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78 K5 with 25K original miles

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by rampage, Jun 12, 2003.

  1. rampage

    rampage 1/2 ton status

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    Here are some pics of the 78 K5 I helped my friend pick out.
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    It start out the first 24 years of it's life as a farm truck in northern CA (Santa Rosa area) until the owner pasted away and the elderly lady had to sell it. A college student ended up buying it a year ago and dumping a bunch of money into it but couldn't afford the gas for his college commmute. He wanted $5k for it but ended up taking $3800 for it.
    This thing is in excellent condition ... no rust, no cracks in the frame, no fluid leaks ... but then again, I guess that can be expected from a truck that only has 25,500 miles on it! I kinda feel like we raped this poor kid. /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif /forums/images/graemlins/ignore.gif The only thing that it REALLY needs is a ORD steering brace. Here's a list of how my friend bought it:

    25,500 original miles for $3800
    35x12.5x15 ProComp tires (brand new!)
    American Racing wheels
    1 ton CV shafts front and rear (not from High Angle though)
    Recaro racing seats (new!)
    Warn Premium hubs
    Herculilined inside
    6 inch ProComp springs front/blocks in the back (still trying to talk him into upgrading)
    350/TH350/NP203
    New radiator
    Flow Master exhaust
    Nakamichi stereo
    Smitybilt rollbar
    Optics driving lights
     
  2. Calclips

    Calclips 1/2 ton status

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    That thing is nice... I wish I could touch one that clean with that many mods out here /forums/images/graemlins/frown.gif
     
  3. TONYP

    TONYP 1/2 ton status

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    nice..... /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
  4. BowtieRed

    BowtieRed 1/2 ton status Author

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    sweet! couple things though
    1) that front driveshaft is "one-ton" ??? look in the picture, it's a toothpick!
    2) be wary of 25,000 original miles, it's probably correct, but according to my odometer i got 5700 original. . . i bet. . ./forums/images/graemlins/rolleyes.gif

    STILL a great deal, and does it have 1 ton AXLES to tompliment the shafts?
     
  5. boggerless

    boggerless 1 ton status Premium Member

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    i'm with CALCLIPS, if you find a rust free,low mile truck in michigan, it's time for that extra mortgage. nice /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif
     
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    another thing, a fat hollow shaft isn't stonger than asolid skinny one.
     
  7. sled_dog

    sled_dog 1 ton status

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    yeah may I ask why you are so certain of the 25k original miles? I have seen fairly rust free K5s(even here in Pennsylvania) with 100K miles on them.
     
  8. rampage

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    It still has the original axles and gears - 10B front and I can't recall if it's a 10 or 12 in the back. I'm sure if the kid had it a little longer he'd have upgraded those as well.
    The reason I can't argue the mileage is because my friend has all the maintenance records on it. I'd have to check to see if it was dealer serviced or not. And by looking at the undercarriage and engine bay you can see that it is very clean, free of oil and dirt buildup like what's on mine. It just doesn't look like a truck that's been driven that much. And yes, the odometer works.
     
  9. Muddytazz

    Muddytazz 1 ton status

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    saweeet, can't beat that.
     
  10. BowtieRed

    BowtieRed 1/2 ton status Author

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    well then. . .SWEET deal!
     

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