After getting the steering box in place, it was time to firm up where the front end wanted to live. It wound up being pushed farther forward than I would like it to be, and the high steer for the Tie Rod won’t work with the leafs in place, but that’s life.
The front mounts went through several renditions. I eventually settled on using Ruff Stuff poly bushings (2.75” long x 9/16” sleeve) as I was having a heck of a time getting the rubber bushings to work out for me. So some time with the plasma cutter netted me these parts:
And here’s how things look at ride height. The rear mounts is 4” ahead of the body mount (Yellow Line) and 2-1/4” down from the frame rail (Blue Line). The distance between the mounts is right at 44” (Red Line) and the front mount is 1-5/8” below the frame rail (Blue Line again). With the 5” shackles (Pink Line), that gives me a shackle angle of about 47° at ride height (leafs are nearly flat):
This is nearly the identical setup that was on The Lone Ranger and it rode and flexed very well. I still need to add bumpstops, shocks, and a track bar, but at least a large part of the project is now behind me now. So with it sitting on its own weight things look like this:
I thought it would look funny pushed forward 5” from stock, but I think after some trimming things will look fine!