Two Ton Tanya - A Tracker Build Thread

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    Two Ton Tanya - A Tracker Build Thread

    It's time to start documenting my new Tracker build.


    I currently have Tina, a 97 Ranger cab on a 78 Bronco frame that has been my wheeler for the last few years. This was the first wheeler I built and learned a lot along the way. I get a good chuckle looking back at how far my welding skills have come since then (and I'm still not any good at it).


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    Overall I have been pretty happy with this truck. The 400m seems to always run hot, but with the electric water pump and fan I was able to make it work fine. My biggest annoyance has probably been v-belts. Well, and now I am breaking RCVs. So far it has been the short side twice and long side once, not sure what the deal is but they do not hold up with the 37" boggers and a big block.

    None of those reasons were enough for me to move on from my love, Tina, until I had a kid. Now I need some space to fit a car seat because this little guy is ready to go wheeling.
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    That leads us to Tanya. Something I didn't do well was document my first build, and since I smoke too much I can't always remember what parts I hobbled together. This time I will write stuff down!

    I am starting with a Geo Tracker, mostly because it's pretty clean, got it cheap, and has a lot more room for a car seat.

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    I intend to make this truck pretty simple so it has low maintenance costs and doesn't break every time I smash the skinny pedal.

    Plans so far:
    • 5.3l LS - I have a low miles motor that runs good
    • 4l60e - I have a brand new rebuilt 2wd tranny and a 4wd core that are going to become friends
    • atlas 2 speed <-- might be doing the black box instead from NWF
    • 4 link with coil springs from a TJ on front/back
    • 05+ super duty front
    • Not positive on the rear, have a 35 spline 9 inch but considering selling it and going 1-ton from the beginning. Either sterling with factory e-locker, or d60 for rear steer.
    Last edited by quarters_ninja; 07-06-2020, 09:29 AM.

    #2
    I pulled the body off the frame and started cutting it up. We get a lot of rust up here in the north, so I'm happy to say the only rust is a little in the passenger floor and the body mounts.
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      #3
      Next I started building a frame. 2x3 and 2x6 rec steel. I have never done this part before so I took a lot of measurements during the process. It's probably not perfect but I am pleased with how it is coming so far.
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      The front cross member is just for support right now. It will get cutoff when I get the front frame rails fabbed together.

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      I'm happy with how tight it fits to the bottom of the body.

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        Rock sliders were welded on and body mounts created. This picture also shows the only rust I have to deal with.

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        My initial plan was to do leaf springs in the rear to keep it simple. I built a front mount for it and started lining stuff up, I hate it. I can't get anything to look good and I won't be pleased. So this will be cutoff and going to links instead.

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          #5
          I set that aside for a bit because my chinesium plasma cutter showed up. Started getting the D60 prepped, what a pain in the ass this is going to be.

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          And that's where I am at right now.

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            #6
            Would be nice if this build thread were in the correct place

            From your first post in the thread as to what this "thing" is would have told you where to put it.

            IT would belong in a ford area not a Chevy.

            Austin maybe you can delegate someone to move crap like this to where it belongs, thx.

            97 Ranger cab on a 78 Bronco frame

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              #7
              Originally posted by PAE View Post
              Would be nice if this build thread were in the correct place

              From your first post in the thread as to what this "thing" is would have told you where to put it.

              IT would belong in a ford area not a Chevy.

              Austin maybe you can delegate someone to move crap like this to where it belongs, thx.
              Thanks for reading my post🖕, I would have put this in the GEO section if we had one.... My current truck is a ford, but I am building a chevy now. I will edit my first post so it is clear for you.

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                #8
                Originally posted by PAE View Post
                Would be nice if this build thread were in the correct place

                From your first post in the thread as to what this "thing" is would have told you where to put it.

                IT would belong in a ford area not a Chevy.

                Austin maybe you can delegate someone to move crap like this to where it belongs, thx.
                looks like a tracker to me

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                  #9
                  Where is the kfc gravy?

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                    #10
                    Apologies, I saw 97 Ranger cab on a 78 Bronco frame.

                    That spells ford to me.

                    Originally posted by quarters_ninja View Post

                    Thanks for reading my post🖕, I would have put this in the GEO section if we had one.... My current truck is a ford, but I am building a chevy now. I will edit my first post so it is clear for you.

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                      #11
                      Looks cool so far.
                      A porta band will be your friend with removing all the shit you don't want on your dana 60

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                        #12
                        That tracker body and frame is clean! Looks and sounds like your off to a good start.

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by Sterlingfire View Post
                          Looks cool so far.
                          A porta band will be your friend with removing all the shit you don't want on your dana 60
                          I wish I had borrowed a porta-band....

                          Got it all cut up but it was sure a pain in the ass. Took me at least 8 hours of fuckin around. I could probably do it in 4 next time. And there might be a next time, thinking about putting a 60 in the rear. Either that or doing the sterling with a factory e-locker. Haven't pulled the trigger either way.

                          I'm also considering running the black/eco box from NWF. It would save me some money over the atlas and I would be able to run stock gears in the axle, but length is my biggest concern.

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                            #14
                            Finally got the trusses cut and welded in. Decided to go with rear steer so I did another super duty 60.
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                            Diff covers are on the list. As well as steering parts.


                            Used flux core for all the cast stuff. Was thinking the dual shielding would help with the dirty metal. I am definitely a novice welder so I'm hoping paint and a little rock rash will cover up the parts that look like I did it in a barn with 1 40w lamp overhead. The easy welding I am getting better at.

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                            I also picked up an eco-box from NorthWestFab and the shifter kit. The doubler was on back order for a bit but Kris was awesome on keeping me updated and the parts are sweet now that I have them. Once I put this together I will have everything needed to mockup the driveline/axles/links.

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                              #15
                              Usually the trackers go in the suzuki section since the entire vehicle is built by suzuki ​​​​​​

                              Looks like you're tossing all the suzuki shit anyway, so whatever.

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