Re: New to list, about to buy 85 Blazer, need help.
My best suggestion for you would be to spend some time reading the messages posted here for more information regarding the beastie of your desire.
My personal opionion about body lifts - RUN AWAY! Body lifts are only for show on the S-trucks, and when it comes to extream off roading, you will destroy all the body metal in it. My buddy with a S-15 Jimmy ('87) destroyed his body in no time flat. His truck is no longer road worthy, the body is very close to falling off, and it shifts in corners, etc.
Suspension lift is the way to go, and a 5" lift kit installed here in Calgary is approx. $3000.
I have the 2.8l V6 in my beastie, and its doing very well (tho under powered). I am needing to replace my rear-main oil seal (its leaky) but that is a day and a half job with my tools, or a $500 job at the shop. For a $5 part, its not worth it yet.
You can find easy access to a fair bit of aftermarket goodies, but you will pay top dollar for the goodies, or you will have to make them yourself (or get a buddy to). After market bumpers are about $400 for front or back bumpers, and I can make them for $120 each easily (including paint and everything).
The wheels I checked out last night, and it is just a little smaller than the diameter of my YJ .. I think my YJ is 4.5 so my S-10 would be approx. 4.25.
Hope this helps your quest!
Vance - Calgary, Alberta, Canada
1985 4x4 S-10 and 1988 Jeep YJ