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PostPosted: Mon Aug 31, 2015 12:08 pm 
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Weekend Update.... I got all of the scrap metal taking up space in the garage delivered to the metal scrap yard. The 220v outlet is in. I even ended up getting a good enough deal on 6ga wire to make a 16ft extension cord for the welder as well! Next is getting the truck blocked up level. Then we'll wire wheel the frame rails in preparation for cutting. We still need to mark and locate centerlines and bed mounting holes, but overall we're just a short time away from Bobalou being half the truck it used to be! Enjoy a couple pics from this weekend.

HUGE thanks to a buddy, Eric Hall, for putting in the outlet this weekend. We'd be charcoal at this point without him!
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Turns out, straight contact 220v 50a outlets are NOT readily available at Lowes or Home Depot. We found these outlets at Northern Tool.
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This is the end of the new extension cord. Also picked this up at Northern Tool. The ends for the extension cord ended up costing about $20/ea.
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The welder is ALIVE! I'm pretty sure the welder has been in the garage for 3 months now. Its nice to finally know that it powers on.
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That's all I have for this week guys. Hopefully we'll get the truck blocked up, centers marked, and the frame cleaned up next weekend!


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'16 Chevy 2500 Turbo Diesel
'91 Honda CRX Si w/ B16 swap (SOLD)
'87 Mitsubishi Mighty Max (4G63 swap in progress)
'09 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 bobber
R.I.P '91 Eagle Talon Tsi AWD 12.080 @ 118.62mph (with no 2nd gear, of course!)


Mon Sep 15, 2014 2:12 pm
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 31, 2015 1:32 pm 
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Awesome! It's time for me to get a new MIG welder soon. I keep wondering if an Eastwood one will hold up to my abuse. My Hobart has lasted 18 years, which makes me a bit loyal to them...

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Small Weekend Update....

It was my niece's 1st birthday this past weekend, so we had family and friends taking up every spare bed available. There were cookouts, parties, and more cookouts. Amid the chaos, however, some small progress was made on the truck.

We cut off one set of the rear bed mounts to reuse later on the back of the new frame.
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The stock frame needs to be cut off 24in forward of the rear axle centerline to maintain the factory wheelbase and bed mounting locations. Unfortunately, 24in falls right about where this pesky bed mount lived. We fixed that!
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Action shot!
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After removing the bed mounts, we wire wheeled the frame where it will be cut. This should give us a nice clean surface to mark on before we get too carried away.
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We still need to get this thing blocked up level with the wheels off. Then we'll mark centerlines & bed mount locations. Half of a Mighty Max coming soon!


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'16 Chevy 2500 Turbo Diesel
'91 Honda CRX Si w/ B16 swap (SOLD)
'87 Mitsubishi Mighty Max (4G63 swap in progress)
'09 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 bobber
R.I.P '91 Eagle Talon Tsi AWD 12.080 @ 118.62mph (with no 2nd gear, of course!)


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 14, 2015 11:43 am 
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Your frame looks like it is in great shape! My truck was nice, but my frame didn't look that good!

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I got really lucky with the condition of the frame. My grandfather was an airplane mechanic in the Air Force. Even after he retired, he took as good of care with the Mighty Max as a P-51 back in the day. I know he had it Ziebarted every other year for all of my childhood. It's been in the garage for the last 8 years. There are a few minor rust spots in the floor of the cab, but the frame is super solid!

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'16 Chevy 2500 Turbo Diesel
'91 Honda CRX Si w/ B16 swap (SOLD)
'87 Mitsubishi Mighty Max (4G63 swap in progress)
'09 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 bobber
R.I.P '91 Eagle Talon Tsi AWD 12.080 @ 118.62mph (with no 2nd gear, of course!)


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Any updates?? Really loving this build.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 23, 2016 11:28 am 
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WOW! It has been since September since my last update!

Well, here goes......

About a week after we finished up the leveling platform to backhalf the Mighty Max, my family decided to pull the trigger on a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. We sold my mother's house, put my wife & I's house on the market, and put in an offer on 71 acres of land just a few miles from where we live now. Everything has gone according to plan so far, & we close on the land next Tuesday. Over the last few months I have spent every free hour painting rooms, doing small projects, & moving tools to storage trying to get these houses ready to sell. Now that all the homes are sold or on the market, I've finally had some time to get some work done on the Max. It'll still be towards the end of the year before I have my own BIG garage with 220AV & pull down air and power from the ceiling, but at least I can make some small progress in the meantime.

Enjoy the pics!

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There aren't too many picture of me AND Bobalou. Here is the 1st since September. Bobalou is down 480 lbs, and I am down 70 lbs myself!
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This old motor has served us well since 1987. I got a measly $18 for it from the metal scrap yard...
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That's all folks! I hope the next update is a lot sooner!


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'16 Chevy 2500 Turbo Diesel
'91 Honda CRX Si w/ B16 swap (SOLD)
'87 Mitsubishi Mighty Max (4G63 swap in progress)
'09 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 bobber
R.I.P '91 Eagle Talon Tsi AWD 12.080 @ 118.62mph (with no 2nd gear, of course!)


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Congrats on the new place, truck progress and the weight loss!

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Congrats on the new land - does it come with a house on it or are you building one!? Around here, we hope to get 1 acre with a house (That's on the large side. I currently have .27 acres.) Any more land than that, and the state taxes you until you can't afford it anymore. That is why all of the apple orchards from my childhood were chopped down and replaced with Applebees restaurants. It's horrible really. I would LOVE to have 71 acres! I imagine the taxes on 71 acres in my town, without any house on it, would be ~$7000-10,000 per year.

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the land is all raw right now. A couple of partners bought it a few years ago & tried to open a gun range. They got as far as cutting in a driveway & a couple of shooting lanes, but then got shut down by the county. My wife is a home builder, so we'll be working towards a few homes shortly. Hopefully clearing will begin in April.

I know the feeling about the tax situation. North Carolina has some pretty sweet options for helping to offset property taxes on a parcel this large. If we can "produce" $1,000 per year of something (chicken eggs, tomatoes, etc.), we will qualify as a small farm. The tax burden would only be about 10% if we can pull that off... :-)

My wife and I are actually building the "guest house" first, so that we can save for a couple years to build our dream house. The architect has just finished the renderings, & plans are off to the engineer... It'll be nice to finally have at least a two car garage again.
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My dream is that I can finish building my shop before we have the burden of a dream house mortgage. I've been lusting after this design that I found online. Overkill? Is there such a thing?
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I can't wait to share the progress on the land, but hopefully Bobalou gets plenty of attention!


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'16 Chevy 2500 Turbo Diesel
'91 Honda CRX Si w/ B16 swap (SOLD)
'87 Mitsubishi Mighty Max (4G63 swap in progress)
'09 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 bobber
R.I.P '91 Eagle Talon Tsi AWD 12.080 @ 118.62mph (with no 2nd gear, of course!)


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THAT GARAGE!!!!! Every guys dream!

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You could fit almost 4 of my garages inside that garage. That is amazing! Congrats to you and your family on the big plans!! Its sounds like a ton of fun!

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Are you still in Apex? I just came across your thread and Im located in Garner, NC. The similarities to our builds are insane....need to get together some time!


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Sorry I didn't see this last comment. I finally got my house sold. We'll be moving to an apartment in Cary next week. The truck is currently being stored @ my brother in law's house in Holly Springs. For now, Bobalou is on hold, but.... Building should start soon on the new house so that I'll have a nice big garage to finish this project. It'll be worth the wait, guys, I promise! :-)

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'16 Chevy 2500 Turbo Diesel
'91 Honda CRX Si w/ B16 swap (SOLD)
'87 Mitsubishi Mighty Max (4G63 swap in progress)
'09 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 bobber
R.I.P '91 Eagle Talon Tsi AWD 12.080 @ 118.62mph (with no 2nd gear, of course!)


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I almost forgot the best news of this down time. A Ford 9in rear end housing was just donated to project Bobalou. Plans have been changed from overbuilding the Ford 8.8 rear to simply going with a beefy 9 inch to begin with. We will still be using A Strange spool & axles as well as adding disc brakes. Can't wait to get this rolling!

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'16 Chevy 2500 Turbo Diesel
'91 Honda CRX Si w/ B16 swap (SOLD)
'87 Mitsubishi Mighty Max (4G63 swap in progress)
'09 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 bobber
R.I.P '91 Eagle Talon Tsi AWD 12.080 @ 118.62mph (with no 2nd gear, of course!)


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