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k5 vs. k10

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by bigkennye, Mar 2, 2006.

  1. bigkennye

    bigkennye Registered Member

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    This might sound stupid but bear with me as I am still new, but wtf is the difference between a k5 and a k10? carfax listed my 81 as a k10, all my emblems say k5, what's the deal? basically my truck is stock except for the 350 that was dropped into it. I have many, many wonderful plans for the summer. I cant wait to get started.
     
  2. 86dieselburb

    86dieselburb 1/2 ton status

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    K5 is the designation for the 4x4 Blazer and K10 is the designation for 1/2ton 4x4 truck.
     
  3. Chevy305

    Chevy305 6 Lug 14bsf Status Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    a K10 is pickup and the K5 is the SUV with removeable top.

    Edit: You beet me to it!
     
  4. 81K5GUY

    81K5GUY 1/2 ton status

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    my registration on my 81 says the same
     
  5. bigkennye

    bigkennye Registered Member

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    Thanks guys, i have the removable top SUV but carfax must be a lil screwy these days, i was stumped for a second there. Thought I had some kind of quarter ton or something. I appreciate the explanations and it makes sense now.
     
  6. colbystephens

    colbystephens 1 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    all k5s should show up as k10's on their titles and things of this nature. k5 doesn't actually mean anything - 10 was the designation for 1/2 ton. your truck is a 1/2 ton, but happens to be a blazer, so they throw the k5 simbol on the side. i read a big article someone posted up on here over a year ago about that. gm and their titles can get pretty wierd.
     
  7. muddybuddy

    muddybuddy 3/4 ton status

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    bigkennye where are you located in va?
     
  8. 3 on the tree

    3 on the tree 1/2 ton status

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    I don't know about later models, but my 70 K5 only shows a load capacity of bout 600 pounds,less than a 1/2 ton PU???
     
  9. Cricket

    Cricket 3/4 ton status

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    K10's rule and dominate the lowly K5 breed through thickly miced metal. magnetism, and toolbox storage. :D
     
  10. The Butcher

    The Butcher 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    My K5 is listed as a V10 on my title. So how 'bout them apples?
     
  11. pauly383

    pauly383 Daddy383 Staff Member Moderator

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    As far as GM , insurance companies , and te department of motor vehicles are concerned , they are K10's ( R/V after new body pickup came ) . The K5 was a name , just as Silverado , Cheyenne etc .

    Heres an excerpt taken from the last page of the 1984 Brochure on Dremu's page that clearly says " Blazer ( series K10 ) " :
     
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  12. Drey

    Drey 3/4 ton status

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    Ya well my 83 K10 says K1500 on the side and it came that way:D
     
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    pauly383 Daddy383 Staff Member Moderator

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    They only have the newer 1500 stuff to put on after its been in a body shop either for a repaint , or a wreck :thumb:

    My 83 has just the chrome strips !!
     
  14. colbystephens

    colbystephens 1 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    they changed from a K to a V designation for 4wd around 1988. i forget what the 2wd designation is. ;)
     
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    Leper 1/2 ton status

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    My V10 Blazer is more magnetic than yours.
     
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    tiger9297 1/2 ton status

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    Try going to AutoZone (Car Polish World) and tell them you have a V10 Blazer. After they look up the S10 then they will start asking if it has a V10 IN it?????? It takes lots of explaining to the "professionals" at Car Polish World
     
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    K5 is a badge on the side of the truck, nothing more.

    K (or V) 10 (or 1500) means a 4WD, 1/2 ton truck, including Blazer/Jimmy, Suburban, and pickup. The letter and numbers change by year.

    69-87 are C (2WD) and K (4WD). Possibly 67 and 68 as well, donno.

    88-91 are R (2WD) and V (4WD) for Burbs, Blazer/Jimmy, and sixpack pickups (old body style), and C/K for single cab pickups (new body style.)

    GMC changed to 1500/2500/3500 earlier than Chevy, forget when. This is all on my History Of The Blazer page and is largely listed as "GM is silly."

    http://www.slosh.com/cars/blazer.html

    Blazers and Jimmies only ever came as 10/1500 (1/2 ton); Suburbans up to 20/2500 (3/4) and pickups through 30/3500 (1 ton).

    In short, K5 == K10 == V10 == K1500 == V1500.

    Confused yet?

    -- A
     
  18. Jagged

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    My 87 was a V10.
     
  19. Drey

    Drey 3/4 ton status

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    I thought so to but i asked the guy i bought it from and he said they were original
     
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    thatK30guy 1 ton status Premium Member

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    Second that.

    '87 also changed from C to R for the 2wd crowd.
     

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