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Quarterpanel swap?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by GaBnn3, Aug 19, 2005.

  1. GaBnn3

    GaBnn3 Registered Member

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    I picked up a rust free quarter panel for my '88 Suburban from a local salvage yard, and am wondering if I should dare try it myself. I'm not a body man or mechanic, though I've done my own mechanical repairs recently. What are the steps, and would I be wiser to take it to a body shop?
     
  2. sledheadak

    sledheadak 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    since it is a used panel best to take it to a shop and have them cut and install it.lots more work involved with a used panel than a brand new panel.
     
  3. akbound

    akbound 1/2 ton status

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    Last week I replaced the front quarter panel on my 76 with one from an 80 from the junkyard. Some of the bolts were a little tough to get at and I had to cut an access for one bolt that had a clip spinning. Nothing too tough. The hardest part was the trial and error of getting the right # of shims in so the panel lined up and the door would open. I was working alone, but it would be much easier with some help.

    Good luck!!
     
  4. basketcase

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    if you've never done any body work, i would get a shop to do it. lots of cutting and welding, easy to warp the panel with too much heat. guess it depends how perfect the truck needs to be too.
     

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