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Anyone Replaced Blazer Bedsides

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by derek2002, Oct 6, 2000.

  1. derek2002

    derek2002 1/2 ton status

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    Has anyone replaced the bedsides on a Blazer? I know on a Chevy truck, it is a bolt out/bolt in deal. Looks like I might have to do cutting to get the sides off the blazer and welding to get the new ones back on. Can anyone speak from experience? Also, I have a couple of rust holes in the floor of the rear of my 87 K5. How do you hide the welds after you patch the floor? Do you grind it down flush? Doesnt that affect the strength of the patch? Let me know...

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    -Derek
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  2. jcg

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    Unfortunately the bedsides do have to be cut off, and it doesn't look easy. The sides of my old tub were in great shape so I was going to cut them off but it just looked like too much work for spare parts I probably won't need. If your panels are welded correctly it shouldn't leave a very large bead. A little grinding shouldn't hurt anything though.

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  3. derek2002

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    What has to be cut and welded? The area near the rocker and the section at the very back by the tailgate? The section in between along the floor bolts on, correct? Thanks for the advice.

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    -Derek
    1977 3/4 Ton & Blazer Project (Body Needed)
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  4. 78k5

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    Buddy you are in for a bad time I just finished putting new bedside on my 1978 k5 and it was the worst headache I have ever had. You have to cut the bedsides at the rockers then chisel the sides from the door lip then the are tack welded behind where your seatbelt bolts to the door pillar, you will have to take the panels off from the inside and look at the front of the bedside where your panel used to be. See all the tack welds? Yep they are scary, but have patience the fun comes in lining the sides up to where they used to be. I totalled one of mine because I left it up there unsupported and it fell onto the family carrier. So if you want to admire your bedside before you secure it have a buddy hold it. I've never wrecked anything sitting still, needless to say my wife wasn't happy either. (it was HER car!)
     

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