Hello all, been working on my old Series III. Bought it about a year and a half ago and been fiddling with it now and then, have too many projects so they progress slowly at times.
I picked it up running and driving but barely in both cases!
Check out more pre-op pics here
Had/Has the usual rot in the rear frame and cross member as well as the outriggers. No brakes, hydraulic or emergency. Suspension shot. Floorboards poorly patched. You know the type!
Started off by gettin the pesky body out of the way for the frame repairs.
Then I put the rear axle back over the leafs as the PO attempted to lift it to remedy the wore out leafs... Then I got what was left of the cross member off.
I removed the rear frame brackets, exhaust hangers, and spring hangers, made a cardboard template from what was left of the frame rails and rebuilt the back 1.5-2 feet of frame with sheet metal (16ga if I remember correctly). Unfortunately I lost that set of pictures to a virus so you will have to use your imagination there.
Then I tackled the front outriggers as they were a little light..
Cut a couple of these out.
After folding it around a piece of angle iron using violence and loud grunting, Not exact but close enough for this guy.
Found another ventilation hole!
Little bit of primer.
And some shiny marine enamel to keep it pretty.
After that it sat for the rest of the summer, between work and play it just wasnt in the cards.
Now back at it I tackled the rear cross member. I went with 10ga for some extra beef.
Got it drawn out.
The filler pieces on the sides will get welded in once it is attached to the frame so I can get in there with the welder.
Last test fit, sun is gettin low, air is gettin cold so enough for today.
Now that I have reached this point could someone please get me a measurement?
I need the width of the rear cross member side to side across the top. and width in between the tail gate brackets. I think I got it close but there isnt a heck of a lot left of my old one to go by so my current measurements are a little vague...
I am also thinking about ditching the drop bracket and trailer ball mount in favour of a 2" receiver hitch incorporated in to the rear cross member, part of the reason I stepped up to 10ga. Maybe though I should I keep it original looking, thoughts?
Let me know if there is any interest and I will keep this thread updated, the other forum I was posting on is kinda light on traffic so helpful info and encouragement is few and far between.
Thanks for making it this far!