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Looking for '85 to '90 Blazer

Discussion in 'Pacific Region' started by complexmar, Jul 23, 2003.

  1. complexmar

    complexmar Registered Member

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    Looking for \'85 to \'90 Blazer

    /forums/images/graemlins/1zhelp.gif I'm drving a ford escort and it's seriously crimping my style. I'm looking for a decent blazer for a daily driver with some light wheeling on the side in the $2500-$4000 range. Have cash will travel /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    Re: Looking for \'85 to \'90 Blazer

    Welcome! /forums/images/graemlins/cool.gif

    Try buying a truck trader every Thursday (when they come out), usually a pretty good selection.
     
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    Re: Looking for \'85 to \'90 Blazer

    Welcome to the board /forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif I will keep an eye out /forums/images/graemlins/k5.gif as I am just up the way in Fife.
     
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    Re: Looking for \'85 to \'90 Blazer

    And, of course, there's always mine. /forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif

    It helps make lots of wheeling qualify as "light." LOL

    With some smaller road-rubber, it'd be an awesome daily driver. It used to be my daily driver for many years.

    http://coloradok5.com/forums/showflat.php?Cat=&Board=pnw&Number=797729&Forum=All_Forums&Words=14669&Match=Username&Searchpage=1&Limit=25&Old=allposts&Main=782692&Search=true#Post797729
     
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    Re: Looking for \'85 to \'90 Blazer

    What about a 79? I saw one for sale on my way home yesterday. It has a 454, auto, NP203 with part time kit. 2.5" lift with 32s. It is in Mount Angel, phone # is 503-845-6221 and he is asking 4,000. Blue and white, looked good from the road. I called the number for the info on it.
     
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    Interesting, I shall give a call. Thank you /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif
     
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    Re: Looking for \'85 to \'90 Blazer

    So when I'm checking out a potential new K5, what types of things do I need to look for? Any insider info? I know that the rockers, and tailgate like to rust. Are there any places I can peek under the carpet without ripping it up? Or maybe give the 'ol Fonz jukebox tap to check to see if it's solid? /forums/images/graemlins/thinking.gif

    And as far as looking underneath. Any notorious leak spots, or tell-tail warning signs of trouble? (specifically the 350 and 700r4)

    Any buying tips would be appreciated. /forums/images/graemlins/pimp1.gif
     
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    Re: Looking for \'85 to \'90 Blazer

    the tailgates like to rust, back bottom of the front fenders, top of the rear fenders.

    When subjected to hard wheeling/jumping, tranny cases can crack. Easy to spot from the trans fluid that will be leaking.

    700R4/208 combo - make sure all the braces are there. 2 from the bellhousing to the engine mounts, one from the tcase to the block. These were there as a fix to the above problem. The frame would flex, but the long engine/trans/tcase combo wouldn't and the trans case was the weak point. Model K trans cases are thicker walled to help with this. You can tell these because they come w/ a cast flywheel cover (vs a tin cover). 70s trucks won't have the braces that I'm aware of.

    Obviously, look for any leaks.

    Check the frame at the steering box for cracks. Chevs are notorious for cracking there. Very common - so common, about 100 companies make a fix for it.

    If dual front shocks, check at the shock mounts for cracks. More people than should replace a paired set of shocks w/ 2 indiv shocks and cause the frame to crack or break there due to the stress of 2 shocks acting like 2 shocks instead of a paired set acting like one shock.

    If the tcase is dropped, make sure it fully engages 4Lo. No use stripping the 4Lo gears due to partial engagement (may also pop out of 4Lo due to this or trashed shift forks).

    I have to run to a pool party /forums/images/graemlins/laugh.gif right now I'm told (bikinis bikinis bikinis!!), so I'll post more as it comes to mind. This should be the major parts. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     

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