Not a lot of progress today, many, many, many things went wrong with everything I touched. I did get a few things started but nothing finished.
20200516_125151 by Patrick Oilnut, on Flickr
Laid out some holes and drilled them in the new rear crossmembers. The rear most one will be held in on the bottom by the trailer hitch bolts. The top I'll either need to drill and bolt or I may just weld one corner on each side.
20200516_134801 by Patrick Oilnut, on Flickr
When I sent the CAD file to the shop to have the material cut and formed I used the same "sheet" which had all the tolerances listed in the data section and I should have specified different tolerances for each because these rear crossmember sections I measured differently. All that is a long way of saying that they were TIGHT, but fit fine.
20200516_153625 by Patrick Oilnut, on Flickr
After getting both crossmember sections in I decided to set the tank in and make sure I like how everything fit. And I think it will work out ok, my only concern is having enough room and enough drop to get the filler necks on both tanks hooked up. My plan for now is to just use the normal straps to mount the tank and I'll probably build a skidplate type mount for it at some point in the future. For now I just need the tank installed and hooked up. Had a heckva time finding a sending unit, everyone is out of stock but I did find a place that says they have one and it's on order.
20200516_162342 by Patrick Oilnut, on Flickr
Custom built parking brake cable adjuster to go from whats left of the 77 front cable to the rear section of the SuperDuty cable. I know, the welds are terrible, but it was an awkward position to weld in and I still had the foot pedal hooked up so I was running the pedal with my elbow and trying to lay the rod in with the other hand and not shake too much. Anyway, it works and soon it'll be covered in dirt anyway! If any of this gives me trouble I may consider using something like an EStopp or something.
I also threw a goosneck hitch on while I was back there. You can see it in the pics sorta. Not sure it'll fit with the dent side bed but I'll find out when I test fit the bed. Hopefully it'll work, but if not I'll build my own at a later date.