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Old 02-19-2007, 12:32 PM   #1
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My "Swamp Runner" Blazer Build

Well its become time to post up my build. I'm starting with a stock 1988 K5 Blazer. It sports a stock 350 TBI. It had a 700R4 thats been pulled and is in the process of being replaced with a TH350/205 set-up.
These are the parts I have and am in the process of installing.....
2 Rockwell 2 1/2 tons (one steer,detriot.....one rear, Lincoln Locked)
th350/np205 bolt-up
12 inch leaf lift
4 49" tractor v-treads with wheels
1 Char-lenn orbital valve, with ram
My plans on this truck are to tackle the only thing we have around here. MUD
I know there isnt that many "mudders" around the forum but this is what I have to work with. The 350TBI will soon be replaced with my BB 454. I PLAN to have this thing complete (minus the motor swap) by april 19th. When will be loading up for the Shiloh truck rodeo.





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Well I just got home from work and about to finish reassembly of the rear end. I still need to go to the parts store and pick up my rotors and calipers.I did some checking around on the High clearence pans but ive been told that they arent really worth the 1 to 1 /12" gain. surely for the mud. Im going to make me a pattern tomorrow so i can re-drill my wheels for the rockwell pattern. I will be getting rid of the TBI set-up after the motor swap, so if anyone is needing it, jump in line. i have two others interested in it. I have a nice NOS set-up for it but have decided to not put it on so i can sell it when i'm done
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I havent started hacking on the truck. Im trying to get my axles together before i put the lift on


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thats going to be kickass for sure. can't see it all come together.
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Where did you get the wheel centers to fit the Rocks? Or is that a common lug pattern?
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What components are you using for the pinion brakes? That looks like a flywheel....c'mon.
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The wheels have to be redrilled for the pattern. got my brake brackets off ebay for 7o bux with hardware. uses 87 mazda rotor, 87 yota caliper
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What components are you using for the pinion brakes? That looks like a flywheel....c'mon.
funny dott, i was looking at that myself. i couldnt find the rotors at any
parts store. the hat of the rotor were not flat
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The wheels have to be redrilled for the pattern. got my brake brackets off ebay for 7o bux with hardware. uses 87 mazda rotor, 87 yota caliper
Did you have some cores for the rotors and calipers? I've got the same brackets but don't want to pay the core fees!!
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i got mine from bohot. complete but, dott & i drove around town to find
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go to the junk yards for the rotors. some yards dont charge you a core.
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i am bidding on some on ebay right now. (Better not go bid against me!)By the time you buy them with with core at the parts store it will be 200 bux easy. the rotors were only 17 bux a pop. I bought a 1" drill bit today for the wheels. $45! I am going to cut the brakets for my hydro ram this weekend. I might have changed my mind on the tranny. I might be going SM465/NP205. I tend to be hard on things, so i dont wanna cook alot of automatics in the process.
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I CANNOT EXPRESS IN KIND WORDS ON HOW HARD ITS BEEN TO DRILL THESE HOLES. This is the only complete one (minus cutting center hole bigger) My drill press is 3/8's chuck only, so I have to use a large hand drill.I'm going to have to find someone around here with a half inch drill press............

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looking better! just think ONLY 3 more to go!! i wish i had a 3/8 drill...
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What size hole are you having to drill?
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well stock rockwell rims are 1 3/16 but im only drilling them 1". i finally got the 3/8 chuck off my press, so ive been drilling with it. unfortunatly the press is kind of weak. its working slowly but surely. the first wheel fit perfectly. If the surface was flat, I would punch the holes with an iron-worker. im givin the press some cool off time right now.......
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WOW looks good ... that looks like alot of drillin
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cool off time???? you meanenuff time to get feeling back into your arms!! i know thats alot of work...
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When I drilled the 16 1/2" holes in my frame I bought some good cobalt drill bits (pricey but worth every penny) and some cutting oil. Started with a pilot bit (1/4") then went to the 1/2" bit. I did all 16 holes in about hour, probably less if you don't figure in the time of measuring them and bolt the brackets down. I did it with a 1/2" hand drill too.

Course a 1" hole is quite abit different than 1/2" hole.
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I have 1/4 inch. pilot holes. i have 2 wheels complete and on the axle........the bit is still pretty sharp. i have the press on the lowest speed but its still not slow enough.............
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