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The SOB caught fire!!!

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by CrazeeBush, Jul 3, 2001.

  1. CrazeeBush

    CrazeeBush 1/2 ton status

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    Well, today started off interesting! Driving to work when I get a whiff off smoke. pull over only to find my F*cking carburator spewing flames! WTF! Me thinks a spark arced fromt eh dist to the breather and ignited it. So far as I can tell, my loss is $150 distributor, $40 plug wires, Edelbroick breather with K&N, & misc vaccum tubes and fuel hose, and possibly a new carb, but I have a qjet here waiting to get rebuilt. This sucks bad. The past month this truck has left me me stranded 3 times and been worked on more often than not.. arrgh! well, back to wrenching on it again.



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  2. Emmettology 101

    Emmettology 101 3/4 ton status Premium Member

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    Ah, the trials and tribulations of owning a K5 and wheelin it! :)

    <font color=green>MIKE</font color=green> - "Hukd on fawnics,werkd fer me!"
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  3. Pugsley

    Pugsley 1/2 ton status

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    Atleast it didn't burn to the ground[​IMG] - I've seen a K5 burn, and they burn very quickly.

    If it weren't for bad luck, I'd have no luck at all[​IMG]
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    You are lucky you caught it before it spread....It could have been a total loss!




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  5. mudhog

    mudhog THEGAME Staff Member Super Moderator

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    this is why i always carry a fire extinguisher(sp?)

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  6. 73CowBlazer

    73CowBlazer Registered Member

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    isn't it great to own a "new" blazer rather than the 10 year older one I have. Sorry about the intake.
    '73 CowBlazer
     
  7. solowookie

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    I'd write a real comment, but it looks like everything has pretty much been cover...

    except offering any sympathies I can... [​IMG]

    [​IMG] <font color=blue> Jeff </font color=blue> [​IMG]
     
  8. CrazeeBush

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    Well, I'm currently looking to buy a newer car that gets some resemblance of gas mileage and keep the k5 as a toy. any suggestions on good cars to buy that'll last a good while. I've been looking at mid 90's monte's,camaro's, firebird, and thurbirds. gimme some dirt on these cars. I'm looking for a car that is FI, relatively newer and still able to be worked on.



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    That sucks!!!!!! Was that an old Q jet? That happened to me once. The floats stuck and gas overflowed to form a pool of hi octane on the intake. MSD and pools of petro make exciting bedfellows. WOOOOOOOF!!!!!!
    The fire extinguisher is a good thing but you might want to carry a fire blanket if the flame show is contained to the intake area because it's not fun trying to clean the coequivlent to fine sand out of your system.
    Hope there is never a next time, Shawnboy.
     
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    "relatively newer and still able to be worked on" ... I think that's contradictory *L*
     
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    don't kill me know, but try a f*rd ranger, they get hellaofa good gas milage. I get 400 miles on a 17 gals. plus i get to through dirty old blazer parts on the back and bring newones home.

    ARQ.

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    mine caught on fire one morning when... it blew tranny fluid back out the dipstick and down onto the header... imagine it was a pretty funny sight guy standing on the bumper in a suit and tie beating the engine w/ a t-shirt
     
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    Well, I went to tow him home nad I had a look and it didn't look tooooooo bad. I just dont understadn how the hell you can get an arch from the rubber coated plug wires to the breather body and get fire. How does juice go through rubber????
    Help me here? If not we/he needs to do some more investigation work to figure out what caused "this" fire!!!!!

    If first you dont suceed......GETA BIGGER HAMMER!! [​IMG][​IMG]
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    gokartergo 3/4 ton status Staff Member Moderator

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    Could have heated up a plug wire on the exhaust and that cause the arch???????????Dan
     
  15. Motoronbrain

    Motoronbrain Registered Member

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    I had a engine fire in my Blazer acouple years back so I feel your pain. I lost a battery and altinater when I moved to the Seattle area. I put in the new battery and my brother in law put in the altinater and forgot one of the power wires to it. My wife was driving and it was loaded with two tool boxes, some of my electronics and my dog. It ran out of gas, I put some in it and in the carb, started it and the fire from the gas that over spilled. Quite a scare, its all better know but my wife still hates it. She thinks its possesed.

    Good luck it will get better
     
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    pugsley----first of all not all k-5s burn fast. i had a 1979 k-5 burn to the ground.i watched it burn for 3 hours. we were offroad and no fire truck could reach us. im sorry to hear about your little fire. i had a small fire a few months ago. thanks to some quick thinking and a fire extinguisher it was kept to a minimum. just a reminder to all k-5ers, buy a fire extinguisher and keep it handy. if i had one the first time we could have saved it.
     
  17. 84_Chevy_K10

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    When I was getting rid of my leaky, junk, factory stock Q-Jet, I dropped it on the battery. The fire that happened after that burned nearly all the skin of my right hand. What a bummer! No self pleasure thinking about BlazerBabe for a month! :) No seriously it really sucked and I thought I was really going to lose my K10 then. When I finally got a hold of that carb and threw it on the garage floor, it burned for about 30 seconds and my sister put it out with water from the house. It only burned one of the ground wires from under the hood thank God.

    Bolted on an Edelbrock 1404, don't miss that old Q-Jet a bit. One day when I get the book and learn to tweak them, I'm going back to a Q-Jet though.

    Tim
    '84 Chevy K10, lifted, loud, fast, and 3/4 ton axles
     

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