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Half doors anyone?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by 85m1009, Feb 19, 2002.

  1. 85m1009

    85m1009 1/2 ton status

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    Started my half door project today, here are a few pics. Envision making a top cap and interior panel in kit form for those who wish to cut up perfectly good doors in the name of visibility. The front portion was left tall in order to mount the mirrors, although they will be mounted a couple inches farther forward. Should have them done in a week or so, minus some yellow paint.

    www.mo-offroad.com/hlfdoor2.jpg
    www.mo-offroad.com/hlfdoor4.jpg

    The doors are removable by pulling the hinge pins. I modified my full doors to accept the pull pins also.

    <font color=green>Steve Frisbie</font color=green>
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    dysphemism 1/2 ton status

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    did you fabricate those yourself? If so then good job man. If you bought em please tell me where, I just might do that myself. nice truck I saw it in fourwheeler congrats on that.

    1986 GMC Jimmy 6" springs 3" body, 38/15.5/15 Swampers, 14-bolt FF rear, Dana 60 front, 1991 front-end.
     
  3. CK5

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    I thought you said they were 1/2 doors, they are more like 1/16th doors, you need to cut some more, warm up those blades. [​IMG]

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    Bone85K5 1/2 ton status

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    Can we see the inside, hinges and the top of the door next tiem you take some pics? They do look good.

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    how did you do the hinge-pin thing? i am interested and would like to see that. thanks
     
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    The hinges are stock, just ground off the crimp on the bottom of the pin and removed them. I bought another set of hinges from the salvage yard and used the door halves, so I do not have to change them out every time. I do not have the top pieces installed yet, still finalizing the design/fabrication. I just wanted to get some feedback on the design. I like the visibility, but still feel like I won't fall out. Thinking about building a kit that will come with cutting templates and the tops and inside panel. You reuse the factory latch with a handle that sticks straight up through the top panel so you can open it from the inside or out. Any thoughts?

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    85m1009 1/2 ton status

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    To make the pins removable, I ground off the crimp off the bottom and removed them. I ground off the knurls at the top to ease installation and removal. I used a 1/8'' drill bit and drill a cross hole through the pins and the bottom end. Once install I slid a washer over the pin and installed a small keeper pin in the drilled hole. One note the upper pin has to be installed from the bottom side with the keeper pin on the top. There is not enough clearance to remove the pin out the top without removing the hinge.

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    Could you turn the inside handle 90 degrees and mount it on the top?? then you can use it to enter/exit from both sides. What kept you from cutting it down farther?



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    What do you mean, Where did I get it??...I <font color=blue>BUILT</font color=blue> the damn thing!!
     
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    <blockquote><font class="small">In reply to:</font><hr>

    I thought you said they were 1/2 doors, they are more like 1/16th doors, you need to cut some more, warm up those blades.

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    I Agree [​IMG]



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    85m1009 1/2 ton status

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    I did not cut it down any further for several reasons. One I want to retain the body line for rigidity, two I cut it just above the latch so it could be reused, three cutting it any lower would not help with visibility, four I like having a armrest. That's about all I the reasons I can think of for now. As far as a handle. The latch has an arm that sticks straight up. I am extending it up through a slot in the top panel near the rear of the door. To open just pull the lever forward. It can be opened inside or out with no linkage.

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    I would definitly be interested in a kit to make the half door like you mentioned above. If you have a chance could you snap a few pics of the hinges, and how they were modified. I kinda understand what you are talking about, but I am a very visual learner. Thanks

    Harley

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    BILLY RAY 1/2 ton status

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    I HAVE A SET OF HALF DOORS. THE MIDDLE PART OF MINE ARE CUT DOWN ABOUT A FOOT BELOW THE BODY LINE IF YOU NEED OR WANT SOME PIC. I COULD E-MAIL THEM BECAUSE I DON'T KNOW HOW TO DO THE LINK THING YET (HEY ROCKO DID YOU HERE ME SAY YET SO HELP )

    I'AM NOT YELLING I JUST HATE THAT DAMM SHIFT BUTTON
     
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    That answered my question. I was just curious. I have some junk doors here I was looking at hacking up.



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    Awesome job on the half-doors. Please post your pics when it's all done.
     
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    i made removable hindge pins buy weldin some small pipe stock that had an inner dia. of 3/8th in betwwn the two ears of the inner hindge then i reemed out the outer hindge holes to 3/8th and i used a 3/8th bolt with a lock nut and added a little grease. works like a champ, no wobbling or rattling .

    gime a bucket of chicken with extra skin!
     
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    those are SWEET man
    if i can find a 2nd set of doors, i might fab up a 2nd set of doors for fun.

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    Steve,

    They look great! I need to give you a call tonight and chat about some things before Disney. I welded in the 1/8" plate for the roll cage, installed the new seats, and now I am ready to install the roll cage. It will be a busy weekend. Talk to you later.

    Mudzer 1978/91 K5
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  18. Burt4x4

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    Groovy man! I was thinking of this type of project or when I get to Moab in August I am thinking of just removing the doors all together. I have a 72 so the underside of my body has a rocker box for riggidy I will also have my rock sliders welded to the box &amp; sheetmetal and I want to put a floor bar connecting my cage's front leg to the center leg.
    Why didn't you go with a tube type door?
    The cut door does look cool and keeps the body line down the side keeping a cleaner look but looks aren't always everything....???hehehe
    Keep us updated.......

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    I SURE WOULD LIKE SOME PIC. OF YOUR HINGE SET UP.

    THANKS

    I'AM NOT YELLING I JUST HATE THAT DAMM SHIFT BUTTON
     
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    sorry i got picks but my sorry dumb computer ass still has to scan them and figure out all this fancy computer stuff. But i'll make it a point to scan them and post them in the next week if my wife will help my dumb ass.

    gime a bucket of chicken with extra skin!
     

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