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Offline xlr8n

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Another Newb in the area
« on: September 21, 2012, 10:00:02 pm »
Hello all. I recently migrated to Wichita Falls from Nevada due to job scarcity out West. I'm originally from South Texas but have lived in Central Texas several years before moving out West. While in Nevada I got into rock crawling and have gone through a few rigs. As I look around I see flat land in all directions so I'm not sure where the nearest rock might be hiding. I figured the Austin area was probably the closest area for rock crawling but look to the locals for input and recommendations for wheeling adventures.

My latest rig, which currently has a cracked tranny case, is what I call a rat-rig due to the variety of Jeep, Chevy, and Ford parts that make it up. The Heep-aLuv is legally registered as a Chevy Luv that sits atop a '72 Waggy frame. The 4.3 TBI is in front of the Turbo 350 that has the cracked housing. Behind that is a NP203/205 set of dual cases that rotate the welded D44/14-bolt axles turning 38.5 TSL's. Albeit it's currently registered in Nevada I don't think it will pass the stringent Texas inspection so it may become a permanent trailer queen.

I'm looking forward to meeting some wheelers with common interests. I see that I missed the most recent September get together so maybe I can make it to next months event.

Does anyone have a line on a good used turbo 350 from a 4x4? Or at least a recommendation for a good tranny shop in town?

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1973 Chevrolet Luv:
Chassis/Suspension: '72 Waggy frame cut to 103.5" WB ; Waggy front 47" SOA ; Chevy rear 63" SOA
Front axle: '79 J10 D44 4:11 w/ 8 lug outers ; chromoly shafts ; Detroit locker ; cast cover
Rear axle: '75 Corp 14 bolt welded 4:10 ; cast cover ; DOM anti-wrap bar
Tires: 38.5x14.5x15 Swamper SX on 15x8 steel wheels
Drivetrain: '92 s10 4.3 Chevy v6 ; TH350 ; NP203/205 doubler triple sticks (front digs) ; .250 DOM rear shaft ; 2" square front shaft
Steering: Hydrossist ; 1.5" OD .250 wall DOM drag link and tie rod w/ heims
Safety: In-cab DOM cage ; in-bed double roll bar
Amenities: OBA ; OBW ; electric XJ seats ; Schwinn cruise control ; rock lights ; receiver mounted 8K lb. winch ; receiver mounted BBQ pit ; receiver mounted 32cc weedablender ('rita mixer)
Other: Bed mounted Isuzu raditator ; Bobbed bed

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Re: Another Newb in the area
« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2012, 08:41:22 am »
Welcome Bryan.  The group is going to Bridgeport next weekend.  If you want to check it out I'm sure there will be an extra seat available.  Maybe DavidW will chime in on the tranny, he seems to know where all the parts are.

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Re: Another Newb in the area
« Reply #2 on: September 22, 2012, 09:12:24 am »
Welcome!
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Re: Another Newb in the area
« Reply #3 on: September 22, 2012, 10:18:13 am »
Welcome Bryan.  The group is going to Bridgeport next weekend.  If you want to check it out I'm sure there will be an extra seat available.  Maybe DavidW will chime in on the tranny, he seems to know where all the parts are.

What's this about me and a tranny?
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Re: Another Newb in the area
« Reply #4 on: September 22, 2012, 05:30:45 pm »
Welcome Bryan.  The group is going to Bridgeport next weekend.  If you want to check it out I'm sure there will be an extra seat available.  Maybe DavidW will chime in on the tranny, he seems to know where all the parts are.

What's this about me and a tranny?


You don't have to hide it David... We have all heard by now   :haha1:
Justin, your shaft is huge and beefy.

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Re: Another Newb in the area
« Reply #5 on: September 22, 2012, 05:33:08 pm »
Welcome...  There are some good places to go but most a a few hours drive.   Makes for good weekend wheeling trips :)
Justin, your shaft is huge and beefy.

His - 1992 Cherokee Laredo, 4.0, AW4, NP231; Rear 8.8 welded w/ G2 cover and 4.88 gears; Front HP30, G2 4.88 gears, Lokka locker, 4340 shafts, Spicer joints with full circle clips, Alloy USA tube seals, Artec truss and brackets; bastard lift with long arms; RE track bar and brackets; 35" trXus MT's on 32 bolt Allied wheels

Hers - 2005 Jeep Liberty CRD, 2.8L VM Motori turbo diesel, 545RFE, NP242, Chry 8.25 29 spline, elephant hose mod, disabled EGR

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Re: Another Newb in the area
« Reply #6 on: September 23, 2012, 09:26:13 pm »
2wd turbo 350 on cl.

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Re: Another Newb in the area
« Reply #7 on: September 24, 2012, 04:39:24 pm »
Welcome! Love the Luv, very cool. We have a couple of salvage yards here in town as well as a couple of shops that would do the repair.
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Re: Another Newb in the area
« Reply #8 on: September 26, 2012, 09:16:37 pm »
I appreciate the invite to Bridgeport but won't be able to make it this weekend since it is anniversary time. How often does the group make these trips?

I have a 2wd long tail turbo 350 needing a rebuild on hand that I was hoping to swap the cracked tranny's guts into. After further consideration I thought I might replace the clutches and seals during reassembly which is when I considered contracting the whole conversion out. Devil's advocate says it might be cheaper and easier to simply swap in a good used tranny and be done with it. I didn't see anything useable on CL so I'll check the local junk yards.

Anxious to read a trip report when you guys get back from BP.

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1973 Chevrolet Luv:
Chassis/Suspension: '72 Waggy frame cut to 103.5" WB ; Waggy front 47" SOA ; Chevy rear 63" SOA
Front axle: '79 J10 D44 4:11 w/ 8 lug outers ; chromoly shafts ; Detroit locker ; cast cover
Rear axle: '75 Corp 14 bolt welded 4:10 ; cast cover ; DOM anti-wrap bar
Tires: 38.5x14.5x15 Swamper SX on 15x8 steel wheels
Drivetrain: '92 s10 4.3 Chevy v6 ; TH350 ; NP203/205 doubler triple sticks (front digs) ; .250 DOM rear shaft ; 2" square front shaft
Steering: Hydrossist ; 1.5" OD .250 wall DOM drag link and tie rod w/ heims
Safety: In-cab DOM cage ; in-bed double roll bar
Amenities: OBA ; OBW ; electric XJ seats ; Schwinn cruise control ; rock lights ; receiver mounted 8K lb. winch ; receiver mounted BBQ pit ; receiver mounted 32cc weedablender ('rita mixer)
Other: Bed mounted Isuzu raditator ; Bobbed bed