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    Project: R3DN3CK Blazer

    Whelp, I am thinking the weather might start to cooperate here before too long so I can get a better start on my Blazer. I have every intention on finishing this, sold every other project EXCEPT this one just to keep it on track and my main focus. The thread title is just because I know it's coming, figured I'd jump on it first. ;-) Little back story:

    My step-father purchased this brand new off the showroom floor back in '94/95. I've been borrowing it a lot since '04~ and have always done any/all work on it as well as beat this piss out of the poor thing. Went through a few rear axles, almost died in it a couple times (very literally/seriously) filled the engine with water twice (removed spark plugs, turned over to quirt water out, replaced plugs, drove away) and have a LOT of memories in this thing! I've hauled boats, campers, loaded car trailers, entirely more than it should have been able to. I pulled a car trailer with a Bravada on it to Michigan, dropped the Bravada, loaded a '73 Mach One and pulled it back. Pulled tree stumps, downed trees, done tug of wars with fullsizze trucks, had it completely airborn on numerous occasions, etc...

    He gave it to my mom a few years ago, then she was going to trade it in a couple years ago, I matched the offer and bought it. It is SOLID, no rust at all, in fantastic shape for something pushing 300K miles. I've done little things to it here and there such as de-badging, tinted lights, blacked out front end, stereo, remote start, etc... I recently managed to throw a rod, crazy how much I abused it and it just went while cruising down the interstate at 65mph. So, now it is time for a complete overhaul! This vehicle will never leave me, it may sit alone for years but I can honestly say I have an extremely unhealthy emotion/sentimental attachment to this ole girl. This is going to be a few phase build as follows...


    Phase 1: (to be finished in a couple/few months hopefully) Dana 44 front, Dana 60 rear, already have 4.10 gears, leaving them, not ideal but good enough, lockers, 37" tires, winch, moving the factory 52" rear springs up front and throwing 63" springs in the rear. LM7 swap, stock trans/t-case (see how long they last) Getting a snorkel and exhaust out the hood along with a ton of waterproofing. LM7 was never part of the plan but I can get one with a harness and computer for a couple hundred cheaper than a replacement 4.3L anyways. and since it is getting custom intake and exhaust, it's really not adding any more work and gaining 100hp+ easily. as well as getting rid of the shitty TBI the '95's came with.


    Phase 2: (to be completed when I have a real garage/shop again) 2.5Ton rockwell axles, dual triangulated 4-link out back, 3-link/trackbar front, 16.00/R20 tires (53"), boost the LM7, 2WD 4L80E and divorced NP205 transfer case.

    Some random pics I have from over the years, I can't seem to find a bunch of pics I know exist somewhere.

    Green castle when it was flooded. not too deep, just barely up to the doors



    If you look close, you can see a fish wedged against the firewall. This was the day I filled the engine with water the second time down at the roller dam. I drove across the river, got cocky and tried to do it again taking a different line, found a deep spot. LOL


    just the flat grille/gloss emblem paint job I did out of boredom


    buddy liked it so I did his HHR too, left the chrome trim ring and used Plastidip instead of flat paint like on the Blazer.



    off-raod buddy of mine. HaHa





    ANYWAYS, I'll try to get some actual project pics up before too long. I have my son this weekend so no work getting done on it but hopefully next week I'll have some decent pics to show.
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    The axles, nothing special but I got them for $100 so... standard D44 front and D60 rear, 4.10 gears and hydro-assist (which I will be using via a drilled/tapped Astro steering box. These are used as they are the same as the Blazer but the pitman arm drops forward rather than rearward which is needed.) Getting Ausi lockers and high steer/crossover steering and the rear is getting a disc brake conversion. I will be using the factory 16.5x9.75 steel wheels with the 37" tires. Forgot to mention I will also be ditching the carpet and bed lining the floor/bottom portion of the interior as well as the body line/down of the exterior.


    The main reason I haven't got too much of a start yet is because I only have a 2-stall garage right now and my Cadillac is parked for the winter. Wasn't about to do any real work with that thing only a few feet away. Plus I had to replace a stolen welder and an air compressor I sold along with TONS of other stuff I got rid of during my separation a couple years back. Finally getting around to being interested in cars again. Been doing a lot of work for/with other people but not much of my own stuff.
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    Why d44 front d60 rear? Sounds like a fun build regardless.

    Bout time this place gets some off-road action.
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    Because a D60 front sells for $1k~ and you can get a pair of 2.5T rockwells for that much. So, Phase 1 is a budget build and I found a crazy deal on those axles, both for $100, couldn't turn that down. I'm not ready for rockwells yet so, starting with the D44/D60 combo first.

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    Good choice. Cant beat that price.
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    Looks like a fun project.

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    Got a lot done today but not much of it was on this. LOL

    I did start to get the front axle stripped, got rid of 90% of the rust with an air chisel and 4" grinder/wire wheel and ordered the parts for the rear axle disc brake conversion. I got side tracked a lot, ended up spraying the grille on the Riverado semi-gloss black, then found some "Nightshades" I had left over from the Blazer and decided to do the headlights too. Then I decided I was going insane without music so I took some time to get my stereo hooked up out in the garage. Then I busted out the leaf blower to clear the driveway and sidewalks of sand/salt/pebbles, etc... and lastly decided to rake up a ton of pine needles and pick up sticks/trash out of the yard. I don't smoke but there were literally hundreds of cigarette butts all over my front yard, perk of living on a busy street I guess. -_-

    here are the only two pics I managed to get. This is the main reason I don't do build threads, I never remember to get pictures. Rather, I hate stopping so I just don't get any. I am stripping on the trailer because me and my buddy almost frikkin died loading them on the trailer. With the steering stuff intact and the 16.5x10 steel wheels and all of the rust, I bet it easily weighed 500#. Trying to get them stripped down as much as possible before we unload 'em! LOL



    engine bay is a disaster right now! I'll be getting as much out of it as possible including the A/C junk, ABS, unneeded wiring, etc... If you're wondering about the speaker wire, it is just so that I can have temporary power to the vehicle when I hook the battery up. Just to roll down the windows, test the lights, etc...




    I will be getting new ujoints installed, new hubs, rotors, calipers, etc... rear is getting the disc conversion so it will obviously all be new as well. Got a lead on some axles from an F-450 SuperDuty and am very tempted but I think I'll stick with these for now as I plan to upgrade to rockwells in the future anyways.

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    Should start a thread "post your garage stereos" hahaha, some people go all out. I'd like to some day.

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    Mines nothing great. Older 7:1 Magnavox, pair of 12/6/3 towers and a pair of 8/6/3 towers. Plenty loud, doesnt sound too bad, built them with cheaper Dayton Audio speakers from Parts Express. Receiver volume is like -30 up to 30, don't think I've gotten past -10 or so. LoL was my home gym setup, moved it to the garage for the spring/summer/fall since I can get back outside to work out now.

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    Not much to update, been out of state for work, putting in 12-14 hour days so the couple days I have off now, I don't feel like diggin in too deep here. I did manage to get the rear axle out. It was a fairly simple task other than EVERYTHING being completely seized. Even with a 3ft breaker bar, nothing would budge so we cut it out instead, took all of about 10 minutes once we decided to bust out the blades.




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