So last couple of weeks have had some progress. After I got new U-bolts, I mocked up the arms with the new bolts. I made this out of 2x3 rect tubing Lucky had laying around.
Then with the handy Chop saw....
There's my pads to weld onto the axle tube. I had to modify them a bit because of the inward angle of the control arms, but will do the job nicely, I think.
I then found that I had to cut out some of the original hanger bearing crossmember. Now, I think I'm going to cut it all out. Did I mention I REALLY like the plasma cutter?
With the crossmember opened up to clear the control arms, I was then able to drop the car back down to "aired out" height and check clearances.
It doesn't look like it here, but I have about 2.5" clearance between the control arm and frame aired out.
With that information I was able to contact Lucky's air suspension friend and hooked me up with bags, compressor, tank and valves tonight. So next week, I should be able to start getting that stuff in order.