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v8 bettle chassis getting undercoated with master series and hurculiner

Here I started to reassemble the front end of the s10 chassis on the v8 bug. So far the new tubular upper control arms are bolted on. I also replaced all of the bolts, nuts and washers while I did the rebuild of the front end.

v8 bettle chassis getting undercoated with master series and hurculiner

Here is a closer look at one of the tubular upper control arms, and the upper ball joint. I ended up getting a real good deal on ball joints and wheel bearings, they are all napa gold series and I picked them up off of ebay all new in the boxes and plastic for about the price of just one ball joint.

v8 bettle chassis getting undercoated with master series and hurculiner

Now the lower control arms are bolted in. I ended up having to get a longer bolt for the rear bushings because the added thickness of the hurculiner made them just a tad too short. I also used stock style rubber moog bushings in the lower control arms.

v8 bettle chassis getting undercoated with master series and hurculiner

Just a closer look at the upper and lower control arms and ball joints.

v8 bettle chassis getting undercoated with master series and hurculiner

The Stock S10 lower control arms again, new tubular lower control arms were just too expensive so I stuck with the stockers.....

v8 bettle chassis getting undercoated with master series and hurculiner

Here I have the 2" drop spindles on the upper ball joints and also the steering box mounted. I reused the old steering box because it still seemed to be nice and tight, and also because I didn't have the money for a new steering box.

v8 bettle chassis getting undercoated with master series and hurculiner

Just a closer look at the steering box and also the 2" drop spindle haning from the top ball joint and upper control arm.

v8 bettle chassis getting undercoated with master series and hurculiner

v8 bettle chassis getting undercoated with master series and hurculiner

Here are the new Moog coil springs painted with master series silver rust proofing primer and the Moog polyurethane coil spring isolators. I ended up upgrading from the 2.8l springs to the 4.6l spings. I figured with the extra weight of the 350 up front it would help out............... But I think it will come back to bit me in the butt latter........

v8 bettle chassis getting undercoated with master series and hurculiner

Here I have the coil springs in and the lower control arms and ball joints connected to the 2" s10 drop spindles.

v8 bettle chassis getting undercoated with master series and hurculiner

Just a closer look at the upper and lower control arms, 2" s10 drop spindles and also the moog coil springs all installed

v8 bettle chassis getting undercoated with master series and hurculiner

Since I undercoated everything with hurculiner there were several spots where I had to remove the undercoating to get the parts to bolt up and such. I ended up using this little guy to sand off the hurculiner. I actually picked it up at walmart's clearance aisle for $9.99. I was a little leary of how well it would work and how long it would last being black and decker, but so far it has worked great, exspecially for 10 bucks. After I sanded off the undercoated in spray it with some black spray paint just to help keep it from rusting.

v8 bettle chassis getting undercoated with master series and hurculiner

Here I have the center link (drag link) tie rod ends, idler arm etc installed, all new Mood parts.

v8 bettle chassis getting undercoated with master series and hurculiner

v8 bettle chassis getting undercoated with master series and hurculiner

Next I put on the brake backing (splash) plates.

v8 bettle chassis getting undercoated with master series and hurculiner

Then I forgot to take a bunch of pictures, probably because I was covered in wheel bearing grease LOL. But I packed the wheel bearings and installed them and the seals. I then put the rotors on which were life time warrenty Wagners from O Rilies. Then it put on the spindle nut, cotter pin, and grease cover, etc... I also installed the remained calipers and Wagner ceramic pads. I went with lifetime warrenty parts from O Rilies so I can easily exchange them when they wear out. I could have saved a couple bucks buying them from Rockauto, but I figured the local warrenty would be worth it.

v8 bettle chassis getting undercoated with master series and hurculiner

Then I put on some new lower bump stops.

v8 bettle chassis getting undercoated with master series and hurculiner



v8 bettle chassis getting undercoated with master series and hurculiner

Here is a quick look at the front end after its almost all back together, I just needed to put on the ZQ8 (s10 extreme) front sway bar, bushings, and end links.

v8 bettle chassis getting undercoated with master series and hurculiner

Then the engine finally went back in place and I rolled it outside to get some better pictures.

v8 bettle chassis getting undercoated with master series and hurculiner

Just a closer look, here I have the ZQ8 sway bar and polyurethane bushings installed, but not the end links yet.

v8 bettle chassis getting undercoated with master series and hurculiner

v8 bettle chassis getting undercoated with master series and hurculiner

v8 bettle chassis getting undercoated with master series and hurculiner

And there is my sway bar and the other coil spring. I'll grind the hurculiner off where the bushings go later. I'll give all this stuff at least a week to dry and then hopefully I'll have time to start re-assembling the front end again next weekend.

v8 bettle chassis getting undercoated with master series and hurculiner

Here I started eye balling the car to figure out the stance so I can get the engine leveled the way it should be, make a transmission cross member, etc. I think I'm going to go with 29" tall tires in the back and around 24.5" tall tires in the front. That way I get a nice rake to the car, I'm thinking I'll go with some 255 70 r15 tires in the back and 205 60 r15 or 195 55 r15 in the front. I'm going to try to find some cheap used tires to mock it up for the time being.

v8 bettle chassis getting undercoated with master series and hurculiner



v8 bettle chassis getting undercoated with master series and hurculiner


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