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 CJ's 1989 K5 Blazer 
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Thats awesome. Great work. good little list too.

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April 21st, 2013, 8:56 am
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We had a productive day indeed. Good to see this thing in good shape and back on the road!

CJ started by having the truck piss ATF all over the driveway

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CJ got the case out

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Took it apart, cleaned the mating surface and applied a generous amount of RTV

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Looks like a transfer case inside

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Ready to go

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While CJ was transfercasing, I pulled the steering box and started by cleaning up the frame to see what we were working with

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The trail repair, not bad at all considering it was done on the con

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2 of 4 holes were in bad shape so I started by building up some weld around the trail repair to build a little more strength

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Then I hit the frame with a weld through primer to keep things rust free behind the new plate

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Also primed the frame braces from the kit with some weld through primer

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Action shot!

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Welded up!

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Painted and ready to go, CJ apparently likes to apply a single HEAVY coat :goodfinger:

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From the bottom

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The bottom plate welds into this front crossmember which should bring a lot of strength into the whole thing

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Front, note the gaps in the weld are intentional. The instructions specify where to weld, I assume the gaps are to allow for a little flex and prevent frame cracking

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From the back side of the frame we stacked some thick grade 8 washers behind the factory spacer-thingys. The idea here was to spread the load out a little more and prevent future issues.

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This lower left bolt was the worst one. The frame was a little tweaked and it was nearly impossible to weld it from the back side so we stacked a bunch of big thick washers to spread the load out and hopefully keep things together!.

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Backside of the frame

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Chevy makes all the bolts real easy to get to

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Bottom shot

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Box in and ready to go!

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Trucks looking good and driving good. CJ, tell us how good it feels to get back on the road in that thing!?

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April 21st, 2013, 8:07 pm
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Very nice!

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April 21st, 2013, 8:15 pm
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Cool! That was one of the best trail repairs I've seen. I forgot that guys name but he sure could weld!

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April 21st, 2013, 9:42 pm
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Thanks Dan for all the help and the pictures. The guys name was John and he's from the east bay.

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April 22nd, 2013, 6:15 am
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With a newly rebuilt transmission. The blazer lives again.

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Yeeeeaaaaaa. :thumb: :thumb:

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January 20th, 2017, 9:03 pm
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Amazing! Can't wait to see it on the trail.

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January 20th, 2017, 9:19 pm
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I was reading over the pictures above and thinking how sunny it was, then to realize that was 4 years ago! Just posting it drives was anti clamatic, where is the action shot?!

Btw congrats on getting it going again! ;)

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January 21st, 2017, 11:00 am
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Latest update. Located a 4 core aluminum radiator for a reasonable price. So I ordered and installed it. With the larger size of the radiator I needed to figure out a way of mounting it. I was able to reuse the existing bracket with a slight modification. I cut off where the original radiator was held and welded on a additional brackets to hold the radiator.
With the first snag taken care of I went to install the fan shroud. Unfortunately it did not line up anymore. So I used my trusty Dremel tool and opened up the radiator shroud a little to allow the fan to spin freely. I then temporarily zip tied it into place so I can go wheel this weekend.
Next step is to permanently mount the fan shroud or upgrade to e fans.

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Excited to see this thing back on the trails, been way too long!

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April 13th, 2018, 9:33 pm
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not that long since hollister... you just don't go out with us anymore.

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