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Factory skid plates????

Discussion in '1969-1972 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Rusty68, Aug 22, 2003.

  1. Rusty68

    Rusty68 1/2 ton status

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    I was just wondering how many of your guy's rigs had the skid plate on the tranny/transfer case crossmember? The cross in my truck does not have one. But I was digging threw some of my parts today and found a crossmember that does. Its kinda weird though. It just looks like a piece of 3/8 plate riveted accross the bottom. But what I found odd was that there is no accesss to the support bushings. I cant even see how you would bolt the tranny down to the crossmember. Someone care to try and explain this to me?
     
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    My blazer has a skid plate that I believe to be factory, It bolts to the lower portions of the cross member and stick back and covers the transfer case. If you want to get to the trans/mounts you have to remove it. there are 4 bolts that hold it in place. hope this helps /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    Also, on this vintage of truck, they used a second frame crossmember behind the transfer case when the skidplate option was installed. The skid plate attached to both crossmembers.
     
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    Yup I have the dual crossmember/skid plate. I also HAD a factory gas tank skid.
     
  5. Rusty68

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    hmm so it unbolts eh.. The one that I currently have as those large blind rivets similar to whats holding the frame together. Im wondering how it was attached in the first place:) But I may grind them off and bolt it to my crossmember. Never can have to many skids....
     
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    It has to unbolt so that you can change the clutch or get at any other tranny or transfer case stuff...
     
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    rusty68-The skidplate you are describing is from a 67-69; from 70-72 they made the ones that bolt to the crossmembers. I have one like you described on my '68lwb4x4, from what I can tell it would serve no purpose but some said it was to protect the carrier bearing on lwb trucks(mine has a 1 piece driveshaft). There is a guy over at the 67-72 truck board on the 4x4 page that is selling the newer ones 70-72(home made with all correct bends and holes)for like $25+ship. It is actually under a thread I started titled "Skid plate pic".
    Catch ya later,
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    Yea, I checked that thread out. Makes sence that it was a bearing skid because there is no way it could have been for the tranny, even though they appear identical. Also since the plate is in the middle, I was confused as to what part of the tranny/transfer case the skid was supposed to protect as the lowest point is offset towards the pass side. I guess I need to shut up and nod my head and drink my coffee. /forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif
     
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    Father in laws 71 k5 HAD the factory skid plate for the fuel tank...he put in a 40 gallon monster years bak but we still have the skid plate. Until i saw the plate i had no idea they made them back then.

    DW
     
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    My Dad's 75 had a gas tank, t-case, and front/rear diff skid plate from the factory! /forums/images/graemlins/thinking.gif
     

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