Thank you. I looked at a Chalet several years ago, but ended up passing for exactly those reasons.Yours is a much better rig than the numerous Blazer Chalet's I have owned.
No rear overhang like a Chalet and a LOT less weight on the back of the Blazer should make for a very capable truck!
FWC built it that way. They built pop up campers for Blazers, Broncos, Scouts, and Ramchargers in the 70's and 80's. As for suspension work, I think one of the previous owners (there are three that I know of) put a 2 inch spring lift all around (I have receipts) back in the late 90's. The rear sags a little, but not too bad.I really am interested in this project. So did FWC build the pass through or a previous owner? What sort of suspension mods had to be done?
Thanks, I look forward to using it! I've been wanting one of these for a long time (ask my wife). So much so that's it's slightly wierd to not be on the internet surfing Craigslist looking for one. It's almost like I don't know what to do with all this free time!Looks like a blast! Always nice dealing with a seller that is up front with you. I look forward to seeing your work on the camper and blazer. I've had a couple FWC grandby's and really enjoyed them. Lots of fun to upgrade them and make them your own.
I remember when yours was for sale on Craigslist, too. I talked to the guy shortly after he posted it. I was thinking hard about it when you got it, but he was asking a lot for the combo. I've been following your buildup and already have a line on a damaged top that I can do the same modification with the mounting where it meets the top of the cab. You're right, mine doesn't have any bolts holding the upright section, just on the bedrails. With mine, when I'm driving down the road, the wind pushes the rubber seal down between the cab and camper and I get quite a draft hitting me in the back of the head. I kept thinking the rear door or window fell out when I was leaving Denver until I looked up and saw the middle section of the seal hanging loose between the cab and the camper. Thankfully, all the wood under the top bunk has been replaced, it's super solid. I do plan to do a cabinet change/remodel as it's already been changed and there's no place for a fridge. I plan on an Engel or an ARB (or the like) in the future and want to put it where the original fridge went.I wondered where that one ended up. Been watching it on craigs for over a year. I looked hard at it last year before I pulled the trigger on my FWC but the crusty panels steered me clear of it. Plus I didn't really need the Blazer itself as I wanted to put one on my 91 and that guy didn't want to split them up. I've been through one rusty K5 in my lifetime and didn't want to go down that path again. Glad to hear it was just on the surface and the floors are good.
The guy I got my camper from was willing to split them so I jumped on it despite it's condition being less that of yours. I've been working on mine for 8 months or so and just installed it last month to my 91. I've partially gutted mine and built it back up so if you have any questions, feel free to hit me up. I made a couple of key changes to the mounting to make it more secure to the K5. Yours by the pics looks like mine was by not using the factory bolt locations on the cab to attach the camper to the cab like the factory fiberglass top. That leaves the 5 bolts per side on the bed rails as all that holds the camper to the truck. My first drive with mine bringing it home I discovered the camper would lift at speeds higher than 65mph. The gaping hole in the cab over floor on mine at the time didn't help as it was pulling more air in than could get out, but it spooked me. So I ended up using another stock K5 top to rob the first 1 3/4" to attach to the front cab wall of the camper and fill in the gap that is exposed if the camper is just butted up to the cab. The fiberglass section made it easy to locate the holes needed to run the bolts in from the inside of the camper into the cab. Plus the fiberglass section allows you to use stock K5 top seals to seal the area better than just camper tape.
I'm curious though, what kind of mileage you pulled from CO to TX with it? It had a carb'd 350 if I remember the craigs ad.