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Dominic’s truck progression

This was what it looked like originally.  ’94 Ford Ranger XLT 4×4.

Before

Before

This was after the first lift (a body lift and 33″ tires):

After

After

First mud with first lift

First mud with first lift

After the second lift (straight axles front and rear with 38″ tires)

First mud with second lift

First mud with second lift

 

Mudding runs in the family

 

It appears that building and driving mud trucks runs in the family.

Dominic and his cousin Jason

Dominic and his cousin Jason

Ryan, Ben, Danielle, Dawn, Dominic, and Jason

Ryan, Ben, Danielle, Dawn, Dominic, and Jason

 

More lift for Dominic’s truck

When some lift is not enough lift you lift it more.  Straight axles and larger tires will get the job done.

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Old suspension and rear axle removed and new leaf springs in place.

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Welding part of the axle bracket

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Rear axle installed

Old suspension and drivetrain on the way out

Old suspension and drivetrain on the way out

Old front suspension and drivetrain removed

Old front suspension and drivetrain removed

Old pinion on right, new pinion on left

Old pinion on right, new pinion on left

 

New pinion in case

New pinion in case

 

 

Robert checking the backlash of the ring gear

Robert checking the backlash of the ring gear

 

Checking mesh of ring with pinion

Checking mesh of ring with pinion

 

Preparing for the new front suspension installation

Preparing for the new front suspension installation

 

Welding new spring hangars

Welding new spring hangars

 

New front axle going in

New front axle going in

 

Disc brakes at all four corners

Disc brakes at all four corners

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2013 Demolition Car

Here we go again.  This year it’s a Lincoln Town Car.

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Dominic and Levi removing the door panels

 

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Ryan removing the windshield

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Danielle crossstiching while the boys work on the car

 

 

Danielle the Mudder

Danielle in Ryan's Toyota

Danielle in Ryan’s Toyota

Danielle and Ryan

Danielle and Ryan

Ryan's truck stuck

Ryan’s truck stuck

Ryan getting un-stuck

Ryan getting un-stuck

Mudding

Mudding

 

 

Ford 460

Dominic periodically works on trucks for other’s and in exchange he’ll get all manner of engines and other parts.

Separating a 460 and its transmission shade tree mechanic style.

Separating a 460 and its transmission shade tree mechanic style.

That 460 and transmission were sold and another one appeared soon after.

Same tree with yet another 460

Same tree with yet another 460

This time it was placed on an engine stand which was not up to the task.

460 on its side

460 on its side

The engine was like an over 600 pound turtle on it’s back.  It was not going to be moved.  This necessitated the purchase of an engine hoist from Harbor Freight which were conveniently on sale that weekend.

 

Dominic’s Truck

Just when you thought he was done:

Before

After

He bought some a used set of mud tires and wheels.  Now with the lift and these tires Dawn will need a ladder to get in and out of it.

And his first day of mudding with his friends: