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    O and Geezer to answer your question. The heater box has a gap about a inch and a half from the firewall to allow that sound deadening blanket to fit properly so I made my new piece about a inch deeper than the original firewall. I might need to make some mounts for the heater core but it shouldn't be to much of a issue. And I could have moved everything forward but I didn't want to make custom engine mounts, tranny, and extend the driveshaft. Last time I had the block on the chassis I put the head on to test and I'm not going to lie there was like a quarter of a inch of room so hopefully what I just did will give it enough room to fit even if its a little tight.

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    Good luck with it - no sarcasm intended at all. I was a little concerned that you'd go through this (awesome) build and get to part where you drop the engine in, and...clunk. It would be an insta-rage moment if it fouled somewhere. I thought I'd throw this somewhere -

    https://blog.1aauto.com/tag/ram-50/

    This is a very relevant blog to building a truck and although this guy hasn't followed more linear methods in his build, his tale relates to a lot of members here and their own builds, A good read indeed...

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    So its been a while since I updated the thread but I have been busy with other things unfortunately. But I ordered new rocker panels from parts.com today hopefully they will be here soon. I also got leads on 2g steering knuckles so I can run the Montero calipers and while I was out looking at the donor truck I found the wheels I want!!! I couldn't believe it I couldn't find these anywhere and there was a set sitting in the back of this 87 mighty max! ok so they aren't the exact ones I want like in this picture (not sure whos truck this is but I know they are on here.)
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    But they are as close as I can get in the USA without spending a fortune. They still look good on the truck though. the center hole is a little to small to clear the little knubs on the hub. Would it be better to modify the hub or the wheel?
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    If you knew a machine shop with a big enough lathe, they could mill it out to size in no time. I have seen some nasty backyard wheel butchery to make the centric shoulders fit and I wouldn't advise it. Taking a grinder to the wheel hubs has been done and it may be 'dubious' to grind off the tabs, it works. Not sure about the axle ends on the rear though. These wheels will look awesome refinished. A big clean, hit them with paint stripper, polish them up, spray them black and then take the paint of the raised faces on the wheels. Lot of work but anything worthwhile is never easy.

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    But would wouldn't just grind the little "centric shoulders" off the hub to make it all flat? I was thinking I could just take a note of where they meet the wheel and just sand down little grooves in the wheel so it seats really nice too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chyrio View Post
    But would wouldn't just grind the little "centric shoulders" off the hub to make it all flat? I was thinking I could just take a note of where they meet the wheel and just sand down little grooves in the wheel so it seats really nice too.
    Most guys will take an angle grinder to the hub as it's fast. Not exactly an ideal method as the centric hub bears the lateral load on the wheel as opposed to the wheel studs doing that (I know that if anyone made a modification to a rim like that and got busted here in Aust the vehicle would be defected and sent off the road but the cop would have to really know what to look for) You could grind recesses into the wheel. It would be a better way than trying to grind the shoulder out of the centre of the rim to clear the hub and be less likely to affect the rims' structural integrity.

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    I saw on a Facebook post where someone used a router with a square bit and cut the wheel to clear the tabs - not something I would do, but it sounds interesting...
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    You still have to figure out what to do for the rear axle - the rims will need clearance all round for the centre hub shoulder on the axle ends.

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