Hey all, I'm new here, and new to trucks and 4wd. But I'm not new to Chevy, I have a 98 C5 Corvette as a daily and think it would be a nice complement to add a K5 to the C5. I'm very hands on I do my own work on everything from clutch jobs to tranny rebuilds so this would be a secondary/beater around/fun vehicle. I've been doing research on 4 wheel drive vehicles in general. And I've come to the conclusion the K5 may be one of the good contenders here for my applications and for availability of parts, both OEM and aftermarket and ease of work. I live in the mid atlantic region (MD) and we dont have sand dunes or baja style places but mine will be most likely used for trails, blasting through mud and general off roading. It seems everyone and their mom has a Jeep of some sort so I wanted to shy away from that. And also a K5 is probably more useful then a jeep is for hauling stuff etc. Ive been reading all I can on this wonderful sight from the product reviews, tech specs, and this forum but need to know some more. Great to see the manuf's lit as well as year by year specs. My friend's dad has a 87 (I think) K5 that he is selling. It is stock. Unfortunately I don't have all the info about it cause I've only glanced at it once and I'm sitting at work. If I remember right it had low miles for its age, either 35K miles or 65K miles. Also, new General tires that are fairly new although they're only the stock 31" size. I think it has the 350 motor with an automatic transmission. The owner also says it needs new ball joints. I dont remember the other details. I plan to look at it in detail when I get home, so I'm posting here. What should I look out for? From what I've gathered so far, the GM 10 bolt differentials are weak and a cost effective upgrade is to the 14 bolt. I read through the product reviews and the "how to" sections here and my mouth started getting wet haha. I plan to do the standards- lift the truck, get larger tires, brush guard, skid plate, air compressor, larger lights etc. Then maybe the air locker, cross steering conversion, manual tranny swap, door removal kit, 89-91 front conversion etc. What can you all tell me to look for on such a vehicle? Any other hidden details? How's insurance (liability only)? Thanks in advance!