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86 K5 -"Jacob's monster truck" with a Cummins swap

Discussion in 'The Driveway (build threads)' started by jt512, Apr 29, 2009.

  1. jt512

    jt512 1/2 ton status Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    Well I guess since everyone else has a build thread I might as well too. :D

    I have owned K5's for the last 18 years on and off (my 2nd car was an 83) and they are by far my favorite vehicle of all time. Last fall I decided I wanted to build another one and this time do it right , the way I always wanted to. I am pretty much doing this one by myself and from the ground up, I keep finding myself saying "if I'm going to do that, I might as well do this too."

    I have a 2 1/2 year old son, Jacob, and he is already convinced that this is HIS truck :D , hence the title "Jacob's monster truck". This will be "our toy" once it's done and since I plan on keeping this one, I will one day give it to him.

    Allright enough history , on to some pics!


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    This was the truck the day I brought it home, I have been dealing with rusty K5's all my life, so this was not a local truck :D.
     
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    dfl701 1/2 ton status

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    looks like a great starting truck, nice and clean. whats your plans for it?
     
  3. jt512

    jt512 1/2 ton status Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    I found this one on evilbay in TX, it has a swapped in 1969 396 and is an original hydro 465 truck. Stock suspension and axles and almost 0 rust:D:D:D, so I figured it would be a good starting point for my project.



    I actually started on this a few months ago, I have completly torn it down to the tub and a frame (which are currently 45 miles away from each other) and I am finally getting into a little bit of assembly.

    The 396 will be staying, I have an older 465 205 combo that will go in place of the 465 208 that was there, I also have found my 1 tons (60 and a 14 bolt) that are waiting on gears and install kits.

    This one will be a full vert, I have the top, doors and windshield frame from a 75 that I had planned on building and later parted out and scrapped.
     
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    howdiy 1/2 ton status

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    That is definitely a great start :thumb:

    What are the plans?
     
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    :bow: rust free, BBC, stick shift :bow:
     
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    jt512 1/2 ton status Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    I"ll wait a while before I tell you what I paid for it :D
     
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    jt512 1/2 ton status Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    This is my helper and future owner of this truck :D [​IMG]


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    Overall plans include:

    - 40"-42" treads (still not sure)
    - full cage
    - lined interior
    - crossover hydro assist steering
    - approx 8-9" total lift (includes ORD 1" body)
    - complete re wire (the PO was a wiring HACK)

    Basicly all of the stuff that's makes these trucks cool! :D
     
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    shaun89 1/2 ton status

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    thats awesome man,hes gonna have one sweet truck! those plans r exactly what im trying to reach with my truck...o ya, rust free would be nice too!
     
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    shaun89 1/2 ton status

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    o ya...i love that TTR in the background, that was my first dirt bike and those r the best little bike ever.;)
     
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    :bow:Big Block!!! And a Stick!!!
    Damn, I live in Texas and I had looked for one for a while till I found one in Abilene and jumped on it... I too have a son, soon to be 6 yr. old. And, just as well, he loves it. Right now, I just leave the top off of it and park it in the garage... I too plan on letting him have it when he's of age. But mine is just a measily small block. LOL. Just kidding, I love it and would only get rid of it if I could find a Chevelle to trade for, and even then not sure if I would do it. But don't see myself finding a Chevelle anyone would trade.
    There's actually a BUNCH of K5s for sale here in the DFW area right now.
    Sounds like you're gonna need to beef up those axles for sure to keep up with the motor...
     
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    jt512 1/2 ton status Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    The TTR is great, we bought that for my wife as her first bike and I dont think I will ever sell it. Especially since it now has a 150cc kit, cam, exhaust, springs, carb mods, air box mods and gearing changes.

    I swap out the knobbies and do a few flat track races with it when I can, the adult 100 class is more fun then you can imagine :D
     
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    jt512 1/2 ton status Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    I got this one from somewhere near Irving TX, I ended up having it shipped here, because I could not have flown down and drove it back for twice what shipping was:eek1:.

    As far as the axles- Done - I have a D60 front and a 14 bolt rear already, just have to order up my gears and install kits and finish them up :D
     
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    Sweet!!! Yeah, Irving's right around the corner from here.
    Congrats on the find!!!
     
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    jt512 1/2 ton status Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    Well, I'm in a pic whoring mood tonight so here's a few more during tear down.
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    These next 2 are the result of the PO mounting the crossmember incorrectly (on top of the lower frame rail) and modifying the floor to clear the tc :doah:you would think that he would have realized something was wrong when the shifter knob would now touch the dash in low :eek1:

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    jt512 1/2 ton status Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    One or two more .........

    My blasted 60
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    and my windstar fans I picked up last weekend. $38 at a local pick and pull

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    Tune in tomorrow for some sexy bare naked frame pics ! :D
     
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    Great start!! Looks like ya got a good lil helper there!
     
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    nice start truck looks solid and you have a great helper


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  18. jt512

    jt512 1/2 ton status Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    Here are some frame pics, I steam cleaned the whole thing, then media blasted it. The crossmember is built by dcubb and the extra bracket on it is for a future panhard bar (if I need it).

    The front spring hangers are were built by yours truly, based off of Kerts (DIY4X) design. They are all 1/4" steel and drop the mounting location of the spings down 1 1/2", I wanted around 8" lift total, I had a set of 6" springs that I wanted to use, so combined with Kerts add a inch and matching + 1 1/2" shackles I am right around 8 1/2" inches. Also pictured is ORD's FUSH kit w/ greasable bushings.

    The rear has the ORD 2 1/2" flip kit mounted.

    More pics:D:D

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    one more, my springs with DIY4X's add a inch and new poly bushings with greaseable bolts almost ready for install

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    nice frame :bow:
     
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    Nice build!!
     

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