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opinion on a 73 K5

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by scott87, Apr 9, 2001.

  1. scott87

    scott87 Registered Member

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    Driving home, I just saw a 73 K5 for sale. It has 81k original miles, 350 4bbl (pretty good shape), good brakes, new lift and tires, part time conversion. Does have some rust in the fenderwells, needs some body work. Asking price is $3800. Was going to offer $3500. Any opinions on this? Anyone have a 73? If it were you, would you snatch this one up?
     
  2. Blazer_Boy

    Blazer_Boy 1/2 ton status

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    Buy it!!!! Sounds like a great start for a cool truck. A full convertable with that body stlye was only available for 3 years. Its so cool being able to take the top off.

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  3. Michael

    Michael 1/2 ton status

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    I paid $2000 for a 2wd in fairly poor shape....some rust, bad paint, bad tires, 140,000 miles, bad seats, etc.
    I Love it!! Yours sounds like a good deal to me.....I would check the rust out, but all the old bodies are pretty ruff unless they've been redone.

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  4. Grim-Reaper

    Grim-Reaper 3/4 ton status Author

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    RUST&gt;&gt;&gt;&gt;RUST&gt;&gt;&gt;&gt;&gt;&gt;RUST&gt;&gt;&gt;&gt;&gt;&gt;RUST&gt;&gt;&gt;&gt;&gt;&gt;&gt;RUST&gt;&gt;&gt;&gt;&gt;&gt;
    GM installed the rust at the factory. Floors rust out really bad on those year trucks and floor are not readily available. Check the link to my site. GM didn't waste money on under coating...hell they didn't waste money on paint! The metal was raw in the rocker boxes. take a scew drive and behind the front tires you wil fin a oval hole that you can see the front cab suport.Stab it with a scew driver and see if it's solid. Then check the side of the box where it's next to the frame. From the rear wheel wells looking foward you will see 2 plastic plugs on the back side of the rocker box. Take them out and shine a light in one and look through the other and see what the other side of the cab suport looks like and the inner rocker.
    As for price...hell I paid a $1 for my 75 [​IMG] BigJbear Just bought one that's pretty dented up for $1400. There is another one around here (Atlanta) at a Buds shop for about $2k.

    Diging it in the dirt with my K5's
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  5. LAZYMON

    LAZYMON 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    I bought my 73 last summer, it was pretty much stock except for a Goodwrench engine. No rust or dents, paid $2800. I looked at quite a few and most had lots of rust and people wanted between $2000-$3000. If your going to buy one with lots of rust think about the cost to get rid of it. I liked the 73 because it is smog exempt.

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  6. '73 K5

    '73 K5 1/2 ton status

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    It really depends on how bad the body is...so do what Grim said. And are you absolutely sure its 81k and not 181k? See if the seller has receipts. I don't see that many 73-75's around anymore and esp not that many for sale...thats why I snagged mine when I saw it. If everything checks out, go for it. Cruising around on summer nights with the full top off...its almost better than beer.

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  7. AZK5

    AZK5 1/2 ton status

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    That seems pretty steep, I paid $800 for my 73 K5. It had a couple rust spots and a worn out interior but it ran great when I bought it. It had 3.73 gears and a rear limited slip from the factory. I'm betting it doesn't have 81,000 miles on it. Look at the bushings, steering linkage, and ball joints they should be in pretty good shape with only 81,000 miles on them.
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  8. bigjbear

    bigjbear 1 ton status Staff Member Moderator

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    Like Grim said I just paid $1400 for mine. It is very rough, but I bought it to be a trail truck. I will fix the rust and bigger dents but I had no illusions about making it a show truck. I realy wanted a 73-75 and this one seems sound enough to be a good project. Besides, it has a siren. Look for rust and when you find it decide if it is too much to repair.

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    HispanicPanic 1/2 ton status

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    that really isnt a bad price for that year think about it you would have one of few trucks out there that are full convertable and when you fix them up in my opinion you cant compare them to the half convertables the full convertable looks alote better (im ready for the hate mail) :-)

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  10. JunkYardCrawler

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    Grab it man. i snaged my 73 from a junkyard and turnning it in to a crawler. mine came with rust and a little bit of body and very few dents till i got it=) you cant beat that summer nights drive with the top off. well almost beer is pretty good and so are hot chicks but they dig the topless truck.
     
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    I paid 2500 for my 73... Was told it had less than 35000 on the rebuild but so far have had the tranny and engine rebuilt... Body on mine was in real good shape with the only rust above the fenders...
     
  12. scott87

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    Thanks for all the replies. I think I'll look it over more closely. $3500 seems like a lot. I'm thinking that I'd rather put that money in an 87 K5 that I already have, at least that is what my wife hinted at.
     

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