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Bolts through the trunk - old hitch mount?
#1
There are a pair of bolts (with a huge pressure plate as a washer against the frame rail) in the trunk of my '71 where one would generally find a pair of rubber grommets.

Both sit just ahead of where the factory tie-down bracket would bolt to:

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I'm simply guessing, but is this leftover hardware from a trailer hitch arrangement that was adapted to use the tie down mounts? I've seen one (Old Pony's, to be exact) that bolted to the bumper and the framerails at the exhaust hanger, but it doesn't quite add up to what I'm envisioning here. That, and the bumper from my car didn't have any additional holes in it.

Any insights?

-Kurt

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#2
Ya never know what the previous owner had in mind when they did stuff like that. For instance, this used to hold up the gas tank in mine: shrug2 Idea beer shrug Haha
[Image: 394329_335871973090394_1446989224_n.jpg]

Just sayin'... rofl

Eric

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Mister 4x4;104040 Wrote:Ya never know what the previous owner had in mind when they did stuff like that. For instance, this used to hold up the gas tank in mine:

I often return to your photo whenever I need to be convinced that my job "ain't that bad."

-Kurt

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cudak888;104043 Wrote:
Mister 4x4;104040 Wrote:Ya never know what the previous owner had in mind when they did stuff like that. For instance, this used to hold up the gas tank in mine:

I often return to your photo whenever I need to be convinced that my job "ain't that bad."

-Kurt

LMAO! I'm glad to know that mine serves as 'some' kind of inspiration. thumb LOL!

Seriously though, I gotta wonder if maybe there was a sway bar on there at one point. Those look like the sway bar mounting holes in the frame rail to me. I would've expected to see two holes all the way through if that was the case though. My aftermarket sway bar kit used 'U-bolts' stuffed through those two holes to mount the 'D' bushings.

Good luck figuring it out.

Eric

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Mister 4x4;104048 Wrote:Seriously though, I gotta wonder if maybe there was a sway bar on there at one point.

Mine has one. Staggered shock Mach 1, M code:

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How in hell did the PO of your car get around his staggered shock? I see it's mounted in front of the axle despite the requisite hardware being there for proper mounting.

-Kurt

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Mine didn't/doesn't have staggered shocks.

Here's the driver side with the sway bar mount, standard shocks, and electric fuel pump mounted up:
[Image: 552200_515739831770273_135038063_n.jpg]

Where the 'D' bushing mounts up for my sway bar, are those the holes you're talking about, or are they the ones further back on the frame rails? (Edit: now that I looked at yours again, it looks like they're the bolt holes located further back on the frame rails, more toward the rear shackle mount)


I don't know though - all that stuff is kinda tight in there. I bounced the suspension a bunch of times to make sure nothing hits... but it's a lot different when ya actually get it out on the street.

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Mister 4x4;104053 Wrote:Mine didn't/doesn't have staggered shocks.

My fault - I thought I saw a staggered shock anchor plate underneath the left side of the axle.

Mister 4x4;104053 Wrote:Here's the driver side with the sway bar mount, standard shocks, and electric fuel pump mounted up:

Where the 'D' bushing mounts up for my sway bar, are those the holes you're talking about, or are they the ones further back on the frame rails? (Edit: now that I looked at yours again, it looks like they're the bolt holes located further back on the frame rails, more toward the rear shackle mount)

My D-bushings bolt almost at the same spot - the sway bar runs not more than 1/4 inch forward of the gas tank strap mount.

Mister 4x4;104053 Wrote:I don't know though - all that stuff is kinda tight in there. I bounced the suspension a bunch of times to make sure nothing hits... but it's a lot different when ya actually get it out on the street.

Only thing I'd be worried about is that fuel hose - I would have bent the line above the frame stop and come down to the hose with a 90 degree connector - but that's just me. Chances of bottoming out are slim unless you plan to drive like Mandarin Pace.

-Kurt

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cudak888;104062 Wrote:
Mister 4x4;104053 Wrote:Mine didn't/doesn't have staggered shocks.

My fault - I thought I saw a staggered shock anchor plate underneath the left side of the axle.

There actually is a mounting point for a staggered shock set up on the old school Lakewood traction bars that came with mine. I just decided to stick with the standard shock mount set up (partially because of the lack of upper staggered shock mount like yours has).

cudak888;104062 Wrote:Only thing I'd be worried about is that fuel hose - I would have bent the line above the frame stop and come down to the hose with a 90 degree connector - but that's just me. Chances of bottoming out are slim unless you plan to drive like Mandarin Pace.

-Kurt

Yeah - I'm not planning on driving it like a Baja 1000 Mad Man - I have other vehicles for that. Wink Although, there are some pretty bad dips in San Angelo that kinda sneak up on ya if you're not careful. I'll see how it goes, then maybe re-route it like you suggested (thanks for that, BTW). Heck, I might just do that anyway - good call.

Eric

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Mister 4x4;104040 Wrote:Ya never know what the previous owner had in mind when they did stuff like that. For instance, this used to hold up the gas tank in mine: shrug2 Idea beer shrug Haha
[Image: 394329_335871973090394_1446989224_n.jpg]

Just sayin'... rofl

That picture needs to go in some sort of Hall of Fame (Shame) whatever.

Mister 4x4;104053 Wrote:Mine didn't/doesn't have staggered shocks.

Here's the driver side with the sway bar mount, standard shocks, and electric fuel pump mounted up:
[Image: 552200_515739831770273_135038063_n.jpg]

Where the 'D' bushing mounts up for my sway bar, are those the holes you're talking about, or are they the ones further back on the frame rails? (Edit: now that I looked at yours again, it looks like they're the bolt holes located further back on the frame rails, more toward the rear shackle mount)


I don't know though - all that stuff is kinda tight in there. I bounced the suspension a bunch of times to make sure nothing hits... but it's a lot different when ya actually get it out on the street.

Now I know where I'm mounting my Holley Pump. Thanks!

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marks73;104076 Wrote:
Mister 4x4;104040 Wrote:Ya never know what the previous owner had in mind when they did stuff like that. For instance, this used to hold up the gas tank in mine: shrug2 Idea beer shrug Haha
[Image: 394329_335871973090394_1446989224_n.jpg]

Just sayin'... rofl

That picture needs to go in some sort of Hall of Fame (Shame) whatever.
You crack me up!

marks73;104076 Wrote:
Mister 4x4;104053 Wrote:Here's the driver side with the sway bar mount, standard shocks, and electric fuel pump mounted up:
[Image: 552200_515739831770273_135038063_n.jpg]

Now I know where I'm mounting my Holley Pump. Thanks!
It's actually not a bad place. I was worried about the tires hitting it, but it's pretty far in there up against the frame rail, so unless the axle swings something like 6" to the right it should be fine. I think I'll be re-routing the hose like Kurt suggested though, just to make sure nothing interferes with anything else. I might make a small shield for it as well, just in case little rocks and stuff are flying (my '85 Nissan 4x4s had nifty little metal shields around their frame-mounted fuel pumps for just that reason).

I also need to get a shot of the power lead run back to join up with the fuel sender's wiring - I stuffed it inside some small split-loom for protection as well.

Eric

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