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I got an idea

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by beater74, Jun 1, 2001.

  1. beater74

    beater74 1/2 ton status

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    I know some electricians and they have this PVC conduit heater they use to make custom bends i'm thinking of useing it to make a snorkle for my 74. just wanted some feed back.
     
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    Sounds like a cool idea! It should certainly look better than some of the toilet drain pipes I've seen on some rigs. [​IMG]

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    If it works out and looks good let us know. Be sure to get pictures too. I'd like to make one myself. Only thing why I haven't so far is I don't want the toilet pipe thing going on. My mom bugs me enough about my Blazer. If I start using toilet parts then she'll never let me alone! [​IMG]

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    you took the words wright out of my mouth, I don't care for those toilet bowl snorkels. It my be several weeks till i get time to do it but as soon as i try i'll let you guys know. The only problem i forsee is the sharp bend where it would enter the fender I'm thinking it might just fold on me. another idea would be to fuse an 90 degree peice to a strait peice with a torch or heat gun to create the piece where it enters the fender then just sand and paint the conection , but we will soon see.
     
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    I have watched some of our electricians install duct bank with 3" to 6" conduit. I doubt that you could fuse the pipe together with just a torch or a heat gun, you could on the thin wall pipe, but that pipe may not hold up to the trail or to the weight of the snorkel its self. The thin stuff is supposed to be in concrete. Even if you could fuse it together the 90's are usually sweeping 90, not ligh right angle plumbing pipe. That would mean a large whole in your fender and more room in the engine bay for this pipe to line up with the windshield pillar.
    When you use the heat box you can probably get a tight 90 out of it, bu t go slow and a little bend at a time, let it cool and then do it again, you will more than likely need a large propane torch to do this though. After the pipe is hot, it is easiest to have 3 guys doing it, one holding each end at the right angle and the third with wet leather gloves on wet rags rubbing the bend to cool it fast. Always heat the middle of the pipe, it is just easier.
    Just my .02. Let us know how it goes if you do it, and I agree the plumbing pipe looks bad.

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