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Frame Change, how much TIME?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by surg82k5, Apr 27, 2001.

  1. surg82k5

    surg82k5 1/2 ton status

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    I will be swaping out frames on my stock '82 Blazer, at the same time i will adding a 4" lift. i might have air tools avaliable to me and i may not, how long do you guys think this will take me. I will probably have the help of two or maybe three friends. I guess one other thing is that i have never done a job like this. thanks
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  2. Gold Rush

    Gold Rush 1/2 ton status

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    It sounds like a pretty hard job if you don't have a lift, torch, air tools and a couple of jacks on hand when you do this job. If the rig has any rust at all anywhere it will be at the body mount bolts, which means you'll need a torch to cut the heads off. What was your plan for getting the body off the frame and why do you need to change frame rails?
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  3. muddin4fun

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    If you're gonna swap the frame, you might as well restore the frame and undercarrige. That's a pretty big job especially without air tools. The amount of time also depends on how much rust and stuff. Just a lift on an older truck can take a whole weekend just fighting with bolts that have been rusted with out swaping the frame. Why do you need a new frame? It would be easier, I think, to have another frame with the axles and stuff on it and swap the body then to take the axles off and put them on the other frame, etc. That's a big job too though.

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  4. surg82k5

    surg82k5 1/2 ton status

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    well the reason that i need to swap frames is becaue I was in an accident. a honda civic ran a stop sign and i hit him going 30-35mph. It was a good enough hit to bend my frame. It bent both sides in front of the front crossmember and it even made the frame buckle out a bit right behind the drivers seat. I was gonna get help from a guy on this site that lives around me but after talking to him he just never responds to emails or calls, that really sucks because since he said he could help me(college student) I went ahead and bought everything i would need. lift, poly everything, ORD stuff, over a grand worth of stuff, and now I will be having to do this by myself and a couple of my buddies. The problem is that none of us have ever done anything like this, and it has to be completely finished in 2.5 weeks because I will have to start summer school also. So if you guys have anymore suggestions they would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks, Sergio
     
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    2.5 weeks sounds way to short (will you be putting in 10 hour days for those 2.5 weeks?). It will also cost you more than you think (new bolts etc...).

    '71 Blazer CST with alot of rust
     
  6. tRustyK5

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    I feel your pain...I got rear ended recently by a full size Ford truck that hit me doing 50+MPH, my frame is also bent.[​IMG]

    I am buying another truck and swapping my drivetrain into it...
    I don't think it could be done in 2 1/2 weeks unless you have a fully equipped shop. You'd have to remove the body completely first and go from there.

    Good luck

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    Swapping a complete truck over to another frame is not just a "weekend" job either. I have done several of these tasks, and they take time! Other than having a full time job, nobody can get that swapped over fast enough while being tired from a day at work. Also, air tools will help out ALOT!!! If you are planning on using arm power to move the body over to the frame, plan on more than "2 or 3 guys"!!! Really, plan on more like 8 guys!!! That tub is a lot heavier than you think! [​IMG]
     
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    3 years. Thats what Frankentruck took, but there were extenuating circumstances! : ) The absolute worst part is getting the body high enough to get the frame underneath, yet still be stable. Since the frame is buckled, you have to remember that everything that is bolted to the frame (body mounts, fender to body mounts, etc) are all going to be bent as well, and are going to take considerable effort to get lined up.

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  9. muddin4fun

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    Just exacly how attached are you to this blazer? LOL! You better git wrenching right now. You are going to have some long nights ahead of you...LOL!

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