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The Big Red Blazer (BRB)
#1402418 Sun Mar 21 2021 10:08 PM
Joined: Dec 2002
Posts: 4,258
Moderator - The Electrical Bay and Rocky Mountain Bolters
I scored this rusty pile of wore out parts on February 22, 2021. The previous owner (PO) said it had a rebuilt 350 in it with about 60,000 miles on it. It had been sitting for about 5 years and had not been started in about a year. I gave it a shot of magic go juice and it fired right up. We made the deal and I had it towed home.

It runs and drives somewhat ok after I replaced most of the dry rotted vacuum lines and it seems to idle quite a bit better.

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Re: The Big Red Blazer (BRB)
Rusty Rod #1402421 Sun Mar 21 2021 10:31 PM
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March 21, 2021. I was messing around with the BRB's dash. Installing an aftermarket gauge set. It started fine, then nada. Hmm, key switch must be bad since it is real loose --- not so fast --- I acquire a new key switch and it still doesn't start.
I begin excavating the steering column. Hmm, cracked turn signal mechanism --- that is why the turn signal switch is sloppy. Distractions only. I dig deeper --- the linkage to the safety switch doesn't move? There is a pot metal widget that is supposed to push/pull the linkage that broke. Of course the wrecking yard is closed on Sunday's and it is supposed to rain and snow this evening. It looks like I'll be wet and cold tomorrow.
Back to the excavation. The cruise control wires are burned and the lower column bearing is worn.

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Re: The Big Red Blazer (BRB)
Rusty Rod #1402423 Sun Mar 21 2021 10:43 PM
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Perfect timing for the expanded “Rounded Line” forum. Nice!

You do have a few irons in the fire, maybe Mrs. Rusty Rod is right. NAW!, LOL!


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Re: The Big Red Blazer (BRB)
Rusty Rod #1402495 Mon Mar 22 2021 12:19 PM
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Crusty Old Sarge
I had always wanted a K5, we had the 6.2L diesel version when I was in the Service. As Rusty Rod is finding out a clean rust free example is hard to locate on a decent budget. Of course I had a list of items that I wanted it to have, a manual transmission being the hardest to locate.

Last edited by TUTS 59; Mon Mar 22 2021 12:19 PM.

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Come, Bleed or Blister something has got to give!!!
59' Apache 31, 327 V8 (0.030 over), Muncie M20 4 Speed, GM 10 Bolt Rear... long term project (30 years and counting)
Re: The Big Red Blazer (BRB)
Rusty Rod #1403071 Fri Mar 26 2021 03:37 AM
Joined: Dec 2002
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March 25, 2021. I made the trek out to the "local" pull a part wrecking yard. I found several square body trucks, but no K5's. I pulled a fairly nice rust free hood and a much nicer fender (no huge dents and only one small rusty spot). I also nabbed a few odds and ends that I needed for the suburban.

I'm waiting on parts to rebuild the tilt steering column, when they get in, I'm planning on documenting it thoroughly.

Tuts, there were two or three SQB's with manual transmissions on the lot. I should go back and pull a 5 speed out for the burb. I've converted a few "muscle cars" from manual to automatic and viceyversa, it is not too difficult if there is a donor vehicle right there so that one can pull all the parts.

There were a couple of old car bodies out there too. Its sad that they will be shredded soon.

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Re: The Big Red Blazer (BRB)
Rusty Rod #1403089 Fri Mar 26 2021 11:58 AM
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Crusty Old Sarge
Momma says "No more projects"... Ultimately I would love to have a K5 with an NV4500 mated to a 6.5L with turbos, if I have to dream it might as well be BIG.


Craig

Come, Bleed or Blister something has got to give!!!
59' Apache 31, 327 V8 (0.030 over), Muncie M20 4 Speed, GM 10 Bolt Rear... long term project (30 years and counting)
Re: The Big Red Blazer (BRB)
Rusty Rod #1403232 Sat Mar 27 2021 03:29 AM
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Posts: 4,258
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March 26, 2021. I sanded the new hood some today... it's got hail damage. at least there isn't a 1/8" of bondo on the whole lid!!

I messed around with my Coupe today, I got my $100 84 305 running.. NO smoke! It sounds real good too (no exhaust). This is essentially the same engine that is in the BRB.


Tuts, Mrs. Rod didn't say yes, but she also didn't say "NO"... it was "do what you want".... it was a trap.

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Re: The Big Red Blazer (BRB)
Rusty Rod #1404518 Sat Apr 03 2021 03:28 AM
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April 1, 2021. The BRB is gonzo, it caught fire and burned to the ground. At least it was outside.


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Re: The Big Red Blazer (BRB)
Rusty Rod #1404519 Sat Apr 03 2021 03:31 AM
Joined: Dec 2002
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April 2, 2021. Apparently, someone was playing a joke on me. The BRB is safe and sound.

I am currently waiting for more parts for my steering column to arrive. In the meantime, I used "Selective Interchange" i.e. cannibalization, to get the 84 305 running. I'll put new stuff into the 83.


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Re: The Big Red Blazer (BRB)
Rusty Rod #1405842 Tue Apr 13 2021 02:26 AM
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April 12, 2021. I found a couple hours to mess around with the steering column. Of course, I was missing the one picture that I needed to find the right spot for an odd looking part. I spent more time messing around than I did not fixing anything. I "thought" I had all the needed parts to repair the loose column, but alas, the wrong parts were sent. Apparently, all steering columns are not alike. I'll be tearing it apart yet again once the right parts are in hand.

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