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Body restore - Tough?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Khi5in, Jun 18, 2002.

  1. Khi5in

    Khi5in Registered Member

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    Any one ever do a body restore. I have an 86 k5. The front cab is decent. However, after the doors the body iss terrible. I was told to liftoff the whole rear from the frame. Is this possible and how tough is it? I picked up this truck for short money and i want to do it up right.
     
  2. Blazer_Boy

    Blazer_Boy 1/2 ton status

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    Nah, most of us don't have the time or money to do a frame off. I swapped in a new rear floor, tailgate, and quarter panel. Not to mention all the patchwork up front and having the doors and front clip off. If you wanna do it right, then you're going to need to be well equipped. Full tool set of course, MIG welder, cutting torch, sawz-all, drill (with wire brushes), air compressor, DA sander, undercoating gun, nd paint gun. Let us know what you have in mind. Alot of us have done the floor swap. Me, Yunit, Itali83, and Riz to name a few. I still need to hang my quarter panel, finish the primer, and put on some color.
     
  3. MudNurI

    MudNurI 1/2 ton status

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    When mine was "redone" we didn't do a frame off- we did replace the floors, If I remember correctly the only place not touched was directly under the back seat. The rest of the floors- along with the "cab corners" were replaced. I wish now that I had at least sand blasted the frame, and done something to that. With as much lift as it has, you can see the rusty frame quite a bit. Maybe when I win the lotto- I'll do that.

    The thing with these K5's that I've found, is that they are rust magnets...I thought I'd only have to do the rear floor- but the more digging the guy did, the more rust he found, and the more $$ it cost me! But it's all good, cause now she's almost rust free. Once I get the rocker panels replaced, she will be !! for a few years anyway!

    I don't think anyone here has done a frame off- if they have, I haven't read about it??? /forums/images/icons/smile.gif

    Brandy
     

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