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My lame 1 Ton

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by tiny2085, Mar 2, 2006.

  1. tiny2085

    tiny2085 1/2 ton status

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    Well, I gues it is time for myself to do a build up on my junk. I picked the truck up from the paper for $500. 1980K30 350/465/slip yoke 205. The only thing that wasn't stock on it, was the sweet mud flaps. I don't have any pics when I first brought it home. I put some 315/75r16 BFG's on the stock wheels and suspension and drove it like that for a week or two. Then I got some 6" TC springs for the front and got tires for it. I'll update the thread as I go along. Hopefully it will be functional by the 12th of march.... Now for the pictures.

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  2. tiny2085

    tiny2085 1/2 ton status

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    I went with the DIY 1 ton shackle flip from DIY, nice work by the way :bow: . I went this route so I could adjust my shackles and I have a set of 63's that will probably go on before to long. i'm running 38.5's and needed to trim the rear quarter panel while I was in there also.

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  3. tiny2085

    tiny2085 1/2 ton status

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    I bolted up the shackle flip, and was done. Took me two nights to do it, but a total of about 3 hours. Just ground the rivets off and put the flip on. I don't really like the shackle angle, but i'll see what it looks like when i'm done.
    That's done so I moved onto the rear bumper. I didn't like the look of the factory one, it just hung down too far, and it didn't say " I'm cool". I cut some 2"x3"x.250 square tubing and and took part of my factory bumper and will put them in the end of the frame, and then cap it off. I'll post what it looks like when I get the welder home tonight. Any thoughts, or suggestions, let me know.

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    Leper 1/2 ton status

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    nice find.
     
  5. absolute

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    Looks good, can't wait to see more pics!
     
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    big94gmc 1/2 ton status

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    Almost looks as if the rear axle needs to move rearward a few inches.... Maybe its just me....
     
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    ryan22re 1/2 ton status

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    ryan22re 1/2 ton status

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    yep, looks like 56's put in backwards to me.
     
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    alf4444 1/2 ton status

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    What happened to blazer you were working on?
     
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    just a helpfull pic of 64" springs on a 1ton frame with axle centered in wheel hole.

    shackle angle isnt perfect yet. and look in the gas door hole. that is center of front hanger. and last just a over veiw of the under side with spring in. and thay are 1 ton rears from 88-up.

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  11. Jonny-K5

    Jonny-K5 1/2 ton status

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    that is really lame. ill take it off your hands for ya:wink1:
     
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    tiny2085 1/2 ton status

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    No, that is the way it was from the factory, the reason I think it is so far forward is because the long shackle i'm running and the flip, "pushed it" forward along the arc of the spring towards the front, that is why i'm kind of tempted to put the 63's in it. But all I need for it to drive are 4 U bolts, and my rear DL fixed, which should be done tomorrow.


    ALF, The blazer is still in the backyard,but the rear in narrowed and 52's are up front, no drive train in it. I sold the 1tons in it to help fund this build.
     
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    tiny2085 1/2 ton status

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    It is just tacked up right now, but i'm not sure how I want to attach my set up to the frame. I was thinking weld some brackets to the back side and have them bolt through the frame, but the rear most cross member is in the way. Then I thought about welding it solid, and that didn't seem like a very good idea... So what are everyones thoughts on attachment methods ? I plan on putting two clevis's and a chain hook on it for recovery methods.


    I just like how it all tucks up and out of the way. I know this leaves me more open to some serious rock rash, but it will all buff out eventually.

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    So you didn't use the DIY shackle because it was too short?
     
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    79k20350 3/4 ton status

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    how do you plan to put a hitch on that ball? it wont fit between the body and top of the ball.
     
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    i'm not sure if your hitch?ball is finished but if you leave it like that it will get yaked out and kill someone like that.
     
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    I"m not, I haven't removed the ball yet, i'll replace it with a clevis.

    It is just tacked in place right now so i could picture what it would look like. I think i'll put some straps on the back side and bolt it through the frame so i can remove it if i want to make a winch mount.

    I installed an electric fan this morning, and got it all wired up with a thermostatic swith and master switch, and also played with the carb a tiny bit. Started it up, fan worked, went to shut the truck off ,and it wouldn't shut off, took about 5 or 10 seconds, then it died off. This is the first time it has done it. I've had the truck about 2 months...:what: any ideas??

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    tiny2085 1/2 ton status

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    Iturned the idle down to about 800RPM's, and it seems to shut off like it should now. I also hacked the front fenders as they rub like crazy. I also flexed it a little bit and the springs bottom out on the frame hard. I"m working on a mathematical formula to give the optimum shackle length to allow for total movement of the leaf spring. So as soon as I figure that out i'll cut the new shackles. I also need to get extended front brake lines, and set up an E-brake. I was thinking of something like in a car where the handle is on the trans hump. Also i have the 2wd steering box tapped and the hysteer arm on, just need to put the box on and attach the hydro ram, and get a drag link.


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    tRustyK5 Big meanie Staff Member Super Moderator GMOTM Winner Author

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    Did you use a chainsaw for that fender trim? :eek1:

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