With the recent announcement of the 2022 Hot Rod Power Tour locations and dates, we have committed to join this exciting five-day road trip tour and enjoy the activities all along the way. We don’t just plan on going to hang out though. We’re looking to compete with the best and make some new friends in the industry. To do that, we need a good truck to travel over 2,000 miles while competing at each and every stop.
Project BlueBlood is our very own blue Bow Tie build, and we are turning the wrench ourselves the entire way to the Power Tour, which means lots of late nights and bloody knuckles are in our future.
Because we recently replaced the suspension on this 1985 Chevy Squarebody with new coilovers from QA1, we chose to take this truck on the tour, which means we have a whole lot of work to do. The last time we left it, the new 6-liter engine was installed, and we turned over and instantly grenaded it. We received this used block from a buddy, but clearly the conditions weren’t as they were stated. This is a great learning lesson for us when buying used engines, and the next time we will do some additional research, but for now, we rebuild. We also know that stopping is something that’s extremely important and often underappreciated on long road trips. We don’t want to have any issues in that area, so we went with the premier package. Follow along as we rebuild our 6L LS and install the brakes on this ’85 Chevy Squarebody.
To rebuild the block, we ordered a new front rotating assembly directly from Summit Racing. With other companies generally being out of stock, Summit Racing had these parts in stock and to our door within two days. So impressive!