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My Build Thread - The stuff actually works

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by AZ79K5Project, Apr 2, 2007.

  1. AZ79K5Project

    AZ79K5Project 1/2 ton status

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    Edit: 05/25/2008 - This is the Blazer as it sat when I bought it:
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    This is what it looks like now, well at least close to it - This is before I built the rear bumper:
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    04/20/2007 - The work began -
    I trimmed the front fenders Sunday. It went way too well. I gutted the front today, removed the seats, console and carpeting to replace with new that I have had for a while. Everything is going great. All the bolts come out, seats come out easy, center console and seat belts unbolt easy...I knew I was screwed. :doah: Waiting for murphy to stop by.

    I found that the passenger floor insulation was wet. We had rain last week for the first time in months. I pulled the insulation off and :eek1: .....the floor is paper thin on the passenger side with a couple of holes to boot.

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    Started searching on floor panel replacement...

    Couple of questions:

    Anyone use Certifit floor panels? $16.00 or $22.00 for the right side.

    Any gotchas that I need to watch for before I start the surgery?

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  2. AZ79K5Project

    AZ79K5Project 1/2 ton status

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    Anyone with experience want to give some advice?
     
  3. 83ZZ502_Jimmy

    83ZZ502_Jimmy 1/2 ton status

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    I'd fix the small holes and clean it up and throw some POR or Rust Bullet on it.

    If you want to get really involved, floor pans can be cut down to what you only need.

    John
     
  4. AZ79K5Project

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    pauly383 Daddy383 Staff Member Moderator

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    Your truck isn't from AZ originally :eek1:
     
  6. 76zimmer

    76zimmer Flyin Rat Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    How do the cab supports look? Make sure the foundation of the cab is sound before going into other replacement surgery.

    Good luck.
     
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    juanblzer 1/2 ton status

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    Don't take this the wrong way...
    get another cab or tub (if its a blazer)
    It's not hard to swap them. I've done it twice now. This time get a arizona native cab...
    I know you can do the rust repair and stuff, but I hate rust with a passion.
     
  8. AZ79K5Project

    AZ79K5Project 1/2 ton status

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    No worries. Opinions always welcome. That's why I posted... The rest of the cab looks great.

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    All the mounts look good at this point. I'll know more when I cut the old piece out.

    I found the source of the water coming in. The vent seal is bad. Water is dripping in on soaking the passenger side during any rain.

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    I'll weld in the new piece and paint the entire interior with some rust preventative paint. I saw a couple recommended on other posts.

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  9. AZ79K5Project

    AZ79K5Project 1/2 ton status

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    Floor pan in. Not a show truck so who cares. I learned a lot...
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    New question - I am replacing the body mounts with poly type. How in the hell do I get the ones out from the rear (#5). There is a bushing inside the frame rail. Do I have to pull the gas tank to R & R the rear ones?


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    I think you can take the rear bumper off an pull them out that way instead of dropping the tank.
     
  11. AZ79K5Project

    AZ79K5Project 1/2 ton status

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    That was the first thing I tried. No luck.
     
  12. dyeager535

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    Tank needs to come off. The bracket they are in won't come out from the rear, the hole is too small, and you can't reach around the lip on the tank from the front side.

    Edit: you MIGHT be able to drop one side of the tank, then the other, but unless its empty, pretty hard to do that, especially with the lines hooked up.
     
  13. AZ79K5Project

    AZ79K5Project 1/2 ton status

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    Thanks - I guess I'm doing my shackle flip and putting on the receiver hitch this weekend while I'm at it. I've been putting it off b/c I didn't want to drop the tank.

    One more question - I've got a 31 gal tank that's 3/4 full. I can't get a hose down into the tank to transfer some gas out. I get the hose to probably the top of the tank from the fuel door, but then it acts like it hits a wall. (79 K5)

    Any tricks/ideas?
     
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    OK I finished some stuff this weekend:

    Energy systems body mounts - Done
    Shackle Flip - Done
    Zero Rate - Done
    Receiver Hitch - Done - Shackle flip got in the way of one of the receiver hitch bolt holes - plasma cut. 4 - 1/2 inch grade 8 bolts should be sufficient.

    I discovered that the 4 inch blocks were actually 2 inch blocks. The PO also had an add a leaf which was also removed today.

    Now the problems - Since it was only a 2 inch lift, I now have a 70's street looking BLazer with the back 2" higher than the front:doah:. The RS5000 shocks which were good for a 4" lift. They bottom out before the suspension does.

    How much does the ORD shackle flip with the stock shackles actually lift the truck? I thought it was 4".

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    Theres a Blazer been sitting for 3 years that same color down the street from me , the for sale sign faded away from the sun , and the vent window is gone now ( guess someone tried stealing it and the battery is dead LOL ) .

    If its there next year when I am caught back up , I am gonna score it :thumb:
     
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    AZ79K5Project 1/2 ton status

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    But does it have the cool 70's muscle car look like mine?
    The thing is around 2" higher in the back:doah:. New front 4" lift TC easy ride springs being ordered tomorrow.
     
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    Looking good! I feel your pain on the rusty floorboard, my seat mounts busted through my floor (still haven't dealt with it yet)! That is a good looking truck you have there, good luck!
     
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    I'm in the same situation, I have to replace the whole tailpan, floor about 3 inches back to the tailpan, both rear corners of floor, front drivers whole side basically..blah, if I could find a rust free body i would buy one...hah
     
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    Ouch...
     
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    AZ79K5Project 1/2 ton status

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    Got a package yesterday...

    I got my 4" TC EZ Ride front springs. I ordered VIA the web last Sunday and got them on Friday. Threw them on today..

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    Wahoooo.:woot:

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