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Old September 24th, 2012, 09:54 PM   #1
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Default 96 sas blazer. Project "permablaze"

So for starters ive had a few different basic rigs but this is my first build from the ground up so i welcome all constructive critisicm and advice. started out as a bone stock blazer i got for free. replaced a blown engine and it sat in my drive for a year until i decided to do something with it. dont have much pictures of the original solid axle swap but as of right now it has
  • Dana 30/Chrysler 8.25
  • chevy 64s in the rear
  • stock push button t case with front out put swap
  • 36 in tsl
  • ORD's bolt on sas kit (waste of dam money) just my .02
  • waggy springs up front

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after getting the axle hung


and heres out it sits now


i didnt document much of the actual solid axle swap so i guess heres where the actual build thread starts. Decided it was time to make somewhat cool rig picked up a 14 bolt and chevy dana 44 and so it began. as of right now the game plan is as follows
  • Dana 44/14 bolt
  • S10 body swap
  • hyrdo assist
  • 3 link up front with 16" air shocks
  • leave the 64s out back (for now)
  • 38s or 39s
  • exo cage
  • full high steer
  • twin stick 205
im sure im forgetting stuff. but as of right now i got both axles in the garage, tore down and started rebuilding em


got the 14 bolt done and waiting on some parts for the 44. kind of a slow moving build so i apologize. money hasnt been growing on trees lately.

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Old September 24th, 2012, 10:00 PM   #2
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beer pizza and sas stuff makes me happy
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Old September 24th, 2012, 10:48 PM   #3
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im actually getting ready to sas a jimmy and have the ord sas kit can you explain more into detail why you dont like it
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Old September 24th, 2012, 11:19 PM   #4
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Well it's not that it's a bad design persay. If your looking to build a nice daily driver/weekend trail rig its not bad. My issues were for starters the shock hoops actually make the top of the shock point towards the outside of the truck and my tire would actually touch the shock when I was flexed out and i couldnt Use a Very long shock. So I trashed them and got some weld on ones from trail gear. My next issue was the shackles and hanger they didn't line up as well as they were "supposed" to and as short and as squeezed in the shackles are they bind up and ruin all your front flex and it wasnt a big deal but i used the suggested springs for the kit and had to stack washers between my leaf spring eyes up front and the hanger cause there was a large gap where the springs bolt on.But like I said other than the shackle mounts not lining up the design isn't really bad. I guess it all depends how wanna use your rig and personal preference
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Old September 25th, 2012, 06:21 AM   #5
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Unless you're planning to drive it on the road, skip the hydro assist and go straight to full hydro.

You might consider a 203/205, and have the adapter built extra long to help with your front driveshaft angle. You'll want the 4:1. 2:1 is not enough to crawl very well.

With your 3 link, make sure you build the hell out of your mount for the panhard. This would include plate on no less than 3 sides of the frame. S10 frames are know to rip out around the welds (in the HAZ) when you put too much force on them. People died in Harlan a couple weekends ago when the panhard mount in their Jeep ripped off the body - this is pretty serious stuff.

Looks like you're off to a good start - good luck with everything.
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Old September 25th, 2012, 06:40 AM   #6
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i guess i never really thought into full hydro. i did put thought into the 203/205 but the bigger my list gets the more the wallet hurts so i guess that wasnt on the list right now. but thats absolutley insane to loose lives over a track bar
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Looks good Phil. Tim see any of it yet?
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My pops has Probly showed em some pictures other than that not to sure
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Haha I actually just noticed the hungry Howies and Coors light box in the picture
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Little update got my flat tops and high steer arms in the mail from another member(thanks again if you read this) got the front clip pulled off then ran outta day light. Should be getting all my brakes and misc junk to finish the 44 up along with my s10 cab this weekend
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Well got the blazer body off the frame. Little bit tricky with a cherry picker that's for sure. Couldn't get it to raise up level for what ever reason . Then went and picked up the s10 cab and got it brought home got a pretty good deal from BigAl so the plan tonight if I can figure out how to get the frame in the garage with no help I'm gonna start pulling axles
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Well haven't updated in a while but definitely got some stuff done got the frame in the garage did a few miscellaneous things pulled the fuel tank And all the lines then got the 14 bolt under there and tacked welded everything . Then got some buddies over to help me move the s10 body it's on the frame but isn't on the mounts gets its about 6 inches back still as it sits I got the wiring all plugged in and pulled the interior out I gotta get brakes for the 44 and put that underneath and pull the floor shifter out of the blazer body. Then put the fuel cell in for right now
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Old November 25th, 2012, 02:20 PM   #14
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Been a while on an update so here goes. Got the front axle all assembled and under neath finally. So it's sitting on all 4s finally. Interiors back together yup that's a pink tie rod. Though it would make me cool but Probly didn't. Did a little bit of flexing with the cherry picker. Definitly had more but not to impressed at how the 64s flex sending the wiring harness from the blazer in soon to have it stripped out to make it a standalone. Realized a 98 s10 an 97 engine has a few different plugs so I'd rather be safe than sorry
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