Hello everyone! First off, let me just say I love this forum, tons of info, tons of great dimes. This build would’ve been nearly impossible without it. Buckle up, its gonna be a doozy. Im sorry for the poor quality cell pics, recently i bought a digital camera.
Ok, This is Veronica
She’s a ’89 2.8l/5 speed/4x4. My first vehicle, purchased April of 2008. I got her with a 2” body lift, 31’s, handmade square tube bumpers/spare tire carrier, a lot of stuff broken, dirty, missing, and ~215,xxx miles for $1400. Since then, minor mods here and there, quite a long list actually.
Engine: Not much, cause I knew I’d be swapping in a v8, I didn’t want to waste money on the 2.8l, student/young adult budget. NOT CHONICOLOGICAL .
-New 4.3 Hd 3-core radiator, hoses, t-stat, heater hoses
-New serpentine belt, idler pulley and tensioner assm., alternator
-TBI injector fix, Spectre aircleaner, fuel filter, fuel pump, distributer, cap, rotor, wires, plugs, msd ignition coil, ignition module.
Driveline: All stock, like a rock, except new front CV’s
Suspension/Steering: My first major upgrade on her
-2” Rough country lift kit (I didn’t have the cash or reasoning to go higher or SAS).
-PowerPerformance complete suspension and steering kit. Inner/Outer tie rods with their HD toe adjusters, upper/lower balljoints, pitman/idler arm
-3leaffab 3” lift shackles
-31x10.5r15 Bridgestone Dueler Revo 2’s (5x)
-brakes pads, shoes, rotors, drums, RF hub bearing assm.
-Clarion VZ409, Clarion 4x6 fronts, 1600 watt Koiiler Amp, 2 12”Audiobahn Subs, Knukonceptz.com Power wire
-98+ column shift center console modified for 5 speed(every, and I mean every, piece is from a different blazer/pickup at the junkyard, haha)
-Black alligator pattern headliner (the lady at the fabric store thought it was giraffe, so when someone asks what it is, that’s what I say)
-Wink mirror/custom map light (one of the first things I did after purchase. It’s big and ugly, but hey, no blind spots)
-New window motors, fixed courtesy lights, other small stuff…
Exterior: Not my biggest concern, luckily the paint is decent, love the color blue I have, I think it’s a rare color, cause I’ve yet to see another, and believe me im always lookin. Rust is getting bad, I will address this later.
-15x8” black 8 spoke steels
-Custom Front bumper( big and ugly, was my senior project in High school, built it in a week, which was only 7 hours class time. Will be redone eventually.)
-4inch square fog lights
-Projector/halo ebay lights, led taillight bulbs, window screen mod
Well, that’s the jist. On to the swap
Since day one I knew the 2.8l needed to be replaced, but not because how it runs. All my high school friends are shocked/amazed/jealous about how long this blazer has lasted me. I had the oldest vehicle and its lasted me the longest. But the power, or lack thereof, has had me v8 hungry. So recently ive finally overcome budget issuses with a new great job. At first I was looking into vortec 350’s, but then I got bit by the LSX bug.
-2003 LQ4 out of an Express van, 97k ,$1500. Running the truck intake. Aeromotive 340, new fuel lines/fittings/'94 fuel sender/'94 tank, corvette filter/regulator. Modified '99 f-body manifolds. Keeping A/C(in stock position). Miloden Oil Pan. Remote oil filter/cooler.
-2001 4L60E out of an Express van, Blown(failed Torrington bearing in low/reverse planetary assembly.) got for FREE!! From a buddy I worked with for showing him the inside of it. Took it to my school and rebuilt it. My instructor gave me a 4L80e low/reverse planetary assembly
(with 5 instead of 4 planetary gears) in exchange for my blown one, for instruction purposes. If im not mistaken, that essentially makes it a 4L65e… the fluid pump failed on the tranny dyno, so a got new one of those(don’t want to risk running a rebuilt one). will be runnin an aux Tranny cooler.
-236 shift on the fly transfer case
-custom driveshafts, motor mounts, tranny crossmember.
-8.5 disc brake axle swap
-98+ dual piston caliper/knuckle swap
-’93 astro hydroboost swap
-Current Performance wiring harness
-Order the rest of the new rough country lift lit that didn’t come with mine. The front diff drop especially, maybe the new control arms, or make my own.
Garage where the operation is taking place
Progress so far
Progress will be slow, because i travel for work, but dont fret, it will be done.
Thanks for viewing my thread. feedback is definitely encouraged