Dang, I just noticed that reorganizing my photobucket account caused me to lose some pics from this thread. I don't see the edit button, how can I edit them back in?
Well, Friday's progress was just shy of none. Spent an hour with a hacksaw to get the last bolt off of that front driveshaft. Scored a trans cooler off of a 97-ish Tahoe, but I am not sure if I can shoe horn it in. Also went ahead and got the aluminum skids. Well, I got the front one and the transfer skid. The two back monting points for that middle skid do not exist on the '98+ s-series. When I finally got to the shop to work on the blazer, I discovered that I had forgotten my keys... fail.
Saturday, I got off to a good start. I got everything bolted back up to the engine, but other things kept pulling me away. Such as watching a guy discover that that special $100 spark plug tool for the newer fords is alot cheaper than trying to change your plugs without it. They loaded it onto a flatbed today with, at least, one spark plug broken off in the head.
Speaking of sparkplugs, I have yet to change sparkplugs on an s-series without cussing and bleeding. This particular one nearly exhausted this Sailor's vocabulary, nearly. Large hands and shorty headers are a terrible combination on an s-series when it comes to sparkplugs. #6 fought long and hard, but I got it after several hours (Yes HOURS, several of them).
I actually ended the day Saturday wanting a beer and still needing to get that last plug installed. Took me about an hour this morning to figure out how to get both my hand and the plug into position and be able to turn the plug. About ten minutes after that I was here:
And 30 seconds later I was cursing at the starter. It sounded like the starter wasn't engaging the flywheel. As it turned out, it was engaging the flywheel, but I had overtightened my rockers so I had no compression...fail.
I got down to the valve cover on the passenger side. Then got it removed and had started readjusting the rockers when 50's and windy turned into 50's, windy, and rainy. That was at about 4pm and it was time for the auto hobby shop to close for the day.
Tuesday, I am planning to get the rockers readjusted, battery charged back up, and see if I can fire it off before I put it the rest of the way back together on Wednesday.
If I can get that done, and if I am not scheduled to work on Friday, then I plan to get the transmission started on Friday and roll right into the AWD swap.
At the rate I am moving though, I will probably finally get it to run sometime next Sunday.