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'79 K5 going flat bed?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by 79 K5, Feb 1, 2001.

  1. 79 K5

    79 K5 Registered Member

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    \'79 K5 going flat bed?

    A friend recently suggested that I convert the K5 to a flat bed! I'm getting excited about the possibilities! The body now has MUCH rust everywhere! The floor boads are rusted out in the cab (driver AND passenger side) and the bed rails are badly rusted as well. My options are either to spend a lot of time sanding, cutting, welding, and durabacking... or to take off the body, add a rust free truck cab (already availible for my use), abd build a flat bed.
    Has anyone taken this route or seen anyone who's done it? What kind of work is involved? I'm not a mechanic, but I have a friend who does a good job advising and helping. He's building a bulletproof '76 K5.
    This wouldn't happen anytime soon, I just want to know whether or not I should keep it open as a possibility.
    I would love to see some pics if anyone knows where to find them?

    Thanks,
    Jesse
     
  2. Re: \'79 K5 going flat bed?

    Just buy a truck cab and build a small flat bed behinde it,just my $.02.
     
  3. Grim-Reaper

    Grim-Reaper 3/4 ton status Author

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    Re: \'79 K5 going flat bed?

    It's been done and it looked great! Made the mags a few years ago. Guy cliped the front and rear of the bed and made an altra short bed. You could even go so far as to really clip the rear over hang and make about a 4ft bed with almost none of the K5's bigest downfall the overhang. should be enough room to put truck sadle tanks on it to solve the fuel tank location issue if you clip the frame. The sweet part is it would not be hard to do. other than the rear cab mounts it would all be bolt on up front with no alingment problems. Mounting the bed may be a little tricky but again should not me a big issue. Post some pics of the ultra short bed when you get it done.

    Diging it in the dirt with my K5's
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  4. pcorssmit

    pcorssmit 1/2 ton status

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    Re: \'79 K5 going flat bed?

    I've seen a few trucks with Blazer frames, PU cabs, and shortened step side boxes or flat beds. Looks pretty cool.

    Pete

    '83 K5, 350 TBI (ex 6.2), Dana 60/14 bolt, Detroits, 3" lift, 15-39.5x15 TSLs
    '97 Dodge 2500 4x4 CC LB Sport, Cummins 5 spd
     
  5. laketex

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    Re: \'79 K5 going flat bed?

    I'm in the middle of bobbing mine now and it is pretty easy. You'll get really balsy with the sawzall so watch out. I cut the heck out of my fenders getting rid of rust and providing clearance for tires. I'll be cutting my rockers grim-reaper style next. For my fuel, I'll be running a 32 gal RCI fuel cell in the bed. I know though you're talking about a flat bed. Never seen it done myself on a unibody vehicle like a blazer but I think It'd kick some serious butt if you do. I wanna see some pics if ya do it!

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  6. KENBARBOUR

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    Re: \'79 K5 going flat bed?

    My friend has one with a 2wd cab and a shortened stepside bed. It looks really cool until you look underneath. The mounts for the cab are really far off. He has quite a few pieces of wood stacked up to make up the difference. The bolts are in the wrong spots too. It looks butch and i dont know how he is gonna get it inspected. And how do you register this? I'm not trying to discourage you, I want to do this myself. I think if you moved the cabmounts on the k5 frame or used pickup mounts it would line up better. Post some pics if you get it done!!
     

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