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Since the original post (Dutch Dodge) got lost during the last forum crash, here's another -updated- one.
I'm still in the progress of restoring her, but first some details about her history.
From her birth in 1977 till her retirement in 1994, she served as an M880 under the U.S. flag in Germany. 1994 is the year that I bought her.
I've been improving her ever since:
-4" suspension lift
-bucket seats instead of couch
-stainless steel exhaust (custom, dual)
-headers
-stainless steel fuel tank (custom, 120 litres)

But then, after enjoying to ride this wonderful truck for five years, I made the decision to overhaul her completely. The other choice was to keep on using her and watch her slowly rotting away. As this was no real option to me, I decided to start an overhaul.

Luckily, I found a great place to do this overhaul in a barn nearby my home.
The chassis has now been blasted and painted (3 layers of primer and 6 layers of chassis coating), so I can start rebuilding her.
And I have made several improvements:
-suspension lift back to 2" above original
-custom 3 point cab suspension instead of 4 point (to improve chassis flex)
-2.5" body lift as result to 3 point cab suspension
-new rear spring hanger (4" higher)
-shackle inversion on rear spring (4" higher)
-due to rear suspension, no blocks necessary
-custom step side bed
-custom rear disc brake conversion (same callipers and discs as on front axle)
-new front cross member (custom)
-new rear cross member (custom)
-transfer case converted from one stick to two sticks
-airco compressor converted to provide onboard air
-small improvements on engine (bigger intake and carb)

Some minor changes on the sheet work:
-cut-back front fender for 35" tires
-mix from '76 and '77 fronts ('77 grill, driving lights instead of turn signals, '76 turn signals below grill)
-custom "scoop" on hood

But, pictures tell more....

Greetings from the Netherlands.
 

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Picture of the (new) front cab mount.
 

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Rear (pivoting) cab mount
 

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The new rear spring hanger.
 

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Rear shackleflip.
 

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Rear axle disc conversion (same callipers and discs as on front axle).
 

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Another (rear)disc picture.
 

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The chassis with three layers of primer.
 

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This is how she look right now; with six layers of chassis coating (very, very dark grey, or "light black").
On to the build-up.
 

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Awesome work on the metal...

You must have a very well equipped machine shop at your disposal... I am jealous...

The three point cab mounting is VERY interesting...

Good job....

Mike

 

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Excellent !! ! Totally !....keep going. You are gonna be real happy soon
 

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Very interesting ideas you have. Keep us posted with more pics as you progress.
 

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Going to be a really nice and unique M880 when you finish-
truly one of a kind {cool}
 

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Once I was off-road and saw how the other Dodges were flexing (or trying to).
On another point, my Dodge was all flexed-out. I was able to open my door, but couldn't close it anymore because of cab flex.
I looked further and found out that the body was preventing the chassis from full flex. Solution was a three-point cab mounting and a flexible bed mounting.
The bed will be mounted on four points: two pivots (one front centre, one rear centre) and two fixed points (mid of bed, sideways with some minor flexibility).
This way the chassis can flex at its maximum (I hope).
 

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looking very good, i really like the craftmanship on everything you've fab'ed...........be sure and post some more progress pics.......

how bout some flex shots of your cab mounts when you get done.........seems like a great idea to me.....
 

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So thats why my front body mounts have torn completely away. Somthing to think about....
 

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And finally................. some pics of the e-brake set-up at the rear of the transfer case. This was because of the rear disc set-up. The original e-brake was scrapped together with the original drums, so the new disc brakes needed another e-brake.
I opted for a custom system at the rear of the transfer case to keep it as clean and safe as possible from dirt and damage.

Well, see pics for more details.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v223/Gerhartv/P1010001.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v223/Gerhartv/P1010002.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v223/Gerhartv/P1010010.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v223/Gerhartv/P1010007.jpg
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