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Posted: 10/25/2010 11:05:26 AM EDT
Seriously, what the fuck? I don't care if it's Obama Super Motors Incorporated, if they would make a damn full size Blazer again, with a removable top, I'd walk into the dealership today and pre-order the bitch. Those were badass trucks.
Link Posted: 10/25/2010 11:07:20 AM EDT
I love 69-91 K5's have had several. Love 'em but they are rust machines.
Link Posted: 10/25/2010 11:08:06 AM EDT
Was one of my favs as well. Had a '78 that was a lot of fun to drive.

Link Posted: 10/25/2010 11:08:36 AM EDT
Link Posted: 10/25/2010 11:08:46 AM EDT
So they could bring us the even more shitty S-10 Blazer and then the Trailblazer.

I have had both and they both were/are shitty vehicles.
Link Posted: 10/25/2010 11:09:58 AM EDT
'91. They carried on the K5 with the GMT-400 frame (88-98) with the Blazer, Tahoe and Yukon name for a while, but they were not like the pre-'91 square bodies in really any way.
Link Posted: 10/25/2010 11:10:37 AM EDT
Get a Tahoe.
Link Posted: 10/25/2010 11:11:27 AM EDT
Good looking vehicle and a lot of fun to mod, but it also has to be the #1 vehicle I see "bozo stuck". Not really the fault of the vehicle, but jack them up 2 feet, stick some absurd size tires on the stock open diffs, add Bozo behind the wheel, and you get some of the best photo ops in the biz. And of course the rust. I can't recall a vehicle that rusts out faster than a K5 Blazer.
Link Posted: 10/25/2010 11:12:03 AM EDT
Originally Posted By The_Beer_Slayer:
i was working part time at a chevy dealership around 92 or so when the "trailblazer" body style came out. People hated them. Shit for offroad performance and too cramped for real SUZ performance. the tahoe's came close but hell they have gone full soccer mom minivan suv now.


The round front post S-series that evolved into the first Trailblazer body was indeed, useless. More of a station wagon than a truck.
Link Posted: 10/25/2010 11:12:41 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/25/2010 11:12:56 AM EDT by Rosenrot]
Engine sucked for the weight-power ratio, and from what I hear the transmission in the newer models were absolute shit. They make Ford Explorers look reliable
Link Posted: 10/25/2010 11:12:54 AM EDT
Originally Posted By UBB:
So they could bring us the even more shitty S-10 Blazer and then the Trailblazer.

I have had both and they both were/are shitty vehicles.


The S Series were awesome and unbreakable. Post S Series was junk.
Link Posted: 10/25/2010 11:13:39 AM EDT
Originally Posted By DarkCharisma:
'91. They carried on the K5 with the GMT-400 frame (88-98) with the Blazer, Tahoe and Yukon name for a while, but they were not like the pre-'91 square bodies in really any way.


That was so disappointing when they killed the K5 body in 91. I never got into the Tahoe body.

Link Posted: 10/25/2010 11:15:39 AM EDT
Just checked, they're all over cragislist up here for less than 2k. Some looking pretty rough, but that actually kinda appeals to me.
Link Posted: 10/25/2010 11:17:06 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Rosenrot:
Engine sucked for the weight-power ratio, and from what I hear the transmission in the newer models were absolute shit. They make Ford Explorers look reliable

Older models ('72-85?) were carb'ed 350's or 305's. While not powerhouses, they more more than enough torque for the light K5, and––compared to the engines of the same era from competitors (Dodge's 316, 360, Ford's 302, 351) the 350 SBC held it's own with the pack.

The TH-400 and TH-350 were fine, and even the toilet-paper-internals of the 700R4 survived if the driver accomodated the trucks' mods with proper gearing and coolers.

They were no less reliable than the old beater K-series and V-series Burb's and trucks you see still loping around from the same era.
Link Posted: 10/25/2010 11:22:44 AM EDT
Originally Posted By UBB:
So they could bring us the even more shitty S-10 Blazer and then the Trailblazer.

I have had both and they both were/are shitty vehicles.


I had an '88 S10 Pickup 4wd "Durango" edition with 2.8. It was a fairly reliable POS. It refused to get stuck in sand driving (the only off roading I really do). It would float across the deep Hatteras 'red' sand that would act like quicksand to much 'better' vehicles.



Link Posted: 10/25/2010 11:32:56 AM EDT
Here a question, as someone who owns a 1995 S-10 Blazer. Does these things always eat ball-joints or is it just me and a couple of other people.
Link Posted: 10/25/2010 11:34:00 AM EDT
Originally Posted By DarkCharisma:

Originally Posted By Rosenrot:
Engine sucked for the weight-power ratio, and from what I hear the transmission in the newer models were absolute shit. They make Ford Explorers look reliable

Older models ('72-85?) were carb'ed 350's or 305's. While not powerhouses, they more more than enough torque for the light K5, and––compared to the engines of the same era from competitors (Dodge's 316, 360, Ford's 302, 351) the 350 SBC held it's own with the pack.

The TH-400 and TH-350 were fine, and even the toilet-paper-internals of the 700R4 survived if the driver accomodated the trucks' mods with proper gearing and coolers.

They were no less reliable than the old beater K-series and V-series Burb's and trucks you see still loping around from the same era.


I disagree. I had an 83 with a 305, it was a pig. It was replaced with a 350.
Link Posted: 10/25/2010 11:34:17 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/25/2010 11:34:59 AM EDT by DarkCharisma]

Originally Posted By lostnswv:
Here a question, as someone who owns a 1995 S-10 Blazer. Does these things always eat ball-joints or is it just me and a couple of other people.

You think that's bad, the ZR2 broke them so fast you'd think it was a masochist.

The UCA's put hell on the balljoints due to the angle. There may be corrected A-arms, I dunno.


Originally Posted By patriot73:


I disagree. I had an 83 with a 305, it was a pig. It was replaced with a 350.

Okay, 305 versus 302, the 302 wins.

305 just couldn't breathe. Some different heads usually woke it up pretty well.

Link Posted: 10/25/2010 11:35:38 AM EDT
Originally Posted By lostnswv:
Here a question, as someone who owns a 1995 S-10 Blazer. Does these things always eat ball-joints or is it just me and a couple of other people.


There are kinds of factors as to why ball joints get hashed. I am unaware of 95 S10's going through ball joints. Wheel hubs is what they devour.
Link Posted: 10/25/2010 11:35:42 AM EDT
Originally Posted By DriftPunch:
Originally Posted By UBB:
So they could bring us the even more shitty S-10 Blazer and then the Trailblazer.

I have had both and they both were/are shitty vehicles.


I had an '88 S10 Pickup 4wd "Durango" edition with 2.8. It was a fairly reliable POS. It refused to get stuck in sand driving (the only off roading I really do). It would float across the deep Hatteras 'red' sand that would act like quicksand to much 'better' vehicles.





Good tires maybe? Thought because there short bodies would sink quick.

Link Posted: 10/25/2010 11:35:47 AM EDT
First civilian version of the hummer was released in '92. Market manipulation....
Link Posted: 10/25/2010 11:36:12 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/25/2010 11:36:32 AM EDT by Guardian05]

double tap.
Link Posted: 10/25/2010 11:36:50 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/25/2010 11:38:24 AM EDT by patriot73]
Originally Posted By DarkCharisma:

Originally Posted By lostnswv:
Here a question, as someone who owns a 1995 S-10 Blazer. Does these things always eat ball-joints or is it just me and a couple of other people.

You think that's bad, the ZR2 broke them so fast you'd think it was a masochist.

The UCA's put hell on the balljoints due to the angle. There may be corrected A-arms, I dunno.


Originally Posted By patriot73:


I disagree. I had an 83 with a 305, it was a pig. It was replaced with a 350.

Okay, 305 versus 302, the 302 wins.

305 just couldn't breathe. Some different heads usually woke it up pretty well.



You are showing your youthful naivety by merely suggesting doing anything with a 305 except dropping it in a lake. Chevy only produced the 302 in '69 IIRC.

In the 80's you would have been shunned for defending the 305

The Chevy 305 and 307 were an answer to a question nobody asked.

I am a big fan of my 323 V Series I will tell you that.
Link Posted: 10/25/2010 11:38:13 AM EDT
Perhaps because they were over-rated craptastic pieces of rusting shit.

I speak from considerable personal experience.
Link Posted: 10/25/2010 11:38:29 AM EDT
My first vehicle was a '76 K5. Man I loved that thing... The only vehicle I've ever owned and sold that I truly miss.
Link Posted: 10/25/2010 11:38:53 AM EDT
Originally Posted By theBUBBAMANcan:
Perhaps because they were over-rated craptastic pieces of rusting shit.

I speak from considerable personal experience.


They did rust. But I still love 'em
Link Posted: 10/25/2010 11:46:04 AM EDT
I've always loved that body style , and I still do . The Ramchargers the most , then the Blazers , but even the old Broncos too.
My first truck was my dad's old 76 K5 . I finished killing it I later got a 70 ( another 4x4) that I built a really nice 400 for and then regretfully sold when I moved to Florida.
In Florida I had three Ramchargers . . . an 88 , an 89 , and then a 90 which I moved to Michigan with .

I just bought another , an 87 4x4 ( Project 87) that I will begin going through when I get back home.




Originally Posted By 3rdpig:


snip

........ And of course the rust. I can't recall a vehicle that rusts out faster than a K5 Blazer.


No fracking doubt Gawd dont those things love to rot out , both the Blazers and the Ramchargers. Hard to find a decent one to build anymore . God knows , I'd been looking for years for a suitable Ramcharger that wasnt a bundle of cancer .

Link Posted: 10/25/2010 11:50:27 AM EDT

Originally Posted By patriot73:
Originally Posted By DarkCharisma:

Originally Posted By lostnswv:
Here a question, as someone who owns a 1995 S-10 Blazer. Does these things always eat ball-joints or is it just me and a couple of other people.

You think that's bad, the ZR2 broke them so fast you'd think it was a masochist.

The UCA's put hell on the balljoints due to the angle. There may be corrected A-arms, I dunno.


Originally Posted By patriot73:


I disagree. I had an 83 with a 305, it was a pig. It was replaced with a 350.

Okay, 305 versus 302, the 302 wins.

305 just couldn't breathe. Some different heads usually woke it up pretty well.



You are showing your youthful naivety by merely suggesting doing anything with a 305 except dropping it in a lake. Chevy only produced the 302 in '69 IIRC.

In the 80's you would have been shunned for defending the 305

The Chevy 305 and 307 were an answer to a question nobody asked.

I am a big fan of my 323 V Series I will tell you that.

Sorry, I meant "between a 302 (Ford, in the Bronc) and the 305 (GM, Blazer) the 302 was the winner, hands down."

I totally forgot about the Chevy 302, although my dad's '71 did have a 307 in it.
Link Posted: 10/25/2010 11:50:35 AM EDT
Originally Posted By ultramagbrion:
I've always loved that body style , and I still do . The Ramchargers the most , then the Blazers , but even the old Broncos too.
My first truck was my dad's old 76 K5 . I finished killing it I later got a 70 ( another 4x4) that I built a really nice 400 for and then regretfully sold when I moved to Florida.
In Florida I had three Ramchargers . . . an 88 , an 89 , and then a 90 which I moved to Michigan with .

I just bought another , an 87 4x4 ( Project 87) that I will begin going through when I get back home.

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y214/ultramagbrion/Project-RAMCHARGER/Ramcharger-1.jpg


Originally Posted By 3rdpig:


snip

........ And of course the rust. I can't recall a vehicle that rusts out faster than a K5 Blazer.


No fracking doubt Gawd dont those things love to rot out , both the Blazers and the Ramchargers. Hard to find a decent one to build anymore . God knows , I'd been looking for years for a suitable Ramcharger that wasnt a bundle of cancer .



where are you ? < surfing thru a back door site.. cant see locations >



around here they can be had for 1500.. in great shape. < the ram >


Ive had two .. and they are hard to kill.. now the paint SUCKS.. but never had a issue with rust < im sure being in TX helps with that issue >





my next toy



for the simply reason that i like the body style... so in before the its not good for this or that .,.

I like how it looks period.
Link Posted: 10/25/2010 11:57:52 AM EDT
Originally Posted By DarkCharisma:

Originally Posted By patriot73:
Originally Posted By DarkCharisma:

Originally Posted By lostnswv:
Here a question, as someone who owns a 1995 S-10 Blazer. Does these things always eat ball-joints or is it just me and a couple of other people.

You think that's bad, the ZR2 broke them so fast you'd think it was a masochist.

The UCA's put hell on the balljoints due to the angle. There may be corrected A-arms, I dunno.


Originally Posted By patriot73:


I disagree. I had an 83 with a 305, it was a pig. It was replaced with a 350.

Okay, 305 versus 302, the 302 wins.

305 just couldn't breathe. Some different heads usually woke it up pretty well.



You are showing your youthful naivety by merely suggesting doing anything with a 305 except dropping it in a lake. Chevy only produced the 302 in '69 IIRC.

In the 80's you would have been shunned for defending the 305

The Chevy 305 and 307 were an answer to a question nobody asked.

I am a big fan of my 323 V Series I will tell you that.

Sorry, I meant "between a 302 (Ford, in the Bronc) and the 305 (GM, Blazer) the 302 was the winner, hands down."

I totally forgot about the Chevy 302, although my dad's '71 did have a 307 in it.


Oh dude, the Ford 302 is an outstanding example of American engineering. The Chevy 305 couldn't drink the 302's bath water.

Link Posted: 10/25/2010 11:59:02 AM EDT
Originally Posted By patriot73:
Originally Posted By theBUBBAMANcan:
Perhaps because they were over-rated craptastic pieces of rusting shit.

I speak from considerable personal experience.


They did rust. But I still love 'em



I know what you mean...I wonder if you can get replacement sheet metal for these that are treated to modern anti-corrosion standards???

If so, it could be fun to build one of these again.

The last one I had was a 1980...I completely rebuilt it and watched it rust away again, lol.

I fell in love with these as a kid because my dad always had one...used to love driving his '76, it had a 400 engine and I really get a hard-on for one from driving that one.
Link Posted: 10/25/2010 11:59:18 AM EDT
I am a big fan of my 323 V Series I will tell you that.


I have a 323/5.3 coming up on 100k, but I still would love to get my paws on a K5 4X4 with a 350. Can't beat the straight axle K5s!!!
Link Posted: 10/25/2010 11:59:43 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/25/2010 12:02:08 PM EDT by DarkCharisma]

Originally Posted By patriot73:


Oh dude, the Ford 302 is an outstanding example of American engineering. The Chevy 305 couldn't drink the 302's bath water.


For sure. Daily driving a '94 Mustang GT with 281,000 miles on the original 302 and Tremec T-5 right now. Still runs hard for how old she is.


Originally Posted By bjl333:
I am a big fan of my 323 V Series I will tell you that.


I have a 323/5.3 coming up on 100k, but I still would love to get my paws on a K5 4X4 with a 350. Can't beat the straight axle K5s!!!



Well, if you're waiting for the 5.3L to die, you've got a long time to go. I had 217k on mine and sold it to my dad who now daily drives it.

Just solid-axle your Chevy. It's been done SO many times now there's more than enough info out there. You could even retain ABS with a Dodge AAM 9.25" front axle or Ford D50, or by having a D44/Corp 10 milled for the tone rings. The K5 had 8.5"'s front and rear, nothing super outstanding... but a 14BFF and a D60 makes a sweet bulletproof rig for 35"+ tires.
Link Posted: 10/25/2010 12:04:22 PM EDT
Originally Posted By bjl333:
I am a big fan of my 323 V Series I will tell you that.


I have a 323/5.3 coming up on 100k, but I still would love to get my paws on a K5 4X4 with a 350. Can't beat the straight axle K5s!!!


100k on a 323 means you will need an IAC, MAF, FPR , throttle body cleaning and the two front o2 sensors. She will run like new again.

If it starts puffing blue/white smoke out the exhaust the intake manifold is warped and needs to be replaced. I would be interested to know if anyone has used the after-market cast intakes. I am thinking of going that route.

My little 5.3 has 120k on it and is by far the most reliable engine I have ever had. I love that truck. I will never part with it.

2001 LT Z71 5.3-unstoppable
Link Posted: 10/25/2010 12:05:12 PM EDT
Originally Posted By DarkCharisma:

Originally Posted By patriot73:


Oh dude, the Ford 302 is an outstanding example of American engineering. The Chevy 305 couldn't drink the 302's bath water.


For sure. Daily driving a '94 Mustang GT with 281,000 miles on the original 302 and Tremec T-5 right now. Still runs hard for how old she is.


Originally Posted By bjl333:
I am a big fan of my 323 V Series I will tell you that.


I have a 323/5.3 coming up on 100k, but I still would love to get my paws on a K5 4X4 with a 350. Can't beat the straight axle K5s!!!



Well, if you're waiting for the 5.3L to die, you've got a long time to go. I had 217k on mine and sold it to my dad who now daily drives it.

Just solid-axle your Chevy. It's been done SO many times now there's more than enough info out there. You could even retain ABS with a Dodge AAM 9.25" front axle or Ford D50, or by having a D44/Corp 10 milled for the tone rings. The K5 had 8.5"'s front and rear, nothing super outstanding... but a 14BFF and a D60 makes a sweet bulletproof rig for 35"+ tires.


You could dunk a 5.3 in maple syrup and it would still run. Reminds me of a CAT C15. I love that little motor.
Link Posted: 10/25/2010 12:06:48 PM EDT
Originally Posted By DarkCharisma:

Originally Posted By patriot73:


Oh dude, the Ford 302 is an outstanding example of American engineering. The Chevy 305 couldn't drink the 302's bath water.


For sure. Daily driving a '94 Mustang GT with 281,000 miles on the original 302 and Tremec T-5 right now. Still runs hard for how old she is.


Originally Posted By bjl333:
I am a big fan of my 323 V Series I will tell you that.


I have a 323/5.3 coming up on 100k, but I still would love to get my paws on a K5 4X4 with a 350. Can't beat the straight axle K5s!!!



Well, if you're waiting for the 5.3L to die, you've got a long time to go. I had 217k on mine and sold it to my dad who now daily drives it.

Just solid-axle your Chevy. It's been done SO many times now there's more than enough info out there. You could even retain ABS with a Dodge AAM 9.25" front axle or Ford D50, or by having a D44/Corp 10 milled for the tone rings. The K5 had 8.5"'s front and rear, nothing super outstanding... but a 14BFF and a D60 makes a sweet bulletproof rig for 35"+ tires.


Do you have any tips on an awesome torsion bar key kit for an LTZ? I don't want to go radical but the bars are cranked to the max and I may want to go a bit more up. I don't want to release those torsion bars and realize I have junk. I am skeptical of most of the key kits I see.
Link Posted: 10/25/2010 12:07:00 PM EDT
Originally Posted By The_Beer_Slayer:
i was working part time at a chevy dealership around 92 or so when the "trailblazer" body style came out. People hated them. Shit for offroad performance and too cramped for real SUZ performance. the tahoe's came close but hell they have gone full soccer mom minivan suv now.


The first Trailblazer was a trim level for the S-10-based Blazer. The Trailblazer became it's own vehicle with the GMT-360 platform in 2002.
Link Posted: 10/25/2010 12:10:17 PM EDT
Originally Posted By cluster:


where are you ? < surfing thru a back door site.. cant see locations >



around here they can be had for 1500.. in great shape. < the ram >


Ive had two .. and they are hard to kill.. now the paint SUCKS.. but never had a issue with rust < im sure being in TX helps with that issue >




I'm in Maine , that's where I found this one two years ago ( it took till now to get the owner to realize he just needed to sell it to me ) I gave him a grand for it .

I looked around on ebay and in local papers when I'd work out west ( TX, NM ,AZ , OK, etc ) and could never find one with a decent body that the owners didnt want less than 2-3 grand for . Then the owner of this one finnaly decided he didnt have time to play with this one. I just had it towed home today.

Link Posted: 10/25/2010 12:10:26 PM EDT
Originally Posted By strat81:
Originally Posted By The_Beer_Slayer:
i was working part time at a chevy dealership around 92 or so when the "trailblazer" body style came out. People hated them. Shit for offroad performance and too cramped for real SUZ performance. the tahoe's came close but hell they have gone full soccer mom minivan suv now.


The first Trailblazer was a trim level for the S-10-based Blazer. The Trailblazer became it's own vehicle with the GMT-360 platform in 2002.


Which is exactly what he said. Being a trim package would make the S Series the first available Trailblazer body.

Link Posted: 10/25/2010 12:11:11 PM EDT
Originally Posted By ultramagbrion:
Originally Posted By cluster:


where are you ? < surfing thru a back door site.. cant see locations >



around here they can be had for 1500.. in great shape. < the ram >


Ive had two .. and they are hard to kill.. now the paint SUCKS.. but never had a issue with rust < im sure being in TX helps with that issue >




I'm in Maine , that's where I found this one two years ago ( it took till now to get the owner to realize he just needed to sell it to me ) I gave him a grand for it .

I looked around on ebay and in local papers when I'd work out west ( TX, NM ,AZ , OK, etc ) and could never find one with a decent body that the owners didnt want less than 2-3 grand for . Then the owner of this one finnaly decided he didnt have time to play with this one. I just had it towed home today.


Had it been a Chevy, you could have driven it home.
Link Posted: 10/25/2010 12:13:33 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/25/2010 12:18:58 PM EDT by mattellis2]
Originally Posted By patriot73:
Originally Posted By UBB:
So they could bring us the even more shitty S-10 Blazer and then the Trailblazer.

I have had both and they both were/are shitty vehicles.


The S Series were awesome and unbreakable. Post S Series was junk.


yeah, the 2.8 liter v6 that liked to throw rods into the oil pan and fragile inferior front suspension made it a serious offroad machine.
Link Posted: 10/25/2010 12:14:15 PM EDT
Originally Posted By 3rdpig:
Good looking vehicle and a lot of fun to mod, but it also has to be the #1 vehicle I see "bozo stuck". Not really the fault of the vehicle, but jack them up 2 feet, stick some absurd size tires on the stock open diffs, add Bozo behind the wheel, and you get some of the best photo ops in the biz. And of course the rust. I can't recall a vehicle that rusts out faster than a K5 Blazer.


Scout II?

Be nice to walk in and buy a new one. Hell, I would settle for a no-frills stripped version of a Tahoe at a decent price.
Link Posted: 10/25/2010 12:15:59 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/25/2010 12:17:05 PM EDT by cluster]
Originally Posted By ultramagbrion:
Originally Posted By cluster:


where are you ? < surfing thru a back door site.. cant see locations >



around here they can be had for 1500.. in great shape. < the ram >


Ive had two .. and they are hard to kill.. now the paint SUCKS.. but never had a issue with rust < im sure being in TX helps with that issue >




I'm in Maine , that's where I found this one two years ago ( it took till now to get the owner to realize he just needed to sell it to me ) I gave him a grand for it .

I looked around on ebay and in local papers when I'd work out west ( TX, NM ,AZ , OK, etc ) and could never find one with a decent body that the owners didnt want less than 2-3 grand for . Then the owner of this one finnaly decided he didnt have time to play with this one. I just had it towed home today.



I hear ya..

sometimes I am humbled by the a,oumt of peope that still dont do online ads for thier cars..

MANY times ive bought right on the spot after seeing a forsale sign on a truck in someones driveway..

hell ive been known to just stop knock on a door and ask.. is that there ______ for sale ?

Link Posted: 10/25/2010 12:17:50 PM EDT
Originally Posted By patriot73:
Originally Posted By strat81:
Originally Posted By The_Beer_Slayer:
i was working part time at a chevy dealership around 92 or so when the "trailblazer" body style came out. People hated them. Shit for offroad performance and too cramped for real SUZ performance. the tahoe's came close but hell they have gone full soccer mom minivan suv now.


The first Trailblazer was a trim level for the S-10-based Blazer. The Trailblazer became it's own vehicle with the GMT-360 platform in 2002.


Which is exactly what he said. Being a trim package would make the S Series the first available Trailblazer body.



The S-10-based Trailblazer is no more a body style than a Z28 is on a Camaro.

Additionally, the Trailblazer trim level didn't come out until 1999.
Link Posted: 10/25/2010 12:18:00 PM EDT

Originally Posted By patriot73:
Originally Posted By DarkCharisma:

Originally Posted By patriot73:


Oh dude, the Ford 302 is an outstanding example of American engineering. The Chevy 305 couldn't drink the 302's bath water.


For sure. Daily driving a '94 Mustang GT with 281,000 miles on the original 302 and Tremec T-5 right now. Still runs hard for how old she is.


Originally Posted By bjl333:
I am a big fan of my 323 V Series I will tell you that.


I have a 323/5.3 coming up on 100k, but I still would love to get my paws on a K5 4X4 with a 350. Can't beat the straight axle K5s!!!



Well, if you're waiting for the 5.3L to die, you've got a long time to go. I had 217k on mine and sold it to my dad who now daily drives it.

Just solid-axle your Chevy. It's been done SO many times now there's more than enough info out there. You could even retain ABS with a Dodge AAM 9.25" front axle or Ford D50, or by having a D44/Corp 10 milled for the tone rings. The K5 had 8.5"'s front and rear, nothing super outstanding... but a 14BFF and a D60 makes a sweet bulletproof rig for 35"+ tires.


Do you have any tips on an awesome torsion bar key kit for an LTZ? I don't want to go radical but the bars are cranked to the max and I may want to go a bit more up. I don't want to release those torsion bars and realize I have junk. I am skeptical of most of the key kits I see.

Once you take a look at the keys and how they orient with the LCA via torsion bar, you'll come to realize that most "kits" are just ripping you off with claims of "not effecting ride" and such. They all affect ride and angles. Aftermarket keys just "twist" the bars more than the stock keys do.

All aftermarket keys do is allow you to increase your adjustment by being more sharply indexed than the stock ones; If you've already adjusted your keys to the maximum allowed, you may not have a whole lot left, but to be sure check the distance between your upper control arm and the bumpstop. You can get at MOST 3" from the torsion bars. It's generally not recommended to go over 2" of adjustment since it 1) pulls things VERY far out of operating angles and 2) kills your ride quality.

I just needed new torsion bars, and leveled mine with the stock keys.

Before, torsion keys on saggy bars;



After, same keys, new bars;



If you want to get a complete "kit" the Rough Country one is probably best––Comes with blocks, u-bolts, shocks and keys for $189, or the one from FatBob's Garage;

http://roughcountry.com/chevy_4wd_99-06_leveling_kit.html

http://store.fatbobsgarage.com/chevrolet-1500-15-3-leveling-lift-kit-with-shock-extensions-4wd2wd-1999-2007-6-lug-p4222.aspx
Link Posted: 10/25/2010 12:19:50 PM EDT
Originally Posted By rxdawg:
Originally Posted By 3rdpig:
Good looking vehicle and a lot of fun to mod, but it also has to be the #1 vehicle I see "bozo stuck". Not really the fault of the vehicle, but jack them up 2 feet, stick some absurd size tires on the stock open diffs, add Bozo behind the wheel, and you get some of the best photo ops in the biz. And of course the rust. I can't recall a vehicle that rusts out faster than a K5 Blazer.


Scout II?



Oh gawdang , I forgot about those .Frame rot too was horrendous !

Link Posted: 10/25/2010 12:20:10 PM EDT
Mostly because of shifting consumer demands. People didn't want 2 door truck like SUVs they wanted 4 door vehicles that looked and sat like SUVs but without the truck part.

That said I'm kinda happy they don't make them any more, if thy did they'd be some watered down yuppiemobile like everything else now.

Also, the couple of pics of a "bronco" concept that have been floating around since the early 2000's is completely full of fail, AIDS, and dildos. It was built on a escape platform and was a primary FWD IFS/IRS setup. The only thing similar to a real bronco was it had some letters arranged in a similar phrase on it's grille.

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Link Posted: 10/25/2010 12:22:20 PM EDT
Originally Posted By cluster:


sometimes I am humbled by the a,oumt of peope that still dont do online ads for thier cars..

MANY times ive bought right on the spot after seeing a forsale sign on a truck in someones driveway..

hell ive been known to just stop knock on a door and ask.. is that there ______ for sale ?



Yupper , I'd almost go off the road searching in back yards as we drove accross the country . I've knocked on my fair share of stranger's doors in the past 4 years . I liked to look at the local papers and bulletin boards at parts stores and supermarkets too. Oh well , my search is over . . . . . now to start building

Link Posted: 10/25/2010 12:24:58 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/25/2010 12:27:23 PM EDT by ultramagbrion]
My dad , after selling me his old 76 K-5 , went through 3 different S-10 / S-15 4x4s over the years . all rotted out way too soon.
He liked them , but they were just daily drivers for him . Way too small for me.

I always was dissapointed Dodge switched to the Durango , as I would have loved to see them carry the f/s Ramcharger over into the body style of the other Rams in the mid-90's through the early 2000's . I always thought that was Mopars best looking trucks of the last 30 or so years.
Link Posted: 10/25/2010 12:25:28 PM EDT
Originally Posted By patriot73:
Originally Posted By DarkCharisma:

Originally Posted By patriot73:


Oh dude, the Ford 302 is an outstanding example of American engineering. The Chevy 305 couldn't drink the 302's bath water.


For sure. Daily driving a '94 Mustang GT with 281,000 miles on the original 302 and Tremec T-5 right now. Still runs hard for how old she is.


Originally Posted By bjl333:
I am a big fan of my 323 V Series I will tell you that.


I have a 323/5.3 coming up on 100k, but I still would love to get my paws on a K5 4X4 with a 350. Can't beat the straight axle K5s!!!



Well, if you're waiting for the 5.3L to die, you've got a long time to go. I had 217k on mine and sold it to my dad who now daily drives it.

Just solid-axle your Chevy. It's been done SO many times now there's more than enough info out there. You could even retain ABS with a Dodge AAM 9.25" front axle or Ford D50, or by having a D44/Corp 10 milled for the tone rings. The K5 had 8.5"'s front and rear, nothing super outstanding... but a 14BFF and a D60 makes a sweet bulletproof rig for 35"+ tires.


You could dunk a 5.3 in maple syrup and it would still run. Reminds me of a CAT C15. I love that little motor.


So you are saying they will eat a set of turbos every 400K and cost 12 GRAND to get them replaced? (actually the last year they have come down , my last set was only 8 grand)

I nkow nothing of the 5.3 but c-15's are not great engines
Link Posted: 10/25/2010 12:26:03 PM EDT
I had an '89 Bronco with the 351. God I loved that thing. It would go anywhere. I'd buy another one of those in a heartbeat.

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