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Changing my ways in 4x4ing.....

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by stallion85, Nov 20, 2005.

  1. stallion85

    stallion85 1/2 ton status

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    After a lot of thought recently I have decided to take my K5 to a different level. As it sits right now my rig is a trail only rig and is wheeled hard and on trails that have a way of destroying sheet metal.

    Right now I have 3 vehicles, 2 car payments, and 3 on insurance. This getting to be very expensive. So, we are going to sell the wifes car and make my K5 back into a daily driver again. The kids are getting older and I think they are ready to go along on some wheeling expeditions.

    So I have this idea of swapping a new tub on my rig and making it my DD/weekend warrior. I will still be doing some difficult trails, but ones that are full size friendly :wink1:

    So with that said, can you all tell me everything I need to know for a body swap? I am currently looking for a same year K5 (85) with a blown engine/clean body.

    What do I have to do about registering it?

    What problems did you all who have done this run into and what tips do you have for me?
     
  2. tRustyK5

    tRustyK5 Big meanie Staff Member Super Moderator GMOTM Winner Author

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    You can broaden your search to 78-91 for tubs, although 81-91 would be a little simpler to attach the newer front clip to.

    Just get the title with the 'donor', and then register it as the donor when done. The VIN will match the tub then...

    Rene
     
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    I'm just gonna go ahead and predict it now... this will cost a bunch of money and in the long run it will become a dedicated trail rig again. Anyone got any ca$h that says otherwise? :grin: :thumb: ;)

    j
     
  4. stallion85

    stallion85 1/2 ton status

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    LOL, who knows. But for now it will just be getting a makeover :D
     
  5. roadnotca

    roadnotca 3/4 ton status

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    Suburban, its whats for dinner, outside. Check out the 73-91 Suburban Forum, we've been waiting for ya. There's just that much more to work with to individualize the ultimate do-all vehicle. You be stylin sittin round the campfire with a smoke and a cold one, big tent in the background, the Burb patiently waiting like the best dog you ever had. All that without the stoners & RVs cause you took the trail marked 4X only.:D
     
  6. stallion85

    stallion85 1/2 ton status

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    A Suburban would be awesome. The only thing is that I would have to buy one and then swap all the drivetrain over which would be a PITA. But maybe not a bad idea....hmmmm :rolleyes: .
     
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    I wouldn't feel overly intimidated by a drivetrain swap... I think a body swap would be alot harder than a drivetrain swap............... especially if the donor vehicle already had a good tranny/t-case setup...... then the drivetrain swap would be so easy...

    My conclusion: look for a burb ;)
     
  8. roadnotca

    roadnotca 3/4 ton status

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    Do you smell smoke? I smell smoke. I think we got us a new Burb Brudda.:D
     
  9. stallion85

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    I have always wanted a Burb, maybe now is the oppurtunity I have been waiting for. I do know a certain someone here in Vegas who has one for sale :rolleyes:
     
  10. Ned Kelly

    Ned Kelly 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    I just picked up a 88 Burb with so-so drivetrain. I"m going to swap my 454/K30 drivetrain into it come spring time. I'm hoping it will be the best of both worlds - good for mudding and snow, and a family friendly camp vehicle (the 39.5 Swampers seem to howl LESS than my old 38.5 Gumbo Mudders - I miss the howling on highway).
     
  11. roadnotca

    roadnotca 3/4 ton status

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    That was my orig. intention long time ago. The way I see it, you can do it either way, heavy (K30) or light (K10); I did light. K10 with 350, manual as opposed to winch, etc.:D
     
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    SUPER'BURB 1/2 ton status

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    Wow your good! Keep up the recruting. ;)
     
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    supersize75k5 OrganDonorRacing.com

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    :doah: ..75' blazer

    :doah: 83' blazer

    :doah: 86' blazer
     
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    Check out this place here in vegas for a donor vehicle. They have all the listings on this site of the vehicles coming up for auction..complete with pictures. They have a decent amount of generation 2 GM trucks come up for auction.
    http://www.goodbuyautoauction.com/lasvegas.asp
     
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    What, no more Hot Tubs on Hells Revenge? Guess you'll be rolling with us Sheet Metal guys huh. :wink1: :D

    I've always thought that swapping drivetrain would be easier, but maybe that's because I've done all the drivetrain stuff and never cracked a body mount bolt.

    I think you should just make you K5 a 4 seater again. Or is you concern the lack of a roof and doors? I would think that could be overcome.

    You know when I blew my ring gear at the Bash this year, I was really wishing I had a tow rig. Personally I wouldn't give up the situation you have now, at least with the tow rig and trail only K5.
     
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    Well we are going to keep my Dodge of course and selling the wifes Bonneville :D

    The Suburban would just be an added bonus :laugh:

    Two gas guzzlin monsters :doah:

    Oh boy what am I getting myself into this time :haha:
     
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    :haha: :haha: :haha: "This'll be GREAT!!" Flounder from Animal House, great line!:haha: :bow: :haha: :bow:
     
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    What do you guys think of this?86 K5 tub local Almost perfect for a body swap. I might even just swap engines and axles and scrap the old beat down K5 :D
     
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    Only one kind of K5 frame so yea, why not?
     
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    Actually there are 3: 69-72, 73-76, & 77-91.
     

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