Good day All,
This is my first real thread and it is to be an introduction of my rig and a bit about me. My truck (MTN DAWG) is a 1978 K5 Blazer. The story of MTN DAWG starts in the late 1990's when my wife, son and I ran around in an old '79 burb (the first to earn the MTN DAWG name). It was beat to hell and back and we were pretty poor back then and kept is patched together with junk yard parts and duct tape.
As we got older and making better livings, we upgraded our ride a few time. I found that having newer rides was not as much fun as an old beater. Long story short, I decided to build the ultimate (for me anyway) rig for under $3000.00. A lot of junk yard parts, making trades, redneck fixes (I am originally from Oklahoma), and home brew DIY stuff.
Got the K5 from a friend for free due to "electrical problems", it needed a new battery. It sat under a Russian olive tree with the windows down for a few years before I got it. Made a trade of Banshee (quad) parts for springs, found some used tires, scrounged some shocks, and used up a bit of elbow grease.
Found the FWC on this site and left two days later to pick it up in Colorado. Spent two months working with my stepfather (retired master carpenter) re-doing all the wood.
I am 3 years (although 1 year was spent in Afghanistan) into this truck, I do all the work myself (it hurts just thinking I would need someone to work on my truck) and use it a lot for hunting, fishing, and exploring Nevada. The goal of $3000.00 has been surpassed, but not by too much. The overall goal is; if I can scrounge the bits to make parts myself, I will; if not then trade or junk yard; last resort is to buy new.
There are tons of amazing rigs on this site and I get inspiration from them all. It's the old iron, foreign and domestic, with people working on them and relying on them that I truly identify with.
Okay, now some pictures (everybody likes pictures) of MTN DAWG in various stages.
I look forward to comments and input.
Thanks for reading!!