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Frame Beef....Pics

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Waxer, Apr 2, 2001.

  1. Waxer

    Waxer 1/2 ton status Author

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    Ok, what I'm currently in the process of doing is a motor swap. While doing that I was able to get a good look at the rivets holding the front shackles onto the frame, the body mount supports, and the crossmember. The rivets were in very sad shape (heads were loose, some rivets were shearing) so I removed them all, opened up the hole 1 size to 7/16 and installed 7/16" Grade 8 bolts all around along with stitch welding everything for added strength. Also in the process of welding on ORD's weld on kit for the steering box area. Going to be installing another crossmember in front of the stock one on the frame where the leaf spring eyes are directly under. All this together should equal Frame Beef for the front end. Lemme know what you guys think or if you have any questions I'll be glad to help out.

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  2. 87 mid canada k5

    87 mid canada k5 1/2 ton status

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    Right on, looks solid, why can't I have a guy like you for a neighbour, mine drives an f-150 with 38 in. gumbos! I guess you don't have to drive her to work in the morning,eh!?

    Denis
     
  3. Waxer

    Waxer 1/2 ton status Author

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    ahahah To be honest I just started welding about a month ago too. Yah I'll be using the ORD steering brace as well so I'm hopin this will keep things stout for the rock crawlin I love to do.
     
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    wayne 3/4 ton status

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    Looking good. I think it will hold up fine.

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    mudhog THEGAME Staff Member Super Moderator

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    mmmmmmmm beefy lol looking good

    77blazer see it at<A target="_blank" HREF=http://community.webshots.com/user/ssmith6333>http://community.webshots.com/user/ssmith6333</A>[​IMG]
     
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    '73 K5 1/2 ton status

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    Gotta love them Grade 8 bolts. I just feel more manly when I go to the hardware store to buy them.

    '73 K5
    Chevy good...Ford bad
     
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    Sounds like a plan!!!Also if you added a full cage that went into the engine compartment, that would stiffen up the frame.

    The one bad thing with the new crossmember by the front springs hangers is you will loose a little ground clearence..

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    i re-read your post and for some reason when I first read it i tought you were going to put the new crossmemeber done between the hangers, sorry.

    Are that nuts you used on the frame lock nuts or did you use lock washers?

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  9. Waxer

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    yah, the new crossmember will actually be higher than the stock one right behind it. The nuts are normal nuts with regular washers. I used locktite on the threads and tacked the nuts to the frame.
     
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    10-4... I looked through all your pics, the project is looking good!!!

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    Thanks man, I'll continue to take pics of the progress and especially of the finished product. If its something people want then I'll do another write up on it. Also have my 14 bolt skidplate I'm working on out of 1/4" plate. Will have pics of that up soon. Thanks for all the compliments.
     
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    Now why didnt the factory do this in the first place? Guess rivets were alot cheaper?
    I saw where you used the frame brace. Those thin steel plates that sandwich between the frame and gear box. I have one of those brand new in the cabinet in my garage. Never did get to installing it on anything I have. Anybody interested in this two piece brace? It requires minor welding.
    Anyways, good job on the beef up job! Now you can take all the other rivets out of the whole frame and replace those with grade 8's also!!! Have fun doing that! LOL!
     
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    Waxer 1/2 ton status Author

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    To hell with that :) Those 32 rivets kicked my butt. I'll replace on a need to basis. eheh
     

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