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ONE TON conversion is done.............

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by BurbinOR, May 21, 2001.

  1. BurbinOR

    BurbinOR 3/4 ton status

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    Wow, that was fun. Big project, had a great helper with my neighbor Ryan and another buddy on Saturday to do the fun stuff.........he was tasked with removing the rubber bushings from the new rear 4" Tuff Country springs and the rear shackle hangers. Talk about thankless duty...........thanks Ken.

    Anyway, this is what was done -

    New 4" Tuff Country lift springs front and rear - Heavy Duty version.
    New shackle bushings all around
    New ORD extended shackles
    All with greasable bolts - SWEET stuff...............
    14FF 4.11 gears, Detroit Locked from WES...........
    Dana 60 4.10 gears, Detroit Locked..........totally rebuilt by Scott Duncan (local Oregon OBH/guru/all around good guy)
    Rock Rod
    Swap bar correction/disconnect setup
    #348 hybrid u-joint for Blazer driveshaft to 14FF (yes, that is the number that worked for me)
    35x12.5x16 SSR's on Eagle 16x10 589's
    Stainless Pro Comp/Earls braided brake lines (all 3 new)

    What a project............minor problem solving here and there........like the banjo fitting for the brake lines did NOT fit the D60 bolt.............so removed it (thanks for the advice Wes) and drilled it out.........rear fitting from frame to hose............45 minutes of PB Blaster and vice grips to get that loose...........[​IMG]............rear springs front bolts (22 years old mind you) not wanting to come loose...........thanks to Snap On for that 3' breaker bar I bought years ago...........mostly thank god for 6 ton jackstands (x4) holding my beast in the air as we did front, then rear.

    Need to pick up the RS9000 shocks now that I have the correct measurement eye to eye..............alignment and we should be good to go...............recheck torques shortly and over and over again............[​IMG].

    NO fender trimming was required YET.............haha..........the wheels are not a deep offset so they turn with plenty to spare, but I will be trimming them to account for flex and the swaybar disconnects.

    Gotta love that Locker.............BANG!

    Pictures are in process................gotta put them on my site (a few) and more on webshots or wherever.

    Truck sits 4.5" higher now than it did Friday afternoon...........and won't fit in the garage! Wife is verrry happy about that............[​IMG].........now she gets it! (don't dog me out, it was a deal we worked out a while back that I get it!).

    Thanks to all (you know who you are) - Wes, Shannon, Rene, Doug, etc..........for the moral support and technical help. Could not have done it without you guys. It feels so good to have all NEW underpinnings..................all new.

    <font color=orange>'79 - 406 TPI -<font color=orange> K5#5 - <font color=blue>See it at---&gt;<A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.blazzinor.coloradok5.com>http://www.blazzinor.coloradok5.com</A>
     
  2. thatK30guy

    thatK30guy 1 ton status Premium Member

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    CONGRATULATIONS!!! [​IMG] Now you can go do anything and everything you ever wanted to do without fear of breaking parts!!! [​IMG] Cant wait to see the pics and hear about the first time out "testing" the whole shebang!!! [​IMG]

    When In Doubt, Whip It Out!
     
  3. elkboy

    elkboy 1/2 ton status

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    Sounds like it was worth the effort. I look forward to seeing it this summer on a trail run.

    [​IMG]<font color=red> Elkboy</font color=red> [​IMG] 82 K5 fuel injected H.O.305, TH350/205, 14bolt/10bolt and 39.5 TSL's.
     
  4. SAVAGE1

    SAVAGE1 1/2 ton status

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    Congrats... can't wait to see the pics. Did you add up your reciepts yet? [​IMG]

    [​IMG]<A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.savage1.coloradok5.com>http://www.savage1.coloradok5.com</A>
     
  5. rocko

    rocko 1/2 ton status

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    Sometimes it's just good to forget about adding up the reciepts... (spelling) ...
    Congrats on your conversion... can't wait to find a good 3/4 ton donor truck for my conversion someday....
    Now.. your truck looked great before.. can't wait to see it now.

    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>
     
  6. chevyfumes

    chevyfumes Court jester

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    Watch for the muzzleflash!
    Frank you dog, you won the lottery and didn't even tell us. We see how ya are[​IMG].... can't wait to see pics.[​IMG]

    [​IMG]<font color=blue> I'd rather have a bottle in front of me, than a frontal lobotomy!
     
  7. CaptCrunch

    CaptCrunch 1/2 ton status

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    I can hardly wait to see the pics... was a sweet rig before... now even sweeter! Plus gotta catch a glimpse of those nice axles wes made up again LOL [​IMG] Congrats BlazzinOR

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    1987 Chevy K5 Blazer- 350 TBI
     
  8. solowookie

    solowookie 1/2 ton status

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    sounds pretty cool... I can't wait to get mine done, and just wish I had a D60 to go w/ my 14B FF... guess I'll just have to live w/ my 3/4 ton 8 lug D44 for now...

    would love to see pics! [​IMG]

    <font color=blue> Jeff </font color=blue>

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  9. sounds sweet and sounds like you did it right[​IMG] hope to see it in person soon! get those pics up!

    78, 350/350/203, 3/4 ton, 4" lift, 35" BFGs
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  10. wayne

    wayne 3/4 ton status

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    Man after reading this I can't wait to get mine done.

    <A target="_blank" HREF=http://jamonline.homestead.com/fromthegroundupK54x4/89Jimmy.html>http://jamonline.homestead.com/fromthegroundupK54x4/89Jimmy.html</A>
    <font color=blue>Happy Trails<font color=blue>
    <font color=blue>Wayne<font color=blue>
     

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