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Re: Full Frame for SAS

Post by lockdoc » Sat Jan 12, 2008 4:28 am

LiftedAWDAstro wrote:The doors that were dented were the barn doors in my old 95 that skippy has now. In my 98, I have never had any issues with body flex. I have had mine on 3 wheels many times and occasionally balanced on just 2 and never had a problem.
What are you talking about Dean? We both have the same dents from the same tree on our sliders. Remember the tree that holds our van up as you go down into the creek? The one I bypassed once and instead put a hole in my front diff? LOL
Current:
01 AWD - Stock
98 AWD - Stock
Past:
93 4WD - 305 V8 - 5" lift - 31" tires
98 4WD DHC - 10" lift - 33" tires - Onboard air and Hydraulics - Snowplow
92 RWD - 350 V8 - lowered - 97 front clip
92 RWD - 350 V8 - converted to AWD - V6
91 AWD - 350 V8 - conversion van
94 RWD - 350 V8 - sons van
92 RWD - stock - sons van
93 RWD Shorty - project
89 RWD Shorty - parts van

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Re: Full Frame for SAS

Post by LiftedAWDAstro » Sat Jan 12, 2008 5:10 am

Bill, that response was in regard to the rear barn doors adding structural rigidity.
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2013 Toyota Tundra DC 4x4
2008 Dodge Nitro 4x4
2005 Nissan Sentra 1.8S Special Edition

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Vans owned:
1986 Safari 2.5L 4 speed manual - scrapped
1995 Astro 2WD conversion 4.11 posi, shift kit, DHC rock rails - sold to Skippy
1998 Astro 4x4 D44, D60, NP231, full hydraulic system with 9k# Milemarker winch and snow plow - sold to Lockdoc
2003 Astro AWD all stock - traded for a 3/4 ton truck
2005 AWD, 4.10's - sold to skippy

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Re: Full Frame for SAS

Post by lockdoc » Sun Jan 13, 2008 12:17 am

Oh.

Nevermind!
Current:
01 AWD - Stock
98 AWD - Stock
Past:
93 4WD - 305 V8 - 5" lift - 31" tires
98 4WD DHC - 10" lift - 33" tires - Onboard air and Hydraulics - Snowplow
92 RWD - 350 V8 - lowered - 97 front clip
92 RWD - 350 V8 - converted to AWD - V6
91 AWD - 350 V8 - conversion van
94 RWD - 350 V8 - sons van
92 RWD - stock - sons van
93 RWD Shorty - project
89 RWD Shorty - parts van

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Re: Full Frame for SAS

Post by GEJ » Sun Jan 13, 2008 3:48 am

In drag cars without full frames,we tie the front and rear sub frames together and with roll cages there is very little flex. I did a Don Hardy frame kit like this on a 1975 Monza Town coupe.Once done,I could lift the whole one side of the car with a jack very easily.Might be a simple answer with only 2x4 frame ties and a cage.Run a roll bar right behind the front seats and "x" it in.Then run runners along the roof line on both sides x'ing them in where they won't interfere with the rear seating and roll bars over each set of rear seats.Tie it together to the rear supports of the rearend.Nothing is needed beyong that point.That way you get a D.D. that still has the use of the rear seats and a van that is a lot stiffer too for off roading.Safer too as a D.D.
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