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.
January 4th I flew down to Orlando Florida to help our friend, Shawn Bassett (Attacking the Clock), get his 240z wired. I spent 4 long days wiring the chassis, gauges, lighting, and powering up the PCM. The week prior we shipped down our tools and a new Racepak Smartwire power distribution system. We spent a lot of time planing the harness in such a way that it could be easily removed when the car needed to be serviced. The harness we broken down into sub harnesses that could be unplugged and the main PDM and ECM left in the vehicle. The dash harness can be left in the dash and unplugged to make the dash removal an easier process. The front lighting sub harness is also removable in cases where the engine, radiator, or front tube assy needs to be removed. We also spent about 8 hours drawing diagrams for each circuit in case he needs to diagnose an issue quickly. The Racepak PDM kept the amount of +12v current down in the car by ground switching each circuit into the switch module. The PDM sees the ground inputs and we programmed the system to output power however we wanted it. We were able to set the fuse limit of each circuit and set conditions for those outputs to activate. Shawn plans to race the car this year in the Global Time Attach series. Keep an eye our for more on this carbon fiber, wide body monster!
We got the pleasure to work with Guerrilla Film for the commercial they were working on for Morton Buildings. We not only got to be in the commercial but had the opportunity to showcase one of our customer’s cars. Every time we get to work with Tennyson and Jonah we have a great experience. You should check out there work on Facebook (@guerrillafilm) or their website https://www.tennysontanner.com/motion/.