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Post The Escape Pod - 70 Blazer 4x4
Yay, I finally get to do one of these.

There were wasps swarming around it all summer, so this evening was the first time I've gotten to spend a lot of time underneath it checking out what needs to be done. The rust is a little bit worse than I had hoped, but about what I anticipated and still way better than what a lot of people get to start with. Because I can't dedicate all of my income towards it and I don't have access to a welder, I highly doubt the rust will be patched by the end of spring, but with a little luck and a lot of elbow grease I think it can be roadworthy by then. As far as previous owners go, so far it looks like whoever worked on it last could have been a lot worse. They patched a few spots, but the welds don't look like bubblegum and I'll be able to either dress them or remove and properly fix the panel relatively easy. When I was crawling around underneath it, I saw where GM originally welded the firewall and floorpan bracing together. I started freaking out that it was a hackjob until I saw it was the same on the other side. The lift must not have been put on that long ago since the u bolts are still shiny. Too bad the PO put '73-'91 springs on the front. I'm not planning on running bigger than 33" tires, so I may just sell what's under it right now and go to a 2". It would ride better and probably get a little bit better mileage. We'll see.

Does anyone know a place in East TN that can sandblast and powdercoat a frame? I can always take a wire wheel to it, but I'd like like something that can get in all of the nooks and crannies. Also, the panels on the back of the rocker boxes just bolt on, right? If I can get the bolts out without destroying the panels, I'd like to inspect inside the rocker boxes and clean all of the crud out.

To do list: *=must have

Stage 1: Driver
1)* R&R engine
2)* R&R transmission
3) rebuild axles
4)* rebuild steering components
5a)* replace '73+ front springs for 4" lift OR
5b)* replace all springs for 2" lift
6)* cheap windshield
7) steering wheel
8)* install seat
9)* install old wiring harness
10)* attach doghouse
11)* tires
12)* shocks
13)* battery tray
14)* R&R brakes
15)* fix or buy new gas tank
16)* radiator
17)* fuel filler
18) brake lines
19) fuel lines
20) trans cooler lines


Stage 2: Body Work & Necessities
21)* Remove diamond plate from bed
22)* patch rust - bed floor, rockers, rocker box
23)* repair windshield frame - PO welded plate over where the weatherstrip screws in
24) install power disc brakes
25) Warn hubs
26) top
27)* Vintage Air A/C
28) body mounts
29) rear bumper
30)* weatherstripping
31) door mirrors


Stage 3: Creature Comforts
32) Sound deadener and carpet
33) install/hookup Cadillac power seats
34) build console to house inverter
35) Painless wiring kit
36) restore gauges
37) fix cut dash
38) install radio/GPS
39) slotted wheels
40) powdercoat frame and axles
41) build storage boxes for bed
42)* rollcage
43) folding and removable rear seat
44) side trim
45) nice 69/70 grille
46) 5.3/4L60E swap
47) posi/locker
48) fog lights in ’72 bumper
49) paint
50)* spare tire rack
51) decent audio system
52)* HO alternator
53) tilt column


Top Modifications:
1) cut away roof to install insulation
2) install modern dome lights and maybe extra wires for future modifications
3) hatch ajar switch for lights/alarm
4) replace missing hatch arms with modern struts
5) 15% tinted windows
6) if possible add handle on inside of hatch for interior operation of latch
7) fabric headliner
8)* fix multiple cracks and likely warpage

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Thu Mar 01, 2012 7:27 pm
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Post Re: 70 Blazer 4x4
I met this guy at the Gray Swapmeet- he had a couple of old trucks- but that is all I know about him and his work.
http://www.hyteccoatings.com/

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Post Re: 70 Blazer 4x4
Thanks, buddy. I requested a quote for the frame and axles, hopefully it won't be as bad as I expect.

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Post Re: 70 Blazer 4x4
Production Components in Clinton does blasting and powder coating but don't know if they can do a frame.

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Post Re: 70 Blazer 4x4
There's a guy in Dickson that can blast whole vehicles. (Beads)

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Post Re: 70 Blazer 4x4
I got a quote for blasting and PCing from the guy DP suggested. Not an unfair price by any means, but more than I had hoped for. $750 to sandblast and PC the frame in black and $150-175 for the axles.

Too bad there's nowhere convenient to mount a shoulder belt in the Blazer or my 56. My boss is giving me too good of a deal to pass up on Cadillac seats with integrated seatbelts, but there's a pair of old ones in an early '90s Caddy that are a lot more comfortable and supportive on the sides. At least I get heated seats with this, too. Incidentally, if anyone's looking for some similar seats, he doesn't have much demand for them, so he'd probably let them go pretty cheap.

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Post Re: Project Ridge Runner - 70 Blazer 4x4
I gave $750 for my frame, and $150 for rear axle so dead on.

(They actually used a software program to get their prices)

"Bumper Black" and it's shiny, U might want Flat on a 4wd.

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Post Re: Project Ridge Runner - 70 Blazer 4x4
LUV2XCLR8 wrote:
"Bumper Black" and it's shiny, U might want Flat on a 4wd.


Nah, shiny all the way. I'm actually going to look into what other colors he can do it in. :punk:

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Post Project Ridge Runner - 70 Blazer 4x4
My Gas Tank is in "Silver Vain"
and it looks pretty bad arse !!!


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Post Re: Project Ridge Runner - 70 Blazer 4x4
Speaking of tanks, my tank has a slow leak, plus the filler neck's been off for untold years. I really don't want to deal with the hassle of replacing the the neck on a new tank but I also don't like the idea of all the crud that's probably in there. What do you think, replace the tank or try and get it welded and cleaned? When I was crawling around under it the other day (thank goodness for a 4" lift and 35s - tons of room for me and my dog under there) I saw where it's been welded at least once already. Do you have to do anything if you get a polyethylene tank?

Watching a movie last night really had me wanting to take this thing on a road trip. If I'm able to get the majority of my student loans paid off and save up enough money, I'd sure like to take off at least a month or two from work and just drive around the US with my dog camping in the back/in a tent, exploring back roads and trails. But, if I'm going to do that I need an overdrive and preferably fuel injection.

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Post Re: Project Ridge Runner - 70 Blazer 4x4
Poly tank is direct bolt in, however I was told they are bad
for 4wd's (Read on Pirate forum I think) I had one in mine,
but when I swapped over to 2wd I bought a new steel one.
I had a local shop swap the necks from an old steel unit &
it only cost me $20 for that swap. (An option to consider)

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Post Re: Project Ridge Runner - 70 Blazer 4x4
Do you remember why they're bad? Clearance issues or just in case you hit them on something?

BTW, do you know how long the bed is on the inside? At just under 5'10", I'm thinking I could sleep in there without having to lay at an angle, but I'm not sure. See, this is why I want to get that beat up top at the junk yard, I can mount a TV in the top and watch it while I lay there. :haha: Actually, it would be really neat to get one of those fabric sunroofs and install it on the rear of the top, but I'm wanting to try insulating mine. I just need to figure out a latch I can put on the inside of the hatch so I can open and close it from the interior.

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Post Re: Project Ridge Runner - 70 Blazer 4x4
Revised and organized my to do list in the original post as well as added what I'm wanting to do with the double wall top.

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Post Re: Project Ridge Runner - 70 Blazer 4x4
I think, been a long time, it had to do with adverse
angles or shock while wheeling = leaks around the
sending unit due to the design and it flexing more.

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Post Re: Project Ridge Runner - 70 Blazer 4x4
Ok. I'm not too worried about that. I don't plan on taking it on rough trails. Too much time and money will eventually be invested in it. We'll see, though. I still need to drop the tank and see how bad the leak is and how much gunk is in it.

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Post Re: Project Ridge Runner - 70 Blazer 4x4
Going to get it running and enjoy it over the summer. When it cools off I'll have someone patch the rust and prime it. Get a top put on it and hopefully I'll be able to afford a 5.3 or 6.0 and 6L80 swap. Get the interior spruced up and the truck fixed how I want it, I'm going to save up a lot for gas, load the dog up, and drive all over the U.S. exploring and camping. Was planning on getting it painted, but I think I'll hold off until I get back. I'll rattlecan it before I leave, that way I don't have to worry about rock chips in my brand new paint and can take tight trails without having to sweat scratching my paint.

Right now my timeline is two years. I think I could do it in 18 months, but I want to do this over the summer. I'm really excited, this is something I've been wanting to do ever since my senior year of high school. I could get around to it a lot fast, but a lot of my paycheck is going towards paying off my student loans. That's the other reason I'm so excited about this. They won't be completely paid off when I head out, but most of them should be. This will be the first time since 2005 that I haven't had to worry about anything or had debt hanging over my head.

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Post Re: Project Ridge Runner - 70 Blazer 4x4
Sounds like a plan :cool:

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Post Re: Project Ridge Runner - 70 Blazer 4x4
So apparently my Blazer never came with the rear brackets that hold the top on. There aren't any holes, nor were they welded up/covered over.

I REALLY wish I had the SPID for this thing now.

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Post Re: Project Ridge Runner - 70 Blazer 4x4
Glad to hear that the plans are coming together. looking forward to seing the Blazer :)

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Post Re: Project Ridge Runner - 70 Blazer 4x4
As bad as I want to drive this thing, I'm contemplating not doing anything with the current driveline and just getting started on the engine swap. Assuming I can't run a Blazer radiator with an LS engine (haven't looked into it yet), getting the 350/350 up and running would probably cost at least $400-$500. That's a good chunk of change I can put towards an ARB locker or crossover steering.

Also, I looked at the mileage figures and the 6.0 just plain sucks. :sad: Looks like I'll be going with a 5.3 L.

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Post Re: Project Ridge Runner - 70 Blazer 4x4
Where did you see those figures? My dads 99 K2500 with the LQ4 6.0/4L80E gets better milage than his SCSB C1500 with the 5.3/4L60E. And alot better than my 2WD CCSB.

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Post Re: Project Ridge Runner - 70 Blazer 4x4
EPA, internet searches for experience, and a few personal accounts. 6.0 seems to do 15 at best whereas the 5.3 is capable of 18-20.

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Post Re: Project Ridge Runner - 70 Blazer 4x4
Hmm maybe Dad has one of those freakmobiles, then. He's gotten as much as 22mpg out of his 6.0 and averages 19.5mpg. His 5.3 only gets between 16-18mpg. My 05 with a 5.3 only gets 14mpg. :banghead:

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Post Re: Project Ridge Runner - 70 Blazer 4x4
Oh wow. Wish I knew for sure. :sad:

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Post Re: Project Ridge Runner - 70 Blazer 4x4
I think alot of it has to do with weight, gearing, and the specific tune that GM puts in them. GM doesn't tune them all the same. Trust me, I know this by experience. My uncle has an 04 SCLB 2wd with a 4.8L and he swears he gets around 35mpg. My uncle has been known to exaggerate a bit, though. :lol: Another friend of mine has an 04 SCSB 2wd with a 5.3 and 3.73 gears and the best he can get is 19mpg.

From what I can tell, the GenIII motors tend to like lower gearing. My 05 has 3.23 gearing and gets horrible mileage, Dad's 01 has 3.42 and does decent. His 3/4 ton and my buddy's have 3.73's and seem to do best.

Alot of it has to do with the weight of the right foot, too :mrgreen:

If nothing else, 5.3/4L60E combos can be picked up much cheaper than 6.0/4L80E combos.

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Post Re: The Escape Pod - 70 Blazer 4x4
Called Advance Adapters on Thursday evening. Second gentleman I spoke to, Vic, was super helpful. AA is getting away from the 205 and concentrating on the Atlas t-case, so they won't be making any 6L80/205 adapters in the foreseeable future. However, he told me that the GM 1 tons from ~'84-'90 ran the circle pattern NP205, and it should bolt right up to the 6L80. Even though it means I'll have to buy another t-case, the best part is it's still going to be cheaper than a $600+ adapter from AA.

Got the front end mocked up last week just to see how it looks. Ron gave me a '71 grille, but I was able to find a driver-condition '70 grille at work. It's not as rough as it looks. Couple of dings and it's oxidized, but otherwise it's in great shape.
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And my dog that I'll be taking. Best part about the lift and 35s is there's plenty of room under the truck for both of us.

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Post Re: The Escape Pod - 70 Blazer 4x4
What I'm thinking for the front (if I have the time and money) bumper and rear carrier. These are just rough drafts = they'll obviously have to be tweaked.

Tubes will definitely be thicker, but that's as big as MS Paint lets you draw. Drivings lights will likely be moved outboard underneath the parking lights to make room for a recessed area to mount a winch. Again, if I have the money to spare I'll make some cutouts and mount for lights in the bumper.
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Boxes on the side are gas/water cans. There will be a hi-lift jack mount and small basket on top, I just got lazy and didn't draw them. If the carrier's sturdy enough, I'll make it so the upper half (jack and basket) unbolt.
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Post Re: The Escape Pod - 70 Blazer 4x4
sweet it would look real good after you get it all together

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Post Re: The Escape Pod - 70 Blazer 4x4
BOHICA, very cool Blazer, I have wanted one. For years, actually two. Got that stupid dream idea of having one lifted and one slammed with somewhat matching paint. Good luck on your build, looks like you got it all very well planned out.


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Post Re: 70 Blazer 4x4
Woody wrote:
Production Components in Clinton does blasting and powder coating but don't know if they can do a frame.

They can do a frame, the use charcoal which was a new one to me. Does anyone know about blasting body parts with charcoal? PC said they can, just scared I guess. Warpage sucks!


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Post Re: The Escape Pod - 70 Blazer 4x4
Thanks! Whether or not I actually get to do the trip in two years is going to be iffy. I'm trying to make as much of a margin for being over-budget as I can, but it's still pretty slim. Looks like powdercoating the frame is definitely out. I'll probably need to spend that $1000 elsewhere.

Right now my biggest fear is getting it completed or almost so and then having no money left over for the trip. If that's the case, as much as I want to get this thing built, there are probably other things I'll choose to put money into first. Like my '56 that's just rusting away in the backyard.

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Post Re: The Escape Pod - 70 Blazer 4x4
Plan B.

I didn't buy it with this intention, but due to not having a viable place to work on the Blazer, my focus has been shifted to my Land Cruiser. It sucks that I won't be doing this in the Blazer, but on the bright side, I've moved my timetable up a year.

This is the paint scheme I'll be going with:

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