i mentioned this in another thread and was encouraged to put it in the build threads, so here we go.
i recently bought a '81 k5 silverado from a kid.
he was ready to get rid of it for several reasons:
1. he has 5 kids and a pregnant wife
2. it has headers on it and most bolts had vibrated out and it sounded horrible
3. it had a massive oil leak going down the road @ highway speeds
4. it had a dead miss on #2
i put bolts in the headers and it's prettry quiet now.
he had already installed a new oil pan and new front and rear seals
i pressure washed the engine compartment and the entire underside of the k5. it was the dirtiest, oiliest vehicle i have ever seen.
oil was everywhere.
so, there's only a few places oil can exit a sbc.
the bottom end was freshly sealed. the front/rear intake gaskets were dry.
the valve cover gaskets were dry.
the fuel pump gasket was dry.
the timing cover was dry.
wait for it.................the dip stick tube was broken off at the block! at highway rpms oil was going everywhere.
i removed the broken part (with a 3/8" bolt screwed into it) and installed a new tube and stick.
pressure washed it again.
the 350 is totally dry now
the th350, np208 and both diffs are totally dry also.
when i pulled #2 plug i found cracked porcelain so i installed a new plug and it's now running perfectly.
i've ordered a "header back" exhaust system w/ turbos and hope they get here by friday. i can install the system sat morning.
in the meantime, i'm servicing the diffs, tranny, transfer. greasing every grease fitting/etc.
the truck drives-runs wonderfully. everything works but the ac which is totally been removed except for the evaperator so i have to bascially replace the entire ac system.
at this point i'd prefer to put an underdash unit on it but i can't find any (yet) that will fit into the available space even if i mod the 4wd stick.
any ideas about an under dash unit?
back in the mid 60's i helped my dad install several hundred add on ac's at the local chevy dealership and they always blew super cold.
anyhow, my back's hurting so i'll sum up for now.
this will be a near stock build. my goal is to use the k5 to drive to cloudcroft and eat, to church on sunday and to east texas a couple of times a year.
my wife cant get into my '75 k10 so i'm just gonna run 33x12:50's on the k5
with no lift.
the body is really good except for right behind the rear wheels and i've fixed that before.
don in NM