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Question 1988 Chevy S10 Blazer Tahoe Edition

My son just bought one of these and it needs a little 'help'.

He NEEDS a new instrument panel (can't monitor mph or fuel currently) and a new dash because the one in there is cracked and won't support radio, etc. Hard to see, but the glove box is actually tilting down on the left side of the glove box. The top of the dash is completely cracked. The top AC vents don't work because of it I guess. It NEEDS the weather stripping seal around the back door/tailgate/window area. We found seals for the front doors, but can't find anything for the back.

The person that owned it previously did [email protected]$$ repairs, ie instead of putting in a correct tailgate latch, he installed a fence gate latch to keep the back window closed. Instead of fixing the horn, he actually bypassed it and put a button on the dash?

Overall it's in good shape for it's age

I wanted to help him do some of the cosmetic stuff as a graduation gift. He wants to do the actual work himself, but I am having a hard time finding interior replacement parts.

Any advice, resources, etc? Is there an easier to find dash replacement that may be compatible?

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Welcome. Have you tried LMC Truck? Ebay has been good for finding parts for older vehicles, I used to do 620 Datsuns before I bought a 03 S10, and I found most of my parts there. You could try a nation wide Craigslist search as someone might be parting one out somewhere in the country. first gens are getting hard to find in Junk yards these days.

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You also might try Steele Rubber Products, I have heard that they even custom make door and window seals sometimes if they don't have what you need.

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Thank you, I just looked at LMC and I have tried ebay, sadly nothing there. I will try craigslist. I've also been on FB marketplace looking for anyone who might be parting out. I can't believe there is nothing even compatible that would be easier to find. Would be nice to have something that says, yeah, this is your model and these are all the models that will also fit.

I do know the original part is 100% discontinued, I've been to several major sources and some ebay suppliers that are selling individual pieces for the dash to ask.
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One persons opinion based on one picture—it doesn’t look too bad compared to most of your 88’s for sale around here. If the dash is internally cracked and just won’t hold up, it’s hard to see from here.

Instrument clusters aren’t too hard to find. I have a couple lying around. But you might not need one. Check your senders and wiring. Pull the cluster and make sure Speedo cable is hooked up correctly. Check the flex circuit board on the back to make sure it’s not damaged, verify the cluster plug is connected correctly. The actual gauges are usually the last to go. Fuel gauge is much more likely to have sender trouble. Lots of posts on here about how to check it.

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Skirting the rules for buying and selling will get you in a heap of grief. I suggest you check the Flea Market rules. Until then, your posts will be edited.

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Re: 1988 Chevy S10 Blazer Tahoe Edition

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Why not start a thread of your own, instead of repeatedly posting on other folks threads?
I'd like to see pics of your Blazer.
https://www.s10forum.com/forum/blazer-jimmy-bravada/
Look in the upper right corner for "Post new thread".

Curious why you say it is too nice to swap a V8 into yet you would be willing to swap in some less popular engine?
If it's as nice as you say, why did you punch holes in the roof? Can't CB and Ham antennas be mounted some other way.
Well too late now, you just lowered the value at least $1500.
Trying to be helpful here.
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I give up. I tried to post it in for sale and got a message that I could not. I tried to contact s10 forums they told me to read the rules. I thought I did unless there are additional rules I did not locate and I still couldn't see why it wouldn't post. I stink with computers, but if I cant just go to the 4 sale section and post for sale and the admin will not assist me in posting something that s10 enthusiast and readers of this site would be interested in, I do not know what to do. Please contact me if you can assist me or I guess for some reason you do not want me on your forum site.. Sorry to vent this way, but I am frustrated I am old, cell phone and computer challenged and was just trying to give good content. I would appreciate an email where I could give my phone info if you can help me and walk me through any issues.
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I put the antenna mounts in because I am a ham radio operator. I enjoy local 2 meter contacts. They are not visible unless you look hard and they can also be used for CB radio antenna's and most of the local 4X4 clubs do this. Considering they can be removed and the holes perfectly removed and repainted for less than $100.00 (we are talking like 3/4" each) I would remove them if it was an issue, I cant see a $1,500.00 depreciation on a 23y/o blazer. As for photos, I do not know how to do that.
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Here you go...

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Try this for pics.

If you use a 3rd party host such as www.postimage.org, you can store your pics in multiple folders, and choose the image you want to post. I choose the Hot Link for Forums. It copies it to your clipboard, paste it in your post and your pics will be full sized.....and it can be done from a phone. It's a couple more steps, but the results are worth it. If you decide to give it a try and have problems...let me know.

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Considering they can be removed and the holes perfectly removed and repainted for less than $100.00
Around here a body shop won't even get out a spray gun for under $500. Then they'd have to remove the headliner and all related 31 year old plastic trim w/o cracking any before welding above it or risk burning the headliner or the whole vehicle. It'll take 4-5 hours to repair and matching 31 year old roof paint won't be easy so they'll likely have to paint the whole roof. $100 repairs ended many years ago.

Not trying to be argumentative, just realistic.
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