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Custom built body??

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Thumper, Jul 28, 2001.

  1. Thumper

    Thumper 1/2 ton status

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    OK... I crawled under the Jimmy today, and spray washed the entire underside, every nook and cranny, inside the frame etc. After it dried I dove in and inspected the whole bottom of my truck. I was kind of shocked at what I found. The rust has really done a number on the body. The rockers are shot, as well as those cab supports, the floor under my seat is hurting badly, the body mounts have seen better days, the rear floor at the tailgate is rusted through, the cross support under the tailgate is bad too. The front fender tubs need replaced, and the rust is pokin through around the rear wheel openings.
    The good news is that the frame is great, and I know the driveline is sound... cept for the front shaft (see previous post), so I sat in the old 'thinkin chair' for about an hour and contemplated things. What are the legal, road worthy, licensing and insuring implications of building a custom body? You know like that Rogerbuilt that was in TTC 2000. Of course it would look better and perform way better, but that may be the general idea. That thing was just plain uggly! Would it be possible to keep it streetable? Or would it become a trail only rig? I have been eying that new F*rd concept thingy in the 4Wheel & Off-Road Sept issue.
    Of course there is the option of swapping a different body on. Any input on this option?
    Would I be ousted from the CK5 family?? lol

    Thanks for the input. Just tossin ideas.
    Mike


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  2. Rockjunkies

    Rockjunkies 1/2 ton status

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    I am in the same boat. Think I will go with a p.u. cab and flat bed. Then I will only have half as much truck to tear up.

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  3. Seventy4Blazer

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    welded doors on the PU cab with outter cage all around the cab. it looks cool and chicks dig the duke of hazzard deal

    1974 Chevy Blazer Cheyanne. lots of plans for it....
    but it is on 33's now, with saggy old springs. i am in so cali if ya got any parts for me.
     
  4. JoeAngelicchio

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    Mike, do you remember seeing a custom built 4x4 based on a blazer chassis in Four Wheeler a few years ago called Millitoy? If you haven't I've got the mag and I can scan it. It's pretty cool looking and made of aluminum, riveted together like aircrafts. Right up your alley. Hey I used to build FA-18 at Douglas years ago so it wouldn't be too much of a stretch for me to do.

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  5. CK5

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    What issue of Fourwheeler was it? As far as being blackmarked from the K5 family, no way, we love to see how far a K5 can be taken, now this being said, if you put a pinto body on the Blazer frame then we would have issues. [​IMG]

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  6. Grim-Reaper

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    I have put some thought to this very issue. A few shots of some pre runners with quick pop off fenders was my insperation. Make a tube body structure. Sheet for floors and inner fenders. Retain the fire wall for vin number and hvac and wipers and to mount the doors off.
    Basicly build a rock buggy but with skin. Just use the outer shells of the fenders. It would be like a class 8 race truck. If you hash a body pannel you just cut up a new one. Or before wheeling you could pop off the fenders leave them at camp and wheel without worry of ripping up the body. The cage would add weigh but welding the cage right to the frame so it becomes a unibody and then use the cage for support of the floors. Make the floors and inner fenders out of aluminum. If you were carefull about it it would probably come up lighter than the truck was originaly.

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  7. Thumper

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    Ya, thats kinda what I was thinking. I would use the same frame, and start with the tube body outline, like the Scorpion has, integrate the cage, and then have all the body panels quick removable, with Dzeuss fasteners like in the jets. Would it be legal for the street? Prolly not huh?

    Hmmm ya I saw that Militoy... in fact I have the article right here handy. Its Four Wheeler January 1992. Got me thinkin now. And Joe... I know lots of metal bashers here on base that could help me out with the planning and building too. Just a thought but I am actually considering it. I dont know if I am ready to lose the vehicle from a daily driver yet tho...

    Mike


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  8. JoeAngelicchio

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    Hey Mike here's the pics.
    http://community.webshots.com/uploads/16508997.jpg?9898
    http://community.webshots.com/uploads/16508997.jpg?1716
    <a target="_blank" href=http://community.webshots.com/uploads/16508997.jpg?1470>http://community.webshots.com/uploads/16508997.jpg?1470</a>

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  9. Pure Insanity

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    As long as you keep the fire wall and such in tact youll retain the VIN #. Just cut the firewall down to nothing. When registration time comes up think of the military saying "dont ask dont tell" I AM SO GLAD I GOT OUT BEFORE THAT STARTED!! Just keep it reg. as a blazer, and make sure its street legal. Bumpers, wipers, lights, ETC.

    Have fun and post pics!!

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    As far as custom built body. Mine is in transformation right now. I tore out the rear floor and em going to build the whole floor from the tail pan to the fire wall out of 1/4 inch plate. Build the body mounts and then run stringers from the frame to the floor to tie it in and make everything more solid. Then I'm going to build the roll cage on top of the stringers and the 1/4 inch plate and everyhting will be solid. No frame flexing here. If I run into a tree, I replace the rear fender by removing about 15 bolts and do one weld along an edge. Whala one new fender. Anyways, It's not very hard, just time consuming.
     
  11. chevyboy24598

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    Why not swap the body for a 50s-60s Chevy. That would look bad ass!

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  12. JoeAngelicchio

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    January 92 Four Wheeler

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    1/4 plate for a floor??!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?! the turck will end up weighing 8,000lb! And people think I build heavy when I use 3/16 for bumpers.
    Really you would be far better off building a sub frame with tube or box and putting down some regular old sheetmetal.

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    This isn't supposed to float just rock crawl Grimmy. It's going to have a 502, TH475(If I can find one), Lowering gear box and a np205 on it. Max tires about 38s with six inch lift and thre for the body. Maximum flex and so on. The only time I want to go through mud is if I have to, other then that, the only thing this rig is going to see is rock.
     
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    1/4" plate is insane for a floor. 10 guage sheet would be massive overkill at .131" thick and would be half the weight! Before I found a donor tub i was planning on replacing the rear floor with 14 guage checker plate steel. Even that i considered to be overkill!

    With 1/4" plate for the floor, the floor all by itself would come in near 500 lbs...no offense but i would seriously rethink your material choice!

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  16. Pure Insanity

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    If anyone is interested I can get my hands on 10 sheets of 4x12 alum that is thick enuff to be used for a floor. I dont remember what the thickness is exactly, but its not sheet alum like would be used in a drag car interior. My buddy got a sheet for use on the floor of his drag car, and the guy still has the 10 sheets I said above. If anyone is interested P/M me and Ill call the guy and see what he wants per sheet. He picked it up at a job site he was at and they were gonna toss it, so he grabbed it if anyone needed it. I know tha $$ was real reasonable. shipping on the other hand.........

    I will need to know in the next day or so cuz I know he wanted to get rid of it, he has no place to keep it and its presently tying up his trailer. Soon it will be scrapped and Id hate to see that!!!!!

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  17. ROCKBUGGYK5

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    hahah mine is done, looks kinda like a scorpin now except with blazer firewall and floor, there will be pics of it after the disey run, i did mine because k5s are two damn wide
    adam

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