My 1975 K5 Build Thread

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  1. Berserker

    Berserker TYF Newbie

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    This K5 needed quite a bit of work when I first got it. I traded a 1987 S-10 Blazer for it. Before I could take it home it needed a new rear axle and even after that it limped to my house on a transmission that could go past 2nd gear. After getting it to my house here are some pics of how it all looked.

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    Ugly rusty bumpers that would have fallen off at any random bump had to come off and on went stock bumpers and an electric tailgate.

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    Next came the old tranny had to come out and I had to rebuild and put back in. Dirty little bastard.

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    After the transmission was properly tested and broken in, I had to address some safety concerns with the door...

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    And my redneck remedy...

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    Then some cosmetic issues with the ugly side mirrors.

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    Next I had to see what she looked like topless...

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    Now the real beef... Here is the 4" rear blocks after install

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    And after the 4" front springs are installed
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    The truck really started coming together when I got the tires...

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    Then some more cosmetic work with some badass Bowtie seats and a back seat.

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    Now here is a little eye candy for y'all after an almost finished project...

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    And here are a few picks of its maiden voyage at Crown King. Notice the angles of the front and rear axle in the first picture, now that is articulation hahaha!

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    Little bit of road rash from that second to last pic. ^^^^

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    Had to weld the seat bracket from the trip but everything else held up.

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    Another sexy pic...

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    Couple months later, blown head gasket.

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    So I decided to put in a 454, tranny and new transfer case...

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    And that is where I'm at now with it. I need to finish building the exhaust, get new driveshafts made and put everything else back together. I also got some different wheels to mount those KM2's on that have a huge offset so they will be flush with those fruity fender flares. But I wont be able to finish it until I get some Christmas bonus money and possibly tax return money next year.
     
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    I really like them old K5s
     
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    i had a 74 like that except mine had the big block 400
     
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    Nice

    Always wanted a K5

    Used to scour the autotrader print magazines in HS every week

    Ages ago lol
     
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    Very nice!! Our 72 K5 is currently getting painted, can't wait to get it out on the trails!
     
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    Yup. I love K5's. I wish I could get my hands on a 69-72 model but I'm happy that I still have the full convertible 75.

    I love K5's so much, I had to get the baby brother 95 2-door Tahoe.
     
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    Nice k5 I need to get another old style
     
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    Love this truck.

    Next time you're messing with the drive train consider sliding the axles outward a bit. It would help with your lift and those tires. You could go 2" forward in front 2" backwards in rear.

    It helped my 4x4 when I lifted and added big KM2s.
     
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    I'm not sure I follow... The axles are fixed in place in the differential, can't be moved outward. Also axles go side to side, not forward and back... Are you talking about driveshafts? I have to get new driveshafts made due to the setup I'm running. I will be taking the extra length into consideration when I get them built.
     
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    What he means is to move the front axle forward and the rear axle rearward.

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    Moving the axles and adding longer leafs will improve the ride, give you more articulation and look a bit better because you could center things up in the wheel wells...

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