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Body is off!

Discussion in '1969-1972 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by IGOR, Oct 22, 2006.

  1. IGOR

    IGOR 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    So figuring today would be the last nice (read non-rainy) day to fall on a weekend until Spring, I was bound & determined to get the tub off the frame TODAY!

    And I did it all by myself - wasn't quite as bad as I thought it would be. :rolleyes: (RIGHT...!)

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  2. IGOR

    IGOR 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    I used a cherry picker on the rear end - took out the rear seat and used my engine hoist in the seat bolts.

    And as you can see from the pics - just jacked up the front until it was high enough to get onto the drums - then lowered the frame out from under it.
     
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    POWERMAD 1/2 ton status

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    Cool.
    My rig is on the back burner for a bit untill I get a place I can work on it.
    Everything I have and want to do will open a big can o worms that need a place that the rig can sit and wait patiently to be worked on.
    And I figure the best way to do it is to do just like you are doing.
    I have mine mobile and anything I want to do without halfassin it will be a full blown take it apart and fix it once kind of thing.
     
  4. makovai

    makovai 1/2 ton status

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    very cool. now the real fun begins.

    Hey, are you gonna do a 1/2 ton conversion while its apart :haha:
     
  5. vtblazer

    vtblazer 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    Point of no return...:haha: :bow:

    What's the schedule now?
    Frame off resto or just basic repairs?

    Been there/done that...oh wait, still doing that.

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  6. makovai

    makovai 1/2 ton status

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    wow! going by the crotch shot.....its a girl
     
  7. IGOR

    IGOR 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    You're pretty funny

    VTBLAZER-

    The plan was to reseal my engine - new rear main, front timing chain cover seal, valve cover seals, intake manifold seals - and that morphed into pulling of the front clip, pulling the engine, tranny, t-case - and that has now turned into might as well sandblast & powdercoat the frame.

    I'm not planning on doing any bodywork at this point in time. Plan is to powdercoat the frame, front inner fenders, core support, etc...

    Then also put in fuel system to support my TPI - also will route exhaust, build a rear receiver mount, set up the rear shock mount, get some of Shane74's fancy brake lines, new body mounts, maybe a 1" body lift to clear the driveline e-brake, oh and set up the e-brake cable.

    This is in addition to rebuilding the engine & tranny, and going through the 205 t-case - with any luck I'll be done with this phase in 2010.
     
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    Yukon Jack 1/2 ton status

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    Good to see you get the body off - it always amazes me the inginuity that people come up with to get a job done alone. I do most of my work alone too, so I appreciate what you are doing.
     
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    CDA 455 3/4 ton status

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    L.M.A.O. :haha: :rotfl: :haha: :rotfl: !!
     
  10. IGOR

    IGOR 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    Hey Jim -

    There's the second person that thinks you're funny (the first being you!) :D :D
     
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    i gotta give you props. good job. then again, if i woulda really thought my body removal through, it would have been much easier. lol. :haha:
     
  12. IGOR

    IGOR 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    I basically did exactly what you did - just without the 2x4s & extra help
     
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    awesome idea, but i got a question, how do you plan on rolling that chassis under there with the drums in the way?
     
  14. IGOR

    IGOR 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    Very good question. I was wondering how long before someone would notice this.

    Since I sloped it down - most of the weight is in the back. I also placed a few shims between the boards on the driver side barrel so that most of the weight of the front was on that barrel.

    Then I was able to remove the passenger side front barrel and the Blazer was free-floating on that side. For safety, I hooked my engine hoist to the passenger side hoop step and put a little weight back on it.

    I admit this was not the ideal way to do this - but I was able to sideshift the frame and roll it out very quickly with my two floor jacks.

    I then placed the passenger barrel back, and took the engine crane to the other side hooked to the hoop step - lifted the body just a hair, and removed the shims.

    The other alternative is to pull the rear axle and re-install it when the frame is re-attached to the body.
     
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    Muddytazz 1 ton status

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    When you go to reinstall the frame under the body, why not get some longer boards (or steel if you have any) and move the barrels out further.
     
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    IGOR 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    Problem with that is - I don't have a way to lift the front like I can in the rear with the engine hoist. I'm not really comfortable using the engine hoist on the step hoops and totally removing the front barrels
     
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    use the cherry picker and go through the floor to a cross beam lift it up and slide the barrels out.
     
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    thats what i was thinking, somthing like i did with my vette.
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    your getting close to looking like mine....

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    IGOR 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    Very nice - what is that frame out of?

    It looks like a 2wd pickup frame
     

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