Chevy Enthusiast via Hooniverse: A Readers Rebuttal to the K-5 Blazer Buyers Guide

Mark this one down in the “you can’t please everyone” category. Chevy Enthusiast Magazine received a “Readers’ Letter” pointing to an obvious flaw in my 1969 through 1972 K5 Blazer Buyers Guide. So what was my error that this reader had to point out? Continue after the jump….

First, this reader stated that he enjoyed the February Issue, and particularly liked the K5 Blazer Buyers Guide. He goes on to state that the advice I wrote was generally spot-on, as if I was writing in the Queens English. He went on to agree that the SM465 Manual Transmission and the NP205 Transfer Case is widely regarded as the most durable and most desirable combination used by an automotive manufacturer. Well, so far so good, as if I needed my head to swell any more than it is.

Unfortunately, he decided to point out the error of my ways. I wrote that the Dana 44 front axle was the most durable OEM axle available, and the 12-bolt GM rearend was the strongest rearend GM ever produced. The reader took me to task for saying these things because it was clear that the Dana 60 front axle was superior to the Dana 44, and that the GM 14-bolt rear end was far superior to the 12-bolt rear end.
Both of those statement might be true, but they were only found on the K30 and C30 trucks, and were produced though 1991. While not a direct bolt-in, they are a significant upgrade. My point was the axles offered on the half ton K5 were the strongest available when they were built, and next time I will make it clearer. Read the original Blazer Buyers Guide Here.
Am I miffed at the reader comment? I was at first, but saw that I didn’t make it clear enough in the original article. I still get miffed when I see a comment that isn’t exactly complimentary on any of the blogs I write, but I get over it (no you don’t) (yes I do) (no you don’t) (oh shut-up)…….
I see it’s time to take my medication……

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  1. bzr Avatar

    Now that he's done playing Kramer he's sure got a lot of free time on his hands.

  2. longrooffan Avatar

    I believe you had it correct in the way you stated it. Some one, some where can always contradict any thing, any time with reference to bolt on or aftermarket equipment. When I read your article it came through loud and clear what you were referring to.

  3. Alff Avatar

    Jim, have you considered switching to decaf?