Last weekend I managed to squeak in enough shop time to make up all the manifold flanges out of 1/2" stainless steel plate. Hopefully this weekend I'll have enough time to start laying out tubing. It seems I'll never get a full day to just pound it out, as forecasted above??? Ughhh. I'll be trading my wrenching skills for a friend's TIG welding skills once its assembled. I get to tweak brakes on an A100 van while he melts stainless.
In the mean time, because I have lots of time on my hands , I received a set of lower control arms from Jason Pope / Beebani and am converting the front to coil-over shocks so we can lower the truck a little further and hopefully have a little more room to get the exhaust out the back of the truck instead of out the front wheel well. This would allow us to be street legal and use the truck for other events, as miserably loud as it might be to drive??? It may also provide an opportunity to "trim" one of the crossmembers for more ground clearance.
Does anyone have any input on whether we should reinstall the front sway bar for stability, or do you think the coil-over shocks with 450 lb springs will limit suspension travel enough to feel stable at speed? Ride height is set at 12" from hub center to front fender lip. Its low.