I've been lurking around this forum looking for some info and I have found quite a bit to be honest. So far this site has been awesome for the few days I have been visiting and reading. I have posted one question so far and have gotten some good responses. I trust I will get some good ones on this post as well. Here goes: Last weekend, this old guy that my mom is friends with and takes care of gave me his '76 Blazers (2) to be exact. I told him I really only wanted one of them but now I'm thinking parts vehicle! Now I have to make sure I can still have them both but I'm sure it's not a problem. They have been sitting for a few years (not sure how long) but they still run. One is really bad, the other (the one I want) isn't too bad as far as visible rust, drivability, running gear (including engine), and body goes. The one I want was in an accident back in '89 and was considered a total loss. The guy bought it from the ins co. and repaired it. I'm guessing that's why it's in beter shape than the other one. Anyway, it has 130k on it and it runs. When I went to look at them, it had a partialy dead battery. Hooked it up to cables, and with a couple of pumps, it fired right up, first try. It did but with a little black smoke too but that stoped the longer it idled. I took it for a drive. Please don't flame me for this but all I know about it is 1976, K5, 4x4, 350, MT 3sp+1 (Low gear). What tranny is this? Is it the one I want? Any one know what kind of rear end it most likely has or will I just have to look next time I see it? On my drive, I never got over 40 mph because the front end is so loose, I didn't want it to fall apart. Can it? Will it? On a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being highest, what is the chance of it breaking and plowing into an oncoming car or ditch? I need to drive it like 20 miles to my house to work on it. Sounded like it ran alright but it really lacked power. When I really mashed on the gas, it puked quite a bit of black smoke out the tail pipe(s). One I drove it a few mins, the smoke decreased. Is this because it has sat for so long? I'm assuming that a complete tune up is in order, including cap, rotor, plugs, wires, timing check/adjustment, and a new air filter. Sorry but I have no idea what carb it has. The parts store has been asking me if it's a 2 barrel (spell check?) or 4. No idea! Do you think that will cure the smoke and power loss issue? What kind of other things should I look for on this vehicle? Anyone got any ideas on what it would take to make it a daily driver? I don't want to dump lots of money into it 'cause I'm already broke but I really want to get this thing on the road. All the help I can get here is greatly appreciated! Thanks, tons! PS: How long was yours sitting before you scooped it up and started driving it? (Without completely rebuilding it of course!) PSS: FYI: The other one has a/c that still blows cold which, I found unbelievable! Also, it has an AT that shifs when it feels like it. Front end is twice as bad. Thanks for reading! OK, here are the pics. All of the pics are of the blue one (Rusty) except for the red/white one (Butch). Tell me what you guys think. After looking at it last night, I think Rusty is in better shape than I originally thought. Sorry the pic isn't better And this will be called Butch. It has an Auto tranny that might be better suited for recycled material, if that.