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My new 1988 K5 Blazer

Discussion in '4wd Suburban, Blazer and Jimmy' started by Rusty Nail, Dec 12, 2018.

  1. Rusty Nail

    Rusty Nail Whatever! Supporting Member

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    12-12-2018

    I bought this today.
    Was listed originally on craigslist for $2800 and I paid $1750, cash.

    Looks like it's all there.
    100%.
    TBI V8.
    Front driveshaft connected.
    Leaking trans fluid from the transfer case.
    4 mud tires that hold air -31s on 15x8 ? steel rallies.
    10 bolts
    Np-241?

    Tried to start it, keys were under the seat...starter clicks!
    Oil on the dipstick.
    A/c compressor and lines appear to be 100% present.
    Dark gray charcoal? dash. Medium gray interior?
    MAYBE had the rear driver bedside replaced.
    Seems straight though.
    Front corners are square as can be.
    Wheel wells not rusted.
    Interior complete with carpet and blue bedside trim? Lol?

    Primer gray spray paint.
    Tape? covering top seam.
    Hood not bent.
    Hole in floorboard behind passenger seat near door...

    Looks like fun to me!:blah:

    "Does it run?"
    -needs a tune up or somethin. I bought it at an auction but it ran and drove to where it's sittin.:boxed:
    .....
    .....
    " I got 15 Bens in my pocket if you wanna sell it today.":dancingpoop:
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    -Make it $1750 and i'll go find the title.:deal:
    .....
    .....
    "Ok.:Bye: Don't bother with that jump box, you'll take all the fun out of it."
    -You like life on the edge don't ya?
    .....
    "Draw it up. I'll call a buddy with a flatbed." :headbang:

    :boobs:

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    Nice!
     
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    Looks BLACK to me...but yeah...out of daylight and I have to go to work but at least I got the tailgate open. There is a box back there....o_O
    What hidden treasures lie in wait?

    Best news today.

    It's a 350. :emotions133:

    It's gonna start, just you wait and see!




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    Cool!! Looks like a solid project. I'd love to get my hands on a K5 at some point :)
     
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    This story just got better.
    I afforded myself only TEN MINUTES with the new Blazer that has no name. Yet.

    I found...very new-ish looking aluminized exhaust pipe(s) and a spanky pair of Flowmasters.
    (Cue the happy jalepeño!)

    :pepper:

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    And THEN...?

    And then I took the seat covers off. Ballsy, no?

    (Enter the dancing banana!)

    :party36:

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    The back window closes all the way AND both switches work. It functions as intended.

    Omfg. Stop now, i'm too far ahead , ALREADY.

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    This is an NP241 or? It's leaking from the trans pan, not the transfer. ;)

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    I put 5 gallons of gas in it and turned the key. Weak fuel pump, cranks good but she isn't trying to start..Damn. that was 10 minutes worth.

    I must take a nap before the 10-6 tonight, but I can tell you right now that i'm gonna put the back on blocks. The truck will rake! :headbang:

    Stay tuned!
     
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    That paneling is only pretending to be blue. Mine’s the same color and did the same thing from sun fading. The tint is pretty lackluster on that back window so if the sun hits that panel at either angle, there you go. That should be an NP208. NP241 should be the next year. That should be your ID tag right there. If you clean the guck off it, it should be legible. Everything looks good. Mine looked very similar on the inside when I got it. Rent you a Carpet Butler from Ace, buy the fluid that goes with it, and go to town. Should clean up well. You get a better bite on the seats and the carpet if you take the whole interior out, but that’s probably best saved for after you get it running, and then you can tackle the rust and the interior cleaning in one whole operation. If I had it to do over, I would have added some sound deadener. I was a novice when I first dug into mine, though. You got a great deal on it, too. You should be proud. I’m sure the old one is smiling down from square body heaven.
     
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    :lol:
     
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    Ahhhhhh!

    Yeah man...i'm pretty sure it's gray - faded to blue but it's funny!

    Ya know what else is funny? I
    Well, it's gonna be pretty damned hilarious when I spray some juice down the neck of this thing and it busts off - meaning I stole it for such a song because it needs a fuel pump? Is that real? Omg that's gonna be rad. I'll buy a fuel filter and change the oil before that operation on MONDAY!

    Anybody know about the rear vent window dealys? How does that work? It's got wings? In the back?
    Neat.
    Bet it's packin 3.08s too..i'm stoked! :headbang:
     
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    Yeah, the wing windows are cool. Just slide the window open and turn them. Mine were sticky at first, and I broke them free eventually by just playing with them. A little WD40 would go a long way if yours are doing the same.
     
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    Yeahhhh i'm not touchin em. I don't wanna open Pandora's window and make a leak...haha!

    They're fine. ;)

    I like to think I could not touch anything, get it running and start driving it around. I insured it today so I can tag it and transfer the title -noting it says K10 on it...it has the right V.I.N. though.

    Found a Pioneer face plate WITH remote! Truck has some neat-o custom 6x9 boxes in it. I found four speakers and it all looks pretty rough but I sure hope it works!

    Poor truck had tow / impound stickers on EVERY window. I am having fun imagining where it came from and how it got here. Do you all ever wonder about the roads your trucks have seen before and the things they've done?
    I ponder the WHY did our paths cross? What purpose is it here for , or what is it's mission in my life - kind of questions. I really enjoy buying new old cars and imagining all that stuff, maybe THAT is WHY. It gives me a great pleasure.

    Actually a little nervous over the Flows though. I sure hope some high schooler wasn't hot rodding my truck through the mud! But it IS aluminized pipe so musta been somebody with a little cash to spend so WHAT HAPPENED TO IT?
    Why did it get so lost? Or did it only now get found?

    There's mud in every wheel well, the rain last night didn't help any...Y U HAS MUD TIRES? grr. 31x10.5 r15
    I NEED to get her to the car warsh so I can "get to know her better." ;)

    Maybe she'll tell me her name if I ask nice...it's a pretty neat truck. Only 7,682 miles..I did good for sure!

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    Cool, so you did end up with it. I didn't hear from you so I thought maybe you passed on it. I'll have to go back read this. Were you able to drive it or did you have to have it towed?
     
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    OK, I read it. I see you did use a different tow buddy. I wonder who he is. Good chance I might know him or of him. :shrug: So is it carbed or still have all the TBI intact?
     
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    I thought you had your own truck @HRPC. I wanted to pay YOU - not a company.
    I used to work with J J. - the guy that owns Zoom Towing and i've known him for years..maybe 10? His little brother Tim went and fetched it on a flatbed around 4pm. That video shows night but it was only 6 or 7...
    If you're an old boy like me, yeah I got buddies with tow trucks LOL! :33:
    I keep them mother fuckers happy just like the old boy in the shop. Don't worry bout them gauges B, it looks great!

    The K5 appears to be damn near 100% intact and original minus the paint job. You can see all the rust...I haven't spent very long lookin at it very close. There is still lots of fun to be had!
    I asked Brother Brian what it would take to drop that 408 in it if the motor ain't no good...keeping the TBI intact. ;)
    With that 268H cam? HAHA . :(
    A new cam, 454 injectors and a custom PROM? Lmfao. No no Brian.WITH the 268....i've got a 350/350 cam in the box...can I run that? Will that make it a 400/400? Rotflmao.

    Rake it out and make it choppy!
    fuck yeah. :peace:

     
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    Well hell dude. I know Tim. Cool as hell dude. In fact, Tim is the one I bought my K5 from for $500. He's doing fairly well. He's got a great attitude in the local tow biz. He's anti drama and doesn't let others determine is biz model. In the last year he's bought 2 New/Used nice trucks. He's very humble and just trying to make a living not get rich and step on people to do it. Yeah, I'm glad you called him instead.

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    Dude! We were talkin about that truck! I wish ida known it was yours...wow. small world!
    He didn't say anything shitty about it.. I think his exact words were "it was okay it just needed rebuilt."

    Sweet. Those are okay dudes by me or I wouldn't keep em around and give em money. Glad you're not butthurt about it. :Moon:
     

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