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Proud Papa of a 78 Bonanza K5 - finally - PICS -

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by crawlink5, Dec 11, 2003.

  1. crawlink5

    crawlink5 1/2 ton status

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    Finally found one that was a great deal. And I'm happy.
    The second pic in the top row looks like it is now. The all brown is a touched photo of what it would look like all brown - compliments of Lane. The tan on the hood is a color scheme from an old TV show actor's Blazer - can you name that show? Lane told me but I forgot as my attention was centered on future plans for the blazer at the time.

    http://www.crawlinjeep.com/jeep/photo.htm

    -1978, two tone brown/tan, shiny paint but not show quality
    -Bonanza Edition - (what is the scoop on this?)
    -power windows and door locks
    -400 sb(rebuilt)/th 350/203 with part time kit and SYE driveshaft and lockout hubs
    -5 new 33" AT tires less than 100 miles it looks like.
    -d44/12 bolt, 3.73 gears, locker in rear, don't know about front
    -new grill guard, looks great
    -Jacobs ignition
    -in the box Holley fuel injection
    -new radiator, heater core, windshield wiper motor, rear window motor and tracks, front door motors,
    -EDIT LOOKS LIKE NEW dash pad - ORIGINAL
    -no tears in upholstry
    -rebuilt cruise control under hood
    -new PS pump and rebuilt steering bod
    -front end tight, brakes good, drives great, runs great
    -never wrecked from the looks, all chrome good and grill
    -dual exhaust, out the back sides behind tires
    -used but not trashed

    -issues - two small rust spots
    -needs 700r4 for the overdrive
    -cruise control issues (not gonna bother)

    Get this - $3000
     
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    SUBFAN 1/2 ton status

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    Re: Proud Papa of a 78 Bonanza K5 - finally

    3.73's and 33's and you want overdrive???? Why?

    Otherwise, sounds like a fairly good deal. Now,

    WHERE'S THE PICS???? /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
  3. crawlink5

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    Re: Proud Papa of a 78 Bonanza K5 - finally

    Well, that's what has me puzzled. I had 4.11s with 33 and 4.56 with 35s (with 6 cyl). It seems that the rpms are too high but til I get a new tach I won't know for sure. Also, he wasn't positive about the 3.73s. The th350 shifts out quick.

    pics is coming after I wash it tomorrow. Its been sitting for a while and I need to clean it.
     
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    Re: Proud Papa of a 78 Bonanza K5 - finally

    ive got the 3.73's and a 700r4. Not good. Im gonna regear soon to 4.56. If u get a 700r4 try to get one from an 87 or newer. They are pretty strong. Anything older ant it will be !rap.

    Nick
     
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    Re: Proud Papa of a 78 Bonanza K5 - finally

    Found out some more

    -Correction: the front window motors are original
    -AC has been converted to the new freon
    -all the bushings in the springs and antisway bars are new polyurethane
    -wiper switch and the rear window rocker switch are new
    -Holley Pro-jection 670 cfm kit
     
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    Re: Proud Papa of a 78 Bonanza K5 - finally

    Is the Holley Pro Jection hooked up?

    After you use it a bit tell us what you think....
     
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    Re: Proud Papa of a 78 Bonanza K5 - finally

    Sound like a really nice truck /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
    Waiting for the pics.
     
  8. crawlink5

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    Re: Proud Papa of a 78 Bonanza K5 - finally

    The projection is still in the box. I'm going to tackle that when we have a warm spell. Since Christmas seems to be always hot here I might try then. I will put all details on the injection up as soon as it is running.

    This is similiar to what I have:

    http://www.holley.com/HiOctn/ProdLine/Products/FMS/FMSFI/502-20S.html

    but the kit shown (web) says up to 275 HP and the kit I have says up to 320 HP. It was previously on a small block 400. Came with original instructions.

    The tan on the hood is a color scheme from an old TV show actor's Blazer - can you name that show? Lane told me but I forgot as my attention was centered on future plans for the blazer at the time.


    Pics at http://www.crawlinjeep.com/jeep/photo.htm

    The second pic in the top row looks like it is now with the front grill guard. The Jeep following is the one I just sold.

    Well, I got up at 6 this a.m. because I couldn't sleep. Ready to start cleaning and working. I still can't believe I finally got a blazer. After driving the Jeeps since '95, it seems I'm in a behemoth now - durnit, get outta the way this lane is not big enough for the both of us! Comein' through!
     
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    Re: Proud Papa of a 78 Bonanza K5 - finally

    That is a fine looking 78 K5, congratulations. Looks almost too nice to take wheeling, are you really going to? /forums/images/graemlins/thinking.gif
     
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    Bonanza K5? I know they made trucks with Bonanza badges but not K5's /forums/images/graemlins/thinking.gif The trucks are hard to come by so I am assuming the K5 is even more so. My friends stock Bonanza C-10 is very plain with factory A/C but manual windows and locks. It has a vinyl seat and flooring, no clock or tach. I am very curious about your K5 now. Thanks for posting up.
     
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    Was that TV show "The Fall Guy"? He had a SWB Chev p/u that was, at least one tone, brown, maybe 2 tone? If I'm right do I get the $64,000.00 porcelain pig, Wink?
     
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    It is a factory Bonanza K5. No tach [EDIT: It does have a clock]. factory power windows and locks Carpet that looks stock but may be add in. factory ac. 400 small block. The way I understand it the diff motor sizes were an option for all models.

    Lane said the Bonanzas were rare. I don't know the production numbers. He also had the factory sticker for it that read $11,000 plus (if I was paying attention /forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif - couldn't find it though. I think the base model was $6700ish? I'd sure like to get a copy of the sticker.

    I put a tach in today so I'll see the rpms I'm running at different speeds now.

    By the way - I think it is growing on my wife some.
     
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    Hey all I got this from Lane (the previos owner). (and No, I wasn't paying attention. to anything other than the K5. I had tunnel vision).

    Lane, if you'd said you picked the Blazer up on the moon and had to fly it back, I'd of said "That's nice".

    Quote:"Pay attention next time!!!! /forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif


    ³The Fall Guy² with Lee Majors. The ³fall guy² was a Hollywood stunt man
    that solved crimes and did other heroic stuff. I never watched the show
    myself, but I remember it.

    Bonanzas were a limited edition done at the end of the model year. I once
    spoke to a Chevrolet regional sales manager about this and asked if he knew
    anything about them. He assured me he did, and in fact when Chevrolet was
    trying to come up with a new name for their trucks, which ended up being
    ³Silverado², he had pushed to bring back ³Bonanza². I have seen only one
    other in 5 years, a pickup of the same vintage as Monster Truck (this is what his wife calls it and it had nothing to do with tires...Doug) and in a
    whole lot worse shape. I suppose the name came from the popular western from
    the seventies.

    Lane"End Quote
     
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    Sounds like a winer. Congrats /forums/images/graemlins/cool.gif
     
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    Re: Proud Papa of a 78 Bonanza K5 - finally

    Man, that is one nice looking Blazer. Take my word for it, you'll kick yourself if you repaint it or really modify it a lot and it turns out to be a really rare one. I've owned Blazers for 24 years now and I have never seen a "Bonanza" Blazer. I'd keep it like it is. Rusted out beaters are a dime a dozen but you have one seemingly rare one here.

    I just wonder how many Midas Edition Scouts, Hurst Jeepsters, and Stroppe Baja Broncos have been trashed by their unknowing owners only to find out that they were worth tens of thousands of dollars.

    I'd love to see some more detailed pictures. Especially of that line tag. Not too many real special edition Blazers out there. Please, more pics!

    --Don /forums/images/graemlins/k5.gif /forums/images/graemlins/k5.gif /forums/images/graemlins/k5.gif /forums/images/graemlins/k5.gif
     
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    Re: Proud Papa of a 78 Bonanza K5 - finally

    I'll take more pics soon. I may buy a digital camara this week.

    As far as heavily modifying it - I'm not changing the body any at all. It'll also never see HEAVY off-road where body damage could happen. When I paint it I'm going to use factory colors and designs. The fall guy scheme on the hood may actually be factory as I've seen it near work recently on a truck about the same year - I'll have to check.

    The interior may see different seats and a CD player. Otherwise it'll be brought to factory one day.

    As far as the drive-train, it's getting a K-case 700r4 from K2ORION maybe next weekend. This will be a daily driver and I need the overdrive. The K-case TH350 has got to come out. It'll be put on the shelf for when/if I want to put back original. Also this weekend it'll get a Holley Pro-Jection TBI.

    This is a lot different than I planned, but I didn't expect what I got. This thing is tight. I was getting excited on 14bff/d60, doublers, etc...
     

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