Longtime lurker and Blazer/Jimmy owner ready to start my latest 4X4 project. My "new" stock 89 Jimmy is in excellent cosmetic condition but the motor has 3 dead holes and the ride comfort is poor. My budget will allow for a new 350 to be dropped in and a suspension lift. Which one first? I use my Jimmy as my daily commuter, but on the weekends I take the family out to the desert and mountains of NW Wyoming. The trails I run are more Engineer Pass and Baja-type than Tellico or Moab. No rockcrawling, mudbogging or interstates. I am trying to determine if I should do the motor swap first, even though it runs fine once the compression is up, or the lift since the Granny cruiser stance is pretty lame, the clearence is poor and the ride is bouncing me all over. I've never had to do a motor swap but doing one on a lifted 4X4 sounds like a PITA. But why replace the motor yet if it'll still runs? The lift I'd been considering is the 4 inch with 35's. The problem with that is I have 10 bolts with 3.42's. I'm not wasting money regearing 10 bolts nor are new axles in the budget. My initial thought was to lift it, run it till the old motor finally dies, then replace it while keeping my eyes open for stronger axles. I'd appreciate hearing from any and all who've been down this road or whoever has a thought for me to consider. Thanks for reading and sharing!