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NEW '73 K/5 PROJECT....WHAT TO DO??

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by BLUESMAN, Aug 17, 2002.

  1. BLUESMAN

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    NEW \'73 K/5 PROJECT....WHAT TO DO??

    I might be buying yet another K/5(this will make 3).It's an '73 model that was an body off rebuild,the tub is off the frame.The frame is sandblasted and treated with "ERF".The frame is clean enuff to eat off of.The body is without an top,but has the stock doors.The tub has a little rust in the floorpan and rust in the rear fenders,bondo in the bed rails.The "member" has all the parts to build it.Should I restore it or mod it?I'm thinking that I would hate to cut up a '73,but the body might be beyond restoring without alot of cash.I was thinking of installing an 454bb,SM465 "hydro" 4-speed and maybe running 3/4 ton diffs with 35/37" tires.Stick wi'th the '73 front clip(perfect grill) or a newer clip,soft top,and complete interior or stripped.I already have my '78 with an '81 clip,half doors,no top/tailgate 3/4 ton diffs w/38" tires.I don't really want to build another trail truck,but don't wish to spend alot of cash.Maybe sell my '78 and start over with this '73?Opinions on keeping it stock looling or build it?
     
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    Re: NEW \'73 K/5 PROJECT....WHAT TO DO??

    Prerunner....I need more pals! /forums/images/icons/grin.gif /forums/images/icons/grin.gif
     
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    Re: NEW \'73 K/5 PROJECT....WHAT TO DO??

    Looks like I'm going to keep it stock looking and not cut it.I'll make it daily driver.I found a full top for it.So I will install a 4" lift with 35" tires,install a split bench front seat,A/C, and finally a stereo system.It will be something the wife can/willing to drive.Mike
     
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    Re: NEW \'73 K/5 PROJECT....WHAT TO DO??

    That sounds cool.....sometimes I wish I had gone that way.....oh well. Good luck, keep us posted!
     
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    Re: NEW \'73 K/5 PROJECT....WHAT TO DO??

    Cool find.If you need a cage, I have an 8 point I need to get rid of.Let me know.Brady
     
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    Re: NEW \'73 K/5 PROJECT....WHAT TO DO??

    Too cool, Mike! You need a daily drive/mild trail. Let me know if ya need anything that I can help with. Can't wait to see it. Full convertable. Cash wise piece by piece. You have lots of extra parts. Keep us informed on the progress. Take pic's and keep a record of what you do on it. You may want to do it with your oldest son so he has something when he is ready to drive. just a thought.
     
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    Re: NEW \'73 K/5 PROJECT....WHAT TO DO??

    C'Moe,What's up bud?Yeah This time I'm going to take lots of pics of the progress.I've decided to run a small lift(2") and 33's,'91 front clip with 'glass cowl inducted hood,And FULL interior!I want the wife to be able to drive it.Grant in Yuma has a top so thats' good.Now to get the $500 and go get it!Yeah,I'm going to get my oldest to get involved in this one.Mike
     
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    Re: NEW \'73 K/5 PROJECT....WHAT TO DO??

    Great....If you want to look at some wheels let me know so I can set it up with my tire guy.
     
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    I'm thinking some 15x8" alum. mods or something.I want the 8" so the frt. tires don't rub.I'll give you a call sometime soon....just to talk some bull.Mike
     
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    Re: NEW \'73 K/5 PROJECT....WHAT TO DO??

    i still got that white top in good shape for 75 bux if ya need one...
    grant
    oh yeah, GET IT MAN!!
     
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    Re: NEW \'73 K/5 PROJECT....WHAT TO DO??

    Yeah Grant I know that and counting on it.I just have to find the time(an 8 hour drive!) to come pick it up along with that 12 bolt!I'm thinking of bolting the top backwards on my K/5 with some c-clamps.I gotta get the '73 first...anyone have some slider windows for it?Damn I'm going need a whole lotta parts for this one!....split front bench,Th700/208(241),'91 frt. clip,and 33" tires!Mike
     
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    Re: NEW \'73 K/5 PROJECT....WHAT TO DO??

    That wouldn't happen to be "Lil Dave's" old green '73 would it?
     
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    Yeah Fred....It's Dave "project" that never got around to it K/5.The one he is building now is coming along very nicely!Het one of these days we all need to get together and wheel!Mike
     
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    Re: NEW \'73 K/5 PROJECT....WHAT TO DO??

    Say hi to Dave for me, will ya. Fall/winter is coming, and you can bet your you know what, I'll be down there to wheel, when it ain't so friggin hot /forums/images/icons/wink.gif
     
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    Re: NEW \'73 K/5 PROJECT....WHAT TO DO??

    Fred, Yeah I'll do that for yeah.I'll be seeing him soon to grab up that '73 before he changes his mind.How are those MT/R's?
     

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