I decided to start a build thread for my 2 door blazer so here goes nothing...
I found this blazer on craiglslist back in October of '11 and the kid was asking 5 grand for it... there was no way in hell I was going to pay that kind of money, not cause I didn't think it was worth it, but because I didn't have it to spend...
Two weeks later the craigslist ad changed a bit... the kid had t-boned a minivan and now wanted out of the truck desperately....
Needless to say, he did a number on the frame. I called him up and went to take a look at it. The air ride was still functioning, the engine ran fine, and it had enough stuff done to it that I thought, why not throw a doghouse on this thing and try to flip it for a few bucks. He seemed very eager to get rid of it, so I threw a ridiculously low offer at him and he accepted it on the spot. A few days later we met and did the title work and I made arrangements to have it towed down to my buddies bodyshop where I would have the paint/body work done. This was the middle of November....
Once I got it down to the shop, I sat down with my buddy and we put together a gameplan for the truck. I decided to two-tone the paint leaving the blue for the top and shoot the lower half in black.... then I saw the exact same paint scheme on a blazer on the forum and that went out the window... So all blue it is. Like I said earlier this was the 2nd week in November... a week later my wife and I welcomed our 2nd child into the world so the blazer was out of sight/ out of mind for a while.
Fast forward to February, I hadn't had any movement on the truck whatsoever. It was just sitting in the lot of the bodyshop collecting dust, so I decided to put some pressure on my buddy to get moving on it. I had already purchased the front clip and all the bracketry and hardware to put it back on the road... but nothing had been done aside from loosely mounting the doghouse so the engine wouldn't get rained/snowed on...
I was able to get him motivated and we determined that the stock hood was too far gone so I picked this up for it
Once we got the truck into the shop and started messing with it I realized I didn't like how it sits. I called a friend of mine for advise and he/we started putting together a plan to re-notch the rear and tub the interior for the new wheel/tire combo I'm planning. The front lays nicely now and the MMW parts that I'm gonna run will just ad to the look.
Nice project you got there but what did you do with that frame rail because it looks to be fubar!!
We threw it on the frame rack and pulled the hell out of it. Once it was somewhat straight and we made sure everything else looked ok, we cut the frame rails of just in front of the control arms and welded a set on from a donor truck.
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93s10 regular cab short bed/currently driving daily and lowered 2"/3"..going to be bagged/bodied at the same time. Either going to channel or traditional body drop it. Good ohl 4.3v6! Runs like a champ!
Cool little project man its nice to see you picked it up for a good price and giving her some TLC.
Thanks, bro... I saw it and knew if I didn't grab it, it'd probably be sent to the junk yard. The guy I bought it from was within a week or two of stripping it and junking the body/frame. This was his daily and after his accident he needed a car desperately, so I caught him at the right time.
Picked up a wishbone and lower link bars from a fellow forum member for a fair price. Trying to decide on the layout for the new rear end. It's notched and bagged with drop leafs and gets a ton of lift, but doesn't layout like I want, so it's time for a change.
Yep, Don't know why the po didn't just 4 link it, the bags are also mounted infont of the axel, so the ride is quite "firm"...lol. We'll get it right and i'll take plenty of pics of the before and after...
Not a whole lot is going on, ordered my headers and some stage 8 locking fasteners for them. Should be here in a few days.... thanks Scotty for the tip on the stage 8's. Paint was ordered as well, so this thing should be being shot sometime next week!
winning! looking forward to attacking this thing after it's outta beauty school.
so the general idea is a simple effective redo of the blazer so he and the family can ride around in shows and such to it, so a backseat is planned to be kept.
1st Get the rear laid out with a bulletproof setup.
2nd Get the air management redone, moved, organized etc.
3rd sheetmetal work in the back, standard notch cover/tubs, with ability to lay 22's in back if wanted
4rd Build enclosure to allow clean storage, access to air mgmt in the back, taking into consideration back seat.
5th get the front to lay, build inner fenders
6th kick a venomus duck
7th make underhood clean and purdy
8th attack inteior
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Well she's still sitting in the bodyshop... progress is slow, but it's progress. The glass is out and the majority of the body work has been done. Still have to smooth a couple of dents out in the tailgate and passenger door and she'll be ready for the booth.
I'm now being told it should be out of the shop and ready to take back to my house on June, 9. I'll believe it when I see, but such is life....