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Question for the sages of the K5

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by fbronson, Apr 22, 2004.

  1. fbronson

    fbronson 1/2 ton status

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    I was looking at the spec's page and noticed that when the K5 was introduced in 1969, it weighed a scant 2900 some pounds. 20 years later, the K5 seems to have filled out a little and tipped the scales at an astounding 4878 pounds! /forums/images/graemlins/eek.gif From what I can tell, there were really only three major changes. 1: No more full fiberglass top, now the K5 has a steel half-cab. (Adds weight). 2: Standard for the '89 model is chevy's famous 350 V8 vs the standard 250 c.i. I6 in '69. (Also adds weight). 3: Now here is the kicker, in '69 the K5 came with a GM 12bolt in the rear and a Dana 44 in the front. In '89, out go the heavy 3/4 ton axles, and in go the lighter GM 10bolt 1/2 ton axles, front and rear. So where do all those extra 1900 pounds come from? /forums/images/graemlins/dunno.gif If anybody knows, I'd be really curious to find out.
     
  2. BlazerGuy

    BlazerGuy 3/4 ton status

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    First, 12 bolts and D44's are 1/2 ton's not 3/4 ton's and they weigh roughly the same. Second, there's more crap in the late models. Like PW, PL, big auto tranny, A/C, etc....
     
  3. CK5

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    The specs are for a bone stock K5, with full soft top and 6 popper no carpet etc.. Not many were that light.
     
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    Bullet 1/2 ton status

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    Plus some '69 models came with just a driver seat and no other interior items
     
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    Blazer1970 1/2 ton status

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    [ QUOTE ]
    The specs are for a bone stock K5, with full soft top and 6 popper no carpet etc.. Not many were that light.

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    Yup, base level in '69 was NO top, and only the drivers bucket seat. All other seats and the top were options. Base level in '69 also came with a very light 3 speed tranny and a light (in comparison to the 205) Dana 20 transfer case.
     

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