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Old 07-14-2009, 06:54 PM   #1
 
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hey hey...FNG here.

Hey everyone. I am in north Austin and have a 1991 S10 Blazer Sport 4x4. It's my first 4x4 in too many years. Growing up and during college I had many 4x4s and even built a few 4x4 DJ-5 Jeeps for rural mail carriers in Wisconsin.

My little Blazer is not a hard core off road machine but it was only $400 and even the A/C works. It currently has a TBI 4.3, auto, 3.42 gears. My plan for the drivetrain is to add a posi rear at least and drop in a Syclone 4.3 turbo.

I really want to build a Typhoon 4 door with off road capabilities. Something like this:



But a bit higher to go off roading. Not too high though, it will still be my street truck and my wife still has to get in it.

I wanted a TBI truck with a floor shifted transfer case and that's what I got.

So far, due to the heat and lack of time, money and energy, my mods have been cosmetic. I've done:

A factory analog gauge cluster with a tach. From a 1988 S10. I had to modify it because the 1988 cluster uses a cable driven speedo and the 1991 is electric. I didn't want a digital cluster because they're ugly and unreliable and finding a cluster surround for a Sy/Ty/SGT that is under $150 is near impossible.

An auto-dimming/compass mirror. Unfortunately, that was recently stolen.

Retained Accessory Power. The radio and windows stay powered for 10 minutes or until a door is opened.

A factory looking interior light shut off switch from a Lumina APV. I can leave the doors open without draining the battery.

A Driver Info System from a 1990s Oldsmobile. It would give economy info and fuel usage but since the TBI S10 uses a 160 BAUD datastream and the Olds uses an 8192 BAUD datastream, it won't work until I either upgrade the computer, reprogram the chip in the DIS or get the Syclone engine installed. So right now all it does is give time, date and speed info. lol

All Window Down module from a 1994 Olds convertible. When I press the back window buttons on the master switch, all 4 windows go down at the same time.

One of these days, I'll get around to installing an overhead console with HomeLink.

Factory keyless entry with Goodwrench alarm system.

Window lock out switch. Especially useful for if you have children that like to play with the electric windows or if you're the carpool practical joker that had 10 bean burritos.

A reel out underhood light with magnet from a 1992 Olds Cutlass.

I'm a Pontiac guy at heart so I added a 1970s Trans Am steering wheel.

And I installed a Jeep intermediate steering shaft.

I want to put in heated mirrors from a Cadillac Allante but they are proving elusive for a decent price.

But I've rambled, on to some not-so-recent pics...I haven't taken any lately.




I'll take some more soon though.

Anyhow, I think that's it.
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Old 07-14-2009, 08:51 PM   #2
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welcome, and interesting rig. I'm up in Round Rock, give me a holler some time - you are welcome to come by and burn some metal with me if you get a yearning to wrench on a Jeep again!
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My daily driver is a '91 GMC S-Jimmy. Bought it brand new back in '92. I wheeled the pi$$ out of it when we lived in Colorado. The skid plates are pretty beat up and the frame rails are scratched and rock-gouged, but it took me a lot of places that the GM engineers never imagined.

You can get a rear posi from a late model Camaro or Firebird. They used the same 7.5-inch 10-bolt. I have a Torsen diff from a Firebird in the back of mine.
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