Wow! It's been what, just over a month since I last checked in, and this build is REALLY moving along! Sorry about that David, I just sorta lumped you in with all the other builders that take a year or two to burn together a project like this.
On the t-case mount, I think the quality of the fab is awesome, and the product is a prime example of the K.I.S.S. principle. But I do have a question. In my mind having a crossmember with 4 corners seems a little counter productive, as the the flex of the frame would tend to put stress on the member that it wouldn't have with only two mounting points. If ANYONE viewing this thread can enlighten me on that point, I would appreciate it.
Second, yours is the first build where I have seen someone using a faux adjustable link rod for mock up. That is really, really cool. Did you borrow those, and more importantly, would they be available to borrow again? Those look like the sheit for getting lengths and angles down on a link conversion. Of course, if you tell me EVERYBODY's got them, that'll just show how little I know about link stuff anyways!;p
Since you've now set the wheelbase, the only logical answer to your wheelwell question is to lengthen the body!;p
Got a little more to show for last nights work. We have been trying to determine how to mount the front lower link mounts to the frame and keep the tires from hitting the links but we didn't want to have them just hanging off of the bottom of the frame. We wanted to mount them outside of the frame but the tires would get into them hard! There wasn't room inside the frame so Devin just decided to french some buckets into the frame.
This got us up high enough but he wanted to make it pretty and not hang on any rocks since I'm running such a long wheelbase (115") so we ramped the frame to the buckets.
Devin also wanted to reinforce the frame a little since we clearanced the lower part of the frame to help clear the links so he cut a little fishplate and welded it up.
The end result is VERY NICE!!! Strong attatchment points and should be snag-free. The tires clear the links and the front lower links are the same length as the rear lowers so that I can carry a spare link htat fits front and rear ...........just in case!
And just to prove that I've been there and to scare the kids at home
I'm very pleased and thankful for all the work Devin is putting into this thing. It's going to be a blast to wheel when we're done.
Devin caught me wacking it off. The frame that is. Gonna tube the front out to hold the radiator and fenders. Don't know when its gona be done. Gotta put some axles under a trailer pretty soon so I can haul my Pig to the Jambo.