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CrawlTunes
01-07-2017, 08:56 PM
CrawlTunes has been planning this build for years.

We've tracked down the Centurion and we've been gathering parts and spending hours on various forums in preparation.

I sold my 04 Cummins Dually and gooseneck trailer to start this business, and I've been thinking about how I'd replace it ever since.

I had a lot of ideas:
-Ford Excursion
-build a Full-size Van
-throw a Cummins in a classic crew cab
-throw a Cummins in a 67-72 Suburban

I wasn't going to buy a brand new 1 ton diesel.

I don't trust higher mileage new trucks. All the little crap goes wrong that is way too complicated.
-My 04 Ram 3500, shut down from having an aftermarket device hooked into the radio...I'm not joking.

I wanted something that would be cool and draw attention to CrawlTunes when I make my 1000+ mile drives to events like KOH.

I discovered the Ford Centurion Four Door Bronco when one showed up at the fab shop I was working at while just starting CrawlTunes.

I starting researching them, and I knew that's what I had to get.
-Plenty Covered Space. I'm often hauling thousands of dollars worth of audio equipment (& even though it's marine), it's hard to get full price when the box is soggy.
-The top comes off and I can show off our Cage Mount Speaker Housings on our Tow Rig/Daily Driver too.
-140" Wheelbase (10" longer than modern suburbans)
-Plus it's an attention getter. I can't pump gas without getting questions about it in stock form.

So I finally tracked down one online that the owner wasn't asking way too much(rare doesn't always mean valuable), wasn't rotting apart(many of these ended up int he midwest), and was running well enough to get back to Houston(I would've bought something close without a drivetrain).

So I finally found our '89 Centurion F350 460/C6 2WD in Augusta, KS. It had 83K original miles and was in really good condition considering my plans for it.

I drove the most economical rental, hamster powered tin can I could get the 640 miles to pick it up and drive back.

I had assumed it had an OD trans, I assumed wrong. I got 8.5mpg on the way back. (with a mild tune up, I know get 9.5)

My only issue was the running light fuse blew. So I stole one for dome lights and kept on going.

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I knew I wanted to go with the 5.9 Cummins.
-it's a simple motor to swap
-when treated right, they'll go forever
-they get decent fuel economy(especially compared to the 460)
-and it's a very popular swap with tons of resources and info on doing it right

I was planning on throwing a Dana 60 up front, and I already had a rebuild divorced Ford 205 in the shop, but I really began to like the idea of equal length, extended twin I-beams.
-There aren't many situations I would really need 4WD for what I'm doing with it.
-it'll have a locker and winch
-plus where I would get it stuck, there will be plenty of other large 4x4s to help me out.
-and the long travel setup will add a cool factor that will appeal to a broader demographic.

After several talks with friends in the industry, I was convinced that I should turn this build up to 11 and show it at SEMA.
I had some really good conversations at this years show, and have a handful of build partners on board.

I'll be introducing sponsors throughout the build process.

The build sheet:

1989 FORD F350 CENTURION 4DOOR BRONCO
-87,000 ORIGINAL MILES
-460/C6

BUILD PLAN:
DRIVETRAIN:
-12 VALVE CUMMINS/NV4500 SWAP
-TRUSSED REAR AXLE WITH SELECTABLE LOCKER
-39 OR 40 TIRES ON BEADLOCKS

EXTERIOR:
-6 PRERUNNER FIBERGLASS FENDERS & REAR QUARTERS
-92-96 FRONT END CONVERISON
-COWL HOOD
-CUSTOM 1 OFF GRILL
-BRUSHED STEEL VIYNL WRAP
-MODERN TOWING MIRRORS
-SAFARI STYLE SOFT TOP
-CUSTOM FRONT AND REAR BUMPERS
-CUSTOM HEAD & TAIL LIGHTS AND LED OFF ROAD LIGHTING
-ROCKSLIDER STEPS

SUSPENSION:
-5 EXTENDED EQUAL LENGTH I-BEAMS
-4 LINK REAR WITH FABRICATED LOWER CONTROL ARMS
-COILOVER AND BYPASS AT EACH CORNER
-REAR LONG TRAVEL AIR SPRINGS
-CUSTOM REAR SWAYBAR
-CUSTOM POWDER COATING

INTERIOR:
-CUSTOM FIBERGLASS DASH AND INTERIOR PANELS
-DIGITAL GUAGES
-IPAD IN DASH FOR ALL SWITCHES, MUSIC, & CAMERA MONITORS
-CUSTOM SUSPENSION BUCKET SEATS 1ST & 2ND ROW
-CUSTOM SUSPENSION BENCH SEAT FOR 3RD ROW
-ROLL CAGE WITH CRAWLTUNES SPEAKER HOUSINGS
-HIGH WATTAGE CRAWLTUNES STEREO SYSTEM
-MULTIPLE DEEP CYCLE AUDIO BATTERIES
-AFTERMARKET FRONT & REAR A/C
-ALL INTERIOR SPRAYED W/ LIZARD SKIN HEAT & SOUND INSULATION
-FLOOR BEDLINED

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Am I build this the most practical way?
No, but this is also going to be a huge guerrilla marketing tool and it need to get a ton of attention.

It might be a little too "bro" for some. But again, we're going for mass appeal.

Part of the reason we're sharing our build here is for your feedback and experience to assist us in building the best possible vehicle.

We'll be documenting all the major parts of this process on our YouTube Channel.


INTRO TO THE BUILD VIDEO (https://youtu.be/zlmzdv8auzg)
By viewing, liking, subscribing, and sharing it; you can really help us really be able to make this a kick ass build.



ROCK ON!
-Derek

Shift
01-09-2017, 05:28 AM
Too "bro" for some.... that's funny. Who cares what people think? Nothing with a Cummins is "bro". I like the rendering. Good luck and I will see you at SEMA.

Traveler
01-09-2017, 10:36 AM
Looks like a very well thought out build. Can't wait to see more.

Bronco Biff
01-09-2017, 05:45 PM
Derek, Bro!! Sign me up, I am down!!! (said the 45+ Grandpa for your demographics....)

mustange70
01-09-2017, 11:09 PM
Been seeing this pop up on facebook. If you really want this be an eye catcher, and show you know what you're doing, etc. Skip the cummins 5.9, any Tom dick and Harry can do that. Keep to Ford heritage, stick with an international power plant, either hot rod a 6.9, or man up and shove a 466 it there and impress every set of eyes that looks at it.

natterre
01-10-2017, 08:58 PM
Seems like a pretty good plan to me. I did the powerstroke swap into a pre-powerstroke vehicle. It was a lot of work and ended up costing more than a 5.9 swap. I am not sure I make the correct decision - May never know. If money is not really an option, and it seems like it may not be, a 6.7 swap into that vehicle would be unique, but definitely challenging. If you wanted to perform the work relatively fast, you are probably on the correct track.

Audra
01-11-2017, 02:51 AM
I love the design. She will be a badass rig.

Keep us posted :chili::chili:

CrawlTunes
01-13-2017, 10:02 PM
It's getting the Cummins because it will be towing our 73 Bronco from Houston to either coast every few months.

Mishimoto sent us an all aluminum 99 7.3 intercooler.
<a href="http://s141.photobucket.com/user/TAWL_BOY/media/IMG_4089_zpsfclnrwwy.jpg.html" target="_blank"><img src="http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r57/TAWL_BOY/IMG_4089_zpsfclnrwwy.jpg" border="0" alt="99 7.3 Mishimoto Intercooler photo IMG_4089_zpsfclnrwwy.jpg"/></a>

And we pulled the interior to repair a small rust spot and to some sheet metal work before we insulate.
<a href="http://s141.photobucket.com/user/TAWL_BOY/media/IMG_4103_zpsutzochtg.jpg.html" target="_blank"><img src="http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r57/TAWL_BOY/IMG_4103_zpsutzochtg.jpg" border="0" alt="Seats out photo IMG_4103_zpsutzochtg.jpg"/></a>
<a href="http://s141.photobucket.com/user/TAWL_BOY/media/IMG_4105_zpsze30xkrd.jpg.html" target="_blank"><img src="http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r57/TAWL_BOY/IMG_4105_zpsze30xkrd.jpg" border="0" alt="Carpet out photo IMG_4105_zpsze30xkrd.jpg"/></a>

CrawlTunes
01-26-2017, 07:37 AM
Under the carpet really wasn't that bad.

The roof rack bolts were leaking, so there was a little rot behind the drivers side wheel tub.
But I wanted to address some of areas where Centurion lapped thin sheet metal and put a couple tacks on it.
I'm wanting it to last another 30 years.(We're on the coast)

And the stock inner fenders, especially with the chunks hacked out. Weren't going to work for what we have planned.

http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r57/TAWL_BOY/IMG_4114_zps4dxhberp.jpg (http://s141.photobucket.com/user/TAWL_BOY/media/IMG_4114_zps4dxhberp.jpg.html)

http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r57/TAWL_BOY/IMG_3693_zps3qq5pw6z.jpg (http://s141.photobucket.com/user/TAWL_BOY/media/IMG_3693_zps3qq5pw6z.jpg.html)

http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r57/TAWL_BOY/IMG_3697_zpsoq0ivizu.jpg (http://s141.photobucket.com/user/TAWL_BOY/media/IMG_3697_zpsoq0ivizu.jpg.html)

CrawlTunes
01-26-2017, 07:40 AM
So we started on some sheet metal work.

http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r57/TAWL_BOY/IMG_4136_zpsmhg3echy.jpg (http://s141.photobucket.com/user/TAWL_BOY/media/IMG_4136_zpsmhg3echy.jpg.html)

In preparation for LizardSkin's Spray-On Heat and Sound Insulation.
http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r57/TAWL_BOY/IMG_4121_zpscwvd25xt.jpg (http://s141.photobucket.com/user/TAWL_BOY/media/IMG_4121_zpscwvd25xt.jpg.html)

CrawlTunes
02-02-2017, 08:16 AM
We got the dash pulled.
http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r57/TAWL_BOY/IMG_4165_zpsqkaadkwx.jpg (http://s141.photobucket.com/user/TAWL_BOY/media/IMG_4165_zpsqkaadkwx.jpg.html)

We cut all the unnecessary wiring out of our dash harness to simplify everything.
http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r57/TAWL_BOY/IMG_4138_zpsuxpgvjlo.jpg (http://s141.photobucket.com/user/TAWL_BOY/media/IMG_4138_zpsuxpgvjlo.jpg.html)

We got a 4" turbo back exhaust system in from our build partner, Diamond Eye Exhaust.
http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r57/TAWL_BOY/IMG_4192_zpsiaxlggmb.jpg (http://s141.photobucket.com/user/TAWL_BOY/media/IMG_4192_zpsiaxlggmb.jpg.html)
-It's a combo of a 7.3 ford crew cab pipe with a 1st gen Dodge down pipe and a few extra pieces to be able to get everything to work in our application

1985 Bronco
02-02-2017, 02:48 PM
What brand of pre runner fenders are you going to use? Will there be side panels covering the new wheel tubs? And are you doing carpet, or just bedliner?

CrawlTunes
02-02-2017, 03:37 PM
McNeil Racing Inc has partnered with us on our glass. We'll be picking up our 6" fenders and bedsides while were at King of the Hammers next week.
http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r57/TAWL_BOY/002-ford-bronco-king-general-solo-front-three-quarter_8c1f58e6-494b-4ad5-bd73-6570eddd97c4_grande_zpserzhdtli.jpg (http://s141.photobucket.com/user/TAWL_BOY/media/002-ford-bronco-king-general-solo-front-three-quarter_8c1f58e6-494b-4ad5-bd73-6570eddd97c4_grande_zpserzhdtli.jpg.html)

We will have side panels, but they won't cover the entire inner fender wells. They'll be similar to how Centurion did them on the 89. But not like the later models were the where they came jutted out and over the wheel tubs.

We want to be able to run the widest seat possible in the back to fit 3 smaller adults if needed. But most of the time we'll have a rack with spare, cooler, and stuff.

We're doing the entire interior with LizardSkin and they we'll have 2 part, hot applied poly urea bedliner professionally sprayed on the floor pan.

CrawlTunes
02-22-2017, 11:10 PM
There was a little bit of rot around the lip of the fender.
http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r57/TAWL_BOY/IMG_4168_zpsf8mfc9kn.jpg (http://s141.photobucket.com/user/TAWL_BOY/media/IMG_4168_zpsf8mfc9kn.jpg.html)

We ended up cutting out a little more metal than we originally intended.

http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r57/TAWL_BOY/IMG_4183_zpszo3bvsau.jpg (http://s141.photobucket.com/user/TAWL_BOY/media/IMG_4183_zpszo3bvsau.jpg.html)

CrawlTunes
02-22-2017, 11:12 PM
I wanted to take advantage of the 6" bulged bedsides I planned to run and inset the rear A/C unit to take up less cargo space.

http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r57/TAWL_BOY/IMG_4246_zps8ounwixp.jpg (http://s141.photobucket.com/user/TAWL_BOY/media/IMG_4246_zps8ounwixp.jpg.html)http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r57/TAWL_BOY/IMG_4247_zpsj6zyh2ms.jpg (http://s141.photobucket.com/user/TAWL_BOY/media/IMG_4247_zpsj6zyh2ms.jpg.html)
-I just put a light coat a cheap spray paint to hold of rust while I was at KOH.


And the factory A/C sucked and was just going to get in the way of the tires at full compression.
http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r57/TAWL_BOY/IMG_4248_zpszbsovztv.jpg (http://s141.photobucket.com/user/TAWL_BOY/media/IMG_4248_zpszbsovztv.jpg.html)

CrawlTunes
02-22-2017, 11:13 PM
Went to take the top off today, to fit our McNeil 6" Bedsides.
It's been on there nearly 30 years, it took a little effort to break it loose.
http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r57/TAWL_BOY/IMG_4262_zpswr8ruogq.jpg (http://s141.photobucket.com/user/TAWL_BOY/media/IMG_4262_zpswr8ruogq.jpg.html)


Baby Got Back
http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r57/TAWL_BOY/IMG_4268_zpsnpblo9zl.jpg (http://s141.photobucket.com/user/TAWL_BOY/media/IMG_4268_zpsnpblo9zl.jpg.html)


http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r57/TAWL_BOY/IMG_4269_zpsggwisw2f.jpg (http://s141.photobucket.com/user/TAWL_BOY/media/IMG_4269_zpsggwisw2f.jpg.html)

Bronco Biff
02-24-2017, 03:24 PM
Dang!! Sealed good!

ShadeTreeBronco
02-26-2017, 05:05 PM
Tuned In! Now I have to check my wheel wells. lol

CrawlTunes
02-27-2017, 09:27 AM
If you haven't pulled your rear panels, seats, and carpet out of your Centurion yet. Do it now.

Their sheet metal work was shoddy at best.
Most "patches" had several tacks with the back side of the metal completely bare and some kind of tar tape over it.

Where they notched my inner wheel wells for the spare and a/c ducts were done really poorly and wouldn't last much longer now that I brought the truck 15 miles from the bay.

Even if yours is in fairly good shape, you would be able to find several things that could be addressed to prevent future issues.

CrawlTunes
04-13-2017, 10:03 AM
BFG and Gear Vendors joined out build and sent some goodies:
http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r57/TAWL_BOY/IMG_4438_zpsuejlv8x3.jpg (http://s141.photobucket.com/user/TAWL_BOY/media/IMG_4438_zpsuejlv8x3.jpg.html)
Slight Change of plans.
-had this laying around for the right occasion:
http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r57/TAWL_BOY/IMG_4383_zps0edenjgh.jpg (http://s141.photobucket.com/user/TAWL_BOY/media/IMG_4383_zps0edenjgh.jpg.html)

CrawlTunes
04-13-2017, 10:05 AM
Since the Centurion was technically my current daily driver, I picked up a clean 99 XJ 4.0, 5 speed, 2WD to get around 'till this build's done.
http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r57/TAWL_BOY/fullsizeoutput_4a70_zpsmqkxgnye.jpeg (http://s141.photobucket.com/user/TAWL_BOY/media/fullsizeoutput_4a70_zpsmqkxgnye.jpeg.html)

Solo Motorsports has joined the build and sent us one of their pre-bent, laser notched Bronco Prerunner cages. They tossed an extra B Pillar hoop to work on our 4 door. This'll be a big time saver.
http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r57/TAWL_BOY/IMG_4455_zpsk4b75evl.jpg (http://s141.photobucket.com/user/TAWL_BOY/media/IMG_4455_zpsk4b75evl.jpg.html)

CrawlTunes
04-13-2017, 10:06 AM
Yanked the frame out from under the body in pieces.
http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r57/TAWL_BOY/IMG_4484_zpsna2ewxlh.jpg (http://s141.photobucket.com/user/TAWL_BOY/media/IMG_4484_zpsna2ewxlh.jpg.html)

And picked up a 24' stick of 3/16" 2x6
-I decided I didn't want to spend all the time boxing in the factory frame and welding up the 1000 holes in it.
http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r57/TAWL_BOY/fullsizeoutput_4a6b_zpsmxmnsgve.jpeg (http://s141.photobucket.com/user/TAWL_BOY/media/fullsizeoutput_4a6b_zpsmxmnsgve.jpeg.html)

obspsd
04-13-2017, 08:56 PM
I like the tires:bigrin:

CrawlTunes
04-13-2017, 09:20 PM
I don't exactly have a chassis table or and large perfectly flat and level area anywhere.

So, I took my time and a lot of measuring to get each frame rail straight and even.http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r57/TAWL_BOY/IMG_4538_zpsbgbnabfb.jpg (http://s141.photobucket.com/user/TAWL_BOY/media/IMG_4538_zpsbgbnabfb.jpg.html)
http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r57/TAWL_BOY/fullsizeoutput_4a6a_zpso0ok8brg.jpeg (http://s141.photobucket.com/user/TAWL_BOY/media/fullsizeoutput_4a6a_zpso0ok8brg.jpeg.html)

CrawlTunes
04-13-2017, 09:23 PM
The weather's been awesome throughout this process

http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r57/TAWL_BOY/fullsizeoutput_4a6f_zpsvixnakat.jpeg (http://s141.photobucket.com/user/TAWL_BOY/media/fullsizeoutput_4a6f_zpsvixnakat.jpeg.html)
-I used a bunch of scrap tube for temporary x-members and will be fabrications permanent ones as I get the drivetrain in place.

I'm keeping the factory frame from the front body mount forward because our front end will work with factory mounting locations.
If it wasn't for that, I wouldn't have hesitated to build a full tube frame.

The factory section will be be boxed from the crossmember back to the boxed tubing.
I got some of those holes welded in by holding the brass brake T behind them and filling them in.http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r57/TAWL_BOY/IMG_4509_zpsygvfsjwa.jpg (http://s141.photobucket.com/user/TAWL_BOY/media/IMG_4509_zpsygvfsjwa.jpg.html)

bob_95_psd
04-13-2017, 10:41 PM
Freaking Cool!!!

Audra
04-15-2017, 11:38 AM
We want more pics :chili::chili::chili:

CrawlTunes
05-18-2017, 10:39 AM
Got the frame under the body and positioned the drivetrain.
http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r57/TAWL_BOY/fullsizeoutput_4a74_zpsj1auo2oa.jpeg (http://s141.photobucket.com/user/TAWL_BOY/media/fullsizeoutput_4a74_zpsj1auo2oa.jpeg.html)

Got the NV4500 wrestled into position...without a trans jack. Wasn't fun.
http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r57/TAWL_BOY/fullsizeoutput_4a82_zpsjrbtnewr.jpeg (http://s141.photobucket.com/user/TAWL_BOY/media/fullsizeoutput_4a82_zpsjrbtnewr.jpeg.html)

The rib under the cab(between b pillars) is in the way of the GearVendors OD.
http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r57/TAWL_BOY/fullsizeoutput_4a75_zpsvr3vt9xo.jpeg (http://s141.photobucket.com/user/TAWL_BOY/media/fullsizeoutput_4a75_zpsvr3vt9xo.jpeg.html)

Stock Dodge trans mount was gonna hang down too low, so I knocked out this.
http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r57/TAWL_BOY/fullsizeoutput_4a76_zpsjy2g1qtw.jpeg (http://s141.photobucket.com/user/TAWL_BOY/media/fullsizeoutput_4a76_zpsjy2g1qtw.jpeg.html)
-sourced some rubber spring eye bushings to keep vibrations to a minimum.

http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r57/TAWL_BOY/fullsizeoutput_4a77_zps8r906w4o.jpeg (http://s141.photobucket.com/user/TAWL_BOY/media/fullsizeoutput_4a77_zps8r906w4o.jpeg.html)

obspsd
05-18-2017, 11:42 AM
Looking good, I lot of work though. Thanks for the pictures!

CrawlTunes
05-19-2017, 09:45 AM
When I first announced our build on Facebook with a pic of the 89 Centurion and the rendering, there were a handful of comments that those are 2 different body styles.

Well, I solved that problem with this:http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r57/TAWL_BOY/IMG_4486_zpsw4tjflle.jpg (http://s141.photobucket.com/user/TAWL_BOY/media/IMG_4486_zpsw4tjflle.jpg.html)
-got a smoking deal on the complete front clip off a 97 F250 Powerstroke.

I got it for less than what I could find just a 95-97 Diesel core support for.

And I sold the hood, that had recently been re-cleared, for 75% of what I paid for the entire front clip.

I didn't want to run Dzus Fasteners. So I skinned the fenders. Drilling out the 1/4 of a billion spot welds was a pain. Especially the ones over the edge.
http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r57/TAWL_BOY/IMG_4627_zpsjk3ysid9.jpg (http://s141.photobucket.com/user/TAWL_BOY/media/IMG_4627_zpsjk3ysid9.jpg.html)

And finally got them all.
http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r57/TAWL_BOY/IMG_4630_zps4eaess3q.jpg (http://s141.photobucket.com/user/TAWL_BOY/media/IMG_4630_zps4eaess3q.jpg.html)

Any body need fender skins for a Ford Buggy?
http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r57/TAWL_BOY/IMG_4629_zpszkpwxwmg.jpg (http://s141.photobucket.com/user/TAWL_BOY/media/IMG_4629_zpszkpwxwmg.jpg.html)

lostSloth
05-22-2017, 08:32 AM
jealous of your transmission, lol

CrawlTunes
05-25-2017, 09:18 AM
jealous of your transmission, lol

Yeah, from the beginning I was wanting to run the GearVendors. It's really going to help me a achieve a multipurpose daily driver/tow rig/play toy.

CrawlTunes
05-25-2017, 09:20 AM
Got the 97's front clip mocked in place:
http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r57/TAWL_BOY/IMG_4641_zpsx9xm6it8.jpg (http://s141.photobucket.com/user/TAWL_BOY/media/IMG_4641_zpsx9xm6it8.jpg.html)
-you can see the Mishimoto all aluminum 95-97 diesel radiator peeking through.

I went with that model radiator, because it lines up really well with the Cummins radiator hose locations.

Then I tossed on the 97 A/C condenser and Mishimoto 7.3 Intercooler.
http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r57/TAWL_BOY/fullsizeoutput_4a81_zpsmjsrvtod.jpeg (http://s141.photobucket.com/user/TAWL_BOY/media/fullsizeoutput_4a81_zpsmjsrvtod.jpeg.html)

The McNeil Glass fits nicely.
http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r57/TAWL_BOY/fullsizeoutput_4a7d_zpshofw7c2c.jpeg (http://s141.photobucket.com/user/TAWL_BOY/media/fullsizeoutput_4a7d_zpshofw7c2c.jpeg.html)

KMC joined our build and sent over 5 Machete Beadlocks
http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r57/TAWL_BOY/IMG_4659_zpsf89itvno.jpg (http://s141.photobucket.com/user/TAWL_BOY/media/IMG_4659_zpsf89itvno.jpg.html)
-the tire's standing on it's on approximately where it will sit.

I still have to trim the inner fender. I have a 40" cardboard circle somewhere in the attic I'll drag out to trace.

obspsd
05-25-2017, 05:20 PM
Looking good, keep up the work!

ShadeTreeBronco
05-27-2017, 06:05 AM
Good stuff man! Tuned in!

CrawlTunes
08-04-2017, 09:44 AM
So...photobucket took my 10 years worth of forum pics hostage.

I'm going to slowly go back through the thread and fix them with imgur

UPDATES WILL RESUME

CrawlTunes
08-04-2017, 09:53 AM
So we got our Solo Motorsports Dana 50 5" over beams in:
http://i.imgur.com/e3AJGVkl.jpg

Took some wading through Craigslist and a bit of negotiating and I scored a complete 89 F250 w/ 460 Dana 50 TTB for $100(there were handful of people wanting $400+ for one)

Then I came across one from a 96 that had the bolt on calipers style knuckles for $100 and picked it up to.
-I'd prefer not to have to deal with the slide in caliper retainers since I'm on the coast of Texas and they get pretty rusty.
http://i.imgur.com/8kjO4ZPl.jpg

Seems like a lot of the bits I won't be using are going for enough on eBay that I can undercut the lowest prices and still make my money back and more.

Maxed out the Jack stands, but it should have a little more up travel than this:
http://i.imgur.com/jUiCt6Jl.jpg
-beam pivot bushings were wrong hole size for my hardware, to I temporarily used my spud bar to mock up

Droop.
http://i.imgur.com/f2CYBrsl.jpg
-I know we won't achieve this much travel with axle shafts in, but RCV Performance has partnered with us on axleshafts. So, we'll be able to achieve more than we would we u-jointed shafts.

obspsd
08-04-2017, 10:22 AM
Even my projects are not this involved!

Bronco Biff
08-05-2017, 08:17 PM
Nice work!! Cool ya got RCV involved too!! That thing is gonna be a beast!!!

CrawlTunes
01-11-2018, 11:40 AM
Sorry for the lack of updates. Life got crazy.
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For those who don't keep up with us on our social media, I'll catch you up.

1st off, we did not make the SEMA Show.

It was a combination of things.
We started the planning and reaching out to build partners early. Many were on board from the start.
But many manufacturers are used to simpler builds that consist of a lot of bolt on powder coated stuff and aren't often providing product early in the year.

We had the entire Centurion torn down in January, but it took awhile to get some of the parts we needed immediately in.

We had some major delays(like 3 months longer that we were originally told) on getting in some major components we needed in hand to be able to fabricate other things.

Plus, one freight shipment was sent as Hurricane Harvey was hitting, and that resulted in 3 more weeks of it being stuck in a terminal a couple hours away.
I finally had to drive out there to pick it up.

My community was hit really hard from the flooding, and I couldn't stand around not doing anything. So I joined a crew gutting homes for 2 weeks.
We were in some houses that got over 6' of water, and there were others that were over the roof line.

We were fortunate to not flood, but it got so close.

I was also building the truck, pretty much solo outside of normal business operations and attending events for CrawlTunes.

As the deadline was approaching, I had a strict timeline that was going to allow us to bring the truck not running with no interior(as happens to many SEMA builds).

But late into my third night of only a few hours of sleep, a heim joint seized in one of the rear trailing arms.
It was totally my fault. The threaded bung was masked during powder coat, but there was some blasting dust in the threads that caused it to start getting tight.
I wasn't at my best mentally, and stuck a long bolt through the misalignment spacers and was trying to work it in and out and it eventually quit moving.

I spent hours tying to get it out to no avail, and finally called it a night.
After more hours spent trying to get it out the following morning, I realized I was too far off our timeline to make it to wrap in time and be able to make it to the show before it began.

So...I took a nap, and began reaching out to all out build partners explaining the situation.
I made sure they understood I fully intend to provide their intended return on investment, and I would make sure they are completely satisfied in our dealings in the end.

They were all very understanding and encouraging. I was super stressed before having those conversations, and it was a big relief.


THE GAME PLAN:
Now, I've taken a step back and will be finishing out every little detail without cutting corners.
We plan to display it at this years SEMA, and should be able to have it a some events before then.


Now I'm having to work around powder coated suspension components, which is annoying.

We have all the major pieces of the build in now.
The offending heim joint was removed by cutting the head off, welding a jam nut to it and using a 1.5" impact at a big truck service company for 10" minutes to get it out.

Surprisingly, the threads were fine after the the 1st quarter of an inch. I used a buddies tap to clean out the threads.
I ended up having to chase many of the threads before assembling the other links.

I'll be steadily chugging along to do it right, and I'm going to schedule time to fix the broken pic links and catch the threads up.

CrawlTunes has some big things in the works that will go along with the build.

Thanks for your interest.

Our Instagram is the best way to see all the pics missing from this thread and some that hadn't been posted yet.

obspsd
01-12-2018, 10:05 AM
Thanks for the update!

Truck builds almost always take longer then you think they will. Ask me how I know.:bigrin:

Bronco Biff
01-12-2018, 06:40 PM
Yep!!!

CrawlTunes
06-30-2018, 10:34 AM
I'm off for several days, so I'm going to get the forums and stuff caught up.

Having a very active toddler has really eaten into my forum time.

All the glass fitted up.
http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r57/TAWL_BOY/IMG_4637_zpsy1vwds2g.jpg (http://s141.photobucket.com/user/TAWL_BOY/media/IMG_4637_zpsy1vwds2g.jpg.html)

Tossed on the grill and headlights to check it out
http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r57/TAWL_BOY/fullsizeoutput_5a63_zpstrdmvgn2.jpeg (http://s141.photobucket.com/user/TAWL_BOY/media/fullsizeoutput_5a63_zpstrdmvgn2.jpeg.html)

Test fitting the RCV shafts.
http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r57/TAWL_BOY/IMG_4977_zpsdkythrzo.jpg (http://s141.photobucket.com/user/TAWL_BOY/media/IMG_4977_zpsdkythrzo.jpg.html)
-it's gonna have decent travel in 4WD

Threw on the Solo Motorsports swinger steering
http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r57/TAWL_BOY/fullsizeoutput_5a68_zpsg8lermbz.jpeg (http://s141.photobucket.com/user/TAWL_BOY/media/fullsizeoutput_5a68_zpsg8lermbz.jpeg.html)
-it's a nice setup and Bobby at Solo said they've used it on a Dana 50 TTB truck before.
But it's designed for a 44 and the beam pivots are very different. I'm wanting zero bump steer, so I'm probably going to make my own steering "rack" that lines up perfectly.

CrawlTunes
07-01-2018, 06:28 PM
I could've just ran a Sterling 10.25 or maybe a 14 bolt, but where's the fun in that.

My RuffStuff Specialties 9" Housing and trailing arms finally showed up.
http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r57/TAWL_BOY/fullsizeoutput_4f21_zpsf9v0idlq.jpeg (http://s141.photobucket.com/user/TAWL_BOY/media/fullsizeoutput_4f21_zpsf9v0idlq.jpeg.html)
-they shipped as Hurricane Harvey was hitting and they spent almost a month in a freight terminal a few hours away until, I went and picked them up in the XJ.

And then I got in my GearWorks 10" Trophy Truck 3rd with a Yukon Zip Locker.
http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r57/TAWL_BOY/fullsizeoutput_4f2c_zpsodsq6wkh.jpeg (http://s141.photobucket.com/user/TAWL_BOY/media/fullsizeoutput_4f2c_zpsodsq6wkh.jpeg.html)

http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r57/TAWL_BOY/fullsizeoutput_4f2d_zpsmub5kehk.jpeg (http://s141.photobucket.com/user/TAWL_BOY/media/fullsizeoutput_4f2d_zpsmub5kehk.jpeg.html)

I started knocking out all the suspension mounting points and stuff.http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r57/TAWL_BOY/IMG_5230_zpstbdp4um4.jpg (http://s141.photobucket.com/user/TAWL_BOY/media/IMG_5230_zpstbdp4um4.jpg.html)

Threw on some 14 bolt DRW hubs and our EBC rotors.
http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r57/TAWL_BOY/fullsizeoutput_4f27_zpsa21qxqmz.jpeg (http://s141.photobucket.com/user/TAWL_BOY/media/fullsizeoutput_4f27_zpsa21qxqmz.jpeg.html)
-I got Solid 14 bolt spindles on our axle housing because 14 bolt hubs are cheaper and more available than Dana 60.

And back when I thought we'd bring it as a roller to SEMA last year, I went ahead and painted it.
http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r57/TAWL_BOY/fullsizeoutput_4f3a_zpsgwhhueab.jpeg (http://s141.photobucket.com/user/TAWL_BOY/media/fullsizeoutput_4f3a_zpsgwhhueab.jpeg.html)

obspsd
07-04-2018, 09:11 AM
Thanks for the update. Keep working on it!