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front body rebuild

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by myklnglo87K5, Aug 23, 2002.

  1. myklnglo87K5

    myklnglo87K5 Registered Member

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    I recently was in an accident with my '87 K5. As far as I can tell it was only body damaged. The fenders, hood, grille, and bumper are toast. Since I have to redo the whole front end anyway, I was wondering if updating to an '88-'91 grille would be an easy bolt-in, (radiator support and such). I have the original dual headlight system that survived intact, but was thinking of going for the '88-'91 single headlights(I like the looks better, and I don't see to many of those). How hard would it be to re-wire? A wiring harness swap would seem like a simple solution. As an added note, the vehicle was totaled because of the cost to repair; pays off the loan, but definitely not the way to do it.
     
  2. wrathORC

    wrathORC 1/2 ton status

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    It's a 6-8 hour job.

    I put the dual headlight system on my truck. I mildly modified my wiring harness and it was a 20 minute job (had to tie in for the extra parking light--the one below the highbeams). I also wired mine so all four headlights would come on instead of just two.

    I don't know how you'd go about wiring the 89-91 single headlight system (nor have I ever seen one) but I'd probably just use the high/low beam connector on the single headlight.


    I almost forgot:
    http://www.wrath.com/projects/vehicles/images/84k10/frontclipoff89Jimmy/
     
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    i did the same thing after i wrecked my truck it is an 86 with a 91 front end check out my pictures my blazer has been along way since i got it 2 years ago. it was well worth getting the newer front end and it wasn't that hard of a swap check out the pictures and tell me what you think.
     
  4. myklnglo87K5

    myklnglo87K5 Registered Member

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    blazentank,
    That new front end does look nice. I'm pretty sure I'll update mine. Thanks
     
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    I've never seen a K5 that looked good in red, but yours sure does. What color red is that?

    The picture at the bottom is the one that gave me the idea to do this (even though I didn't own my current truck yet). I saw it about this time last year (I think) at Sanford Lake in Michigan. I don't know whose it is though..

    http://community.webshots.com/photo/44247345/44249879jaKlcx
    http://www.wrath.com/projects/vehicles/images/84k10/freshpaint-080202.jpg
    http://www.wrath.com/projects/vehicles/images/84k10/nicetruck-sanfordlake2.jpg


    I forgot how gay webshots is about linking pictures.. I had them so they'd all display.
     
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    The color is what sets me apart from everyone else and that is why i love my blazer. The color is dodge viper red i like the color b/c in very very bright direct sunlight it looks orange in normal sun light it looks the way it does in the pictures and at night it looks dark red it is like a three for one deal.
     

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