Lifting my new to me 95 safari on a budget and making it 4wd

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Re: Lifting my new to me 95 safari on a budget and making it

Post by akforceten » Sat Oct 24, 2015 4:03 am

sorry more pics lol
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floor shifter for T-case
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linage too T-case
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shifter mounted
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welding shift lever for T-case
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done
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mounting lever an drilling an tapping lever retainer
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done
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Re: Lifting my new to me 95 safari on a budget and making it

Post by akforceten » Sat Oct 24, 2015 4:04 am

Oh yes more pics
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power lock mounted on S-10 front diff
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I dropped the radiator down so i wouldn't have to modify the shroud
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ac condenser mounting brackets
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time to raise the bumper
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making braces
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bumper raised
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bracket with brace


yes there is still more pics
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all welded up
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bumper installed

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so Started with this
and now I drive thiis
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So thank you all for following this but for now im just going to go driving
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Re: Lifting my new to me 95 safari on a budget and making it

Post by mdmead » Sat Oct 24, 2015 5:20 pm

Very cool! That's almost enough incentive to go out in the shop and make me work on mine. Almost... :muhaha:
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Selah, WA
-96 GMC Safari AWD Hi-Top Conversion -->Stalled 5.3L swap & 5" lift
-74 Ford Bronco -->Far from perfect but mine!
-99 V-10 Ford Super Duty Super Cab 4x4 -->Stock with 285 Cooper ATs
-00 Ford Focus Wagon -->The Red Turd
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Re: Lifting my new to me 95 safari on a budget and making it

Post by akforceten » Sun Oct 25, 2015 1:32 am

Thank you , now get out there an get busy lol
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Re: Lifting my new to me 95 safari on a budget and making it

Post by akforceten » Tue Feb 09, 2016 4:14 pm

As always I forgot to put some info on the 4x4 conversion i did. The big thing was i had to lenthen the front drive line 6 inches so it would fit. both driveline an tcase were from a 96 s-10 blazer. I will now be replacing the engine this week due to metal shavings in the oil with a slight knocking. I have purchased a new engine with a 7year 100,000 mile warrenty for a lot of $$$$$$ . To update things as far as driving her around This was one of the BEST THINGS TO DO TO THESE VANS !!! It drives like a dream an its 4x4 capablility is awesome ! we had over a foot of snow hit this winter an i was pushing snow with the bottom of the bumper driving down the roads with no problems !
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Re: Lifting my new to me 95 safari on a budget and making it

Post by Astrophysics » Tue Feb 09, 2016 6:49 pm

Thank you for nice photos of bumper relocation bracket and welded upper triangular stiffener.

The Overland 2" relocation bracket appears a bit weak

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I am still not satified with the strength of my bumper mounts but for crash impact, a bit of crushable energy absorbsion could be a good thing.
I bolted my bumper brackets using uni strut plate, may need to have machine shop to custom bend and weld some pieces
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Re: Lifting my new to me 95 safari on a budget and making it

Post by akforceten » Sun Feb 14, 2016 6:09 pm

I was working with no budget so it was make it work or fab it up. wow yours looks good to
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