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Give me some ideas how to build this truck.

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by thatK30guy, Apr 10, 2001.

  1. thatK30guy

    thatK30guy 1 ton status Premium Member

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    I am buying Shawns 82 K30 that he has posted up for sale. I have been thinking of building it, body off, ground up, along the same lines as he built his Potent Rodent. What does everybody think of this? I am leaning towards the 502/4L80E/205 route. Tires would probably be the 38" radial Swampers. Any suggestions or ideas anybody?
     
  2. bandit

    bandit 1/2 ton status

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    Sounds like a fun! id reinforce the frame jsut becouse i bend frames all the time [​IMG] and no body lift id also go with a trick suspention setup that noone else has[​IMG]

    Bandit
    (Your right i dont understand the jeep thing)
     
  3. BlazerGuy

    BlazerGuy 3/4 ton status

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    Did you hit the lotto??? Sounds like a plan! [​IMG]

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    reddog64 1/2 ton status

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    He didnt hit the jackpot...
    He's sellin us all axles...
    Where's he gettin the axles anyways...
    Anyone missing one...
    I think he took my dana60...
    I could of sworn I had one...

    Um... yes officer I know it's too big...
     
  5. CaptCrunch

    CaptCrunch 1/2 ton status

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    You plan to go fuelie K30? Maybe throw on a Vortech 454 manifold/system?

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    1987 Chevy K5 Blazer- 350 TBI
     
  6. Pugsley

    Pugsley 1/2 ton status

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    I'd look into a four-link setup. If I could spare the K5 long enough, it'd be getting a 4 link and new yet to be determined axles.

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    reddog64 1/2 ton status

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    I gotta 14 bolt ff sittin around pugsley...

    [​IMG]See me at <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.inhomenetworking.com/78jimmy.htm>http://www.inhomenetworking.com/78jimmy.htm</A>
     
  8. '73 K5

    '73 K5 1/2 ton status

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    Hey man, I think you should go with a stock 305, lower it and slap some 14 inch triple gold Dayton's on it...and sell me your other K30's.

    '73 K5
    Chevy good...Ford bad
     
  9. MudFrog

    MudFrog 1/2 ton status

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    thatK30guy,
    Hmmm... 502/4L80E/205 Don't you think thats a little overkill? I was thinking something more like 305/ Mid Eighties 700R4/208 combo [​IMG].
    Now.... Of course I'm kidding... The 502/4L80E/205 would be SWEET!!

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  10. LittleJimmy

    LittleJimmy 1/2 ton status

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    That will be one hell of a rig there man. Go for it. Keep us informed.
     
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    Hmm...lets see...you got the axles, do the extended shock mounts....Crossover steering conversion...while you're at it..throw in the AGR RockRam or some form of Hyraulic Assist steering (can be found/done much cheaper than AGR)...4" to 6" lift...Rear disk brake conversion....Doubler maybe....custom front and rear bumpers...15,000lb Warn Winch up front...Detroit in the rear, Arb or Detroit up front....ofcourse your new swampers and man....you're set!!![​IMG]
    Boss

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    moneypit 1/2 ton status

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    Do straight pipes with a folgers can. It will go faster!!!
     
  13. BurbinOR

    BurbinOR 3/4 ton status

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    Sounds like the perfect ('cept its not a K5) starter............go with the Ram Jet 502 if you can. My engine builder is putting one in a Suburban.........talk about best of all worlds.........

    Not too sure about a frame off..............unless you have way too much time on your hands! And with a new baby, can't see that being a reality!! LOL.............you know how to build them.............you got the axles, tranny and transfer case, just build it as bad as you want it to be!

    <font color=orange>'79 - 406 TPI -<font color=orange> K5#5 - <font color=blue>See it at---&gt;<A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.blazzinor.coloradok5.com>http://www.blazzinor.coloradok5.com</A>
     
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    Personally, I would skip the 4L80E. Expensive to install, and I see way too many problems posted on the new truck BBSs about this supposedly "bullletproof" automatic. If I was hung up on O/D, I would use a NV4500, otherwise a TH400. For the rest of the truck, keep the lift to a minimum to fit the 38s with a little trimming.

    Tim

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  15. wayne

    wayne 3/4 ton status

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    Be a bud and give me the 60 out of it. JK. [​IMG] 502 sounds good but go with a 400 and 205 because you probubally already have parts for them. 12in lift and 44's would be cool and very intimidating I think.

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    muddin4fun 3/4 ton status

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    I'll "let" you do that only if you promise to let me drive it sometime! LOL!!! I want to drop a 502 in a shortbed chevy some day!

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  17. Pugsley

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    Tahnks, but 14 bolts a little too heavy for my purposes - I'm leaning toward custom built/beefed 10 bolts.

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  18. thatK30guy

    thatK30guy 1 ton status Premium Member

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    I like everybody's suggestions!!! [​IMG] I am planning on checking out the Ram Jet 502 for sure! [​IMG] I still do not know for sure about the tranny. 4L80E sounds like a dream, but with some negative comments about it, I may keep checking around. I am not ruling out a 465/Doubler combo. If the TH400 has to be put in, I would just as well build a TH475 instead. Dont know yet. I really WANT that 502!!!!!!!! [​IMG] Lift will probably be 6" Skyjackers fronts and rears, sitting on ORD 1" add-a-leaves for total 7". Maybe install ORD 1" body lift for that extra clearance. I dont plan on doing any cutting or modifications to the fenders if I have to. Gear ratio will depend on the tranny choice. O.D. will probably go with 4.88 and manual or TH400 would see 4.56 gears. Of course, tires will remain at 38" radial Swampers!!! How's this set up sound now?

    BTW, I just cant wait to find out about those Ram Jet 502's!!! [​IMG]
     
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    Sounds excellent, now just see if you can score a PTO winch off an old tow truck or sumthin.

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    It sounds good, but I'll tell you what I'd do: 502/th400/np205 or doubler. 5.13 gears front and rear with lockers. Lift the suspension 6 inches, the body 1 or 2. Cut fenders to acomadate 40s. Extras would be a full cage, dual 15,000 pound winches, camo paint, racing seats, no doors or cut-out doors, cover the bed and floors with a bedlinner, and so on.

    Ok, I think the 38s would look a little small. 38s on a samurai look massive but on a 1 ton truck, I think they look small. I would run 40s with the same amount of lift and some trimming(as I said abouve) I wouldn't run anything bigger than 40, and wouldn't lift over 8". Well, anyway, it's your truck and I'll be looking forward to some pics and info as the project progresses.

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