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O/T: Garage tools revisited, plasma cutter

June 18 2017 at 6:39 PM
Jim  (Login FormerlyCyclonic66)
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I was looking for feedback last week on the Eastwood Versa-cut 60. Didn't get any, but thought I would post my experience for others.

I wired a dedicated 6-50 outlet (found a screaming deal on 60ft of 3 wire 6 gauge on Amazon) and plumbed a lined to my air compressor. Grabbed a piece of 5/8" cold rolled bar that came with a trailer hitch kit and burned through the 2" width like soft butter in a single pass. I see this unit easily handling the 7/8 thickness it's rated for.

I'll let you know what I really think after the twin I-beam is cut out of my 1970 F100.


 
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winr1
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Interested in what you think.. also, interested in what your doing to ...

June 18 2017, 7:28 PM 

... your 1970 F100



Ricky.

 
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Jim
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Crown Vic front end

June 18 2017, 7:58 PM 

I'm installing the front crossmember and complete front suspension out of a 2007 Crown Vic. For those that don't know, it's a very popular conversion. When Ford redesigned the Crown Vic for the last time, they designed the complete front end to bolt in - very much like a Mustang II front end. The crossmember is cast aluminum and houses the springs, shocks, A-arms, steering rack, sway bar...and it bolts in.

The dent side trucks (67-72), happen to share the frame width dimensions with that series of Crown Vic /Grand Marquis/ Town Car. There are hundreds of examples of guys who have done this conversion and now an aftermarket of sorts has developed to modify the crossmember for a ton of other vehicles too.

It lowers the truck (not why I'm doing it) and provides a cheap upgrade to large power disk brakes, power steering, and much improved handling for a 2WD truck. I had a local yard pull it and drop it in the bed of my truck for $300.

 
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Chris McAlpine
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65-66 Also

June 19 2017, 5:56 AM 

I am not doing it but it is a popular swap on the slick60s forum.

 
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winr1
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Thanks Jim and Chris :-) .... N/M

June 19 2017, 11:10 AM 

Ricky.

 
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Master Cobbler
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Short Wheelbase F Series

June 22 2017, 8:14 AM 

The short wheelbase F-100's are very close to the Panther chassis wheelbase - it is a relatively easy job to (more or less) bolt an F-100 cab and 6' box to the Crown Vic/Grand Marquis/Town Car full frame
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Tom P
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Re: Short Wheelbase F Series

June 22 2017, 5:00 PM 

They did that on the Hot Rod Garage YouTube channel. I think it's a cleaner swap just using the crossmember and supposedly narrowing the track width on those isn't that hard. The way they come is way too wide.

 
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