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Old 08-11-2012, 11:05 AM   #1
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Thumbs up Meet "Murphy" the '84 K5

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Hey fellas,

Meet Murphy the K5! Some of you have seen the early stages of progress already, but to save CK5 some space, I've consolidated them into one thread. This thread is a long story made short, but she's named Murphy because everything that could've gone wrong, did. I honestly can't tell you how many new components are on here, I will try to make a list at the end of this.

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This project began with my old 1984, slightly rusty, blue K5. Automatic 700, new 350, and completely factory besides a CD player. I decided I either needed to buy a brand new truck or fix up this one and upon pricing new 4x4's (), I decided to fix up this one!

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So I found a rust free donor blazer. I was just going to do a body swap and call it good, but the donor blazer had a suspension lift, 1 ton axles and some other neat stuff. It was a manual with fewer options than my current blazer. You can see in the third picture it had some very light rust, and most everything rubber was rotted out from sitting. The interior had been very messed with, carpet glued over carpet, multiple CD players, lots of superfluous electronics, etc. But I decided to go with it, we got the axles under it and towed it to the garage!
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My build thread: http://coloradok5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=299819
--'84ish K5, 350/700trans/208tc, 3/4ton axles, SS brakelines, all new mounts/bushings, 315 duratracs and lots of ORD parts. Check it out, she's pretty!

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the interior and front clip of the donor
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Looking for 85 Blazer Headers that will fit to factory exhaust. Could use some heavy duty diff covers for a good price too.

My build thread: http://coloradok5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=299819
--'84ish K5, 350/700trans/208tc, 3/4ton axles, SS brakelines, all new mounts/bushings, 315 duratracs and lots of ORD parts. Check it out, she's pretty!

Live Free! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2X3QRSIXgns
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so then the work began!

Picture 1 & 2:
since the front was off, I did some sanding and applied the world famous rust bullet. it stuck on pretty good, and I like the way it ended up looking. this wasn't going to be a glamour project, just needed some rust protection on the investment.

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Everything rubber got replaced. All new body mounts and seals from LMC, new greasable suspension bushings from ORD. EVERYTHING outside and rubber was replaced. here you can see the SS steel brakelines from ORD, appropriate size for the 6" lift (the donor had 9", but I felt that was just a bit too much). shocks also from ORD

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New heavy duty suspension pieces from ORD! Look at the difference!
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Looking for 85 Blazer Headers that will fit to factory exhaust. Could use some heavy duty diff covers for a good price too.

My build thread: http://coloradok5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=299819
--'84ish K5, 350/700trans/208tc, 3/4ton axles, SS brakelines, all new mounts/bushings, 315 duratracs and lots of ORD parts. Check it out, she's pretty!

Live Free! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2X3QRSIXgns
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Old 08-11-2012, 11:17 AM
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after lots and lots of work, it came time to do the engine swap! most of the work was undoing a lot of what previous owners had done (light bar, multiple cd players, alarm systems, etc). this is my daily driver so we tried to make the swap happen fast. the biggest hold up was firewalls. the differences between these two trucks was huge! but after a much longer time than expected, we got it all in. I drove it for a while with no rear shocks and the sway bar disconnected. I don't recommend it!

We also put in the 700 trans and matching 208 TCase.

Then it was as simple as put the front clip back on and drive around a bit! once it was drivable I found and repaired a crack in the frame around the steering box and added a box brace from ORD.
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Looking for 85 Blazer Headers that will fit to factory exhaust. Could use some heavy duty diff covers for a good price too.

My build thread: http://coloradok5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=299819
--'84ish K5, 350/700trans/208tc, 3/4ton axles, SS brakelines, all new mounts/bushings, 315 duratracs and lots of ORD parts. Check it out, she's pretty!

Live Free! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2X3QRSIXgns

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Old 08-11-2012, 11:21 AM
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then it was time for paint! this truck had 4, thats right FOUR layers of paint on it. and one of the layers barely even came off with a sander, stripper had no effect. and then, there were little holes drilled everywhere once you got under the paint! I think from running all the crazy electronics. holes on top of the cab from the light bar were the biggest pain, because they made it so loose. we heat shrinked it. we did it right, getting it all down to bare metal, welding up the holes, priming, sealing and painting. I chose the same green they used to put on jeeps, a dark forest green with small gold metallics.

everything chrome was sandblasted and then truck bed lined. the wheel wells and bottom portion of the panels were also truck bed lined. the truck bed liner sticks really well! the only place I have some flaking is on the chrome grill, but it basically wasn't prepped at all. eventually I'll take it out, really sand it down and it'll stick just fine.

it rained on me mid-paint ... had enough paint to stop and start again though!

during the paint process, I found one of the doors from the donor was all kinds of cracked. Finding another door was easier than repairing, so it got a new door! we found small amounts of rust in corners of the floor, but nothing that didn't grind out. the lines needed major adjusting, so new door pins were installed and all the panels tweaked to line up.

LMC's weather stripping all fit pretty good! the vent windows were a serious PITA though.

new windshield went in at this point too
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Looking for 85 Blazer Headers that will fit to factory exhaust. Could use some heavy duty diff covers for a good price too.

My build thread: http://coloradok5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=299819
--'84ish K5, 350/700trans/208tc, 3/4ton axles, SS brakelines, all new mounts/bushings, 315 duratracs and lots of ORD parts. Check it out, she's pretty!

Live Free! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2X3QRSIXgns

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Great project man!
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Old 08-11-2012, 12:41 PM
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looks like a fun project I like the silver underside color choice. Cant wait to see the color of the body. And thats a 3/4 ton front diff.
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thanks guys! as soon as the website lets me upload pictures again, the story will continue. and thanks for the clarification shady, the front is 3/4, I believe the rear is 1. I'm still no expert though.
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My build thread: http://coloradok5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=299819
--'84ish K5, 350/700trans/208tc, 3/4ton axles, SS brakelines, all new mounts/bushings, 315 duratracs and lots of ORD parts. Check it out, she's pretty!

Live Free! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2X3QRSIXgns
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Hope to see the picks soon Its deffinately nice
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I got one to load, but still awfully glitchy. Nonetheless, here you can see the truck bed lining on the door handle, and the green paint!

consider this a teaser.
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Looking for 85 Blazer Headers that will fit to factory exhaust. Could use some heavy duty diff covers for a good price too.

My build thread: http://coloradok5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=299819
--'84ish K5, 350/700trans/208tc, 3/4ton axles, SS brakelines, all new mounts/bushings, 315 duratracs and lots of ORD parts. Check it out, she's pretty!

Live Free! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2X3QRSIXgns
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