The blazee had set for almost 10 years with no use and come to find out the sloding windows on the top were leaking so the interior was pretty much shot. So the first thing to do waa gut the whole inteior and take care of all the rest spot
I wantes something beside black since it seema like everyone doea black. I also wanted something a different than just a normal paint job. 1 im not much of a body man. 2 dont have the patients for it 3 worried it would lool like crap. So i got to looking at bedliners since i still plan on wheeling the k5 a bit and dont wont to worry about scratchs down the road. So I settles on hot rod red from raptor liner. So far I love the stuff but wish I would of went with a darker red. The truck looks almost pink in the bright sunlight. Lol. Also if you plan on using this product buy more of it then recommend. It took me 4 gallons to paint everything I needed.
I will have to take some more pictures to show the recent work done as this has already been a few months old. The interior got all nee seals in the doors along with new window motor and switches. I got rid of the standard old bucket seat and picket up some black jeep compass and a middle seat from a 2020 Silverado. The front brackets are almost complete and will build the rear bench seat brackets when time allows. I had to replace the heater core ao the dash is completely torn apart as well. The carpet had to be thrown away. I bought a truck bedliner kit to do the interior floor until I can afford new carpet. The interior is currently grey but i plan on repainting what trim piece I can reuse black and then buy the rest later when the wallet allows. Im trying to replace what I can now or while I have something already apart. Trying not to do things twice or three times. Lol
Onto the drivetrain and suspension. The suspension is a procomp 6 inch left. Its pretty much solid besides the front leaf springs needing new bushings and shocks.
I bought a seal and rebuild kit for the power steering pump amd gear box. The gear box was not a fun experience with getting all the ball bearing back into it.
Axles are 10 bolts for now with 4:10 gears and a arburn limited slip in the rear
Trans is 700r4 with shift kit and extra clutches and Corvette servo.
Now for the engine. It currently has a 350 in that was a good motor until a month ago. I put a holley fuel injection kit on it in 08 that worked great until it started to give me problems. Hence why I parked it. So i was going to switch it back to carb for the time being. That way I could drive it around again. Well one night I ctanked it up to let the battery charge back up and went in side for a few minutes. Came out to a dead truck. Got to looking amd come to find out the heater hose had busted and the engine got hot. Motor will ctank up amd run but its hard to odle and misses really bad. So im guessing a stuck valve or lifter. So on went the search for a new motor.
I tried looking for a good set of vortec head to put on my 350 but they are hard to come by for a fair price, specially a set thats not cracked. So then i went looking for maybe a ls swap but then ran into the problem of how to hook it up to a 700r4 cause all the 4l60e 4x4 trans i can find are 200k miles or more on them. Not really budgeted for a trans rebuild at the moment when the 700r4 only has 16k miles on its rebuild. So i started looking at other option. I came a cross what i think was a good deal on a 98 vortec 454 with all its accessories and wiring harness. So i went and picked it up. But I can't use the fuel injection on it as I run into the same problem with the ls swap
Trying to figure out how to hook up my trans cable. So it looks like I will be switching it back to carburetor for the time being, then hopefully installing a holley sniper kit later on down the road. Since i disnt get to see the motor run but dis confirm it turned over easily. I will be tearing it down to install a new cam, timing chain, oil pump and probably piston rings, crank bearing and main seals. The motor had 110k miles on it but id like the extra piece of mind.
Now my question that maybe someone can help me with. Is there a way i can keep the factory serpentine belt set up? My question is how do I use the power steering since it is also hydraulic boost for the brakes. Or is there a replacement steering pump that that will bolt in and work with my current steering box and with no hydro for the brake booster?
Also how about the a/c compressor as it uses a different style hookup. Do they make conversion hoses or will they just need to be custom made?