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Custom Tailgate Ideas???

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Waxer, Oct 12, 2001.

  1. Waxer

    Waxer 1/2 ton status Author

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    I am in the process of fabricating my own tailgate. The stock one just is too damn heavy and since the top on my 74 is off 100% of the time, I just wont need the stock tailgate with all the guts anymore. So I removed it in favor of fabricating my own.
    So heres my idea... please give me your comments and suggestions on it and any other ideas.
    I'm going to use a 74-79 Chevy pickup tailgate, which is light and the stock mounting for it is already setup on my K5. I'll modify it ofcourse and use expanded steel. Here's a picture of what it will look like when done.

    http://www.rockreadyk5.com
     
  2. txbartman

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    I personally don't like the tailgate thing to start with. What I have always considered and wondered about is replacing the tailgate with two doors. With no need for a rear window, you could make two doors that would be the same height as your tailgate. If I remember right, someone on here has a setup like that. I just can't remember who.

    Brian
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  3. Waxer

    Waxer 1/2 ton status Author

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    That would be Grimmy. I have seen his barnyard doors and I like them. I just would like a tailgate that I could actually sit on or put stuff on.

    Crawlin the rocks with my K5
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  4. BIGRIG

    BIGRIG 1/2 ton status

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    I'm with tex! I'm too fat too get on that gate all the time! I plan on using burb doors cut off and fabbed to fit!

    Chris

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  5. Waxer

    Waxer 1/2 ton status Author

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    hmm, interesting. ok, keep the ideas coming :)



    Crawlin the rocks with my K5
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  6. CK5

    CK5 In my underwear Administrator Premium Member GMOTM Winner Author

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    I plan on taking mine off in the summer and just letting the air flow through, I like the no tailgate look anyway.

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  7. CK5

    CK5 In my underwear Administrator Premium Member GMOTM Winner Author

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    Oh, I can't seem to open your .bmp file, might have something to do with my unix machine that I am on now, I will look at it tonight when on my windows machine.

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  8. Seventy4Blazer

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    i would leave the top of the "new" tailgate on. basicaly make a hole in it and do the expanded sheet metal. this way it wont pop open as much when you flex it.
    i have seen something simalar on a truck, looks great.
    Grant

    1974 Chevy Blazer Cheyanne. but it is on 33's now, with saggy old springs. i am in Yuma Arizona if ya got any parts for me.
     
  9. SlyDog

    SlyDog 1/2 ton status

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    I removed my tailgate almost right after I bought my K5 and it isnt going back on. Im going doorless roofless and i am most likely going to put one of those racing net things in the back instead of the tailgate [​IMG]

    <font color=green>[​IMG]1977 K5 GETTIN IT AWN[​IMG]</font color=green>
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  10. laketex

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    I personally like having a tailgate to sit on and stuff. only problem is all my stuff sticks out the back of my blazer about 10" so I'll have to have some modified version too. Not too sure what, as that'll be a ways down the road, but something DIFFERENT and hacked up.

    Sherman, Tx
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  11. bigk

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    You can buy a tailgate extender in about any accessory catalog. One of thos tube flip over deals.

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    What about an aluminum 5th wheeler's tailgate? They're pretty tough, and would bolt right on. Besides, you could polish it and look really cool at the mall[​IMG]

    Of the 5 toughest dogs in the neighborhood, my cat's ranked #3
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  13. spencerjw

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    You mean something kinda like what the new Lincoln Blackwood has?
    <a target="_blank" href=http://www.lincoln.com/blackwood/default2.asp>http://www.lincoln.com/blackwood/default2.asp</a>

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    I took My tailgate off my truck for a little bit and Wheeled a couple of times. Everybody kept saying that I Should put it back on Because it looked better. So I put it back on, and the next time I went wheeling I Felt like pulling it off and leaving it in the hills. Its much easier To wheel with it, I think anyways.
    At night is when it especially helps.

    4 wheeling is like sex, when its good, its really, really good, when its bad its still pretty good.
     
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    Why not keep the shell and remove the guts? I've also heard that pickup gates will bolt on, perhaps someone knows if that is true.

    Have fun

    John
     
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    Yep they bolt right on.
    K5's have the holes to mount all the hadware.
    Must be a GM thang. [​IMG]


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    Someone was saying the truck tailgates rattle quite a bit... I think if I did it I would just hollow out the innards. We also play in a lot of mud and muddy trails so it is nice to have the tailgat to keep the muck out. I think on of the net things like some trucks have across the back would be cool on a topless K5 w. a roll cage.

    -Mikey
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    Yeah, something like that. I saw one of those "trucks" at the texas State Fair a couple of weeks ago. Man, do those things look STUPID!!!

    Brian
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    I made a quick "bolt on" tailgate for mine.... Just to support the back end of the truck during Wheelin'. I secured it using rubber shock grommets so it don't squeak or rattle - and short of having to tote along a good lawn chair - I love it!

    http://community.webshots.com/user/marv_springer /[URL] Marv
     
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    Ooops... ! tried to make it clicky, but I guess I didn't do it right!

    ...when will I get this??! Help?

    Marv
     

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