had our rigs out in a long time, and now after at least a year we are out and its a beautiful day. For being feb. 02, the 50 degree temp was awesome. that being a good thing, since on the first bump of the trail i broke my hard top. It was literally the first bump off the road that snapped it. The UV weakened fiberglass of the original top was brittle and weak from my cutting it into a half cab. So we stopped and i took it off & figured out a good way to strap it in the back. It never became an issue, and stayed tight the whole day.

Off-Road Design Zero-Rate Install

O.R.D. Zero-Rate Install

A rough guide on how to install the Zero-Rate.

The Zero-rate is a solid steel add-a-leaf the won't add to your spring rate, will add 1" of lift and gives you the option of moving your axle 1" or 1.5" forward or rearward, or leave it in it's stock location. In this applictaion I installed them onto my '75 K5 & decided to move the axle 1.5" forward to help my approach angle.

The first thing I did was read the instruction sheet that came with my kit. This was critical since I was a bit confused about how they bolted up. I had read up about them on the ORD website, but found the sheet instructions to be more insightful and clear. Since i was moving the axle i needed to cut the centering pin down to about 7/8". I then bolted it in the center hole. the nut needs to be in the counter-sunk hole, the pin on the flush side (as pictured above).

Low Water Area '04

Low Water Area '04
The whole account of this session is done solely by memory.
At the time of this writing it had occured almost 4 yrs. prior
The area was a water run off located next to the creek
It started as two sloppy trails