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Old 02-16-2012, 03:37 PM
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Last week I was pulled over for a burned out headlight on my 1995 blazer. Thankfully I was given a warning and sent on my way. This got the ball rolling for doing the headlight conversion that I have wanted to do for a while now. I went to the junkyard and got a chrome bumper, valence, grille, and headlights off of a 1999 blazer all for $140. Sorry if the pictures aren't the best quality, I was too lazy to get my DSLR camera out so I just took the pictures with my phone.

This is what it looked like when I started:


Once I removed the grille and bumper:


Hood and lights removed:


I loosened both fenders and removed the radiator support


Out with old:


In with the new:
 

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I removed my air bag sensors and bolted them to the newer support:


Before I put the newer radiator support back in I gave it a quick coat of paint:


New rad support installed:


Chrome bumper installed and headlight wiring with 10ga wire and relays


And finally everything mocked up


Things left to do:
New headlights (the ones from the junkyard are broken beyond repair)
Fabricate/ bend bumper support brackets
Get new bulbs (hopefully LED)
 

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I like !
 
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I'm going to be doing the same thing with my '96 soon. How long has everything taken you so far? How bad was it to switch out the headlight wiring to a thicker gauge with the front end apart?
 
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I'm going to have to do the same thing to my Jimmy here eventually.

If you don't mind: how easy was it to loosen those fenders? What more would you have had to do to remove one completely? I'm not asking for a procedure, just a general impression. Is the whole job the piece of cake it looks like? How long did it take to complete (minus paint-drying time)?
 
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I'm going to have to do the same thing to my Jimmy here eventually.

If you don't mind: how easy was it to loosen those fenders? What more would you have had to do to remove one completely? I'm not asking for a procedure, just a general impression. Is the whole job the piece of cake it looks like? How long did it take to complete (minus paint-drying time)?
This: Click on the brackets ----> []
 
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Old 02-18-2012, 07:44 AM
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I'm going to be doing the same thing with my '96 soon. How long has everything taken you so far? How bad was it to switch out the headlight wiring to a thicker gauge with the front end apart?
I have spread out the work over 4 days working around 2 hours a day; so a combined 8 hours. Within the first two days I had the old radiator support out and the newer one in. The other two days were spent fumbling with the wiring and final touches. I used two threads from S10 Forum to help me figure out the wiring. Once I figured out what I was doing, the wiring was fairly simple.

Headlight Rewire (Sealed Beam)

Headlight Rewire (98 and newer)

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I'm going to have to do the same thing to my Jimmy here eventually.

If you don't mind: how easy was it to loosen those fenders? What more would you have had to do to remove one completely? I'm not asking for a procedure, just a general impression. Is the whole job the piece of cake it looks like? How long did it take to complete (minus paint-drying time)?
Loosening the fenders is very straight forward. I removed around 10 bolts (don't remember how many exactly) that surrounded the fender. Then removed all the bolts that held the inner fender/splash guard to fender. If you still have questions let me know and I can do a write up with pictures on how to remove a fender.

Back to a little progress, I got new headlights


And if someone is interested in converting sealed beam lights to composite this is a How-To I found on S10 Forum
How-To Convert Sealed Beam To Composite Headlights
 

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Okay, hopefully my install will be a little quicker because I'm already running composites and the new front end have composites.
 
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This: Click on the brackets ----> []
Excellent! Ta muchly.
 
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Nice freaken job man!! looks way better!
 

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