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The Colorado K5

View attachment 302932 As some of you know, I’ve been searching for a cleanish K5 to daily/play with. This is not easy to do, especially in Nebraska. I was at work this past Friday when I came across this ‘88 k5 in Lakewood, Colorado. Got a wild hair up my arse and got up early Sunday morning to make the drive from Lincoln. It ended up following me home. That was a long day.

It’s a 1988 k5 Base model 350tbi 4 speed. The 4 speed is the main reason I bought it, obviously. It looked really nice in the ad and like always they’re never as nice as the photos show. There’s some rust spots and a laundry list of little things that need fixed. It had supposedly been sitting for the last 5 years. I’m starting to believe this cause the gas smelled horrible and it’s starting to develop some leaks within one day of driving it.

Aside from all the issues it’s really fun to drive and I like it so far. We’ll see how far I go with it.

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You can also put factory center caps on the white spoke wheels. I've done that with the 66 and 73.
 

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Water pump decided it was time to give up. So doing that now. Also going to replace the egr valve cause it has the notorious hesitation under load unless I cap off the egr valve, then it runs perfect. So I’ll see if I can get it to function correctly before I cap it off for good. Also think I’m going to delete the air pump cause the P.O. had the emissions headers all ghetto rigged for the hoses and such. I forgot to mention that it passed CO smog testing and has a new exhaust system. Hooker long tubes, cats, flowmasters, and hideous giant chrome hillbilly tips.
 

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The old flat tire on the trailer on the way home trick. That sucks! "I don't always have a spare on my trailer, but when I do, I never get a flat."
 

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Replaced the water pump, pcv valve, egr valve and changed the oil the other day.

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Started pulling out random BS wiring from the PO. Anyone else love doing this as much as me? There’s still more too...

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Took a road trip to Albion today. Unfortunately not to see Martin as he was out of town. Met a friend of his to get some parts. Blazer did great on the trip. About 250 miles round trip doing 65-75mph.

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Got a new steering wheel.

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Picked up some factory spokes. Gonna get them blasted and painted white. Need tires yet.

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How hard is it to do the steering wheel swap? That’s one of the things I want to do, but having never taken a wheel off/on I don’t know what I’m in for. Don’t want to take it apart without knowing I can get it back together.
 

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How hard is it to do the steering wheel swap? That’s one of the things I want to do, but having never taken a wheel off/on I don’t know what I’m in for. Don’t want to take it apart without knowing I can get it back together.

If you have a basic cheapo steering wheel puller it’s like a 5 min job. Super easy.
 

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I gave the blazer a good hand wash and went off-roading tonight.

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Snapped a few pics of them together

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Can’t wait to get these blasted and painted. Then need to find some 33” BFG A/Ts and I think I’m gonna do a 1” lift with zero rates.

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How hard is it to do the steering wheel swap? That’s one of the things I want to do, but having never taken a wheel off/on I don’t know what I’m in for. Don’t want to take it apart without knowing I can get it back together.
The Autozone stores in Arizona have the wheel puller as a loaner. You pay full price, use it and bring it back. Then they refund your money. They have quite a few tools they loan like that.
 
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