The $500 beater Blazer Z69 offroader

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Re: The $500 beater Blazer Z69 offroader

Postby Rettax3 » Wed Mar 16, 2022 3:55 pm

Just looks like a blast! I guess my problem (one of the many) is that every time I buy 'a beater', I end up liking it and refuse to hammer on it. "Drive it like you stole it" never worked for me.. Oh well.
Sooo jealous on that Dodge NV4500 -I still have my V-10 sitting around waiting for one of those (though I would want to swap-out to a 2WD tailshaft housing for my application)... I still think a V-10 in my 'spare' '70's RoadRunner would be fun and unique, particularly with a 5-speed. I suspect (strongly) that you are already aware, but the Dodge NV4500 uses a different input-shaft than the Chevy NV4500. That and the bellhousing are the only differences I am aware of though.
Keep jumpin'... :wink:


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Re: The $500 beater Blazer Z69 offroader

Postby woody90gtz » Wed Mar 16, 2022 10:35 pm

Yup. Brian Kimmit has everything I need to convert it to a Chevy because he took the 454 out of his K3500 and swapped in a 12v Cummins. Input shaft, input retainer and bellhousing. And the price is right! They typically go for well over $1000 and this local one is $600 with a Dodge floor shift tcase.

I would not put one in a Roadrunner though, if that's the 2wd you're thinking. I had an NV4500 in my last truck, and you can't bang gears quick, and the gear splits are really wide. I'll have a little bit of that problem with the NV3500 in the Beretta, but the NV4500 is a dump truck trans by comparison. The nv3500 in the blazer bangs gears pretty good in high range. Does usually grind the 1-2 in low range if you shift too fast.


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Re: The $500 beater Blazer Z69 offroader

Postby Rettax3 » Sun Mar 20, 2022 6:02 pm

Yes, a friend of mine has a 2500 with the V-10 and the 2WD NV4500, it is the only truck I have ever really enjoyed driving, but you are right about the clicky shift-feel and wide ratio gearing... The 'spare' RoadRunner would be built for highway cruising, not stop-light brawls, track days, or quick gear-changes: even with headers, some intake work, and a potential retune of some sort, the V-10 is just NOT a high-revving hotrod engine, it drives like a diesel, hitting its 450 ft-lbs somewhere around 3k RPM and the 300HP peaks below that (want to say 2300 RPM?). But, I already have a couple of other hotrod Plymouth B-Body cars for that feel (360 H.O. and a 400 Big Block rev-monster being worked-over for twin superchargers in the 'old' car), or I would chase a 5.7 Hemi now that they are 'old news'. I have looked at using an NV5600 or one of the 6-speed Getrags, I don't recall now but I think the NV4500 was stronger and had a taller top-gear. The NV3500 won't survive behind a V-10, I think. I had considered that before I got the engine and had been told for certain that it uses the SBM bellhousing (it does not), hoping to rely on my 'discretion' to keep the tranny alive with that much input torque. :roll: Yeah, sure.

Well, if you end up with Dodge parts you don't need... :oops: I could help out with that. :D


1989 SuperCharged 3800 Srs-II (First)Six-Speed GTU
1990 Turbo 3.4 5-Speed T-Type
1990 4.0L 4-Cam 32-Valve V-8 5-Speed Indy GTi (Project)
1990 Stock(!) 3.1 MPFI Auto Indy
1995 LA1/L82 4T60E Z-26
1995 3.4 DOHC Turbo 5-Speed Z-26

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Re: The $500 beater Blazer Z69 offroader

Postby Godlike » Mon Mar 21, 2022 10:22 am

Im enjoying the videos! Reminds me of my dad crashing through the north woods in his 97 Auto. Hes got a JK jeep now which somehow has had more issues already than the Blazer ever did.


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Re: The $500 beater Blazer Z69 offroader

Postby woody90gtz » Tue Mar 22, 2022 10:39 pm

I think the nv4500 guy ghosted me. Probably figured out it was worth more than we agreed to...

I love making the Blazer videos too. The thing is a blast! They don't get dick for views on youtube...but it's just for fun anyway.

Although - I did just break the threshold for ad money! Takes 1000 subscribers and 4000 watch hours in 365 days. I'm at almost 1300 subs and 4200 watch hours (with 300 subs and 700 hours in the last month). So it's all trending in the right direction.


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Re: The $500 beater Blazer Z69 offroader

Postby Godlike » Sat Mar 26, 2022 8:07 pm

Nice. You got me beat. 98 subs in 10yrs lol


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Re: The $500 beater Blazer Z69 offroader

Postby woody90gtz » Sat May 14, 2022 10:47 pm

Did the Gambler 500 this weekend and now there's more work to do. It spent about 15min smoking like a derby car pegged at 260 too. I'm sure it's fine. Smells sweet.
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Re: The $500 beater Blazer Z69 offroader

Postby woody90gtz » Thu May 19, 2022 10:21 pm

Video is up! F love this thing. Such great garbage.

https://youtu.be/oNWSMmVcRd8

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