i'm at a point in my project where i've done alot, yet i've done nothing... i've accumulated most of the parts that one would need to put together a capable truck. i bought a 79 K10 SWB parts truck, but it was a little more tweaked than i thought it was, and the bed floor... well, what bed floor? and then i've got my 86 C10 that was going to be the body donor for the cab and front clip. the 86 is a complete one owner truck that just needs a bit of engine work. everything else works great, including the CC and AC. the more work i put into this project, the more i think it would be cooler to have a K5. something about being able to haul more than one or two people at a time, keeping my cargo dry if ever i have any, and taking the top off and cruising/wheeling. you just cant get that stuff with a SWB pickup. i discussed this with Tim this weekend, and he pretty much told me i was crazy. his main concern seemed to be centered around the rear shaft being so much shorter. are there any other advantages or disadvantages that one has over the other? i'd really like some educated input on this one, to help me make a decision on my rig before i get too far into it. if the K5 seems to be the better route, and doesnt have too many problems, i may get the C10 running and sell it to purchase a K5 shell. here's what i've got... 86 C10 solid 1 owner 114,000 mi truck. 79 K10 SWB frame and box SM465 NP205 hydro clutch setup for 465 3/4 ton axles Sky disc brackets for the 14FF Echobit shackle flip TC EZ Ride 6" springs Vortec 5.7 longblock 87 TBI setup everything i've got as far as chassis and drivetrain should pretty much drop right on to a K5, and none of it is actually on the frame yet. thanks for your input in advance.