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Any high mileage daily drivers?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by bigk, Nov 9, 2001.

  1. bigk

    bigk 1/2 ton status

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    Just curious. My 87's got 185K, and I recently started driving it everyday again, around 40 miles a day. The only parts on it that aren't stock are the axles, a 14ff and D44 from a 76 3/4 ton. I'm getting 16 to 17 mpg, with 33x12.50 Wild Country muds, and it's only using maybe a quart of oil between changes. I do think I need to put in some new motor and transfer case mounts, though, I hate the vibrations. I'd really like to put all new stearing gear in it too, it wanders too much for my taste. I used to sell at a Chevy dealer, and always had a new car to drive for a demo, so now the old style skinny steering wheel is bugging me, too. I might wrap it or stick on a later model Chevy wheel. Still, can't complain about the everyday performance of a high mileage American made truck. I'm not alone, am I?

    Karl
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  2. Highlander

    Highlander 1/2 ton status

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    I would say that 90% of the rides here are high mileage.
    Mine as about 150.000 on it with some new parts.

    Eric

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  3. sluggo45acp

    sluggo45acp 1/2 ton status

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    Ive got a 82 F-100 with 370,000 miles and still going strong. Its got a 300 straight six (original) and a t-18 tranny. Since the front end wore out it doesnt wear out my front tires every 10,000 miles.

    <font color=red>All that is necessarry for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.<font color=red><font color=blue>Edmund Burke<font color=blue>
     
  4. KRAZIE87K5

    KRAZIE87K5 1/2 ton status

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    Um... my 86 has 43K on it... [​IMG][​IMG] Runs great too! [​IMG]

    <font color=red>GOT MUD???</font color=red>
    My license plate reads:<font color=blue> 8 YR SUV</font color=blue>
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    454/TH400/NP205 - 14BFF/D60/w/ 4.10s
     
  5. 84_Chevy_K10

    84_Chevy_K10 Banned

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    My new 305 has about 5k miles on it. :)

    Tim
    '84 Chevy K10, lifted, loud, fast, and 3/4 ton axles
     
  6. K5Junkie

    K5Junkie 1/2 ton status

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    my '90 is a daily driver and has almost 170,000 miles. And it gets wheeled often. Still running strong though.

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  7. 1986Blazer

    1986Blazer 1/2 ton status

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    My 86 had a 305 in it and it had 325,000 miles on it before I changed it out for a 350. When I had the 305 out I tore it apart and found that there was NO Observable wear and tear. I was going through oil like crazy but the rings, pistons and cylinder walls were in GREAT shape. I think the rings were worse off than I could see but you could not see any wear. The crank bearings were still intact and none showed any wear through or hot spots. The cam was in great shape. I could not believe it. The compression was low but I think it would have lasted several thousand more miles.

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    So I says to him, I said, "get your own monkey."
    1986 K5, 350 GM Crate, 700R4, NP208
     
  8. newyorkin

    newyorkin 1 ton status

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    My old K5 was a daily driver with 18?,000 when I sold it (and it was still going strong). My current K5 has I think 118,000 on it.

    I had an '88 Camaro a couple years ago that I loaded up 300,000+ on... It was still rock solid when I sold it, but somehow the dipstick that bought it blew the motor a week after buying it...

    I've always owned high mileage GM's, and they've always been good vehicles... My wife's 130k '89 Grand Prix on the other hand, is starting to fall apart....

    Ratch
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  9. CK5

    CK5 In my underwear Administrator Premium Member GMOTM Winner Author

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    190,000 on the UAV

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  10. tRustyK5

    tRustyK5 Big meanie Staff Member Super Moderator GMOTM Winner Author

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    220,000 miles on tRusty...bent, beat up, no longer rusty and still going strong. I live pretty close to work though.

    Rene

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  11. NE79

    NE79 1/2 ton status

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    Close to 200k on my '79 w/stock 350. Transmission went out on me once ($300 fix) and i ran the thing down the highway @ 60mph in 1st gear for a week before i realized what was happening. Engine eats oil bad but no visible smoke and still running strong.

    uh-oh
     
  12. Itali83

    Itali83 1/2 ton status

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    216,000 on my truck. The motor has 116,000 on it, but everything else is stock, the tranny has most likely been rebuilt some time but no clue when or even if definitly rebuilt. I drive every day to school 6 miles away, but I also go on long road trips, No worries, no problems. just a great running truck with a few more turns on the odometer than some of the younger trucks.
    Ben 87 Jimmy
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  13. wayne

    wayne 3/4 ton status

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    150 some on mine.[​IMG]

    See <a target="_blank" href=http://coloradok5.com/gallery/Waynes-Toy>Project Mighty Mouse</a> here.
    <font color=blue>Wayne<font color=blue>
    <font color=blue>Happy Trails<font color=blue>
     
  14. RedDwarf

    RedDwarf 1/2 ton status

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    My trans and t-case have over 300K, no rebuild. Mostly highway, very little 4wd before I got it. The truck has had several engines in it and I swapped in different axles. It's an 83.

    Still Poundin' "pavment" after all these years!!! [​IMG]
     
  15. rampage

    rampage 1/2 ton status

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    Still have the stock engine (350) and it hasn't had any work done on it. I put about 50 miles on it per day and it now has 225k miles on it ... still has power and going strong.
     
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    Oblin Goblin 1/2 ton status

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    125K on the transmission. The rest of the truck has 215K. Unless I borrow my brothers Bronco its my only means of getting around.
     
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    MUDNUTT 1/2 ton status

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    my 79 has got about 270k on it. me and chevy racing just rebuilt the motor and it only has about 1k on it. its not my only vehicle but i do drive it quite frequently back and forth to work(12mile round trip). dont know what im gettin for milage, when the guage hits E i just fill it up again. dang thing just dont want to move when the needle is on that big E

    <font color=blue>DRIVE IT LIKE YOU STOLE IT[​IMG]
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  18. MudNurI

    MudNurI 1/2 ton status

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    my K5 has 157k on it, -- though it's not a daily driver

    BUT hubby's Silverado HAD 84k on it, and it was a '99 how's that for mileage! Consider he drives 105 miles a day if he only goes to work and back- the new truck is 11 day's old, had 54 miles on it when we got is and is over 2k now, You can see why we could NEVER lease a rig! Imagine what we would lose at lease termination--

    the '89 3/4 ton we have, is over 300k, that's more than a daily driver, that is used for work, no major engine stuff, just 2 tranny's

    the '86 1 ton- is (quessing, we stopped the odometer during warranty) OOOHHH did I say that? well over 400k, and again that's a major work truck. That has had some engine work, but not tooo much. It looks pretty good now, new floors, doors, fenders, and rack body. Looks as good as a 96..

    so there are 1 hardly ever driver's (need some rims/tires) 1 daily driver, and 2 never seem to be shut off drivers....


    IF ONLY THE 3 YEAR OLD COULD TURN A WRENCH
    1986 K5 4" skyjacker suspension 3 " body, 14 bolt rear 12 bolt dana 44 front, TIRED ol 305-
     
  19. ken

    ken 1/2 ton status

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    243,000 on the wife's '90 Sub. 6 700R4s and 1 350 later, its ready for another 243K.
    61,000 on my crewcab dually 4x4 (bought new in 1988). At 7 MPG who can afford to drive it!!

    ken
     
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    jwduke 1/2 ton status

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    72,000 on my '87. The TH700R-4 died at 61,000. Otherwise a great truck!

    1 ton '87 Chevy SWB in the making!
     

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