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Old 07-01-2014, 04:59 PM   #76
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Re: Attempting my first build 72 K5

I was planning on getting new poly ones. I just wanted to make sure the original style will work for my block since it's a Gen II
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Old 07-02-2014, 11:42 PM   #77
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Re: Bolts and nuts

My plan was to use all the original bolts, screws, nuts, washers, etc.. I went to a local plating shop that can do Zinc Black, Zinc Clear, and Zinc Chromate (yellow).. He quoted me $600 for all of them.. I was kind of sticker shocked but I do have quite a few. I was going to eat the cost because I know these guys do great work, however, he told me it will take 5 weeks. I'm kicking myself for not bringing these down to him sooner. I cant wait 5 weeks bc I'm starting to reassemble.

I'm not sure what to do.

Here's some options I'm considering;
1. GMC Pauls offers a complete bed less bolt kit.. just like the originals. But this only gives me the bumper bolts, bumper to bracket, battery tray, font and inner fenders, radiator support kit, hood hinge, hood latch, headlight bezel, cowl hardware.

I still have all my AC brackets, pwr str brackets, brake booster, power steer gear box bolts, cross members, brake/fuel line brackets/bolts, exhaust hangers, clips, and bolts/nuts. Starter bolts... the list goes on and on, but I think you get the point..

My goal is to have nice cleaning looking hardware that's resistant to corrosion and rust.

I'd be interested in hearing what others have done. I'd also consider shipping all this somewhere else that can do the zinc coating in a much quicker turn around time. Any suggestions are welcomed.

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Old 07-03-2014, 09:44 AM   #78
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Re: Attempting my first build 72 K5

For that much money I would just buy new grade 8 hardware.
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Old 07-03-2014, 10:39 AM   #79
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Re: Attempting my first build 72 K5

That's A LOT of $$ for phosphate coating, which in my experience is charged at $85-100 per "batch" and a batch can do a lot of small parts. I can send you the details for the local shop here in MT - would be hard for them to quote without seeing what all you need but maybe a pic would give them a rough idea. Buying new parkerized bolts/screw is pricey (at $0.40 - 0.90 per) and non-parkerized ones IMO look out of place.
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Old 07-03-2014, 12:25 PM   #80
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Re: Attempting my first build 72 K5

I think the reason they charge so much is because they wire clean each bolt by hand instead of using a tumblr.. This was the only place I could find in the area that does Zinc coating.

PM me the details of the local shop you used
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Old 07-03-2014, 01:25 PM   #81
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Re: Attempting my first build 72 K5

Does eastwood sell a diy it to parkerize, they seem to have everything else
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Old 07-04-2014, 09:59 AM   #82
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Does eastwood sell a diy it to parkerize, they seem to have everything else
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Old 07-06-2014, 11:41 PM   #83
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Re: Attempting my first build 72 K5

Small update with some pics.

I spent this weekend cleaning, sanding, and painting more parts.

1. AC/Heater box
2. Horns
3. Power Steering Pump
4. Vacum Actuator
5. AC Hose Assembly, Dryer, Expansion Valve
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Old 07-06-2014, 11:46 PM   #84
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Re: Attempting my first build 72 K5

The back of the AC/Heater box was rusty so I used sand paper and a wire wheel to scrape off the rust and old paint.
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Old 07-06-2014, 11:53 PM   #85
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Re: Attempting my first build 72 K5

I had no idea this piece was chrome. I'm not sure what it's called but it connects to the AC Hose Assembly and the U shape tube to the box.

I took Mothers Chrome and Aluminum polish to it. I went picked up one of those foam balls that you connect to a drill to polish them up. I never thought those things actually worked.
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Re: Attempting my first build 72 K5

Here's the rest of the stuff I cleaned up and painted.
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Old 07-07-2014, 12:08 AM   #87
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Re: Attempting my first build 72 K5

So this week I'm going to try and get the upper and lower ball joints installed. I had to take the axle down to a local shop to have the old ball joints removed because there was no way I was able to remove them myself.

I want to install the new ball joints myself, but I'm not sure if this is the right tool?

I'm not sure where this other piece goes. It came with one of the upper ball joints. Could anyone help me out me here? Thanks

Once I have this done, I want to put my leaf springs back in with the new bushings and shackles I ordered from ORD. However, all my bolts, including the center pin to the leaf springs is at the plating shop and they wont be done for 2 weeks. Can I pick up a center pin at a local auto shop?
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Old 07-07-2014, 08:16 AM   #88
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Re: Attempting my first build 72 K5

Yes, that is the correct tool.
The threaded piece is the upper ball joint tapered hole. You will probably need to remove the old one. It takes a spanner socket available at your local napa for about $20. After you install the ball joints and remount the knuckle in the inner C, you will need to torque that to 50 lbs before you put the upper ball joint nut on.

You're doing a great job on refurbishing those parts. Wish I had that kind of energy right now.
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Re: Attempting my first build 72 K5

Thanks, sockalaminski

So ran into a bit of a problem with the ball joint press kit I rented from Oreilly's. The adapter is just a hair short from fitting over the stud (see pic)

I measured the width and what I need is 1 3/4" ID adapter to fit. I can't find any places that could sell me an individual adapter.

My other option is I can take the knuckles down to a local shop that would press in all 4 ball joints for $120. I'd rather save the money and do these myself.
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Your detail /cleaning work is really impressive. Good job.
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Yes, that is the correct tool.
The threaded piece is the upper ball joint tapered hole. You will probably need to remove the old one. It takes a spanner socket available at your local napa for about $20. After you install the ball joints and remount the knuckle in the inner C, you will need to torque that to 50 lbs before you put the upper ball joint nut on.

You're doing a great job on refurbishing those parts. Wish I had that kind of energy right now.
I hope did this right. Can you tell if I seated this properly?
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Your detail /cleaning work is really impressive. Good job.
Thanks, Tom

I just wish I can translate these cleaning skills into the mechanical side of things ..lol
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Looks like it is seated. Mine fit tight on my ball joint too. They make those kits as generic as possible to fit many different sizes.
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ok cool. I was worried for a minute, there. When I couldn't tighten it down anymore I switched the receiver from the top to underneath and it pressed in a tab more pretty easily until it would go anymore. I found a Youtube video that shows how to do it.
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Bolts came back from plating shop. I had them done in Zinc Clear (silver), Zinc Chromate, and Zinc Black.. They came out a lot better than I thought they would have considering the condition they were in.
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I had most of them done in the Zinc Clear. The wheel studs came out really good. The exhaust brackets were pitted pretty bad to begin with so that's the best they could come out, but good enough for me.
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Everything looks really nice. You'll be afraid to drive it when you're done. When I get to this reassemebly stage, I may try the eastwood products. Do you mind me askimg what all that hardwarwe costs to have done?
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The bolts etc. look great!! I knew you'd be pleased.
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Re: Attempting my first build 72 K5

@Briank - It was $350 for all of them. Not bad considering if I replaced everything with new hardware. I'm definitely going for show look, but I'm going to drive the hell out of it (except 4 wheeling)

Thanks, Pete. Glad a I went with your recommendation!
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