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I'm now a first generation owner..

Discussion in '1969-1972 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by rocko, May 13, 2001.

  1. rocko

    rocko 1/2 ton status

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    I\'m now a first generation owner..

    I just had my 1972 Blazer Cst delivered yesterday.. It was a 800.00 truck.. and I'm starting to wonder what I got myself into..
    I have 3 blazers now.. 72, 82, 83. The 72 is by far the one that needs the most work.. but I'm sure it's going to be worth it. I normally hang out in the other post for newer blazers.. but I think this will be my new home for awhile.. [​IMG]
    So anyone ever buy a rough shape blazer? and get it to where they want? Guess i'm looking for some words of encouragement.. [​IMG] [​IMG]
    I'm needing parts in a bad way now.... talk to you all soon..

    Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it. <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.rocko.coloradok5.com>http://www.rocko.coloradok5.com</A>
     
  2. Roostr84

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    Re: I\'m now a first generation owner..

    I bought one that is rough too...I am in the process of getting it together but man I'll tell you each step that I get done feels good. I would say look at it a piece at a time not at all the work you have to do to get it done. Thats what discourages most people. Good luck and keep us posted on the progress.
    Chris
     
  3. rocko

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    This is the truck I bought.. although it didn't come with the black top.. came with a white topper in very rough shape. Probably going to just scrap the white top and find a replacement.
    http://www.rocko.coloradok5.com
     
  4. JoeAngelicchio

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    Hey what do you want for 800. I think you got a pretty good catch. I can't want to get my hands on an early model. Congrats.

    <font color=green>Joe Angelicchio
    86 Jimmy 4+3, 35-&gt;39.5 tires,4spd
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  5. Burt4x4

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    Dude! SWEET!
    It is easy! Just plan on taking several yrs and pick ONE project at a time. Function before beautey!
    Good Luck and welcome to the First Gen world!

    72K5[​IMG]Led Zeppelin[​IMG]Rock ON![​IMG]
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  6. rocko

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    Thanks guys.. although it seems a little overwhelming.. I'm looking forward to the challenge.. I'm probably going to remove the tub and bead/sand blast the frame and start from there..

    Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it. <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.rocko.coloradok5.com>http://www.rocko.coloradok5.com</A>
     
  7. blazerman

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    My blazer was a $1000 special. Drove it home on 4 cyl, with a leaky rad, and no brakes. The engine was in terrible shape and come to find out, once the mats were up in the front, the floor was all rotted out. But now I've got it running strong, and getting ready to tackle the rust. It sure does feel good when you finish every little piece. Good Luck!
     
  8. Steve_Chin

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    Rocko, welcome to the world of the Gen1 Blazer. Mine wasn't really rough when I bought it, but the engine blew itself up on me in less than a month. It also has rusty floors, a dinged-up rocker and door, rust between the rockers and the floors, and a rusty bed. One of these days I'll get the rust taken care of...
     
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    I recommend Mothertruckers.net or GMCPauls.com for new parts, or Cheyenne Parts Northeast (jjesseman@landmarknet.net) for used parts. Congrats on your new purchase!
     
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    Rocko,
    Welcome to first gen land. I still need to meet you guys in Austin for some wheelin. My first gen restoration is coming along. Will attempt to fire it up this weekend after a year in pieces. If you have any questions about a frame off resto, don't hesitate to shoot me an email!
    JT
    PS. How is your motor? I have parts including engine left over.
     
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    Thanks Jeff..
    Well.. the motor/tranny/tcase havn't been delivered yet. They were part of another deal the guy I bought my 72 from is hinging on. So.. he gave me the original motor "350". So I'm researching to see what tcase I'll need.. what will fit "if I upgrade" to more modern parts... if at all possible.
    I haven't started to make my list of things that need to be done.. I know off hand the front springs are mis-matched.. so the truck sits all cockeyed !!! So am buying a set of springs from someone in Arkansas.. 4 inch lift springs.. and the rear has 4 inch blocks..
    I would really prefer to add a whole new suspension lift.. [​IMG]
    The wiring is hacked under the dash.. topper is shot.. I have a deal working on another one.. in great shape..
    And the tailgate and rockers are the only trouble spots on the truck..
    Man.. I have my work cut out for me.. but that's the fun part about it.
    Talk to ya soon Jeff...

    Oh yeah.. one more thing..Is it easier to work on the 1st generations than it is to work on the Second?

    Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it. <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.rocko.coloradok5.com>http://www.rocko.coloradok5.com</A>
     
  12. 2quicK5

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    Congrats Rocko on your purchase!! I bought my '72 Blazer 3 weeks ago for $1,000. It has a stock Dana 44 front axle with 3.73 gears and stock locking hubs, stock GM corp. 12-bolt posi rear axle with 3.73 gears, stock SM 465 granny low four speed, stock NP 205 transfer case, a '76 400 cid small block, and 3" lift blocks with worn out 35" BFG A/T tires. It doesn't have a top right now. Fortunately, the truck spent most of its life in Arizona and Texas, so the floors and tub are in good shape. I have been very busy upgrading, rebuilding, replacing, and restoring different drivetrain and suspension components on my rig since it was trailored to me. I just swapped my camshaft and all valvetrain components out and it runs great now. I will be putting my new locking differentials in this week. Good Luck!! Have fun!! :-)

    John

    1972 K5 Blazer: 400 ci, 4 sp, 4" lift, 35" Tires

    2000 Trans Am, A4
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