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Old 12-06-2016, 12:31 PM
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Default My 96 CCSB - Superduty Coil swap and other mods

So not sure if I'm posting this in the right place, but I'm starting to Tear into my '96 again, Originally frame off restored about 8 years ago with a few suspension and other changes since. This was my first vehicle and was bought from my father at 188k and all rusted out when I was 16 (he bought it in '97 with 7K on it). Truck now has 270k and runs like a top.

Truck has a lower mileage 7.3 that was never rebuilt (prolly 180K now), rosewood 160cc with stock fuel and HPOP, 6.0 intercooler, and a BTS trans.

As part of this I'm trashing the old 5" aluminized straight pipe exhaust (already sold on CL) in favor for a Stainless 5" with muffler and going e-fuel as well a T500 Hpop.

The first time I did the restoration I had it on 8 in of lift (skyjacker springs) with 40's. After a few years of banging my teeth out and some maturity I decided to go to RSK with a 5.5" sky kit and 35's. That's how it sat up until a couple weeks ago when I sold my axles and susp and picked up a 2005 5.4l F250 superduty and began the swap. I also have a set of 2008 king ranch 18" with stock size tires. This will have a 2.5" carli starter Bilstein kit when complete, with PMF 2.5" drop brackets. The donor radiu brackets where pretty rusted anyway and I don't like the castor shims and couldn't justify the PMF 3 links. Rather put the money in E fuel and Terminator, they are both long overdue.

The truck as it sat 2 weeks ago:
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And some old pics of the resto from years ago:
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Young me sandblasting:


After paint and motor install (again ~8 yrs ago):
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How she sits now in my garage:
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The old dana 60, sterling 10.25, RSK and wheels/tires on their way to new home:
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The old rear perch of the front spring ground off the frame (what a pain without torches):

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The 2005 donor, (picked her up off CL for $700):
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And the new owner of my axles was nice enough to send me a picture of them in their new home. this is 2wd Texas work truck getting some new life:
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Old 12-06-2016, 01:08 PM
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nice work

that door badge has to GO
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Old 12-06-2016, 01:33 PM
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That door badge was designed and machined by me @ 16 years old in high school on a CNC machine. Which is how I got started in the profession that finances all my toys.

If not for the sentimental value it would be long gone... Its also covering two gaping holes from old towing mirrors...
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Old 12-07-2016, 02:59 PM
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Does anyone have any dimensions or better pics of the exact location they mounted the superduty coil buckets. It seems to be the one area people gloss over when documenting the coil swap. I'm wondering if that is because once you get them against the frame its pretty intuitive and they only really go in one spot...

I'm planning to space out the Radius arm brackets (using fabb'd PMF 2.5" drop units) by 3/8" each side to make up for the narrower OBS frame and butt up against the body mount, but I'm not sure about exact location of the coil buckets.

I have seen some pics where guys notched the buckets around one of the corss member rivets, overlapping by about an 1".

Also, Any need to space out the superduty buckets? I'm hoping to gut the donor this weekend and get the measurements needed but any suggestions or experience would be awesome!
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Old 12-08-2016, 05:55 AM
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Got most of my parts in yesterday.

New takeoff OEM takeoff Radius arms of Ebay - really didn't feel like messing around with cleaning/painting the ones off the donor.


New diff covers - Just cheapo aluminum


My carli bilstein kit came in as well, trackbar, rear leaf packs, Coils and brake line relocation brackets, also the castor shims which i will not be using, If anyone needs them let me know:





Also got my powersteering line for the superduty box and one of the two needed conversion U-joints. I want to make sure I've got the right one before ordering the second one:


And here are the new PMF 2.5" drop radius arm mounts. I needed new radius brackets (donors were pretty crusty) and am not a huge fan of the shims so bought these instead. Pretty heavy duty, kind of pricey for a couple big hunks of steel but oh well. If I had more time I'd probably fab my own. But time is money.
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Old 12-08-2016, 05:58 AM
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Also got my new stainless exhaust in:

Its just a diamond eye straight system and I ordered a flopro stainless muffler seperately. I'll probably tig it together with a couple stainless 5" band clamps in favor for the crap galv steel c clamps provided with the kit:
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Old 12-17-2016, 02:53 PM
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Old 12-18-2016, 02:16 PM
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Not yet. Still haven't gotten around to pulling the old stuff off the superduty. My new daughter is mostly responsible for that. Lol. I did get some more parts in and did fart around a bit this weekend with mounting up the PMF radius arm mounts. Going to machine up some spacers for the frame rail width and a small wedge at work this week.
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Old 12-19-2016, 06:51 AM
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Default Radius arm brackets

I messed around with the radius arm brackets a bit last night.

Decided to just butt it up to the body mount, I know some others have trimmed either the bracket and/or the mount, but many others have just butt it up without issue so that's the route I'm going to take.

Hole marked in the frame. Also ground out the rust that had collected under the old front spring mount. Just drilling one first to make sure everything works before going too crazy:


Hole drilled:


PMF fabricated bracket mocked into position:


From the inside of the frame rail. Notice the wedge gap towards the back of the frame where one of the bolts from underneath goes. I'm going to machine a wedge to go in there. Not that its really all that necessary (a washer would probably work just fine but it can't hurt. I'm also going to make a 3" solid spacer to run along the outside of the framerail to better match the width of the superduty frame. I know a lot of people have had no issues with just bolting them tight but a few people have mentioned issues with having to fight the radius arms since they wanted to be narrower. I have the resources so I'm going to make spacers.



Threw the radius arm in there for the fun of it. Still not sure which way is up on those or if there is an up or down. Going to take note of that when I tear down the superduty.


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Old 12-19-2016, 03:55 PM
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Had some time and drew up my fancy frame spacer "washers". Got fancy and added a ford emblem as well:






Unfortunately didn't have any scrap steel lying around, so they are aluminum. They are really just acting like a washer anyway so I'm sure they will be fine. I'll probably paint black and sand off the emblem and then clear coat. Should look kind of cool from below, don't mind the holes in one of them. That what happens when using scrap material:





And up against the PMF bracket:

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