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Relocating spring pearches

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by carolina custom, Jul 6, 2002.

  1. carolina custom

    carolina custom 1/2 ton status

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    I am going to move the spring pearches and shock mounts on my 14b ff. How much heat can I put into the axle tubes? Can I cut them off with a torch and grind flat. Do I need to cool them off pereodicaly during welding? How about the seals?
     
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    thatK30guy 1 ton status Premium Member

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    I think a plasma cutter would work better but then again I have never tried it this way.

    I did one the old fashioned way...4" grinder, BFH and lots of elbow grease. /forums/images/icons/wink.gif
     
  3. carolina custom

    carolina custom 1/2 ton status

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    My plasam cutter wont work until I get the three phase hooked up /forums/images/icons/frown.gif . Any one had any trouble with overheating the tubes or melting seals?
     
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    Zeus33rd Smarter than you GMOTM Winner

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    I didn't have to relocate the spring perches on my 14b, but I did have to re-do the shock mounts. Cut the old ones off with a plasma cutter, ground the tube smooth, did some slight mods to the stock mounts that I cut off, and rewelded them on with a MIG welder. I didn't let anything cool or anything...If your just workin on the spring perches and/or shock mounts, Your far enuff away from any seals that you won't have any worries. If you use an Oxy/Actelyne torch,you might want to cut alittle then cool off, cut alittle, cool off.....Just because a torch puts out alot more heat. Try to get ahold of a plasma, or like Wes said....Do it the old fashioned way.....Grinder, cold chisel, and a BFH. /forums/images/icons/smile.gif
     
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    I just came inside from doing mine and a grinder did the trick great!! Just as easy and I didn't have too woory about a thing. Get about 6 cutting blades and two good grinding ones and you'll be set!
     
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    I torched off the spring perches and shock mounts of a junk yard 14-bolt, ground it smooth, and welded new ones on. The axle was fine throughout the process and works great on the trail.
     
  7. cityfarmer2

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    Anyone know where to get new perches?
     

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