« ‹ 1 of 3 › » When Matt called and told the story of how this truck has been in his family since new, we wanted to help. Handed down from grand father, to his father, and finally to Matt, this truck has created many memories. Matt went on to tell the story of even spray painting the roof of the truck when he was in high school. Matt inherited the truck years ago and wanted to keep the nostalgia but create something he could enjoy for many years to come. Matt is a hot rodder and spends a lot of time working on projects in his garage. He had already modified the chassis, installed the suspension and air bags, mocked up the 5.3L / 4L60E swap, and fit the body. As time and live goes on and free time becomes harder to find, he called and asked if we would be interested and getting the truck up and running. We did all of the chassis wiring and plumbing. We built the air intake, radiator hoses, fuel filler pipe, exhaust system, and misc brackets. We also updated the wipers to a DSE kit, installed a factory radio modified with voice activated blue tooth, and installed all new switches and lock cylinders. Matt’s truck now runs and drives so that he and his family can enjoy it for many more years.
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« ‹ 1 of 2 › » The Vaughn family wagoneer project, my wife’s dream vehicle. We got this 1978 Jeep a while ago and have been working on it as we can. This year we will be replacing the original AMC 360 with a LS. We plan on having this as our driver and making it on the power tour this summer.
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Wes and Nicole took their 2wd K5 Blazer on Power Tour 2018. This was their first Power Tour trip together and they had a blast! They knew right away that they wanted to go again in 2019 and would want to take the Blazer. After the trip they realized that the small black that was in the Blazer used about 5 quarts of oil on that trip. That, along with a couple other issues, would have to be addressed before they took it out on a long trip again. During the winter they found a wrecked 2015 Camaro SS to use as a drivetrain donor. The Camaro was an automatic transmission, L99 car and would be perfect for their Power Tour cruiser! Wes, Nicole, and their young daughter worked together as a family to pull the engine and transmission along with any other useful parts. Wes and I spent a few phone calls and emails coming up with a good list of needed swap parts. We also came up with a solid plan to split up the job into things he could do at home and things we needed to do at Level 7. Once the engine was out Wes had us install a Texas Speed VVT camshaft and delete the DOD system in the L99. We took the opportunity to limit the travel of the cam phaser, clean up the engine, resurface the heads, and install new valve train. Once that was complete we gave the engine back along with a Yank 3200 stall converter. Over the winter Wes and family got the engine, transmission, cooling system, fuel system, and wiring all together and ready for it to come to our shop. Once the Blazer was here we installed a new Moser 12 bolt axle complete with new limited slip differential, 3.73 gears, 31 spline axles, and new leaf spring pads. We set the pinion angles and welded on the new leaf springs pads to do away with the old flip kit. While we were back there we installed a new set of Ridetech HQ shocks. Our other responsibilities included building a stainless exhaust, building an air intake, charging the AC, and working with a tuner to have the truck street tuned. We also calibrated the gauges as well as put about 150 miles on the truck. This is always a standard thing here at the shop. It allows us to shake loose any possible issues that may arise before the owners take it out.
This was a fun project and was just as rewarding for us as a large complete build. We got to help some great people complete a project and possibly avoid some headaches along the way. Keep an eye out for this orange 76 Blazer on Power Tour 2019.
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