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Old 03-03-2013, 06:33 PM
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blazer build up.

Thought some on here might enjoy this. the progression of an 89 k5 blazer.

its sole purpose is an off road toy i am trying to keep street legal enough just as a toy, will never be DD again but once it is done will still make a cool weekend cruiser.

Specs. 1989 Chevy V10 (k5) blazer. TBI 350, SM465 4 speed, NP241 t-case. 10 bolt front and rear axles. only 72k original miles, Sadly fewer miles than ANY street driven vehicle i have ever owned.

Bone stock on 32" tires. Had clutch issues when purchased





and there is your problem


clutch fork replaced and all if good in the world again. Now for the fun stuff. some 36" tires and the "trim to fit" method

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Old 03-03-2013, 06:38 PM
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time for some "bodywork"


what was this wide


became this wide



rear end was welded, and i proceeded to beat on it as-is for the time being.
i purchased a set of shackle flip brackets for the rear, and a set of 6" lift springs for the front, and a transfer case clocking ring.

due to the transfer case hanging a good 4" below the frame rails, i was stopped dead in my tracks at this point


something had to go
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so this was made. simple yet effective, and the transfer case clocked up above the frame. Floor boards modified accordingly


still a no go. (click on image, it is a video). nothing hanging up, just need a locker and axles i can beat on reliably


no pics, but i picked up a GM 14FF axle and 8 lug 10 bolt front axle to put under it. before i got a chance to put then under it, i was offered a deal i could not refuse on a 79 Ford HP60 so i sold off the 10 bolt in favor of the 60. Finally gonna put the lift on as well. had the springs and brackets for well over 6 months but due to trying to figure out what axles i was gonna use, it was bone stock forever.

so the weekend before Christmas surgery started



Shackle flip rear for about 3-4" of lift. 6" BDS springs with 2 leaves removed good for about 2-3" of lift. Might add one spring back in to lever it out a bit, but i am trying to keep it as low as possible.
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36's were ok, but with more lift and bigger axles bigger tires were in order as well.

so i picked up some TN cut 38.5's locally for it.


but still TONS more to do the the blazer. Break out the Bender. and before anyone asks, I use a Pro Tools 105 HD bender with an copperhead fab air/hydro setup on it. 1.75 x 6" radius die set.

started early one saturday.
10 AM


and by 8PM that night


In the mean time, we threw some fenders on my buddies trailer as well


worked on it religiously every weekend.




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Old 03-03-2013, 06:59 PM
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which brings us to near current state

everything was painted and put back together






and out of the garage for the first time in months






This past weekend i put rear shocks on it. added a Pinion guard to the rear axle that will also serve as a mount for my traction bar which is currently in the works. once the traction bar is done, front shocks are mounted and i bolt the seats back in it will be ready for a day on the trails. Still not nearly done but it is killing me not being able to use it.

the future to-do list is: Cage mounted bucket seats, Mount bed sides to cage bars ( they were only clamped on in pics), front locker, finish anti-wrap bar.

way-out Future includes Linking the rear on coil overs, Linking the front as well, More Tube work, More power.
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Saaaawwwweeeeetttt rig.....
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Going for a shake down run this weekend, then there is a big event at a local park next Saturday i plan on going to if all goes well this weekend.
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awesome rig man i wanna do something like this in coming years
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after mine is done, we are doing cutting up a 95 Grand cherokee and replacing most of the body with Tube work as well as full width axles.

They are addicting, and almost as much fun to build as they are to wheel.
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