Dude... that's TERRIBLE. I feel for you. Last time we spoke, you we
thinking of moving to Knoxville. I'm guessing that didn't happen.
My Blazer... Well, I had to replace the tranny after the
wiring-harness was replaced. Or so the shop said... I broke off the
bolt holding in the tv-cable and the tranny shop said the case crumbled
when they dropped it and tried to drill it out. So a $750 rebuild
ended up costing me $1500. They installed a non-electronic lockup of
some sort, some kit they bought for it, because I was missing the
harness that controlled the e-lockup. I'm still not sure whether it
properly locks up or not.
It was overheating a lot, after rebuilding the tranny, although I can't
imagine the two are linked. Could've been the severely advanced timing
I was running to try to make it run worth a damn. In the end I finally
was forced to learn enough to realize that the low vacuum at idle, the
rich running condition, and complete lack of low-end torque was all the
fault of one component--the cam. So I'll either have to pay hundreds
for someone to swap it or learn to do it myself...
Oh yeah...the rebuilt rear axle decided to un-rebuild itself.
Actually, it leaked all it's fluid out of the pinion seal and now it's
stranded in TN. I haven't driven it in months. It's now in permanent
project status, although I'm really missing it. I need to have it
running and reliable by October, as I'm planning my roadtrip / vacation
to Arizona for then. I'll need it for some places I'll be going.
So the short-term list of parts is a new cam for low-end torque. I
could care less about "HP"--it's completely irrelevant in my situation.
Probably a TBI setup. And then I once again need a rear axle. So I'm
once again looking for a 14-bolt to replace the 10-bolt. I'll re-gear
the front 10-bolt and swap on some 8-lug hubs. Oh, I was told there's
metal shavings in my transfer case... it's never ending, I tell ya...
The long-term list stuff I want to do to it is long, and subject to
change as I do more research. For now I just want it back on the road!
On the upside, the body is still rust-free ;-)
In the meantime I bought a used Saab. Nice car. But not knowing the
laws in GA allowed me to buy a car that hadn't first passed
inspection--a BIG no-no. The dealer who sold it broke the law by
selling it in the first place, so I'm trying to get that resolved (he
should buy the car back). I may end up suing. :-(
I totally dig that Sub... that's a pretty wicked paint scheme you got
Got any good axles lying around for sale?? :-)
Charles Bendig wrote:
Knoxville is still in the plans, but off in the distance for now.
I think I have a 14 bolt Semi floater under a 89 C-2500. I know a guy
that should have one or two Full Floaters laying around. What gear ratio
are you looking for?
Maybe I should just find you a one ton with a 205 transfer case, and a
rotted out body/frame?
The Suburban is like a old go-go dancer. She looks nice in the pics,
and even from 20 feet away. But pop the hood and you see the nightmare
with it. The body on it is too far gone to try to save. The left rear
door is welded to the quarter panel, the tail gate is only latched glass
busted, the hinges rusted off, the rear wheel wells are flexible.
Yet is was cheep, and a diesel. Not to mention there's a extra suburban
body at the shop that's usable. And it did come with a cheep o body lift
laying in the back seat. So after I get it to start reliably I'm going
to drive it some this winter, and take it to a few wheeling places. If
it survives till fall, with out losing body parts, ill do the swap
latter rather then sooner. Yet I do have some 1/4 tread left 40x17x16.5
(read bald) ground hogs laying around.
They aint Dents, their trail trophies.
Well, whenever you can get there, it'll be waiting. I keep telling
myself that too ;-) although lately I've been looking toward the West.
the reality is that I'm probably stuck in Atlanta for the long haul.
At least for the foreseeable future.
I'm looking for a full-floater. If you have the means to transport on
a future trip to Knoxville I could meet you and pick it up. If not,
I'll figure something out else. I'm waiting to see how this whole
thing with my Saab pans out, and the ultimate goal is to get the dealer
to buy it back. It's a problem I don't need, and the Chevy dealer has
already approved me for an '07 Silverado 1/2-ton short cab/short bed.
Once I get that I've have the means to haul K5 parts :-)
Gear ratio... Hmm... Well, I have a 3.73 now but a 4.10 could work
fine. I'm planning a mild lift, maybe 3-4" and will probably move up
from the 31" tires I have to either 33" or 35" tires. I liked the
31"/3.73 combo because it put me at about 2000rpm when I was on the
interstate averaging 75mph. The 3.08 I used to have was terrible. I
think gas mileage probably suffered even at the lower rpm's that I got
from them because I had to keep so much foot in the pedal to keep
I was thinking the same think about a NP205. There's a 3:1 ratio low
range kit available for it now. It's not cheap, but cheaper than
getting anything else with that low of a ratio (unless I wanted a Dana
300). Certainly cheaper than an Atlas, but that'd be overkill. And
really, I don't do any rock-crawling (yet), so I couldn't imagine need
a super-low ratio in the low range.
Will it bolt in without mods or will something like a crossmember need
to be changed (or changing the length of the driveshafts)??
I figure for now the 10-bolt front end will hold up. Crossover
steering would be nice, but again, since I don't do rock-crawling or
"extreme" off roading, I don't know if it'd buy me anything (although I
hear the street manners and lack of bump-steer with x-over is nicer).
Maybe I shouldn't do it in stages, and should just get it over with all
As for your Sub... sounds like quite a project. I wish I had the space
and tools to do something like that. As it is, doing a cam swap is
going to be tough. I've moved into a house since we spoke earlier in
the year, but I only have a 1-car carport, not a garage. I have a huge
backyard, but that's still no protection from the elements.
I'm thinking of getting a 2nd job on the weekends to pay someone else
for the K5 upgrades :-(
Charles Bendig wrote:
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