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Old 02-07-2020, 02:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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75 K5 Family Wheeling Rig

I finally started what I hope is a worthy project.

First a little background:

Since high school I've always wanted a dedicated off-road rig. Time and again life, family, priorities, budget, etc. has gotten in the way. For years I drove lifted weekend warrior type trucks but never had something truly capable.

Time has continued to pass and now as I enter my mid 30's, recently lost my father, and have gotten to a place where i have the means to build a rig (within reason) that could check off some of the dream boxes I decided to take the plunge, because there is no time to wait.

My son (10) had taken an automotive interest from an early age and was eager to help, and my daughter (9) started to get excited as well so we all agreed (even the Wife) to find a family project and start getting to work.

I found a 75 K5 that belonged to a Co-worker and was left neglected in the back off a junk yard. It was left laying on it's frame, devoid of any running gear or suspension.

We struck a deal for $650.00 which included throwing a set of half ton axles under it to get it home, but they were never intended for long term use.

Here she is the day I drug here home:
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As soon as we got it home and into the shop my son and I started tearing it apart. The Interior was also gutted so we had a head start. It was evident from our first Saturday working on it together this was going to be a very fun project for us.
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I quickly realized I was missing a lot of parts and found an old rusty 3/4 ton with a goodwrench crate 350 and brought it home to be a parted out for my build. $400.00 on FB marketplace. After removing a few tons of blackberries some gas was poured down the old Q-Jet and to my amazement the ol' girl fired right up.

After a 50 foot test drive I drove her into the shop and started removing the wiring harness and got the running gear ready for removal.

I sold the axles for my original $400.00 investment went on the hunt for a Dana 60 front end.
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I pulled the motor (350), trans (TH400) and transfer case (NP203) out, and set them to the side to be gone through and later installed.
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my first few parts for the build came in from Offroad design, a high clearance cross member and steering box frame. My son and I removed the front axle, and got the front of the frame prepped for new parts.
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I found a cheap basket case of a front Dana 60 (FB Market Place strikes again) that was torn apart from someones abandoned project and brought it home in boxes for $500.00.
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Nice. I miss my '73 Blazer.
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Thanks Guys.
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A bunch of Parts came in for the Dana 60 build up. Yukon Forged Hubs, 5.38 Ring and pinion, a Detroit Locker, and a full rebuild kit

I sourced a tired old 14 bolt in a trade deal with my Brother but am going to get the front end done before I start on it.

I order disc brake kits from from Lugnut 4x4 for the front and the rear as well.
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Along with the 14 bolt I got from my brother I also received a 383 and a TH350 out of his project. He has gone with the masses and decided to swap in a 6.0 LS & 4l80E. Motor is nothing to brag about, but is a definite step up from the tired ol' 350 that came out of the rust-mobile. She needs a big time clean up, but it's something to start with.
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I picked up a set of 36" TSL on steel wheels for a couple hundred bucks. they were half worn out and had rock rash, but I figured they'd get me by until I found something better.
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The kids and I painted up our Cross member and motor mounts to get them ready for install.
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We got the factory cross member removed and the new one installed. definitely a stronger and better design.
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Looks like a great start to a family rig! It's great to see kids doing something besides play video games. Family that wrenches and wheels together stays together!
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Looks like a great start to a family rig! It's great to see kids doing something besides play video games. Family that wrenches and wheels together stays together!
Thanks! Kids still want video game time too, but they are taking an interest. We are having a lot of fun working on it. I'm no mechanic, and this my first attempt at building a rig so we are learning together.
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I Hauled the rust bucket parts truck off to scrap and drug home another parts rig. This one is just a tub and frame, but has a rollcage, fuel cell, and an upgraded NP205. All good parts I can use for my rig. Guy brought it down from a couple hours away to my house on a trailer for $500.00.
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We dug right into taking out he cage and removing all the parts we wanted. My Milwaukee super sawzall made pretty quick work of the cage removal. I'll have to add to it to get over the back seat for the kids, but it gives a starting point. Cage is 2" .120 wall DOM.
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Great job so far. Very cool to see the kids involved!
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That last parts rig was a steal. I'll be watching
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FYI. You can use pick up or the half cab Blazer doors. You will need to swap the window tracks and weld in a piece of metal for the plastic caps to screw too. Also you can swap a pick up tailgate on. All the mounting holes are there since Blazers could be had with a factory soft top. I used doors and the gate from an '84 pickup.
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