Part 3: The K5 Finally Takes Shape
We were down to the wire. It was now just days before the start of the Ultimate Adventure, and the K5 Blazer's progress was still far behind schedule. What Fabworx Off Road had done so far was nothing short of a miracle. It wasn't exciting, it wasn't fun, it was painful. This was supposed to be a nice, easy collaboration of Fabworx and 4-Wheel & Off-Road's resources to craft a premudder that could drive nonstop across the country, wheel the hardest trails, climb the biggest sand dunes, and wallow in the biggest mudholes. But it turned out to be a thrashfest to make it be everything it needed to be without adding any of the extras. That meant no stereo for me on the drive out there (only 450 hp to listen to for hours on end), no speedometer (that's OK, I had a V1 radar detector), and no Specialty Top Co. top (now this one was going to hurt in the thunderstorms).
We had made some good progress since we left off in last month's issue. The engine was back from the engine shop and assembled, the four-link was finished, and the front axle was slung in place. We'd have a rolling chassis as soon as we assembled the Center Line bead locks and mounted the BFGs. All that was left was to build the entire rollcage, the '88-'98 Chevy front clip update, mount the rear coilovers, add all the Auto Meter gauges and the rest of the interior, hook up the radiator, and...oh yeah, make sure it all works before we race for Idaho. No problem!