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...sometimes I already feel too old... 😅
 
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...well I have 3 young kiddos now and I also feel like I'm just gettin' warmed up... :)
 

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I start out sore, and think about getting warmed up.
 

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I'm 52 and I wake up 'stiff', but by the time I finish my hour and a half ritual in the shop every morning I'm pretty much back to normal...
 

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...been working diligently on a nice clean way to get the truck 'quiet' while also not melting the spare tire, and this is how I did it. There's now another big 3" in/out Walker QuietFlow 20146 muffler under the spare tire well, with three nice strong and rust-proof 1/8" aluminum heat shields linked together to keep the heat under control...I hope. 3" downpipe from the center exhaust routes into the muffler, and I have a simple turn-down tacked in place until I get the bed on and fab up the actual tail pipe. Main shield bolts up to the spare tire crossmembers, and the muffler bolts up through slots in the shield to the same crossmembers. Measurements indicate the rear axle has a full 6 inches of compression before it will contact anything, and in my experience that is 'plenty'. Look under any pickup - there's lots of empty space under there, and I'm usin' all of it.

Is the shielding overkill? - maybe, but this aught to keep my spendy Toyo from wearing out due to heat. I got the muffler and shields as close to the chassis as I could without hitting under articulation - testing will confirm or deny if my calculations are correct. Pics -



















the two connecting shields - one a 'wall' the other connecting to the main shield above the tire -



the three heat shields bolted together making a nice barrier between the 'heat' and the tire -

 

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I wonder tho , with out an isolater ( rubber?) between the muff and its mounting point will it transmit noise ?
 

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that thought occurred to me too - I doubt it will transmit 'much' if any, especially with the sound-deadening /heat insulation on the underside of the shield right above it...and a 150 lb rubber donut above that. Meh - I'll find out soon enough
 

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I've already had it scabb'd together and it sounded really nice - a lot like the original system sounded with the 360; you could tell it was a "V8" but it didn't beat you up. I'll have it out and about soon - I hope.
 

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I've already had it scabb'd together and it sounded really nice - a lot like the original system sounded with the 360; you could tell it was a "V8" but it didn't beat you up. I'll have it out and about soon - I hope.
I still remember the sound of my truck when it was brand new.
That fresh single muffler had an amazing wicked sound tone to it.
That, and I was really, really excited to get my new truck. ;D

I sure wish videos were easy to take like nowadays.
It would be so awesome to have taken a video when I first bought my truck.
 

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I still remember the sound of my truck when it was brand new.
That fresh single muffler had an amazing wicked sound tone to it.
That, and I was really, really excited to get my new truck. ;D

I sure wish videos were easy to take like nowadays.
It would be so awesome to have taken a video when I first bought my truck.
I am really glad cameras were not readily available during our generation. This generation has ruined itself using them and there are a lot of people freaking out that their "pics" are now on revenge porn sites. LOL
 

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I am really glad cameras were not readily available during our generation. This generation has ruined itself using them and there are a lot of people freaking out that their "pics" are now on revenge porn sites. LOL
I use my camera responsibly.
No revenge porn here. :)
Just straight up truck pornography.
Did I mention I was excited?
 

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.....where to begin...:cautious:. This build is really beginning to wear on me, and I'm having all sorts of thoughts wandering in/out of my head on how I maybe should have done things. I'm not gonna get much into it but I'm taking some time away from the build to just clear my head. Maybe I finally bit off more than I can chew or whatever, but I'm considering some changes. Anyway just kinda venting a bit but jeeze the usual 'small stuff' is turning out to be a lot of 'big stuff', and yah I know it'll all work out in the end but damn. Just more and more of the same ole nonsense...anyway - don't bother asking 'cause I just don't wanna get into it now, but I'll post back up after I figure a few things out. I'm probably also overly burnt out and need a break so that's what I'm doing. It's all good 🥴
 
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Really big projects come with really big mountains to overcome. It's okay to step back and recalibrate your thinking.
 

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well...we've made some decisions, and they're kinda drastic. I'll cut to the point, and that is we liked how Bud 'wheeled' - off-road, a lot - the simple and reliable and modern Cummins, the big simple and bulletproof axles, and the big fat tires. Granted I built the Dakota to be more of a 'street' truck and less of a trail boss...but even though it isn't actually ready and out there we decided to 'beef it up' a bit, and we found a donor truck that has a lot of the hardware we think we're going to want. What do you think - think we can use the parts from this thing to upgrade the Dakota...or...well shoot, maybe we'll just wheel it as-is? Hell I dunno - this donor truck needs a little TLC but it looks kinda fun...eh? :p:D:cool::LOL::unsure::giggle:

Welcome 'back' to Colorful Colorado, big guy... 😈




Yaarrrrr!!! :cool:

And yes, the Dakota is perfectly fine - I's just teasin' a bit 🙃
 

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WOW!!!! Bud is back!!!
 
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Cool.
 
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