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Old 06-30-2018, 12:32 AM   #51
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Re: 71 AZ Rust Free CST Blazer Frame Off

Something of a milestone today. It was a little over a year ago that I drove the Blazer into the garage. Today it moved out of the garage under its own power. It grew a couple of inches and turned blue.
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Old 06-30-2018, 07:50 PM   #52
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Racking up the miles 1/10 already. Drove the Blazer on the trailer today and took it to the AC shop and got it charged up. Ended up going with R12 as it seems that was working best for most . Of course the AC effectiveness is somewhat limited by the lack of a windshield. One note on the AC, the reman A6 compressor came with the electrical connection at about the 2 O'clock position whereas the originals are more like 11 O'clock. I was able to make it work there but later discovered that it can be reclocked. At some point it will probably bug me enough that I'll get it fixed but it involves removing the compressor so it wont be anytime soon. Just a few more small items and the engine compartment will be finished and then I'm going to see about aligning the doors and getting the fenders and hood on. And remember how I said I didnt have any brake line leaks? Well I did, I just couldnt see it until it leaked enough to drip on the ground. Its a union on the inside of the frame rail thats leaking so add that to the list of things to sort out.
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Old 07-03-2018, 09:56 PM   #53
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Todays problem... Passenger door gaps up good but I cant get the gaps right on the driver door. What I've discovered is that the cowl/windshield appears to be pushed forward on the drivers side. The door opening is the same on the bottom on both sides but is 1/4 inch larger on the drivers side at the top of the door pocket. The Fiberglass top is also 1/4 inch forward from its original position on the drivers side. I attempted to document this with pictures below. First 2 pics show the original alignment and the 3rd shows how the top is shifted forward pushing the cowl/windshield forward. How do I get the top to move back ? Do I just force it back or should I be working with body shims? When I put the tub back on I shimmed it back the way it was. (1 shim at body position 3 both sides) The gaps were all good when I started the project and we did no bodywork other than fill some holes on the doors from old mirrors. Thoughts? I'm going to post this in the body / paint section as well
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Old 07-04-2018, 08:35 AM   #54
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Today it moved out of the garage under its own power. It grew a couple of inches and turned blue.
Lol! Congrats. Major milestone - looks like you'll be cruising here very soon.

You noticed the difference in clockface for the compressor harness connection also? My reman compressor that we repositioned the connection on blew a seal during charge and had to be removed and replaced. I have an original A6 compressor that I will send out for a rebuild.

Try shims to get the door aligned. Who knows maybe the new mounts differ enough from OEM that the alignment is slightly off.
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Old 07-04-2018, 04:14 PM   #55
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I have to say that this things looks incredible and just over a year to do this type of transformation is awesome!
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Old 07-04-2018, 06:34 PM   #56
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Lol! Congrats. Major milestone - looks like you'll be cruising here very soon.
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I have to say that this things looks incredible and just over a year to do this type of transformation is awesome!
Thanks for the words of encouragement. I hope its together soon but as I'm sure you guys know the little details just take forever. Seems like everything has to go together at least twice before it stays for good. It cracks me up when I watch the car shows on TV where they always seem to have a deadline and they work all night to finish the build just in time for some event. Sorry I aint buying it. lol
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Old 07-06-2018, 04:12 PM   #57
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Another 2 steps forward and 1 back day. Got the front fenders on but decided to take off the top and have it repainted. The top is not original to this Blazer and had been repainted at some point.I thought it was good to go but after getting it mounted and looking at it for a few days I noticed enough little things that needed to be touched up that I decided just to bite the bullet and have the whole thing repainted.
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Old 07-08-2018, 10:58 PM   #58
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You'll be glad you redid the top. Good decision.
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Old 07-08-2018, 11:27 PM   #59
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You'll be glad you redid the top. Good decision.
I'm sure I will. I picked up some of the Napa stoneguard as there is one area that would benefit from some texture touch up. From what I've read it appears the correct color is GM 521 White. Cant seem to get a handle on the correct sheen. Is it satin, semi gloss or somewhere in between?
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Old 07-11-2018, 06:47 PM   #60
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Some progress to report. Front fenders and grill are on and the interior is mostly installed.
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This is just a very solid build.
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Old 07-20-2018, 07:26 PM   #62
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Really close now. I changed my mind several times about the wheels and tires I wanted. In the end I went with the ralley wheels with 33 x 10.5 tires. Im happy with it. Too bad the blue will have to come off the lettering, it kinda goes with the truck.
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Old 07-22-2018, 01:38 PM   #63
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Pretty much wrapped up under the hood. I confirmed what I already knew from my Camaro days that repop tower clamps suck. I'm getting better though I've learned that if you lube them up good and run them in once outside the car the failure rate is much lower. Only lost a couple this time around. Next up alignment and exhaust.
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That all looks OUTSTANDING! The tower clamps can be a real pita. Don't forget the hose clamp on the hot water bypass valve...
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Old 08-03-2018, 09:49 AM   #65
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Awesome build! Mine will resemble yours very closely.
I would like to get the details on your seat covers if I could- brand, where you got them, quality,...?
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Old 08-03-2018, 04:49 PM   #66
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Awesome build! Mine will resemble yours very closely.
I would like to get the details on your seat covers if I could- brand, where you got them, quality,...?
About the seats..Good news and bad. Quality is great, the vendor (Truck World) not so much. My purchase went OK with them (long wait time but that didnt matter to me as I was many months from needing them when I ordered). Read this http://67-72chevytrucks.com/vboard/s...d.php?t=740358
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Old 08-06-2018, 09:41 AM   #67
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Thanks for the seat info, have some decisions to make now.
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Very nice build!!!
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