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Old 09-03-2012, 02:55 PM   #1
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figure I would start the build thread here since I am in alaska.
I have a build thread for ArcticOffroad and Pirate already, but some may not go to those places. anyway. ill be adding in daily or every other day as long as I do not get bored.

I first picked it up as a dead half ton k5. got it running.




then I started noticing the rust in the floors, fenders... etc.
it didnt look too pretty inside after I tore the carpet out.





I drove it around for a few years and then decided to swap 1 ton stuff into it.
After patching the floor up I hurculined it.
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locked 1 tons (rear welded front detroit) 5.13 gears. 38x18 boggers. Stauns.
ORD highsteer crossover:








not much travel:




first voyage!
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first voyage out of my parents yard = nail in tire.


then some actual wheeling:



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I dont know what I was doing while walking here:


The blazer did realy well that summer for 8 inches of bds lift springs, locked front and rear, 5.13 gears, ORD steering crossover, and 18 wide 39.5 tall boggers with STAUNS. did great. but I wanted more power, more traction.


I ended that year with wheeling at the 55 mile trail on chena hot springs road. I cracked the steering box section of the frame. then started the rebuild portion
Im going to skip all my "trying things out" now part of the build and skip to what i found that worked.
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went to a non AC blower box unit (smaller, simpler wiring):



picked up a 454 tbi motor. converted it to carb. went with a 770 offroad avenger carb. MSD ignition, ACCEL distributor.. I kept the 454 tbi pullies, but had to make a pulley to take the spot of the AC pump.

picked up a parts truck. parted it out for extra money, and some manual window operated doors.

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and then the goodies started coming in




Tractor tires:


35 spline MM hubs
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psc steering box with ram assist in the works:




my ghetto gauge cluster:

a simple setup until i can do a custom dash later.

bump stop. poorly made. havent tested em out yet. will build something later.
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my parents house caught fire. had to trailer my blazer to my place in town where I been working on it all summer.


went with 52 springs front and rear. I ended up with the basic 6" bds leaf pack up front and a packed full 4" skyjacker pack in the rear. I cut off my old mounts because I was running 56 inch springs up front. was running 63s in the rear but they stuck out way too much and didnt give me much lift.

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more random pics of this summer's build:



new pinion angle, not bad


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I didnt like the front clip job I half hackedly did.
put a front clip on from another truck:


very close fender clearances

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still a little too close to the fenders.


Stuff I did for the spring swap:
move ORD shackles:




while the wheels were off, rear disc conversion
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labor day weekend:
6 inch bds springs up front, 4 inch skyjackers in rear. hahahahahah.a.


I had about 10 inches of fender clearance with this setup. I could run 54 " tires easy! but my front driveline disconnected.

I ended up swapping the helper springs from the 6" BDS springs into the skyjacker 4" spring pack (with it's 4 inch helper spring too). So the fronts are just the main leaf pack of the bds springs. . Oh, I forgot to mention I have a zero rate kit in the rear. spring pack too.


it leveled out nicely.

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I just have to add fluids, hook up HEI power wire. find top dead center, re dril the front spring hanger holes (bad front spring shackle angle- too much) put topper back on, tail gate on, air tires up and take it for a spin. .. and brake in that 454

and save for exhaust
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thought this was about Trogdor! lol

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Old 09-04-2012, 11:44 PM   #16
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Tragdor, not "Trogdor"

very similar, yet but not the same!
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its alive!!!
.... again.....
the motor is having a rough start to break it in. I was fighting the timing issue for about 40-60 minutes total running time and finally got it right. the motor got up to temp only 2 times, but never too hot. When adjusting the disributor, somehow it got loose, popped up and ate the tooth that goes into the oil pump shaft this last weekend while trying to crank it over so that meant I was having trouble with the motor skipping every now and then as it was intermittently 180 degrees off. I believe this only happened somewhere during the last 5 minutes of running it. I drained the oil and it did not look too bad .. I mean it was dark, and had a little bit of shiny specks in it and the one very small piece of the distributor that was ground off by the oil pump shaft. I had zinc additive to break the motor in, and hopefully that helped save it motor.. ... fingers crossed.

So I...

I replaced the old ACCEL distributor with another one. looked down the distributor hole and the pump shaft seemed to be in good shape, looked like it didnt even get scored by the old distributor shaft, and the gears didnt have a mark on them. I am hoping I am the luckiest person to F*ck up a motor this year and come out alright... After putting the new distributor in I pulled the valve covers to see if the oil pump was spinning and pumping oil through the valves....it was! So tonight I tried to fire it up and I swear I had top dead center on the motor, but I was 180 out. I had checked the valves the night before and i could have sworn cylinder #1 valves were both closed. oh well. I turned the timing mark on the motor to 0 degrees and pulled the distributor out, then proceeded to turn it 180 degrees and drop it back in, connect wires, ignition wire (running HEI) and tach wire. .. fired right up with almost no vibration. Im sure the neighbors loved me after firing it up at 9:45 pm with no exhaust. That will come later after dividends. I really dont have time or place to build up an exhaust system at this time, so i may have to pay to have it done, unless anyone wants to hook me up. I have no garage/shop. and never welded up exhaust before

anyway, for now I need to clean up the wiring in the engine bay and a bunch of little things. But the engine ran smooth!
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Old 09-18-2012, 07:54 AM   #18
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If you are interested, the system I bought was pretty nice from Summit. It is Hooker brand and DynoMax mufflers. The only parts I didn't use yet are the tailpipes. I have to modify them for my suspension. I think I paid like 3-400 for everything, maybe less? Can't remember. It's worth checking out though.
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will it fit the chevy big block?
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also the motor is a 1993 454. not sure if that would make a difference.
oh wait,. you arent selling :P i need more coffee
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i will have to look into it. been thinking about different exhaust systems and I am pretty sure I want to keep exhaust routing to a minumum.
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I am sure they carry it to fit the 73-87 style with a big block. Though, I've never ordered one. I don't think there is much of a routing difference though. If they don't carry it, and you have one made, I'd ask them to try to put in a removable H pipe. Removable so you can get to other things and pull it out easier. It's one thing I want to do to my exhaust.
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Old 09-18-2012, 11:21 AM   #23
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there is an exhaust shop up here that can weld an entire system up so that there is no need to remove it to get to other things. I will explore the summit parts option to see if it is going to be cheaper. but then ill have to factor in time and shipping. ill keep this topic updated as i expore different options/prices.
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Those are mightly ugly, I mean fine welds you have there . Looks good man. That blazer in the beginning is the spitting image of my very first truck/car when i was 17. It didn't have a rust hole in the passenger side rear fender just above and forward of the tail light did it?

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alright .. Im in need of some motor advice/help.
idling problems on the motor still. The truck back fires at 1500-2000 rpm with about 10-12 degrees advance. It starts up without a hitch at that setting. it has a rough idle though and back fires pretty bad when up at 1500 rpm.

On my motor rebuild paper work, it says i have a mc1737 camshaft in it. looked it up and it is a stage 3? Should I get a stud kit so I can adjust the valves? the rest of the motor is stock, and I am not sure if are any parts I need -such as studs so I can adjust the lifters. also, not sure if the cam has flat spots.

I am by no means a motor guy, not sure what I should do now.

the motor I have is a 1993 454 ci. converted to use a carb. running a holley 770 truck avenger carb. The carb seems to be in all the right settings, and doing what it is supposed to be doing.

you can look at the other specs on the cam here:
http://www.engineproparts.com/downlo...atalogCams.pdf

there is excessive lash on the lifters, but adjusting them isnt an option because they are not studs, they are bolts. I played with the timing and it seems to like 16-18 degrees advance better, but makes it a pain in the butt to start it and it still runs lopey and I am getting fire out of the exhaust when revved up to 1500-2000 rpm. talked with a few guys and I have a feeling I have a much more aggressive camshaft in my truck than what I explained what I wanted when I had the motor built. I explained that I wanted reliability, and a tad bit over stock so I didnt have to invest in roller rockers or any other fancy parts such as forged piston and all that racing stuff. Its a trail truck, I want good torque reliability, turn key and go kind of performance.

any suggestions? I may be pulling the cam shaft out
to see what I have exactly. I would think that the machine shop who assembled the motor would be responsible to fix this ****. more work for me if not. Im learning. hopefully nothing is messed up.

beginning to wish I stuck with my 350 i had.
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