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Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by POWERMAD, May 31, 2001.

  1. POWERMAD

    POWERMAD 1/2 ton status

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    Well I've been on the phone trying to find all ofthe parts I will need to do the 6-8lug swap.
    The first one was a wash out, I finaly hung up after reapeatedly saying that I knew that K5's were 1/2 tons and that it was not an imossibilaty to convert.
    The 2nd one was almost as bad and wanted almost $400 for the parts.
    The 3rd one I called I just asked for the backing plates, hubs and rotors for a 78 GM D44.
    The first thing the guy said is are you converting . I said yes and told him what I had and what I wanted to do and he said no sweat I have what you will need.
    He even went into alot of detail about what will work and why. I almost said whoa bud that's way more than I want to know but I listened to him for 15 minutes and the end result being.... $240 for the whoe shebang.
    There is a God. LOL
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  2. rocko

    rocko 1/2 ton status

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    That's awesome...
    There is a salvage yard here in Texas like that.. just listen to the guy talk for while.. and let him tell you a few stories.. then he cuts me one hell of a deal on parts..
    Gotta love it..
    Congrats on your find..!!!!!


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  3. dyeager535

    dyeager535 1 ton status Premium Member

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    Almost all of the time, I have found it is better to just show up at the 'yard with cash in hand, than to call. Half the time they say they don't even HAVE the parts (for instance, when you were there the day before and saw them) and when they DO say they have them, usually you get a higher price on the phone. I know for a fact at one yard I get a lower price because they recognize me.

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  4. 90K5

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    you may be able to get a better price than that when you go there. Put $150-$200 in your wallet, and leave the rest in the car. When they say they want $240 for it, tell them you dont have it, and if they won't do it, leave...or start to. The ymay not sell it for a while if you don't get the stuff, and they get it for practically nothing. I've gotten good deals on things by doing this...if they demand more money, say you'll have to go to the bank, maybe be back in a few days. Don't go out to the car and get the money. Then they won't believe you next time. Good luck.....this has worked for me.

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  5. JunkYardCrawler

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    i ahve found that yards are worthless to call. and if you do you only tell them what they need to know. if your doing a 6-8 lug swap they only need to know what year the diff is if taht. i prob would jsut tell them that it is already an 8 lug and that i just need another.

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  6. POWERMAD

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    LOl. I should have known better than to try to explain what I was doing.
    I've run into this before when ordering t-case parts and such.
    That's why on the 3rd call I just asked for the parts for a 3/4 ton.
    I guess the backing plates gave it away as to what I was wanting to do.
    When I said wow how did ya know what I'm doing the old guy smugly said well I've only been doing this since 1954 I oughta know what I'm doing by now.

    my truck's not dirty, it's earth tone paint
     
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    I have had THE WORST experience at the salvage yards here in San Diego. First off these guys act like these parts are brand new and they are Pep Boys or something. I have been to like ten of them and most if not all have this attitude. Man, the one I went to in LA was alot different. I guess I haven't found the right one :)

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    I went to one one time, wit ha frined to get a mirror for his car, and he just broke the mount off, just needed the mirror. The guy asked if it was broken when he got there, and he said it was...the guy acted all pissed that the stupid thing was broken, it was already cracked...He ended up getting the thing for $2 though.

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    i go to the junk yard atleast twice a week, i got a brush gaurd and 5 day lighters for 70 bucks

    high
     
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    My first experience with buying parts from a yard was about a month ago. I was looking for a front clip for my 84, and heard there was a K-5 in a local yard with a nice front clip. Anyway, I go there, and sure enough, this beaut' of a black K-5 is sitting there. The tub was shot but the clip was in really nice condition. So, I ask the guy how much for the stuff. He musta been in a good mood, cuz I got the entire clip for $210, but I had to take it off the truck myself (no biggie). next time I need something, I'm definately going back to that place.

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    when it comes to getting parts for something that "shouldnt be"just tell them what you need,dont let them know what your doing.tell em what they want to hear basicly,give em the part #you need or the application you need.not what its goin on.saves alot of hassles.

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