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Old September 30th, 2007, 11:18 PM   #1
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Default '76 K-5 Coilover front end, cage, 468 BBC

This K5 has been on an epic journey, though it has not moved in over 2 years. I think it's been worth it...

Started out like this last year Woodward Dream Cruise


I knew I didn't need the truck as a DD, and it wasn't real impressive offroad as it was, so it was time for some surgery.

So it got torn down...


Got it's steering brace fixed...



And I decided to link the front like the Clayton radius arm setup. I was going to give the F-O-A coilovers a shot but ended up finding a good price on a set of Kings.

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Old October 1st, 2007, 01:11 AM   #2
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nice welds
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Old October 1st, 2007, 07:48 AM   #3
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nice welds
Thanks, that little Lincoln 135 has put a lot of spools of wire through it-
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Old October 2nd, 2007, 08:35 PM   #4
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looks good and yeah those are come nice looking welds.

and whos s10/blazer is that??
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why did you weld a bracket to your tire?
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Old October 2nd, 2007, 09:33 PM   #6
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why did you weld a bracket to your tire?
You donít know? You better start welding up brackets to your tires right away to keep up with the times!
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Old October 2nd, 2007, 09:45 PM   #7
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Beefy looking mounts buddy! Wish I could help you fab this weekend but Iím heading north, defiantly next time though; just give me a heads up when your working on it again!

You really need to get the K-5 back on the trail! And Iím pretty sure youíll be fine with regular coils unless you can find really cheap coilovers?





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Old October 3rd, 2007, 07:38 AM   #8
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looks good and yeah those are come nice looking welds.

and whos s10/blazer is that??
That's Chadwick, the Blazeair. It sits level now though, which is good.
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Old October 3rd, 2007, 07:41 AM   #9
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[QUOTE=Danza;750310]Beefy looking mounts buddy! Wish I could help you fab this weekend but I’m heading north, defiantly next time though; just give me a heads up when your working on it again!

You really need to get the K-5 back on the trail! And I’m pretty sure you’ll be fine with regular coils unless you can find really cheap coilovers?

Yeah they are really beefy, 1/4" plate, but their "self-jigging" brackets don't "self-jig" at all. I had to grind off the little tabs to get the pieces to fit together. I will definitely give you a heads up when I work on it again.

I'm trying to find used coilover coils right now, that will be the make it or break it part of the coil/coilover decision. I'll let you know what I find, I contacted some people in CA to see if they have any connections.



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Old October 4th, 2007, 03:12 PM   #10
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its coming along let me know if you need some help more than happy to, anymore parts for sale?
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So I've made a bit of progress on this thing-
-lower links are made
-link crossmember is done
-transmission crossmember is 95% done, just needs a flat plate welded to the bottom of it for the t-case adapter bolts. After getting the lower arms fabbed up and in place I realized I needed about 2 more inches of clearance above the arms near the stock tranny crossmember.

I've been really getting the fabrication itch lately, and this is compounded by the fact that I sold my torch set and bought a Parker Plasma cutter. I'm really impressed and highly recommend it to anyone who ever cuts steel. The biggest bonus is the ability to cut steel late at night in a subdivision without getting the cops called.

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A quick shot of the rear


And the lower arms - these are 2.5" tube with 2" tube sleeved into the ends to bump it down for the weld in tube inserts. Pretty sure they will also work as rock sliders. I'm going for the radius arm hard-arm thing like the Clayton setup. The upper arms are going to be 2" tube and the drivers side will be removeable.








Anyone have a source of 3-3 1/2" aluminum I could use for body mount pucks to replace the rubber ones? <EDIT - NO NEED, JUST MOVING THE BODY MOUNTS UP>

More soon- coilovers are arriving today :)

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Old November 13th, 2007, 06:27 PM   #12
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sweet, lookin good, you think it will be done for silver lake next year?
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sweet, lookin good, you think it will be done for silver lake next year?
That's what I'm hoping...
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Old November 15th, 2007, 10:59 PM   #14
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That's what I'm hoping...
are you going to jump it until it breaks?
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Old November 19th, 2007, 08:54 AM   #15
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are you going to jump it until it breaks?
Maybe I am, gosh!

Do you work at the Lake Orion AutoZone? I think I saw you Saturday night stalking some girl leaving the store.
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thats some good work you do man, how much $ do you plan on wraping up in this?( planing on doing somthing like this over the winter)
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Thanks! Well, a lot of the parts I'm using are ones I've been gathering up for a while and stuff I've had laying around. Doing all the work myself helps out, but some stuff (suspension) you just have to buy. It was really a toss up for the coil/shock vs. coilover debate. C/Os cost a bit more, but you get the benefits of the dual-rate setup which is what I really wanted. I'm shooting for 50% sag at ride height, giving me 7" downtravel. 350/500 spring rates give ~205 lb/in primary rate, and bump up to 500 once the first 9" of travel have been used to absorb the big impacts.

I think you could do the radius arm, coil buckets/coils/shocks front end for under a thousand buying all new parts. I love used parts, and really like the price of them. I'm all about budget, but I won't scrimp when it comes to safety stuff like roll cages. This one is getting a 1 3/4" DOM cage which will come through the firewall and form the upper shock mounts. I've been busy working on the house the past week, but I'll get back out there and make some more progress.
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thanks for the advice!
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Old January 8th, 2008, 10:17 AM   #19
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An update here, been getting some good work done on the K5 these last couple days. I had been working on this chopper frame for the last couple months, and that took all my time. That is now gone, so I can get some real work done.

1) Upper links fabbed and installed
2) Drilled out main link pivots to 3/4" and swapped 9/16" bushings into front pivots
3) Added flat plate to bottom of tranny x-member and bolted tranny in place
4) Plasma'd off rivets for LH body mount, removed, ground frame, and moved up body mount to get rid of rubber/poly body mounts altogether. Cage will be tied directly into the frame, so there is no need for rubber isolaters.
5) Plated frame for track bar bracket, and installed bracket













Next up is the steering, I'll try and post updates.
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Old January 8th, 2008, 10:30 AM   #20
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That is looking bad ass. Give me a shout man! For the next 2 weeks I will be sitting around while the GF is in Mexico. Time to wrench, me thinks.

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