72 K5 - IGOR's build thread - 6/12/2017- Update!

  • So - I'm jealous of all you guys with build threads - I've been here a long time - it's time for me to have one! :D:D

    So...

    This is my '72 K5 CST build. I want this rig to be a very mild wheeler / mostly street rig. My little boy who is nearly 4 has only ridden in it once - and is lately pushing me to get it done!

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    I bought this rig 5/01/00 from a gentleman in Oregon City, OR.
    http://coloradok5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1931

    I am the third or fourth owner. When I bought it, it had a 4" lift, 35" wild countrys, 1/2 ton running gear with 3.08 gears. It had positraction rear, tilt steering wheel, factory tach, factory AC, and a double wall top.

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    My wife found this rig originally, and knew I'd like it and drove me by it. We had no money (being recently married) and forgot about it for a month or so. In that time, my grandmother passed away and left me a small sum of $$. - some of which I used to purchase this rig. What was weird was my grandmother had a cherry '71 K5 identical to this one. I'm still looking for her '71 - but no luck yet. (she traded the '71 on a '90 Ford Explorer :mad::mad: - which my brother drives now to this day)

    FYI - VIN was: KE181S600964 and it is a 1971 K5. If any of you guys find it, let me know!

    She did keep the plates off of the '71 - so I have the old school blue with yellow letter Oregon plates on it - which is pretty cool!

    Below is a pic of my grandma & grandpa's '71 in Easter Oregon back in the day! This pic was taken between 1971 & 1975.

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    I drove this rig a lot for the first several years, and then the rear end went out. I took this as an opportunity to pick up a 14 bolt with 4.10s (only $60). Of course this turned into a "MIGHT AS WELL" (to quote Greg) - thus, I bought a 3/4-ton 10 bolt from COCHEV that KennyW was kind enough to deliver from Bend to me. [​IMG]

    When I had both axles, I also had access to cheap sand blasting as well as (free) powdercoating, so took advantage of that - and had a buddy set up 4.56 gears in the front & rear as well as a Detroit Locker in the rear end.

    Also took this time to set up the front with cross over steering - Muddytazz machined the knuckles for me - (first ones he had ever done if I recall correctly!) and an 8" lift. I made a drag link & tie rod out of 1.25" x .25" wall tube, and then sleeved them both with 1.5" x .120" wall stainless tubing - which of course I had to have polished!

    Anyway - at this point I drove this rig for several years.

    Until the harmonic balancer on the 350 came apart. that turned into its present state of the frame off. (it's a long story)

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    With the body off the frame, a whole multitude of obvious fixes / improvements came up that should be done - and that is where we are today... :D

    Here are some of my previous posts on various things I've done to this rig...

    3/4 ton axles installed - back in Fall of 2003!
    http://coloradok5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=81929
    http://coloradok5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=75953
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    Cross-over Steering by Muddytazz
    http://coloradok5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=68338

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    37" Krawlers!
    http://coloradok5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=68653

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    Sweet tailgate score!
    http://coloradok5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=185996
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    Body off the frame - October 2006
    http://coloradok5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=188073
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    Stainless steel rock ring
    http://coloradok5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=203110
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    Front towhooks & front receiver
    http://coloradok5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=215925

    http://coloradok5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=212438
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    Rear towhooks & rear receiver
    http://coloradok5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=234883
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    Polished Stainless grille
    http://coloradok5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=260848
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  • Year:
    1972
    Make:
    Chevy
    Model:
    K5 Blazer
    Trim Level:
    CST