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Cargo and Side Panel Projekt

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by tecton, Nov 22, 2003.

  1. tecton

    tecton 1/2 ton status

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    Going to gather materials soon and start building middle of next week...

    If anyone else has done anything like this speak up, links, pics anything you found was helpful, any tips or anything like that, spit it up.
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  2. jakeslim

    jakeslim 1/2 ton status

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    i did this for my k5:

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    secret amp and storage space

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  3. tecton

    tecton 1/2 ton status

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    did you buy the carpet pre-formed for your wheel wells?
     
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    cybrfire 1 ton status Vendor GMOTM Winner

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    Not what you are looking for probably but I made my side panels out of a thin layer of fiberglass and then Herculined them. They turned out nice. Very lightweight and water proof. The sheetmetal will fall off the truck before they rought out. If you want some pics I can post a few up. They would suck for any kind of speaker box. I do have some electronics behind them though.
     
  5. tecton

    tecton 1/2 ton status

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    this is the biggest thing ive tried to make out of wood

    looks tricky to get the wood cut properly to fit over the wheel well
     
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    Greg72 "Might As Well..." Staff Member Super Moderator

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    Depending on your intended usage, you might consider making that storage a "drawer" and not a flip-up style. If your camping/wheeling and have a lot of gear piled up back there, it would be a real pain to have to unload it all to gain access to those storage compartments.....


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    looks tricky to get the wood cut properly to fit over the wheel well

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    Take a large piece of cardboard and make a template. Makes it much easier to get the curves and angles just right. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    That was another nice thing about using glass. I traced the shape of the original side panels that were all messed up onto 3/8" plywood. Added 1/4" or so all the way around. When it came time to fit them, I just took a grinder and knocked them down where they were to tight.

    passenger side.

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    drivers side

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    That is a 12 volt outlet in the rear of the driver side panel. Its kinda hard to tell from the pictures but I extended the panels in the front. They go all the way to the doors. The seat belt mounting helps retain the panel as well. The topper hold down trim peice also helps hold them on the top edge.
     
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    [ QUOTE ]
    Depending on your intended usage, you might consider making that storage a "drawer" and not a flip-up style. If your camping/wheeling and have a lot of gear piled up back there, it would be a real pain to have to unload it all to gain access to those storage compartments.....
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    makes sense
     
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    im curious, how do the stock panels attatch to the bedside?
     
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    just a few screws with some v shaped brackets
     
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    maybe I'm missing something, but if the back is filled with camping gear or trail stuff, how is any setup easier to access? I suppose personal need is what matters in any situation.

    The carpet was preformed.
     
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    first off
    i havnt camped in about 8 years and intend to keep it that way...so lets get off that.

    Secondly, its for things i dont use often, tools, flashlights, spare parts, first aid, tow straps....ect
     

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