Ok, Ive always been a huge fan of the ZR2 Blazers and have wanted one for awhile and finally found the right deal, as i was holding out for a 5 speed truck. Back in July i found this 2002 Blazer ZR2, 5 speed all stock with 158K miles originally from CA in Killeen Tx at a small car lot. They were asking 3995, so i decided it was worth the 3hr drive to go check it out.
Well on the initial test drive the drivers side radiator tank split and it puked coolant everywhere right as i was pulling back into the car lot. So other than that i ran well and was in decent shape so i told them replace the radiator, water pump, thermostat and both the upper and lower hoses and id give them the 3995.
Fast forward a week and i go to look at it again after the repairs, and they replaced everything but the upper and lower hoses, saying they couldn't get them. Well i drove it again and it all checked out so i offered them 3800 since they didn't do the hoses and they took it.
This is the truck that has inspired this project idea for the last few years.
I didn't take any pics when i bought it, but i also didn't get very far before having more issues! I was about 2 hrs from leaving the dealer heading thru Waco in traffic and this Honda Accord pulling a small UHual trailer got cut off by a truck and slammed on the brakes and i slammed on the brakes and ended up hitting the dam uhual trailer!!! Messed up the front bumper and grill and the front edge of the hood. Man was i pissed!! Well as i went to get in to get back on the road, the upper radiator hose busted and puked coolant everywhere!!! So another 2hrs later with the new hose on and refilled with coolant i was back on my way! But by this time the Blazer def had a bad taste in y mouth and im thinking maybe i should have passed on this deal. But since i crashed it i was stuck with it.
But the damage to the front end enabled me to do the GMC conversion which i always felt looked much better. So here it is all fixed with a street scene speed grill to spruce it up.
I think it all worked out for the better personally. Then since the accident i realized this pig needs bigger brakes, and i already have adapter brackets to run the C6 Z06 14" rotors and 04--07 CTS-V 4 piston Brembos, but they wont fit the stock 15" ZR2 wheels, which ive never been a fan of, so i found a set of 11' camaro 18" aluminum wheels for 150 bucks and found a set of 255/55 18 Continental tires at a local tire shop that had 90% tread and was willing to trade straight across for the like new 31 10.50 15 Firestone AT's that were on the Blazer when i bought it. So this is how that ended up, again i think it looks much better.
Then i found a 99 5.3 with 298K miles, complete for 100 bucks and pickup it up to rebuild into a 5.7 and swap that into the Blazer hopefully in the next few months, no pics of the engine yet.
Everything was going great until 2 sundays ago when some dumbass not paying attention went straight in a left turn only lane, i was in the lane to her right that was turn left of go straight and i had my blinker on and turned, and well you can see where this was going, i ended up turning right into her front passenger door, luckily the higher stock height of the ZR2 kept damage to mine minimal with only a scrape on the driver front fender flare and a dent in the fender from her mirror, her door was completely pushed in. Still dealing with the Ins Co with that one. But here is the damage done to mine, luckily my new bumper cover and grill were still at the painters getting painted and not on the truck.
I was actually on my way to get the wheels and tires swapped out!!
Then this past weekend i found a ram air hood that i always liked and since my stock hood was damaged anyways i figured id get the ram air hood, drove about 4hrs to swap my stock hood and 200 bucks for the fiberglass ram air hood.
Then on the way back from Fort Worth after the hood deal was done, i noticed the Blazer seemed low on power and wasn't pulling the hills very well, the CEL was already on because i bypassed the clutch switch cause it was bad, replaced it today, so i stopped and it had a code for the MAF, tried to clean it but within 50 miles it went right back to the way it was, so had to limp it home.
Swapped the MAF with another one i had, and put in the new clutch switch, both front O2 sensors, and a few weeks ago i replaced the injector assembly with a good used one off eBay of the updated style, and a full tune up with performance distributors Dyna mod, and hotter coil and live wire plug wires, all these parts were from the 5.7 in my Tahoe that is getting a 454 swap. Seems to be running better ATM, so hopefully that will continue, i swear im starting to think this think is cursed!!! The 5 speed is on its way out too, makes noise in 1st-3rd and pops out of 1st alot, so im looking for a good used low miles one, and actually found one in MS about 350 miles away for 250 with 76K on it, but the yard is only open M-F 8-5 and i cant get there till the weekend, so still trying to work that out as i don't want to ship it and risk it getting damaged. I also have a new clutch setup to go in with the new(used) trans.
Gonna get the 5.3 swapped in with the stock 5 speed for now, then work on getting the brakes upgraded and the suspension dropped and then work on the T56 swap. Ok, sorry this is so long, just thought some of you would appreciate the story.