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advice about first 4x4

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by 4byin4ever, Mar 1, 2001.

  1. 4byin4ever

    4byin4ever Newbie

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    I hope to buy a 1983 Blazer for $1500, I have $2200. It has a new engine and tranny, I think it has tires and a lift. What should be the first thing I get for it, within my budget.
     
  2. Blazer1970

    Blazer1970 1/2 ton status

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    Drive it for a while, and find out what it needs mechanically: Brakes, cooling system, exhaust, shocks, etc. Once the mechanical side is all up to par, you can start dreaming about modifications.

    Tim

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  3. 90K5

    90K5 1/2 ton status

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    Get everything working first, make any repairs thta it needs. Sometimes the frame gets cracked at the steering box, thta causes steering problems. I just found a bunch of cracks in my floor, I would suggest to everyone here to check their floor from underneath for them, they are pretty bad, and I have head about them before on here. They should be easy to fix, but I don't like the idea of cracks in my floor where the seats bolt in. Fix any rust on it, it will spread. Probably want to change the fluids, and other general maintenance before you statr modifying.

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  4. BMR

    BMR 1/2 ton status

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    I fully agree with Blazer1970, you will always find something that's not right. And you will be kicking yourself once you spent all your money on a truck and mods and you can't even drive it once someting major breaks.
     
  5. Blazer79

    Blazer79 1/2 ton status

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    First "mod" I'd do is replace tie-rod ends and ball joints. Then do a complete brake job, including new brake fluid. That should give you the piece of mind that you'll spend your money on mods and not paying for damages when you loose your brakes or steering.

    After that, go with complete tune-up. Fix any oil leaks, remove rust spots, etc.

    Good luck with your project.

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