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89 Blazer Restoration

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Thought I'd start its own thread. Removing its pictures and info from Double Jeopardy which is now Bandito.
 
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The 89 has its own share of issues. Mostly running... First found a leaky injector, then a bad ECU. Still runs like crapola. Turns out the engine needs replaced due to head gaskets and possible flat cam. Major sludge in the engine too.

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Got the engine replaced. I forgot how much of a fun job that is... :cautious: Had no pressure when I first started it which freaked me out. Got a mechanical gauge on the engine and pressure is good. Need to replace the sensor. Wish I would have done that with the engine out since it requires taking out the distributor. Has a mild tick, hopefully its just a lifter that needs adjusting and nothing major. Most of the black wire loom was missing and cracked/flaked off from old age so had to spend a good hour replacing that.
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Running good after the new engine and lifters were adjusted along with proper timing. Got a new Certifit hood which actually fits good. Might be going in for paint soon.

Tailgate window only goes down from inside, window motor doesn't get juice from the key switch or the inside switch going up so it has to be done with a drill until I can figure it out. Key switch on the back does nothing up or down. With the window down, I was finally able to vacuum up years worth of shit in back.

Found out the hard way that it had tires from the year 2000. 22 year old tires! Had a nice blow out in the front going home from work and no spare on a snowy night so that was fun. 3 large holes in the side. Had to park it over night in a parking lot. Luckily I bought a spare wheel locally the week before and went to Discount tire the next morning to get them to mount a new tire so I could limp it home. Cleaned up and painted the rally wheels and got some new 32x11.5 BFG AT tires which is perfect for stock height. Still need to attach the center caps and trim rings after a good cleaning and polish.

Also found out on a slick night on NYE the 4WD no worky... Later did some tests with the rear end up in the air and looks like the awesome automatic hubs are shot. I have a set of manuals laying around that I will install. Had to get the Warn service kit since I was missing a few bolts and snap rings.

Took off the running boards and mud flaps. Looking better...
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Finally got it to the body shop. Going to try someone else since I was not impressed with Macco last time. Cost is a little more so hopefully its worth it. Huge thanks to @CK5 for giving me a ride back!

He sent me a few pictures today. Looking good!
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Plastic headlight retainers are all popped out so I will need to replace. One light was hanging by the spring so I took it off for now.
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This is what I want it to look like and how it was originally painted when it left the factory. Two tone!
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Well... its been at the body shop for over 3 months now. They should have it finished soon but not holding my breath. Unfortunately, the cat was stolen one night when it was outside so they are having to fix that now. Can't wait to get all the new trim and grille on. Top was painted a flat black which I think was factory like the pictures above.

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Got her back from paint. Now I need to finish the trim work and start on the interior restoration. I thought it turned out really nice. Smooth as glass on the paint, no peel which is nice. Top was done in a textured flat black which I believe was factory.



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I'm noticing a color theme with the 3 trucks in the one picture.
Its just the color they are painted from factory or what color they came when I bought them. Just finding the best deal dictates the color I guess. This one happen to be gun metal with the black center factory. My 87 K5 was gun metal with a dark blue factory. Ram is a dark blue factory. My S6 is black, my 79 K5 is black. My t-bucket is black. Did I mention how much I hate black and trying to keep it clean? :D
 

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She was looking pretty sad going through emissions on the dyno with a missing headlight, no grille, rusty radiator support, missing turn signals after paint since I had taken all that off. All the plastic headlight adjusters were broke so some lights were just barely hanging on by the springs. Failed on the gas cap alone. :surepal: Go get new cap across street at parts store and come back 15 minutes later. Go through the ENTIRE emissions process again and passes fine. They no longer check for emissions stuff. They don't seem to care it has a cat, or anything else under the hood. The guy even told me they don't look under the hood anymore for Colorado emissions. Well.. good for us I guess.
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Got the face lift done. New headlight adjusters (GM part number 15722032) which are not cheap. $11 each. they only had so many I needed 8. Had to settle for the Dorman part 42189 which work fine but have a Phillips head compared to torx on GM adjusters. SInce I had all the lights out, I gave the radiator support some much needed love with some semi gloss black paint on the front and top.
Added new turn signal lenses since the old ones were yellowed and dull. Only $13 each at Rock Auto. A new grille, bezels, and new headlights were also added. Found my old emblem that use to be on Potent Rodent before I switched it to a GMC grille. Turned out nice! Can't forget the 80s Heartbeart of America license plate! :D
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Not sure if I should leave the hood ornament off or take a risk and drill the holes in the freshly painted hood and install it. Think I might just leave it off for now but keep it for future.

old hood to show the hole locations:
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