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Not Used Up - '88 K5 Out of the Desert Build Log

To get started, there is a little introduction and historical update that needs to be installed.

Project Definition: Refresh 1988 Chevy K5 to Local Show and Go status.

This build actually started in April 2013 with a need to change out some burned up and blown out speakers in my '88 K5 daily driver. "The head unit was a couple of years old but still good, so I just needed to swap out some speakers and be done with it." But here I am 1 year into it and looking at 2 more at minimum. Mind you, a build year for me starts sometime in late-September/early-October and extents approximately 6-7 months into late-May/early-June. By then the temperatures have reached the century mark and it is too hot to really do much in the garage, so I move in-doors.


The following is a brief explanation of what I am intending to accomplish with the tasks divided into sub-projects with links to each.

Project Scope:
  1. LS (LY6) motor recondition and conversion (Added pop to LS, cam, lifters, valves, push-rods, intake.)
  2. TH700R4 to 6L90e transmission swap, this requires modification of the NP208 transfer case.
  3. Full chassis refresh: axles, suspension, brakes, steering, heating/cooling, sound system (out of sequence, but complete)
  4. Paint and Body: "Near Show Quality" (to differentiate from my BIL's "Show Quality" 'Stang) paint and body - bumper to bumper.
  5. TBD Interior customization (my attempt at something new)
Methodology:

This will not be a drop off at specialty shop and pick up when new and shiny. No, my childhood was seriously neglected and void of credible car projects. I plan to start making up for that, and my favorite 4WD is going to be the jump-start on fixing those childhood deficiencies.


I will try to break it down into categories that make sense and separate the content into usable bits so topics are easy to find and follow. Topics that I can see now and have some level of content for are listed below: Name:  IMG_1240_cropped1.jpg
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  1. Drive Train: Engine/Transmission/Drivelines
  2. Chassis: Axles/Brakes/Suspension/Fuel Delivery System
  3. Exterior: Paint/Body/Bumpers/Trim/Glass
  4. Interior: Coatings/Coverings/Insulation
  5. Interior: Upholstery/Panels/Trim/Storage
  6. Dash: Instruments/Environmental Controls/Switches/Lighting/Shtuff
  7. Sound System: Head Unit/Speakers/Amps/Wiring
  8. Electronics: Engine/Transmission Controls Tuning
  9. General Fabrication
  10. Tools
  11. Miscellaneous
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