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-81 front clip to -80

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by 4x4_76, Aug 29, 2001.

  1. 4x4_76

    4x4_76 1/2 ton status

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    I know it's not a straight bolt-on,but can it be done?What is the biggest problem?Hood hinges?

    I'm too lazy to stick shift,that's why I prefer autotranny.
     
  2. dyeager535

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    Yep, hood hinges. My buddy just did this, and he thought to do it RIGHT, you need to weld on a bracket on the cowl/firewall at each side for something....maybe upper fender bolts? He just cut the cowl for the hinges. Also, the door to fender gap was excessive, with no adjustment in the fender left to fix it. Part of it is in the doors, even though they are pretty well centered. Core support as well isn't a drop in, the bushings are different on the 73-80's (not "keyed" vs. keyed) and the gap between core support and frame was greater when using the 81 front end on an 80.

    Dorian
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  3. Michael

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    I assume you mean to put an '81 on a '80 model truck......I thought it was fairly easy. I had none of the difficulties mentioned in the previous post and I put one on my '74. The radiator mounting was a little different. There is a complete write-up in the main CK5 page. Good luck!!

    Michael[​IMG]
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  4. 4x4_76

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    I went to see one -80 Blazer last weekend even though I don't like the look of the front.To my surprise it was very good condition,just a little rust and t-case didn't go on 4-low.I'm looking for diesel but that had a 355 gasser,but I guess,if I buy it,I'll change engine and front clip from -81 truck.
    But anyways,thanks for your help.

    I'm too lazy to stick shift,that's why I prefer autotranny.
     
  5. Chaz316

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    Michael, Do you have any pics of the mounting for the hood hinges on your 74? I have a 73 and a front clip from an 86. I believe I have everything I need, it even came with the AC condenser.

    "If it aint broke don't fix it" is like a 4 letter word.
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    Yeah Charlie, I'll email ya what I have.

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    Better yet...here is a link to Neil's article. He covers everything very well.
    www.jmartin.net/parker/goose.htm
     
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    I went over that a couple of time but the image of the hood hinge isnt very clear. I wish he had a picture without the wipercowl installed.

    "If it aint broke don't fix it" is like a 4 letter word.
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    OK, I posted a picture on my site that has a shot of the hinge installed. Let me know if ya need anything more.
    www.jmartin.net/parker/goose.htm
     
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    IMO 81-82's front clip is the ugliest of all the 73-87 trucks.

    Tim
    '84 Chevy K10, lifted, loud, fast, and 3/4 ton axles
     
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    '81-'87 all used the same clip....just different grills. I'm not too wild about the '81-'82 style grills....someday I'll update to a newer one!! Thanks for the input....[​IMG]

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    They sure are ugly.That particular -81 doesn't have original grill.Not sure what year it is.Late eighties grill would be nice:).

    I'm too lazy to stick shift,that's why I prefer autotranny.
     

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