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Thread: Building a HP44 to stock Waggy width (61.5")Posted: Mon Jan 28, 2008 3:11 pm

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    Default Building a HP44 to stock Waggy width (61.5")Posted: Mon Jan 28, 2008 3:11 pm

    I started this project with a bare housing from a 1976 Ford F150, or at least that is what I was told it was off of. I picked it up off Ebay for $100 and then had to have it shipped from PA to WA.

    I cut the ends off as close to the inner knuckles/inner C's as I could.

    Then ground down the welds on the inner C so that I could get the tube that was in them out.

    Tube thickness isn't in issue.

    I had done a search on Pirate before I started this project and was able to get some measurements. 1980-84 Waggy shafts are 15.8" short side and 32.12" long side. To make this housing fit those measurements I need to cut tubes down.

    I took the short side down to a length of 8" and the long side to 24 3/8" from the center of the casting hole on the pumkin to the outside edge of the tube.
    We then heated the inner C up in 400 degrees in my buddies oven. (His wife was gone)
    It slipped onto the tube no problem.

    We set the pinion angle to 13 degrees and the caster at 7 degrees.

    Checked 5 times and welded ONCE.


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    Then it was time to install the Rubicon Express bracket kit.
    Now this is more for a TJ/XJ/ZJ at this point but I figure I should add it.
    First is the bridge over the pumkin.



    Next is the coil spring brackets/shock mounts.


    Next is the pass side upper control bracket. We trussed it too just for.


    Then it was time for the lower control arm brackets.


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    Okay here it is all done.



    Then I installed a ARB locker/5.13 gears


    I hope this helps.

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    That looks really good. I especially liked how well you covered the tube trimming. I've heard about people doing it, but had never actually seen it done.

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    Wow, nice work, Chris ya got any buyers remorse looking at this work?
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    Sweet job. That didn't seem like that much work at all. Makes me wonder.

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    Man nice job.
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    Good work from this pic's.... nice attention to detail, Like the use of the high pinion...Great welds very clean...

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    Very nice/clean work...

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    Nice job. Let us know how she feels when she is under your rig.
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