Saturday, June 29, 2019

The Build Phase has Officially Begun!

Chassis Mods are Done!

Well with more than a little help from my friend Ryan at Overland Adventure Company, the frame modifications are complete and I just have 12 bolts and four bushings to pull before I can drop this thing off for powder coating. The build phase has officially begun!

Ryan does some outstanding fabrication and welding. He was able to salvage the ridiculously poor quality Saginaw power steering "kit" into something usable. My rear shackle mounts are reversed and the front chassis forks are fully boxed.






 

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Another Milestone Reached... So Many More to Go!

A Little Anticlimactic, I know...

Well I know I cheated by showing pics of all of this kit complete while it wa all still with the builder. But it is now all home. Every major component of the build is back in my possession and I could technically start assembly. But, I wanna finish the rot removal from the tub, prep and paint it all before I get started and there are a million little things that need to be done. So I'll keep on going, one bolt at a time...

Friday, May 31, 2019

Finished! Well not really...

Transmission and Transfer Case are complete and married!


Valley Hybrids finished my H42-to-H41 transmission conversion and my stock 3-speed transfer case to a twin stick Orion case. I need to pick em up!


Mine is the one in the foreground. The H41/Orion combo will give me a 82.2:1 crawl ratio as opposed to the stock H42/3-speed ratio of 51:1. Can't wait to get it all bolted up!

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Am I a Welder/Fabricator Yet?

Sparks Were Flying!

Another Cruiserhead was kind enough to travel several hundred miles with his welding kit to teach me how to replace panels! Amazing dude and we managed to get the fuel pan panel about 90% complete. I'll finish the rest this weekend and hopefully start on other troubled areas too.



Friday, May 10, 2019

More Goodies!

 


Orion is Almost Finished!

My friend Georg Esterer, owner of Valley Hybrids and Cruiser Brothers sent me a pic of my Orion almost complete.

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He reports that my axle assemblies are complete RCV shafts up front, mini truck outers with Aisin hubs, 4-wheel disc brakes, ARB lockers front and rear w/410 gears. My H41 transmission is also complete. All said and done my crawl ratio will be 82.2:1. Not bad when compared to stock ratio of 57.5:1. I should be able to creepy crawl up and down the trails at idle without any issue. I hope to bring all this kit home by 6/15.

SPRING IS HERE... SPRINGS ARE HERE!

Got Em!

Been waiting a while for these and upon initial inspection, well worth the wait. Can't wait to start assembly. 

Specifications

  • 4" lift springs
  • "Expedition" dual coil packs - primary springs rated for unloaded top off weight, while secondary springs are rated for fully loaded/top on weight. This provides ideal ride and handling characteristics under either condition.
  • Center Pins pushed out (fwd in front/back in rear) 2" to increase wheelbase, improve approach/departure angle, and improve steering geometry.
  • Rear springs are four inches longer than stock to increase wheel travel and improve ride comfort.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

It's a Big Day at the Farson Garage!

The Engine is in the House... um... Garage!

My engine guy finally wrapped up my engine and I brought it home today! It isn't easy to find parts for and improve performance on a 60 year old tractor motor, but he did it! I can't wait to hear this thing start up.




I had the block and head painted to match the color going on the body and the valve cover and other bolt-on items will be powder coated ceramic matte black.

Here's the before and after on this engine...



The Build Phase has Officially Begun!

Chassis Mods are Done! Well with more than a little help from my friend Ryan at Overland Adventure Company, the frame modifications are c...