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frickenbored 07-07-2012 09:42 PM

88 k5
 
I don't know if there are any Chevy fans here but before I got my RAM I was a 100% Chevy guy. I still have my 1988 K5 blazer so I figured I'd post some pictures of it through all the phases of its life:

Here's some pics of what it used to look like, still had a 305 and 700r4 and it was just a heap of crap:

http://img341.imageshack.us/img341/3796/blazer.jpg
http://img843.imageshack.us/img843/2...tingaround.jpg
http://img21.imageshack.us/img21/349/rearendq.jpg
http://img853.imageshack.us/img853/9623/oldk52.jpg
http://img407.imageshack.us/img407/9646/oldk5.jpg
http://img337.imageshack.us/img337/5113/newlook2r.jpg
http://img204.imageshack.us/img204/4610/blazer6y.jpg
http://img857.imageshack.us/img857/9441/blazer3.jpg

Here's a couple pics of the disgusting 305 that was in the truck, notice the cold water intake...
http://img585.imageshack.us/img585/7981/enginemv.jpg
http://img831.imageshack.us/img831/6785/engine2m.jpg

First week I owned it I took it through a swamp with a buddy of mine around 11pm, well I got majorly stuck, turns out my rear axle was buried under water and was caught on a tree stump. My buddy took his ram charger, 100ft of strap, went from my tow hook to his hitch, backed up bumper to bumper and took off full speed. My frame gave way, he ended ripping off my bumper, tow hooks, and front pieces of my frame, they almost flew through his rear window. After more ram charger pulling and another guy on a come-along we finally got the k5 out around 3am. Here's the aftermath:
http://img444.imageshack.us/img444/2...ntbrackets.jpg
http://img846.imageshack.us/img846/3...okenframe2.jpg
http://img641.imageshack.us/img641/1504/towhook.jpg
http://img832.imageshack.us/img832/1...tedbumper3.jpg
http://img822.imageshack.us/img822/4...stedbumper.jpg
http://img594.imageshack.us/img594/4...erorgrille.jpg

frickenbored 07-07-2012 09:59 PM

I put an end to that problem, boxed, plated, bolted, welded:
http://img690.imageshack.us/img690/3599/paint1ur.jpg

A while after that and lots of mud bogging later my 700r4 blew up so i decided to upgrade the drive train. 383/th400/dual stick part time converted np203 transfer case:

http://img209.imageshack.us/img209/1125/enginebuild.jpg
http://img59.imageshack.us/img59/2283/img1850m.jpg
http://img210.imageshack.us/img210/3306/img1851dj.jpg
http://img19.imageshack.us/img19/9270/cleanedcase.jpg
http://img593.imageshack.us/img593/3682/th400parts.jpg
http://img62.imageshack.us/img62/1538/thetransshop.jpg
transfer case build:
http://img337.imageshack.us/img337/5154/img1827m.jpg
Locking t-case diff to make it part time:
http://img585.imageshack.us/img585/6...emarkerkit.jpg
http://img707.imageshack.us/img707/1808/tcasebuild5.jpg
http://img171.imageshack.us/img171/3536/tcasebuld9.jpg
http://img837.imageshack.us/img837/3...asebuild11.jpg
Yes the t-case is huge...but unbreakable:
http://img69.imageshack.us/img69/4308/drivetrain.jpg
http://img546.imageshack.us/img546/3...stalltrans.jpg
http://img59.imageshack.us/img59/2203/installtrans2.jpg

frickenbored 07-07-2012 10:15 PM

Also cleaned up the underbody:
http://img254.imageshack.us/img254/4...xle2blazer.jpg
http://img407.imageshack.us/img407/5...axleblazer.jpg

Then I moved onto the interior and fixed it up a little:
http://img577.imageshack.us/img577/1418/wireingmess.jpg
http://img833.imageshack.us/img833/4...rippeddash.jpg
http://img713.imageshack.us/img713/8...ckupgauges.jpg
http://img405.imageshack.us/img405/4840/newgauges.jpg
http://img864.imageshack.us/img864/1...ugecluster.jpg
http://img195.imageshack.us/img195/210/interiorfs.jpg
http://img513.imageshack.us/img513/3474/fixingdash.jpg
http://img401.imageshack.us/img401/2683/allblackk.jpg
http://img62.imageshack.us/img62/8923/1000227i.jpg
The tilt steering got a little sloppy so I rebuilt the steering column:
http://img820.imageshack.us/img820/7680/img1834xf.jpg
http://img94.imageshack.us/img94/9040/img1833rq.jpg

A year or so down the road it was time to tackle the rust. I knew it has some problem spots but I had no idea how bad it was because the previous owner had bedlined the bottom the the truck. Here's what I found:
http://img844.imageshack.us/img844/3802/paint3z.jpg
http://img59.imageshack.us/img59/525/paint2js.jpg
http://img849.imageshack.us/img849/7269/paint6.jpg

gotbrains230 07-07-2012 10:17 PM

Man Ive always loved k5 blazers, I had the opportunity to buy one not too long ago and passed on it. Looking back, I realize that im an idiot LOL
Nice upgrades bud

frickenbored 07-07-2012 10:28 PM

http://img811.imageshack.us/img811/6753/paint8.jpg
http://img100.imageshack.us/img100/2315/paint5t.jpg

So I grabbed some patch pannels, a welder, lots of bondo and some fiber glass and worked on it for about 5 months:

http://img689.imageshack.us/img689/5863/paint9.jpg
http://img535.imageshack.us/img535/5382/bodywork8.jpg
http://img818.imageshack.us/img818/4734/bodywork1.jpg
http://img405.imageshack.us/img405/3566/paint12a.jpg
http://img84.imageshack.us/img84/7762/bodyworkc.jpg
http://img94.imageshack.us/img94/3287/bodywork5.jpg
http://img708.imageshack.us/img708/8495/bodywork4.jpg
http://img651.imageshack.us/img651/17/bodywork3.jpg
http://img802.imageshack.us/img802/337/bodywork2m.jpg

Then I set up my grandpas pole barn as best as I could as a paint shop:
http://img585.imageshack.us/img585/6695/bodyshop.jpg
http://img809.imageshack.us/img809/1175/paint4.jpg

Right after paint:
http://img443.imageshack.us/img443/3239/afterpain.jpg

frickenbored 07-07-2012 10:39 PM

And here's some pics of it with the new paint job, which was just a single stage paint kit from summitracing.com no clear coat needed.

http://img803.imageshack.us/img803/1099/newbody3.jpg
http://img225.imageshack.us/img225/6839/newbody2.jpg
http://img406.imageshack.us/img406/452/newbody.jpg

And here are some random pictures of it in some mud:

http://img717.imageshack.us/img717/2838/stuckh.jpg
http://img542.imageshack.us/img542/8940/mudf.jpg
http://img84.imageshack.us/img84/5605/ditch4.jpg
http://img137.imageshack.us/img137/2356/blazer1.jpg
http://img99.imageshack.us/img99/3827/trucks2.jpg

I haven't decided what I'm going to do with this truck yet. The last time It's ran was in may when I brought it up to the trucks gone wild event in Romeo, Michigan. Its currently for sale on craigslist but I'm thinking of taking it off because I don't know if I can part with it. If I keep it, its going to finally get a 6" lift with 35" tires and the two 1 ton axles I've had for almost 2 years now. Its mostly for show now, I haven't been mud bogging in years since all of my friends either blew up their trucks or sold them due to gas prices. Let me know what you guys think about the truck.

frickenbored 07-07-2012 10:46 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by gotbrains230 (Post 836718)
Man Ive always loved k5 blazers, I had the opportunity to buy one not too long ago and passed on it. Looking back, I realize that im an idiot LOL
Nice upgrades bud

aw man you should have gotten it, you'd be the coolest guy in town :smileup:

Burkdadhemi 07-07-2012 10:54 PM

Its hard to beat them ol Chevy's, I have a 72 Chevelle and have had it sense 1984.

frickenbored 07-08-2012 12:11 PM

Thats like the greatest year chevelle ever made, you shouldn't ever get rid of that.

I was actually thinking of yanking the 383 out of this truck and building either a 1969 camaro or a 1972 chevelle for it, and then building a 454 for the truck. But that all involves a lot of money that I'm not sure I want to spend yet.

Excoastie 07-10-2012 09:46 AM

quite the transformation. It turned into a nice truck


Exco


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