This is a site built by a buddy of mine (StudioRhoad.com) to document the progress of my project 620 build that Iím doing. I hope I have the patience to continue adding and updating as I move further along with the project. I will also be blogging about general stuff in my life as I experience them. Feel free to check out my About page for more info and background.

Posted by Chad on April 27, 2009

Cab placement

Scott and I slapped the cab on.

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Had to cut the inner fender almost all the way out for the strut towers.
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The truck seemed to get smaller as we put it on. Here’s Scott standing next to it to give a reference.
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The wheels stick out a little bit.
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I still have to get these things done before it comes to an event.
Install motor
Modify tunnel
Measure and order driveshaft
Build tranny mount
Install steering column
Install Wilwood Pedals
Install Radiator and Intercooler
Make intercooler plumbing
Make dash
Install gauges
Make Downpipe and Exhaust
Reinstall Firewall
Rebuild inner firewall
Install flares
General bodywork and primer
Alignment
Tuning..

Posted by Chad on April 20, 2009

Preview of possible color choice and wheels

A preview of what the truck may look like:
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Posted by Chad on April 19, 2009

Rolling Chassis complete!

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Yea, I know, I realized after the fact that I have the Coilovers on the wrong side when taking the pictures.
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Rolling Chassis Complete!!
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More as they come.

Posted by Chad on April 9, 2009

Completed and painted the frame

Added support to the rear towers.
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Finally done with the frame and painted.
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Replaced the angle iron cross member with 1″ black steel pipe.
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Got a liitle excited with the green paint.
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The wheels showed up today. I ordered Megan Streets instead of GodSpeeds. They should be here tomorrow or Friday.

Posted by Chad on March 25, 2009

Got the rear towers done

Got the rear towers done
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More parts showed up at my door step. I also got some 264 crower cams but didn’t grab a picture before sending them with Scott.
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Got the front towers started. They’re awful tall so there’s gonna have to be some extra support for these. I will get to that next.
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Went to pull-a-part on a hunch from Howard about a Datsun being there. Was able to get a couple of extra fenders that were in pretty good shape, cowl, lower air dam and bumper.
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Went back the next weekend and got the whole dash setup.
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Had to get a new hoist so I could stop bugging Matt about using his. :)
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Got the structural support tacked in place until I can get the struts out to fully weld.
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Made some sway bar/ TC rod mounts. Also tacked in for the moment.
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Had to remove the factory TC rods to get the Megan Racing stuff to work, even after I went to the junk yard to find more 620 TC rods, spent several hours measuring, cutting and fitting the factory ones.
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More parts:
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I always wanted an old school four panel mirror.
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I’ve always hated driving around with just those two little brake lights under the tail gate so I bought a third tail light.
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Back to fabbing up the TC rods. I didn’t see this part coming until I had already cut off the factory TC mounts.
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After some chopping, cussing, masterbating, and welding.
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Figured that since I was already messin with it I’d go ahead and stiff’n it up too.
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After some grinding and paint.
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Finally got the strut removed and was able to drill out the hole for camber adjust and finish all the welding and throw on some paint.
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I was suppose to do the passengers side tonight but started talking with Kathy and Scott and the next thing we knew it was 8:30. Oh well, tomorrow it is.
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I’m gonna do some more support for the front. But I still have to test fit the cab to see where everything is going to be so I can route my tubing.

Posted by Chad on February 10, 2009

Started on the totally tubular towers

Started on the totally tubular towers on Sunday. They’re just tacked in place and need to be put on better. But I was out of gas (Welding gas) and didn’t want to waste the only free day I had to work on the truck.

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Posted by Chad on January 9, 2009

Finalizing the rear sub fitment

Finalizing the rear sub fitment:

After the reshaping of the new frame members.
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And then after some Frame support and a cross member.
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This is all the updates that I have until I can get back and do more stuff.
Next is the strut towers. Front and Rear

Posted by Chad on January 8, 2009

Rear Subframe fitment continued

Ok, Newest updates from this past weekend and anything else I can think of.

Rear Subframe fitment continued:

Finally got the frame moved and sitting like it needs to be. Still need to build the tabs for the front part of the subframe.
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I ran across an issue where the ROCA is gonna hit the frame if I go to low with the truck. We can’t be having any of that so its time to chop and weld some more. :)
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Kathy came out and got some shots of me making metal tadpoles.

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The tools that I use the most at the moment.
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Safety first. Nothing in the eyes and you don’t want to burn your hair. I can deal with the smell. I just don’t like little molten hot steel beads burning into my scalp. :)
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Posted by Chad on December 31, 2008

Garage Cleanup!!

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Ok the garage was a wreck!! So Scott started the clean up and Kathy and I went to Home Depot and bought some new shelves and bins and below is the results of our two day project.

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MUCH MORE CONDUSIVE TO A WORK GARAGE!! I was able to get rid of the axle and two wheels sitting in front of the 620 frame since the picture was taken.

This is the end of the updates for a short while until I get more done. I will update as soon as I can.

Posted by Chad on December 31, 2008

Mounting the rear subframe

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I had to put some angle iron in place to hold the frame in place when I chopped it for fabbing. I also used a jack in the back for support just in case the angle iron wanted to sag.

The 2nd picture shows where I started moving the frame over to setup for mounting the rear most mounting point of the rear subframe. The farest point of the inner frame rail back across to the outer edge of the standard frame rail is 9 and 1/8th inches. It’s 24 and 3/4th inches from the end of the frame to the cutting point of the frame. And it’s aproximately 2 and 3/4th inches from the tower mounting point for the bed of the truck to the bend of the frame.

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It should line up fine like this. I will have to get the height right though on the subframe when mounting it.

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This is as far as I got until last night but that was after some serious garage clean up!! I will go out and take pictures later after I finish the other side too.