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1st gen frame or 2nd gen frame?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by grizzlyoffroad, Mar 31, 2006.

  1. grizzlyoffroad

    grizzlyoffroad 1/2 ton status

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    I have a 72 Blazer that I am currently building. I have 44" Boggers, Dana 60 front, and Corp 14 rear. All this including the T400 tranny is from a 81 chevy 1 ton with a 10" lift. I also have access to 85 Blazer. My delima is: Should I adapt all the gear to fit the 72 frame and body or do I just use the 85 blazer frame and put the 72 body on it. Either way, I am keeping the 72 body, I love that 1st gen style with fully removable top. What do you guys think? Thanks
     
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    I say keep your 72 frame and beef it IMHO both frames are kinda weak why spend time moving body mounts when you could spend time beefing the frame
     
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    4X4HIGH 1 ton status Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    The running gear you described will directly swap into your 72 since it came from a 1 ton truck.
     
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    That would be sweet! I was under the impression that all the spring mounts would be different. Aren't the lengths different between '72 1/2 ton and '81 1 ton? I thought I would at least have to move the spring mounts around a little. Comments?
     
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    4X4HIGH 1 ton status Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    If you're also asking about the springs then the front on a 1st Gen are a different length and will either need new springs for the 72 or move the spring hangers. The rear springs are the same length IIRC, at least i gave my old springs from my 89 to Greg72 and he installed them on his 72 without any problems.
     
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    OK, thanks for the clarification.
     

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