K5 Blazer | Jimmy build created by Scribbles, Oct 11, 2017
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'90 K5 'Blazer'
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Looks like a solid start.
My goals for Barney are to end up with a reliable daily driver. I do have one rule for the truck, it must stay under 7ft in total height (Has to fit in garage).
Once I bought the truck it pretty well exhausted the truck fund, the tires on it were a complete set of maypops (They may pop any second) so I only drove the truck on my days off when I didn't mind walking, it didn't move much since I was working 6 days a week and I wasn't walking to work. I got tires (Cooper Discoverer AT3 32/11.50R15) at the end of September and it's first 10 mile drive the water pump went out. So $40 later I threw a new lifetime warranty pump on the truck and we were back in business.
My Dad runs an exhaust shop and had a take off 50 series Flowmaster, the existing muffler on the truck was blown out and rattling like crazy so we lobbed off the muffler and some other weird pancake looking thing and dumped it over the axle so I can get some more miles on him and see what else falls off.
Right now the to do list is:
-Fix the back window that doesn't work.
-Replace the sloppy steering box
-XJ or Express van steering shaft
-Steering box brace
-Front window track replacement
weird pancake looking thing
Don't they have smog in Texas??
for the most part, no.
Testing is required only in the following areas/counties:
Austin-Round Rock: Travis. Williamson.
Houston-Galveston-Brazoria: Brazoria. Fort Bend. Galveston. Harris. Montgomery.
Dallas-Fort Worth: Collin. Dallas. Denton. Ellis. Johnson. Kaufman. Parker. Rockwall. Tarrant.
El Paso: El Paso.
No smog here thankfully! I've seen so many members here stress about their smog tests and it makes me very glad I don't have to worry with it!
Nice start man!
Any plans to offroad it?
I'd like to do some easy stuff, but I don't want to wreck it, just enjoy it for its originally intended purpose. I need to do some looking and see if there are any places in central Texas, as of now I don't really know any but until recently I've never had any reason to care.
Since I first looked at this thing the tailgate window hasn't worked, the dealer I bought it from told me 'if you hit the window switch enough times it will go down'. It never went down, I did some looking and found the cable was seized up, ordered a new one from LMC and I finally got time to install it yesterday. I've lost a lot of sleep worrying about how much rust might be hiding under there but was pleased to not see any once I got the tailgate down.
Here is the wiring for the window motor, obviously it wasn't ever going down, I don't for the life of me understand why you would feel the need to be dishonest about it.
The old motor worked but it went up very slowly and needed help to roll it up all the way, I bought a new one and now it runs up and down smoothly!
Does anyone have any thoughts on the tailgate? It appears to be the factory color and was repainted at the same time as the rest of the truck but the emblems say GMC. Do you think they really just got lucky enough to find a GMC gate the same factory color?
there are quite a few in Texas although most will cause body damage to your K5.
And alot of it too.
That's a bummer. I don't really want to pinstripe Barney up just yet.
I'm seriously thinking about plastidipping this whole truck, someone talk me out of it.
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