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    Default Re: My Dana44 Axle Build

    Quote Originally Posted by bugsjeep View Post
    Not that i have ever done anything like that, but I have heard they make remove the weld tools that work pretty good.....sometimes they even cause your shirt to catch fire.....not that I've done that either..
    I cut them off with a cut off wheel and re welded. However, once upon a time when I was a fireman I was at the fire house doing some welding and caught my Levi coat on fire while I was happily welding away. Started getting smoky inside the hood so I raised it to see what was going on. I had flames in my face. Patted out the flames to the laughter of my fellow firefighter. He was thinking of calling in a man fire and a full response
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    30 gal gas tank
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    Quote Originally Posted by 4.3LXJ View Post
    I cut them off with a cut off wheel and re welded. However, once upon a time when I was a fireman I was at the fire house doing some welding and caught my Levi coat on fire while I was happily welding away. Started getting smoky inside the hood so I raised it to see what was going on. I had flames in my face. Patted out the flames to the laughter of my fellow firefighter. He was thinking of calling in a man fire and a full response
    It's good to have friends that care......

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    Next thing to do was install the axle shafts and start thinking about brakes. While the 11" drum brakes would have been an upgrade, the WJ rear discs are so much better. So I got some new drums and pads and got some front and rear calipers and brackets from the pick and pull for 60 for all four. Then I had to have the discs bored out to accept the larger bolt pattern and hub size.
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    230 hp 4.3L Chevy
    Built 4L60E with manual lockout
    Atlas 4 speed
    Griffin radiator
    On board air
    Warn 9.5ti on custom bumper
    7.5" RE front and bastard pack rear on custom long arms
    30 gal gas tank
    lockers
    And a bunch of other stuff

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    next thing to do is make a couple of custom caliper brackets. I couldn't use the WJ backing plate because it has a different bolt pattern on the tube and is made out of, wait for it .............................................. plastic. Looks more like distributer cap material, but I just can't weld on it. So, a couple of custom brackets and I am good to go. I don't need the stock parking brake, I have one on the rear output of the Atlas
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    230 hp 4.3L Chevy
    Built 4L60E with manual lockout
    Atlas 4 speed
    Griffin radiator
    On board air
    Warn 9.5ti on custom bumper
    7.5" RE front and bastard pack rear on custom long arms
    30 gal gas tank
    lockers
    And a bunch of other stuff

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    Got the brackets welded on and calipers attached, tried on a wheel and it fits much better than the aluminum wheels on the XJ. also welded on the spring pads in the correct position since I cannot afford the suspension links of choice right now
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    230 hp 4.3L Chevy
    Built 4L60E with manual lockout
    Atlas 4 speed
    Griffin radiator
    On board air
    Warn 9.5ti on custom bumper
    7.5" RE front and bastard pack rear on custom long arms
    30 gal gas tank
    lockers
    And a bunch of other stuff

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    looks good! keeping your leaves for now?
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    Yes for now, unless my business takes off, then the sky will be the limit
    230 hp 4.3L Chevy
    Built 4L60E with manual lockout
    Atlas 4 speed
    Griffin radiator
    On board air
    Warn 9.5ti on custom bumper
    7.5" RE front and bastard pack rear on custom long arms
    30 gal gas tank
    lockers
    And a bunch of other stuff

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