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Old 03-27-2019, 07:48 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Ontario but I can get to Detroit, Buffalo, or anywhere within 8 hours of London, Ontario. I'm pretty mobile. I''l be in Minnesota this summer.

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Old 03-27-2019, 10:44 PM   #12 (permalink)
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If you can't do the fabrication on your own you may want to step back from this project. You're looking at 150-200hrs of fabrication/labor, even if you found a shop that would only charge $60hr you'll be at $10k in labor, then material on top of that..

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Old 03-28-2019, 07:05 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Well Advanced 4x4 out of Salt Lake will do it for a budget I can afford. They use IFS - I would prefer a solid axle with leafs but I'll take the IFS and a 3" lift for a budget I can afford.
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Old 03-28-2019, 08:40 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Well Advanced 4x4 out of Salt Lake will do it for a budget I can afford. They use IFS - I would prefer a solid axle with leafs but I'll take the IFS and a 3" lift for a budget I can afford.
IFS can be done cheaper (basically duplicating what quigley does) by a shop that has all prefab/cad design and utilizes the stock steering, still, I'd be surprised to hear that they could/would be priced at anything less than $10k unless they are allowing you to provide all the donor parts (which is substantial) and would be curious if they are using a modified torsion bar system or swapping to coil-overs, also a lot of those shops have age/condition restrictions as they are unwilling to work on chassis that have seen a lot of winter exposure/rust.

Clydesdale is an option as well: https://www.sportsman4x4.com/clydesdale/ifs-suspension/
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Advnaced charges close to $13K including a 3" lift, all in. They're a Chevy production shop so I'm guessing they have all the parts pre-fabbed in quantity and just drill/bolt/weld using templates and jigs. It's how we used to do conversions.

Quigley won't touch older vans. I'll check out Clydesdale. Thanks.
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Advnaced charges close to $13K including a 3" lift, all in. They're a Chevy production shop so I'm guessing they have all the parts pre-fabbed in quantity and just drill/bolt/weld using templates and jigs. It's how we used to do conversions.

Quigley won't touch older vans. I'll check out Clydesdale. Thanks.
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13k is a lot of money but in reality itís not bad considering the time and materials.
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13k is a lot of money but in reality itís not bad considering the time and materials.
Oh yeah, I'm perfectly happy with the price. It's fair all things considered.
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Oh yeah, I'm perfectly happy with the price. It's fair all things considered.
I'd ask them about a limited slip/locker for the front, the Eaton TrueTrac would be an excellent choice and it will never be easier to do than before it gets installed. The rear can be done anytime.
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The rear comes with a locker from GM. I'll ask about the front locker.

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