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HotRodPC's 86 Silverado K5 Project

Discussion in '4wd Suburban, Blazer and Jimmy' started by HotRodPC, Oct 5, 2018.

  1. HotRodPC

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    Well, I'm pretty certain I'm going to pull the trigger on what I consider a bit rough K5. Pretty much rust free, but it's been worked over and tore apart by a kid. It does seem to be all there for the most part, but needs put together. Not sure if the engine runs or what it is even, but the 700r4, NP208 and both driveshafts are there. Both 3.73 10 bolts are still there so it's at least something to work with. Not sure it's going anything more than a toy so I might even just take the doors off, leave the top off, shoot it flat black and just put it together. Obvously haven't done much with other projects cuz my heart has really been in a 4x4 Burb or K5. We'll see what happens. I'm supposed to go see about picking up tomorrow and I'll get some pics then. I did get the SPID though.

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    Looks like the SPID of a well optioned K5.
     
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    And those slider windows in the topper make for excellent ventilation even at low speeds.
     
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    The interior is horrid. The kid who had it has painted the dash bezel with rattle can RED paint. The seats are there and appear to be avg condition for the age. It's tan interior, carpet still there but I want a black mat anyway. Not sure of the tailgate glass works or not. It's ugly cuz it's been sanded and cheap rattle can primered and starting to surface rust through. The door rubber gaskets have been removed and thrown away. The wiring looks to be a mess but hey, it's 98% complete but for $500, can't expect much. The frame and body itself seem to be rust free so it's at least something to work with. I didn't even see any rust in the rockers and no bondo. I think I'll just keep those 3.73 10 bolt axles, no lift kit, find on of those factory aluminum alloys since it's missing one of them and just go with the stock 31x10.50's and put some lunchbox lockers in the axles, clean up, spray it flat black as mentioned and just drive the bitch. It'll be fun with the grandkids and the top off.
     
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    Sounds like a super solid project!! Happy for you, man :)
     
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    Great starting point :waytogo:
     
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    So it DID happen. Fi hunnit dollas and I loaded it up. More parts are on the inside than I thought like the bumpers, headlight bezels and such. Yep, it looks a bit rough, but the rough is pretty much done by a kid trying to clean it up and ralltle can paint it. Otherwise I didn't found much rust to speak of, most of it's here so it's something to work with. There is a New Radiator sticker under the hood from a radiator company in Dumas, TX so as rust free as it is underneath, chances are most of it's life was spent in TX.

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    It is missing one of the factory alloys so if anyone close to the OKC area has one... Also auto locking hubs will have to go. I have a set of Spicer and a set of Warn lockouts on other front axles out at my dads in the parts pile so that won't be a big issue.

    Yep, here's the horrid interior. Glad I have that interior in the 85 Cab. That'll be getting robbed from that cab and used on this to get rid of the gottyness. The back seat is there too about in the same condition as the front 2 seats maybe a bit better since they have less wear.

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    BTW, I bought this from one of the tow brothers from another company. He does Cash for Cars towing. I'm sure that's likely how he acquired this thing. He happened to have acquired one of the Extended Cab Squares too but he kept that one for himself. It's in fairly good shape but needs a little work but it's a good one. Hopefully he signs up. His bro also has a Shortbed Stepside too.
     
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    Man that’s awesome!!! I hope you’re able to build this one and turn it into a driver. Such a nice, solid K5 for not a lot of money :)
     
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    Freakin awesome :waytogo:
     
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    I've paid more and got less. You dun good! So glad you finally got a K5 too!
     
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    Yeah, remember I always wanted a K5 but said, they're just to damn much money, I'm going to have to settle for a Burb instead since they're so much cheaper and not near as rare either. And then this happened. I've known of this one for about 5 months. It's just that he was in bed with his brother on it, and his bro wasn't as motivated to move it as he was and the guy they got it from thought they had title to it too so they were wanting $1200 for it in the beginning. Never figured I'd find a K5 in my kinda low budget price range and if I did, it would be a bucket of shit. This one looks bad, but really, it's all cosmetic cuz that kid that was playing with it sanded it and rattle can painted it in and out. My title girl at my employer will do a Title 42 through the wrecker service for me for next to nothing or a lunch or two and a shoulder rub and then I don't have to pay excise tax or catch up any back tags either.
     
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    Being a K5, and now making a little money, I'll be a little bit more motivated on this one than I have the rest. We all know, I've had some damn good ones that I let get away. Mainly cuz they weren't 4x4 and secondly the fundage issue. I was going to give up on the K10 to K20 project in lieu of this K5, but the more I think about it, the parts I need for the K5 that I can get off my C20, that would leave the parts I need for the K10/K20. The K5 needs dash, doors and front clip parts, the K10/20 needs a bed, wiring, engine and 8 lug wheels.

    So it's probably just a pipe dream as usual, but the K5 is more likely to turn into reality if I just keep it simple and stock. Keep the OEM 10 bolt 3.73's which is a great ratio, OEM wheels and tire sizes so they're cheaper, and no lift so I don't need any suspension or driveline mods, then I'll still do the K10/20 with the beefy axles, lift and bigger tires as time and funds permit so it'll be the hell raiser and the K5 will be the cruiser that I can take the top off and take the kids for a little mild off-roading at the river beds and my dad's property.
     
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    Sounds like a GREAT plan to me! Plus, once you get it on the road and give it that for OEM base if you want to upgrade it later then you can but the main thing is to get it out and driving and in a condition you can be proud of :)
     
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