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Brief history of the tan turd; and introducing the 2wd Blazer

Discussion in '2wd Suburban, Blazer and Jimmy' started by TommySpell, Apr 14, 2019.

  1. TommySpell

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    In loving memory, we will be soon selling the tan turd.. bought it with a barely functioning 305 and lot of other problems but she was "cute" and had a clean seat...

    Whiskey dent in the fender was replaced with same color code panel (lucky find under all that primer). Bed raptor liner in color match. Swapped in a nice 350 new carb new distributor. New battery rhinolined dash pad.
    Had to fill in and reinforce both sides front shock mounts. At least 1-1/2" wallered out hole.

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    Cue to the blaZer. 2wd, as old as me and literally and figuratively "cherry interior"
    Has a turbo 400 and no holes.
    Factory cb radio and high speed spoiler (or parachute).

    My brain says lower it down on some Rally Rims, raptor liner entire body in a maroon color, put original interior back in, 6.0 LS swap it and get the A/C going. Then sell it.

    Unless someone that is buying it wants us to go in a different direction.

    Also, thought about tan interior and dark blue with white center stripe exterior.

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    You do realize, that raptor lining the entire body narrows your potential buyers to others that think an entire truck covered in bedliner is cool too.
     
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    Yeah I thought about that. Might just paint it. But it sure would be cool. Saw this one the other day

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    @TommySpell ,

    Do you have long term experience with the raptor liner? How well does it hold up to bed use? I.e. hauling gravel, scraping shovels, etc...

    As for bed liner on the body... I feel it’s more of a 4 wheeler thing. Might not go with the whole lowered 2wd theme.
     
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    I can’t stand minimal tire:rim ratio on 4wds or exaggerated offset. I like at least as much sidewall as rim. Only reason I’d personally consider larger diameter wheels on a 4wd would be to fit larger brakes.

    My personal thoughts on bed liner on a body: if I went to look at a truck to buy, I’d wonder what the liner was hiding underneath.

    I’m a single stage kinda guy for old trucks. Don’t even like bc/cc jobs—too shiny.

    There are many people who do like it though, so it doesn’t matter. We all like different stuff.
     
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    Getting a lot of opinions coming through here and the Facebook and it looks like we may be painting. Got a few good suggestions but maroon seems to be the best with that red interior.
    Engine is a next choice?? 6.0 or sbc?
    It already has a th400.
     
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    Well after all the opinion s came in it was pretty unanimous to paint and we think we may have the color chosen. Might go darker and use this color on the engine.. Speaking of ,,since it already had a th400 and we caught a lucky find, we are putting in a low mileage 454.

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    Started removing everything and going frame off. Just bought a big air compressor and nice spray gun. So we can stop wearing out the little yellow guy. Been sanding until we lost feeling in our arms lol.

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    Ok, house of color had a nice Brandywine color.

    Still looking what Eastwood doesn't seem to have the amount of color choices but I love their prices.

    Could I hit the middle of the road by going to my local paint house????
     
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    So sometimes it's a good idea to go to your local vendors. We got everything we could possibly need plus a great education and we also got all of the sanded tools and materials for less than what I would have paid online for just the paint. Of course I had to do a little test hit this afternoon. Will post the paint code next time I go out there. Fenders are ready for blocking.

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    I used to like that blazer, can't wait to see how it turns out. :drink_nl:
     
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    Im glad he kept it!!
     
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    I don't even know where to start on this 454 got a little bit of educating to do. There is so much smog an EGR stuff on there I have to fill in bung holes on the exhaust. There is a flapper valve on the passenger side exhaust. There's something on the bottom passenger side of that motor that I can only assume is like a smog pump or something... Blowing all of our budget on paint and tires and a bigger air compressor and tools and sanding paper and spray guns. Next little bit of research for me is how to remove the cab from the chassis safely without a two-post lift I have a giant backhoe that can handle it. Might try to remove as much stuff as possible from a motor rebuild the carburetor I'm trying to barely get it to run. But I've got a lot of paint work to do before then. I ordered some patch panels the driver door bottom rear corner is gone so I'm going to weld that up.
     

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