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How easy is this.. Convert to Pickup Tailgate on K5?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by rocko, Nov 14, 2002.

  1. rocko

    rocko 1/2 ton status

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    I got my white 89 back on the road yesterday.. Driving it around trying to adjust the Detent /TV cable.. I caught alot of exhaust fumes.. I'm running w/o tailgate and softop.
    Now.. I was noticing.. on the rear supports where the tailgate(original) mounted, there are a few holes down bottom.
    1. Are these for a pickup tailgate trunnion? do they bolt right up?
    2. And how does the pickup tailgate latch to a K5? assuming this all works.

    I need a tailgate to make my softop mount better to the rear rather than let it flap around..
    And I don't want to inhale anymore exhaust fumes..

    THANKS in advance.
     
  2. nofeartruckin00

    nofeartruckin00 1/2 ton status

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    Did the swap a month or two ago. Yup those holes at the bottom are where the pivots bolt to for the bottom of the tailgate. Bolt right up, no modification.

    The latch system is differnt. You don't use the catch that is on the truck that was for the K5 tailgate. The pickup versions use an all-in-one latch/strap deal. The white part is where the tailgate will latch There are two existing holes for these too. As long as rust hasn't eaten away the metal, it is a complete bolt on deal.
    A bunch of pics from my swap are here
     
  3. laketex

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    cut those exhaust pipes over the rear axle. No mo' fumes!
     
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    You must have gotten lucky with the exhaust pipes. Mine are cut off and turned down at the rear axle and I get fumes if I leave the back window open. I have to leave them there, have routed them out from under in three different places and crushed them all thee times.

    Depdog
     
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    Found a good spot for mine. Everything is above the frame, and no exahust smell Tailpipe exit
     
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    That is a great way to get them out of the way.

    Anyway, the trick is to get them on the side. Straight out in the back or turned down under the truck will always end up being sucked in from the rear.
    Dealt with that for a few years before I got it figured out.
    The vaccum created by an opening in the back of a square box will create a draw inside of any fumes that are present.
     
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    LOL!!! That is a good idea but man does it look weird!!!
    I have them coming out the back and it sucks. I really didn't care for a while since the rear window was broke, but when I fixed it I drove around for about 10 mins. the landscape turned purple, my feet went numb and Inagodavida started playing in the background!!! /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif
    Then I thought I should roll it back up before I took a Magic Carpet Ride off a bridge!!! /forums/images/graemlins/smirk.gif

    Shane - /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif
     
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    Thanks Tony...

    I'll be on the lookout for a pickup tailgate and all mounting hardware..

    One other question..
    What's the weight difference between a Blazer tailgate w/ all it's guts and a pickup tailgate?
    Seem's there would be a drastic weight difference. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    Oh yeah.. and Nofear... thanks again.. also,
    nice work on the pics and a nice truck ya got ther /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gife.. Even
     
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    It looked super goofy at first, but its way better than the fumes in the cab. Looks kinda normal to me now. But everyone i drive past gives me a goofy look, not that they didn't before, but you know /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    No problem. I'd say it saves an easy 80 lbs.
     
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    hmmmm, i guess. Then again maybe it's the no top, no tailgate, no doors ventilation system. Didn't think of that.
     
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    yeah....and try no drivin' sittin' in the garage helps with no fumes too!! Bonehead! /forums/images/graemlins/rolleyes.gif
     
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    Hell.. my truck doesn't fit in the garage anymore..
    hehehe.
     
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    I bet it'd clear in my garage! /forums/images/graemlins/eek.gif Got 15' door?
     
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    Oh yeah Bryan.. it would fit in your garage.. wanna buy my white 89? hehehe....
     

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