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QUIZ - What parts are UNIQUE to a '69 K5?

Discussion in '1969-1972 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Greg72, Dec 11, 2001.

  1. Greg72

    Greg72 "Might As Well..." Staff Member Super Moderator

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    QUIZ - What parts are UNIQUE to a \'69 K5?

    OK, that subject line is slightly misleading....but I thought it would be fun to see how many things we could come up with that changed during the 4 years that 1st Gens were produced....I have what I think is a good start.....so jump in and add more IF YOU CAN.....!

    <font color=red>***EDITED 12/19/01 - I've decided to incorporate your feedback directly into this 1st Post, so you won't have to 'scroll' through to get all the answers &amp; updates***</font color=red>


    1969:

    Had a unique "Inner" grille design (1969 only) w/ integral running lights
    Outer grille was unpainted
    Headlamp trim was painted either black or white
    Bowtie Chevy emblem mounted on leading edge of hood
    Front bumper is a solid piece…no cutouts for lights
    Drum brakes up front
    Rearview mirror mounted to windshield frame
    Shift Knob for transfer case has no markings….Instructions are on glovebox sticker
    Gas Pedal is mounted to cab floor
    Door panels had a distinctive "scroll pattern" with a large "block-style" armrest
    Fuel Filler Neck is 1.5" Diameter
    Gas Tank is 23.5 Gallons

    1970:

    Had a unique "Inner" grille design (1970 only) w/ integral running lights
    Outer grille was unpainted (69-70)
    Headlamp trim was painted either black or white (69-70)
    Bowtie Chevy emblem mounted on leading edge of hood (69-70)
    Front bumper is a solid piece…no cutouts for lights (69-70)
    Drum brakes up front (69-70)
    Rearview mirror mounted to windshield frame (69,70,71)
    Shift Knob for transfer case has no markings….Instructions are on glovebox sticker (69,70,71)
    Gas Pedal is mounted to cab floor (69-70)
    Door panels had a simpler design with a large "block-style" armrest
    Fuel Filler Neck is 1.5" Diameter (69-70)
    Gas Tank is ______ gallons

    1971:

    New Inner Grille design - running lights moved to front bumper
    New Outer grille removes the previously prominent "center bar"
    Headlamp trim was now unpainted aluminum
    Bowtie Chevy emblem moved from hood to inner grille
    Front bumper now has cutouts for the front running lights
    Front axle now uses Disc Brakes
    Factory installed steering box brace added
    Rearview mirror mounted to windshield frame (69,70,71)
    Shift Knob for transfer case has no markings….Instructions are on glovebox sticker (69,70,71)
    Gas Pedal is has a new shape and does not touch floor
    Door panels had a simpler design with a large "block-style" armrest (70-71)
    Fuel Filler Neck size increased to 2" Diameter
    Gas Tank is ______ gallons
    Rubber Lower Tailgate seal added


    1972:

    New Inner Grille design - running lights moved to front bumper (71-72)
    New Outer grille removes the previously prominent "center bar" (71-72)
    Recessed areas of Outer Grille are painted flat black (1972 only)
    Headlamp trim was now unpainted aluminum (71-72)
    Bowtie Chevy emblem moved from hood to inner grille (71-72)
    Front bumper now has cutouts for the front running lights (71-72)
    Front axle now uses Disc Brakes (71-72)
    Factory installed steering box brace added (71-72)
    Rearview mirror mounted to windshield glass (1972 only)
    Shift Knob for transfer case now has shift pattern markings, no sticker on glovebox (1972 only)
    Gas Pedal is has a new shape and does not touch floor (71-72)
    Door panels are re-designed with a thicker armrest section, some "scroll pattern" returns (1972 only)
    A different window regulator is introduced (because of new door panel design?) (1972 only)
    Fuel Filler Neck size increased to 2" Diameter (71-72)
    Gas Tank is 21 Gallons
    Rubber Lower Tailgate seal added (71-72)


    STILL NEED CONFIRMATION:

    Change to rear of framerails in 1972 to allow bumper to mount directly to frame without additional brackets?
    Recessed areas of Outer Grille were painted in 1971 and/or 1972. Possible cutover in late '71 production?
    CST Trim Package - Offered in which years?
    Waffle Pattered pedals vs. Grooved Pedals…..which years had which ones?




    -Greg72

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  2. arq

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    Re: QUIZ - What parts are UNIQUE to a \'69 K5?

    this is what i have seen diff from my 71 and 72. the rear chassis on the 71 is cut off right after the last body mount so it requires bumper brackets. the has the frame extended and the bumper mounts dirrectly to it.

    i think the window regulator changed cause of the door panel, the 72 uses a longer shaft, i think...
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  3. Greg72

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    Re: QUIZ - What parts are UNIQUE to a \'69 K5?

    ARQ,

    Once again, I think you've got it right. The window cranks appear to be the same but the little plastic thingie behind the crank (escuteon?) is different for '72.....also if you buy JUST the crank mechanism part of the regulator, that has a seperate part number for the '72 also.

    Probably has to do with the different mold on the door panel....I think the '72 sticks out more in the crank area.....maybe for more "knuckle room" when cranking?



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    Re: QUIZ - What parts are UNIQUE to a \'69 K5?

    I only see one mistake. The rear view mirror was mounted to the windshield frame in 71 as well.

    Another thing that I am currious about is when they went to the all metal upper filler tube. Mine has the 1' long rubber piece visable in the bed (it goes metal filler neck, rubber hose, metal elbow, rubber hose, than tank).

    '71 Blazer CST w/ a 400sbc, 4" lift, 36" Supper Swampers, and alot of rust
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  5. Ryan B.

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    Re: QUIZ - What parts are UNIQUE to a \'69 K5?

    You mentioned part of this but, I might add:
    1969: Grille is anodized aluminum, with a black rectangular screen behind it. The bowtie emblem is on the hood.
    1970: Grille is same as 69, but the black rectangular screen background has 12 sets of small horizontal fins. Bowtie emblem is on the hood.
    1971/1972: New "eggcrate" grille style. There is a recess in the perimeter of the grill surround (the anodized aluminum trim that goes around the grill and headlights). On the 71 it's left plain, on the 72 it's painted a flat/matte black.
    The bowtie emblem is moved to the middle of the grille, the turn signal indicators is moved out of the grille into the bumper for '71/'72.

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    Re: QUIZ - What parts are UNIQUE to a \'69 K5?

    Hey guys don't know if this counts but remember that letter on the old WulfDen site (Blazer-Net) about 1969 re-call on the Drivers side front spring bolt mount busting. So after that they put that front strap and kick back plate at the rear of the springpack.
    I second the rearview mirror being bolted until 72. I wish I had a bolted one I have to re-glue mine TWICE a year. Anyone with a 72 ever convert to a bolted style??Can it be done?? hmmmm, think I found my next mod!![​IMG][​IMG]


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    DOOR MIRRORS TO THE PEOPLE IN THE KNOW

    WHAT ABOUT THE MIRRORS ON THE DOORS I BELIEVE MY 69 HAD A DIFF MIRROR SETUP THEN MY 72.

    MIKE FROM MINNESOTA 72 CHEVY BLAZER
     
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    Re: QUIZ - What parts are UNIQUE to a \'69 K5?

    Burt4x4,

    Yep - I've got those "anti-launching" devices on my D.S. framerail...strange that it's only on the "steering" side...I would think that you'd still be in a LOT of trouble even if the P.S. leaf spring broke-off at speed.

    The mirror "back-dating" should be an easy conversion to do. The only thing that stinks is the cost of the parts. The original parts (mirror head &amp; bracket) are something like $70 new. You'll have to carefully mark the screwholes you'll need and then drill them.....possibly "tap" also, I haven't seen the mounting hardware to know if its a sheetmetal-type screw, or a machine screw. I plan on changing to this mirror on my '72.



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    Re: QUIZ - What parts are UNIQUE to a \'69 K5?

    I moved the mirror on mine after the windshield mounted one fell off twice. Mark it, drill it, screw the older style on and put the little plastic cap/cover thingie over it (which takes paint very well btw). There are a ton of older ones in the J-yards around here, I just walked around the local pick-your-part and found the one I liked the best.
     
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    Re: QUIZ - What parts are UNIQUE to a \'69 K5?

    two things i see wrong first i have a 71 K5 i have no markings on my shifter knob and i have a sticker on my glove box door that tells you how to use the shifter (and the door is the right year the vin on the SPI sticker in the door matches my truck its KE181s6......) and also my front grille (the aluminum part) has the area around the headlights paintedflat black as welll has a ring all the way around the grill i thought that 71 had the black ring around the whole grill and 72 didnt have it (from what i have read and have seen on trucks in the junkyard and people i know with trucks like mine)
    ohh and my door panels are held on with screws
     
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    Re: QUIZ - What parts are UNIQUE to a \'69 K5?

    The stainless steel trim on the pedals was not standard on any year Blazer. That trim was part of the deluxe interior and CST option groups. The pedal pads on the clutch, brake, and parking brake pedals was a waffle pattern when the trim was not present. The pad pattern was ribbed (similar to the throttle pedal) when the trim was present. I don't know what the first year for that trim was. I do know that the stainless throttle pedal trim from a '70-'81 Firebird or Camaro will fir the Blazer's throttle pedal (that's what's on my Blazer now).
     
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    Re: QUIZ - What parts are UNIQUE to a \'69 K5?

    The mirrors are expensive. They only mount with three 1/2" machine screws though. I've gotta get one b/c its the only part that was missin from my 69 K5. What was the thing I saw about the front spring mount breaking. I went out and checKed mine and didnt see where anymods had ever been done.
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    Re: QUIZ - What parts are UNIQUE to a \'69 K5?

    69-70 headlight bezels were either white or black, 71-72 ones were polished almnium but 69-70 ones will fit a 71-72 and 71-72 ones will fit a 69-70

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    Re: QUIZ - What parts are UNIQUE to a \'69 K5?

    SWB,

    Now THAT is interesting!!! It's one of those subtle things I'd never realized until you mentioned it. I always assumed they'd be the polished type, but I'm looking at the 1969 K5 Sales Brochure and sure enough.....the Blazer on the cover has BLACK headlight trim!

    Well Done! [​IMG]



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    Re: QUIZ - What parts are UNIQUE to a \'69 K5?

    Why do some transmission to transfer case adapters have bearings and some just have seals and a sleave?
    Both my Blazers ar '72 350/th350/np205/3.73 and one of each style adapter. One was manufactured in Flint, the other in St. Louis.

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    anthor thing is im pretty sure the earlier K5s could come with a rockwell T221 tcase

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    Re: QUIZ - What parts are UNIQUE to a \'69 K5?

    To the TOP.....see MAJOR edits in first post!!

    Please re-read and provide corrections or additional items. [​IMG]




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    the CST option was availble in 69-72.... so were the "deluxe" pedals with the chrome trim

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    Re: QUIZ - What parts are UNIQUE to a \'69 K5?

    I thought that the front disc brakes were an option beginning in '71 and standard in '72. Also, in '72 the side-view mirrors changed (yet again) and the doors changed completely (hence the one year only window regulators, door panels, arm rests, pinch bolt, etc.) for '72.
     
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    Re: QUIZ - What parts are UNIQUE to a \'69 K5?

    disks were STANDARD in 71..... the doors did not change "completly" there was an extra screw added under the wing window were the sheetmetal kept tearing..... and the internals were changed for the use of the new, wider door panels

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