ok, so my buddy and i went and picked up a 6.2 blazer from a dealer about 3 hours from our city yesterday, and ultimately got him to drop his price from 3 grand to 600 bux. (unknown, or unadmitted, to him there were a few problems with the truck - needless to say.) so we've got about two weeks to get this thing running strong for a dd, it'll go under the knife for offroad abuse later on. here's the deal. 1. when you crank the steering wheel all the way to the right or left, an enormous catastrophic almost-popping noise is heard. i figure the p/s pump - which is no surprise b/c when we were checking out the motor, it was a 1/2 qt. low on fluid and who knows how it was cared for in the past. 2. the p/s pump and crank shaft pulleys have a serious crazy wobble, which is scary b/c of the 6.2's having problems with breaking crankshafts when they are out of balance. i didn't look for it specifically, but iirc i don't remember seeing a harmonic dampner. if that's the case, is this where i should start - by supplying one? i was thinking to take off the p/s and crank belt and seeing if the crank still wobbled, thought i would doubt that the p/s pulley would be able to cause the crank to wobble like that. how would you diagnose the crank? what would you look for? 3. the wiper blade motor doesn't work strong enough to move the blades - with assistance, it can get to the blades up all the way, and then get them back down by itself, but it won't go back up again. Suggestions on repair, or just replace the whole motor? 4. The tranny will not shift beyond 2nd gear. Should we deal w/ trying to fix it, or just swap in a good running 700r4/np208 tranny/tcase setup? he won't be wheeling hard enough to need to go tougher than a 208. If we should fix it - where should we start? I know nothing about tranny's yet, so this gives me a good opportunity to learn. also, the gearshift will not force the tranny to shift into first gear. it tried once at most, but the gearshift would not stay down in first - it immediately slipped up into second. not a big deal in the scheme of things right now, but maybe it's helpful info in terms of the whole tranny problem. 5. this is not too important in terms of meeting our 2 week deadline for having a stout dd, but the tcase won't shift into 4lo. i was pulling on that shifter like no one's business, and couldn't get it to go below neutral. i think this info may be helpful in light of pt. #4. just another interesting piece of info - the owners were there and told us they spent more on the truck's "gorgeous" maaco paint job than we paid them for it. and actually, the body of this truck looks phenomenal, and the paint does look good. However, i think we got more for our money because they included the maaco overspray in the cost - the running boards look like hell. thanks so much for your help. btw, if anyone is in beaverton and wants to lend a hand, let me know! colbystephens.