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Damn Metal Termites!!!!! Tailpan Who has removed one?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Grim-Reaper, Nov 17, 2000.

  1. Grim-Reaper

    Grim-Reaper 3/4 ton status Author

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    Well them buggers ate up my tail pan (the part the tail gate bolts too on the body). Rear of my truck has a decided frown and I had a heck of a time with the hard top. I'm in the middled of building a roll cage and I have some serious doubts into the strenght of the back of the truck. Who has pulled one of these out? I have as yet to see a weld but I do see several bolt under the and around the gate uprights. Is this thing just bolted in and glued to the floor?
    Somebody had sent me some drawings of a home made replacement and I think they got wiped out with a Kakworm Virus I got bombed with. Sure would lover to see those again. LMC sells a stock one for $150. Anybody buy one? Comments on it?
    I'm thinking I may be able to use a peice of U Channel and if I can find a peice 6-8 inches wide it will be partialy under the rearl legs of my Roll bar and add significant strength.
    Let me know if you have pulled this out before. I know somebody here has.
    Thanks in advanced.

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    backlash 1/2 ton status

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    Do a search on rear tailgate or hinge repair there's a really good detailed blow by blow on this somewhere in this forum.

    I e-mailed the guy who did it and he was very helpful.

    Good luck!
     
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    EDdaTREE 1/2 ton status

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    Bought mine as soon as it came up from California Grimmy- NYAH-NYAH! Still don't prevent trail rash though! Gotta do the inflate the football deal in the driver's door after the next trail run. Rust never sleeps-Hang in there buddy!
     
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    I had the same problem with my 78. I replaced it with square and rectangular tubing, to make it stronger than it originally was. I will try to snap some pics so you can see what it looks like.

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  5. Grim-Reaper

    Grim-Reaper 3/4 ton status Author

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    How did you tie it into the bed uprights? I have about 20ft of 2x2 laying around that I was thinking of using since I already have it but I was thinking some U channel might be a better choice.
    Thanks

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    Great tips but question unanswered

    IS IT WELDED? Is it just bolted in and glued along the bed lip? I have not found a definate weld yet.
    Thanks

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    Hey Grim,

    I have a rust free donor box for a 73 Jimmy standing up in my carport, its going on my Jimmy when I've finished prepping it. I just went and had a good look at the rear pan you were descibing. I'm convinced it is bolted and glued. I have a real good view of it and I can see 2 bolts going into the uprights on each side and 2 more bolts roughly in the same place but 4" forward. (make sense?) There also is a seam of sealer along the back edge of the floor and all around the bolted areas. The rear body mounts also are part of this piece. From what I can see you'd have to remove the rearmost body bolts and loosen the next set or two and jack the body up a bit in the back. Then remove the 8 bolts and try and separate the rear pan from the floor. I think I would try the LMC stuff.
    Hope that helps.

    Rene

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    Thanks guy. Thats what it looked like to me also. I didn't know how bad it was till I pulled the top to install my cage and had to come a long the back to get the top back on. Got looking at it today and it's folding up so I guess I got some fun next weekend [​IMG] I'm thinking if I can get this one out mostly intact I can make a much stronger replacement that will give better suport for the new cage. The cage is only as good as what it's bolted to and right now that aint much!
    Thanks

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    Grim, I didn't remove my original tailpan, I used what was left of it to tye the square tubing into. Here are some pics;
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    There are two pieces of tubing welded together, with a piece of flat stock welded to the bottom to add even more strength. I still have a few more welds to finish it, but it is close. As you can see there is a coat of light surface rust already invading my repair. Rust sucks.

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    Bought my replacement from J.C Whitney. $129.00. Had a body shop install it for $225. From what I understand, at least 2 body mount bolts have to be removed and the tub partially raised. All in all, I'm glad I had someone else do it.
     

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