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Unjunking the Junk Bucket

Restoring my first truck after years apart

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Unjunking the Junk Bucket

This is my 76 K5 which my sister-in-law dubbed "Junk Bucket". It was purchased by my dad in 1992 when I was 5, and was our family hauler most of my life, until it became my vehicle when I first started driving. I was going to college over 600 miles away and my dad wanted me to have something better suited to that drive, so I got another car and so the Blazer sat in New Mexico on my dad's property for over 12 years until 2017. I was itching for a project car, so I asked my dad if he'd sell me his 79 El Camino (also sitting in NM rotting away). He said it was too far gone, but I could have my old Blazer if I wanted something to restore, and instantly all those fond memories came flooding back, so I said "Yes Please!". He brought it up on a trailer on his next trip to OK, and so began this restoration project. Over the following year I replaced every seal in the transmission, transfer case, diffs, and axles, all bearings, suspension and steering components, joints, and bushings. I wire brushed and painted every bit I could reach, replaced the entire brake system, installed a 2in rough country suspension lift, and some new meaty 33x12.5 BFG T/A KO2 on the stock rallies. I still have plenty of body and interior work to do, and look forward to sharing this truck with my boys, keeping it in the family, and making many more memories in the years to come

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Everything underneath this truck was coated in a healthy layer of rust from sitting on dirt for 12 years. Thankfully it was New Mexico, otherwise there'd probably be nothing left :haha:
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Bought some heated leather buckets and folding 3rd row bench from an 01 suburban part out. Stripped the interior out, and got a pretty slick steering wheel from LMC on account of my horn button broke off the other one. Seems like everything plastic in this truck disintegrates on touch from sitting in the NM sun all its life.
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Installed some LED Headlights and printed some brackets in PETG to mount the anti-flicker modules
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Pulled the rotted out dashboard and cluster (to be replaced with something custom in the future with VDO gauges). Ripped out the faulty vacuum operated cruise control system and auxillary battery setup in an attempt to declutter the engine bay. IMG_20200314_123043_exported_8500982677134954617.jpg MVIMG_20200311_194719.jpg
 
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Bought a TBI gas tank and fuel pump/sender to convert to electric fuel pump with stainless teflon -6AN line front to back MVIMG_20200519_193158.jpg MVIMG_20191215_134939.jpg MVIMG_20200521_184500.jpg
 

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Welcome.
I would love to see what a New Mexico rotted out El Camino looks likes. Especially one that was too far gone.

Otherwise blazer looks like a solid start.
 

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Welcome.
I would love to see what a New Mexico rotted out El Camino looks likes. Especially one that was too far gone.

Otherwise blazer looks like a solid start.

The floorboards were completely rotted through flintstone style, lol. I thought it could be saved personally. Probably not worth it from a financial standpoint, but it was his high school car, and I think it'd be fun to restore it someday. He's got a freshly rebuilt TH350 and 350 SBC in his shop to go in it that he never got around to finishing
 

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The floorboards were completely rotted through flintstone style, lol. I thought it could be saved personally. Probably not worth it from a financial standpoint, but it was his high school car, and I think it'd be fun to restore it someday. He's got a freshly rebuilt TH350 and 350 SBC in his shop to go in it that he never got around to finishing
Fair enough. Just when people are from different parts of the country they generally have the vastly different opinions of what too far gone is.
 

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Spent the past few months completely rewiring the truck. I bought a fuseblock out of a 90s truck, ordered a bunch of terminals from Mouser, and went to town building my own harness. At this point, I probably would've been better off starting with a EZ Wiring kit and reconfiguring it to suit my needs, but I don't regret it because I learned a lot in the process and have exactly the circuits I wanted. I also pulled a maxi-fuse block out of a c4 corvette to replace all the fusible links, and added some relays so all the various accessory circuit current isn't running through the ignition switch. Made a new rear chassis harness to replace the old crusty one and add the fuel pump/sender and trailer brake connections. Cleaned it up with some braided loom, I love this stuff.

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Got the fuel pressure regulator plumbed in and scored a used B&M Quicksilver shifter off facebook marketplace pretty cheap
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