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boatsiding a 1st gen? Revamp Started 6-2-08

Discussion in '1969-1972 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by MNorby, Dec 28, 2006.

  1. MNorby

    MNorby 3/4 ton status Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    looking at my floors and rockers to build sliders was was looking at maybe boatsiding it some. Has anyone tried to boatside their 1st gen rig here?
     
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    vtblazer 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    Not boatsided per say but my rockers are gone in favor of rock sliders.

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    MNorby 3/4 ton status Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    I was originally planning on something exaclty like yours but then was loking at seeing if I can get the sliders up in line with the rear cargo area... make sense?
     
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    vtblazer 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    Yep, I can see what your talking about.

    You'd have some real door mods to contend with and it may really change the overall look of the blazer.
     
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    CDA 455 3/4 ton status

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    DUMB QUESTION: What is 'boatsiding' :D !
     
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    vtblazer 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    After looking at a couple more pics, it might save you some rust repair issues at least. :D

    Took one of your pics and filled in the area where your boat-siding would probably cover up/replace.

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    Mine is on a truck cab but you might get the idea. I went to the bottom of the lower hinge incase I wanted to run doors.
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    MNorby 3/4 ton status Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    yeah I would prob go to hinge too so could run doors also. My biggest worry I guess is the rocker boxes
     
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    I guess no one is going to answer my question :whistle: :thinking: ...
     
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    why not run it from the lower body line at the rear of the front fender, down, straight across the bottom of the lower hinge and angle back up just as much towards the rear opening?
     
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    MNorby 3/4 ton status Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    Kinda something like this.... In my case not so extreme.
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    Like cda 455 said, "What is boatsiding?"
     
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    MNorby 3/4 ton status Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    I am gonna head up to shop and look a little closer at it. If I built some good heavy sliders I could do away with the rocker boxes couldn't I
     
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    Shown in the pic above your post.

    Mnorby,
    I guess I don't see a huge value gained for the work involved. :dunno:
     
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    Boatsiding involves cutting out the rocker panels, fender bottoms, even door bottoms and replacing with flat steel for ground clearance between the tires. Further, if the rig does hit something - you will be crunching heavy flat steel or tubing rather than expensive (or pretty) sheetmetal.

    An added benefit is that by cutting out the old sheetmetal, a lot of rust problematic areas can also be removed. - "killing two birds with one stone" so to speak!

    Plus it just looks cool
     
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    Aahhhh, O.K.!!
    Thanks for the info :D :bow: !!
     
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    If you'd asked "what the hull is boatsiding?", the answer would have been in your question! :D

    Appearance-wise, I don't like what boatsiding does.....on a later model K5 it's fine, because who cares how THOSE look! :wink1: It's another one of those mods that people do which effectively turns a full size Blazer into a Jeep body.... like narrowing or dovetailing. If you want a body that is a small and useless like a Jeep, then just slap a Jeep body on your Blazer frame and be done with it.... :rolleyes:


    Jeez, somethings got me riled up tonight.
     
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    Wow Greg - tell us how you really feel :D :D
     
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    Yeah, that's what I'm noticing about owning a 1st Gen. Blazer. I don't want to modify the wheel wells because its unique look. I don't want to modify body for boatsiding because of same thing, etc, etc.
     
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    "If my answers frighten you Vincent, then you should cease asking scary questions...." -Jules Winfield, Pulp Fiction.



    Pretty much sums it up. If someone asks me for an opinion, I'm not afraid to offer one. If they post up something they have already done that they're proud of (and I don't like it) I'll just keep my mouth shut.

    For the record (and most of you senior CK5ers already know this) if someone asks if it's a good idea to hack up a 1st Gen to make a wheeler out of it, my answer will always be ugly..... these trucks are getting more and more valueable and hard to find. How about a little respect for the Godfather of K5s....??? :deal:
     

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