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Body Advice

Discussion in '1969-1972 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by hirider34, Jan 17, 2002.

  1. hirider34

    hirider34 Registered Member

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    Finally tore into the k5 project- Looks like the front floor is solid, front cab supports are shot, but major concern is the rear floor/bed area. Plans are to replace cab supports/all body mounts before taking the top off, do all the measuring and then remove the top. My main question is searching for a replacement rear floor. Was planning on 1/8" Steel diamond plate sheet stock. I also was toying with the idea of removing the inner/outer quarter panels as two assemblies, repairing the rot and remounting them. Anybody have any tips, advice, or warnings?

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  2. JungleBoy

    JungleBoy 1/2 ton status

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    Hirider
    WRT the quarter panel assemblies, I think you will find them difficult to separate. The bedsides come off as one assembly, both inner and outer walls. Pull off the inspection/structural support plates ahead of the rear wheels and you will see what I mean. Look up into your rocker boxes and see what shape your cab floor supports are in - I believe you will have to remove either rocker boxes or floors to get to them. Also, you will be able to see the lower rear door pillar section which is out of sight at the rear door opening. There is also a support forward of and below the door, need to check them. Replacements are available. If you want to, send me a mail and I wil out you on the guy who has teh body off my Jimmy now, a lot of this has been done.
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  3. hirider34

    hirider34 Registered Member

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    Jungle,
    This isn't my first rebuild, so I'm pretty familiar with the 67-72's, I was just looking for some advice. Thanks for your help. I already have removed the outer rocker, rocker box, and wheel well, and structural/inspection post on the drivers side. I was aware of the replacement panels for the two supports you mentioned, and I will need to replace my front cab support. My only question is LMC, Golden State, Chevy Duty, and my local supplier all show rear cab supports for the Blazer. I didn't see any cab support in the rear of the passenger compartment other than the part that appears as the upright section joining the front/rear floors. I think I should be able to repair all of the areas I was concerned about without removing the bedsides. Thanks for your advice though.


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