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Fix the floor or buy a new truck?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Stickseler, Aug 19, 2001.

  1. Stickseler

    Stickseler 3/4 ton status

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    This morning I tore the seats and carpet out to put in My new carpet and tuffy console. I found a ton of rust where the seats attach ( The whole pan would have to be replaced )and alot on the drivers side back to where it goes up. My buddy that was helping me said his shop can fix it but it'll take a few weeks( I can't go without a ride). He's got a customer that has an 86 w/ 110k miles on it thats in great shap w/no rust, mines got a great body but the interior needs help and the underside has a few bad rust spots. It's also got 225k miles miles on a stock drive-train. Should I fix the truck or try to sell it and buy the other one. he only wants 4500 for it , I'm thinking I can get 2500 for mine. Is it worth the extra money to lose the High mileage? I want to figure this out because I've got the money to lift mine now but if I buy his I'll have to wait till next year. Any advice would be appreciated? Thanks

    '89 350TBI Stock Except for the Soft Top
     
  2. reddog64

    reddog64 1/2 ton status

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    buildit dont buy it....

    you'll appreciate it alot more if you build it man...

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  3. ChevyCaGal

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    There are several guys who are replacing their floors right now. Itali83 (Ben) is doing his and I think Riz (Kevin) is either doing it or did it recently.... I also know there are pictures and links to info all over this site if you do a search on it of others doing it right now and who have done it. Check them out and see if it's something you want to do or can do. I personally if my floor ever rusts out will replace it and keep going. I have too much time, energy and money into my baby to sell it ever. As for you selling it... well you might get $2500 for it, or might not... but if you do and buy this other rig, you still have that $2000 to pay off and no guarentee it's gonna be perfect either. Heck I bought mine thinking the same thing and 2 months later blew the engine... then there's another chunk of change to get that fixed. You know your rig, you know what's in there and all it's little things it does and how it runs... weigh all the sides first before you decide is all I can say.... once you do that then you can make the right choice for yourself... [​IMG]

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  4. i have to agree with reddog. you'd be 2 grand in the hole buying the other one. you could easily fix your floor and get a lift with that kind of dough. but there's still the down time on your rig and that can be costly too. tough call.

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  5. Stickseler

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    I'm also leaning twoard the other truck because I havent started doing anything to mine yet and it does have half the miles mine does

    '89 350TBI Stock Except for the Soft Top
     
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    You can do a lot to your rig for $2000. I'd say unless you're about to lose your motor or something like that to go ahead and fix your floor. Unless your frame is swiss cheese too, the floor panels can be ordered for a couple hundred bucks depending on what you need to replace. Then you just have to cut and weld.
     
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    Yes steph is right, I'm in the middle of taking my whole rear floor out as we speak. just look at your truck, the motor run good?? Tranny ok??? Look at the frame closely!!! especially around the gas tank, that is where all the crap is held and rot is bad. If all of that checks out good. Replacing the floor is the way to go. I love my truck, have too much time into it to ditch it becuase of some rust. It is pretty bad but I'm going to do everything right so it won't ever need to be done again. Hope this helps you in your decision.
    Ben 87 Jimmy
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    <font color=purple> I may as well chime in too.......... I'm repalcing the whole rear floor as we speak, just like Ben. I bought my Blazer and 2 months later the emgine was toast ! I drop some coin and got a new one and now when I'm done with the rust I'll start replacing the carpet and interior stuff just like you have started ............ I know it will be time consuming and costly but at least I'll know for sure that I won't have to deal with those things any time soon ! If you buy another one, you'll be in the hole money wise and you'll more than likely have to deal with the same repairs anyway. Weigh out ALL of the options and go with the one that's more in your favor ! I'm always here to help with info if you need some as is everybody else ! Good luck !

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    The junk yards are filled with cars that were "in great shape". Unless you know the person that has been driving it from it's original sale, you can never tell. "Go with what you know", and repair the floor in your rig.

    You might have high mileage, but when you rebuild the differentials and transfer case, upgrade the transmission, and drop in a fresh Crate engine, the mileage doesn't mean anything.

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    <font color=purple> That's right ! Mileage doesn't mean squat when you have new components ......... I've got 100 miles as far as I'm concerned.

    L8r,
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  12. Adrock

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    check out my gallery pics to see what i had to go through to save the truck i love. sounds close to what you got to do. maybe in the least it could give you some ideas.
    <a target="_blank" href=http://coloradok5.com/gallery/album62>http://coloradok5.com/gallery/album62</a>

    Adam
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