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Old 02-12-2006, 06:25 PM   #1
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Well I got accepted to wyotech in Laramie, Wy, which is almost 1600 miles for here. SO I need something very reliable as well as agile. IT snows uncrontrollably up there and even if there 2 feet of snow on the ground doesn't mean that I dont have to go to class. I can only miss 25 hours of class period or im suspended. With this being said I want a 4x4 thats a nice dd but can still be used for trails. Im thinking 35"s with a 6" lift.
I was considering parting oit whats let of my riga nd saving up and getting a yota putting a lift on it tires and gear it but it doesn't seem possible due to funds. BUt I came up with another ide tho.
Right now I have a 79 blazer thats been throughly abused on the trails on a 76 frame and drivetrain. d44 - 4.56, sbc350 350hp, sm465, np203, 12 bolt 4.56's. The complete drivetrain was overhauled this last summer, brakes, gears, bearings, seals, balljoints, steering, shocks, brakelines, u joints, new rear d-shaft, rebuilt front d-shaft, total brake system replacement, new exhaust true duals w/ flowmasters dumped in front of the rear tires. The truck has 8" and 37 boggers on 15x10 wagon wheels. The only problem is that the wiring is toast so it was pulled the interior is gutted, no carpet, bedlined floor, dash has been removed to be replaced with a new custom one with autometers, the motor is being rebuilt now ( the blocks at the machince shop as we speak), sum one shattered my windshield while it was parked out side one day, and most the body has sumkind of trail abuse.
Well my dad found a good deal on an 86 blazer with a near mint body and a clean interior about 8 months ago so he bough it. It was orignaly for my lil bro for his 15th bday but he got involed in drugs and went postal and now he lives with his mom. Well I was considering take my drive terrain minus the tranny and t-case and swapping it into the 86. This would give me a nice clean rig that would be depenable w/ overdrive. Bu there a problem the 86 came with a smog 305. Is there any way I can get the blazer to pass with the 76 350? Can I take the 86 body and trasplant it onto the 76 frame and claim it as a 76? Or is this a lost cause that should be forgotten?
Btw im in texas in galveston county.
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Old 02-12-2006, 07:02 PM   #2
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I have a titled 97 TJ that the only thing still stock is the hood. The drive train is all older parts. 79 engine, tranny and rear diff. 76 front diff. But it is a licensed 97. Most inspection places don't have a clue. Use the 86 title. If that doesn't work. It's 76 with a new body.
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im sure they wont no what the stuff came out of but i have to pass emmisions. WHen they stick teh sniffer in my tail pipe i dont pass then im screwed. OR am i wrong and it only matters if its the original motor?

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Most places if you swap engines you have to keep the original emission equipment intact with an older engine or if you install a newer engine you have to have the emissions equipment that came with the newer engine.

My suggestion would be to contact the DOT or inspection station and ask them.
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It was my impression that you could go with title either to the body or the motor. however, when I went down with a 88 yj with '69 lt125 they wouldn't pass it in Kerr county. If your in the houston area, I would take my rides(mine was stupidly modified to the hilt) up to montgomery county and they weren't required to put the exhaust test equipment on it. Just an idea. This was '99-'04.
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Hmm ..Ok that makes a little more sense.. Driving to mongomery county wouldnt be a problem if it gets this thing legal. My dad wont let me build teh rigif i cant get it inspect for insurance reasons. One question though I was told u had to be a resident of the county in which you were getting the vehicle inspected? Is this wrong?

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supposedly you are only able to put a "newer" engine in an older body... I don't know a whole lotta people who don't lie to the inspection station once they start tinkering under the hood though.

I'm running a '74 block in my '84. not running any of the smog equipment on the motor, and occasionally I'll have problems getting it to pass. I don't fix anything--I just drive to another station. I waste at least 3 saturdays a year driving around trying to get my 3 cars to pass, but I've yet to go without a sticker.

start with the high volume oil change places and work your way towards the shops in the "bad" part of town with lots of modified cars out front.
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Hmm ..Ok that makes a little more sense.. Driving to mongomery county wouldnt be a problem if it gets this thing legal. My dad wont let me build teh rigif i cant get it inspect for insurance reasons. One question though I was told u had to be a resident of the county in which you were getting the vehicle inspected? Is this wrong?

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Texas' inspection does not include visual inspection to match up VIN's and OEM equipment, unlike CA, so there is no reason you can't swap the 86 body (from an inspection standpoint) onto the 76 and call it a 76. Just make sure to swap the VIN plate over - the vehicle is whatever year it is titled to be and registered to be. I doubt seriously if the local monkey at the Quikkie Lube will even notice. If anyone asks you anything at inspection, just tell them you put an 86 front clip on your 76 to update its look - it's done all the time. Now, titled and registered as a 76, your vehicle is older than 24 years, which means you do NOT have to take an emissions test!

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Note that insurance does not follow inspection. Quite the opposite - you can't get your rig inspected unless you have an insurance card to show when you get there.
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