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Sawzall + air saw = major room (pics)

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by CK5, Feb 24, 2001.

  1. CK5

    CK5 In my underwear Administrator Premium Member GMOTM Winner Author

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    I finally got my fenders hacked today, I must say they look great, I used a sawzall to cut the inner fender well as high as I could go and then cut the inside fender brace, I was going to cut the sheet metal with the sawzall and figured that there was no way that I would get a straight line. I had the UAV at Tanner 4wheel anyway for another problem that I created (long story) so I asked them to cut just the sheet metal for me, what they did was cut a small cut in the lower rocker where I told them I wanted it (six inches from the door) and pressed in a piece of large electrical wire and held it tight where I wanted it at the top and simply drew a line on the fender with a marker, then they cut it with an air saw (which I don't have). They only charged me 25. bucks, the best 25. bucks I spent in a long time. Some people might say I'm not a real man because I didn't cut the outer fender myself [​IMG] but hey, real men know their limitations. [​IMG] They turned out way better than if I did it myself.

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    Steve,
    What do you have your roof rack mounted to, a roll cage? If this has been covered before I readily admit to be too lazy to do a search.
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    ALL RIGHT! .... Lift what lift I got me a sawzall! hahaha.
    How tall is that door? can't believe you can pull in with that rack! Heck with a 4 inch lift and 32's I only have about 4 inches with nothing on the roof.

    Diging it in the dirt with my K5's
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  4. CK5

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    The rack is installed on a Can-back soft top, there is a very sturdy shell under the fabrick, the rack also comes off in about 5 min or can be left at home for those heavily treed trails.
    Grim - I have an 8 foot tall 3 bay garage, it isn't very deep as you can tell but I have plenty of height left even with the rack.
    Also, my Blazer does not look as good as it does in the pics, I can't believe what pics can hide. [​IMG] Damn, even the rims look shiny!!!

    Steve
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    Have you got any pics of the inside of the outer fender where the support used to be? I've been putting off cutting mine because I'm not sure how I want to cut the inner part of the outer fender, I don't want it to get too weak.

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    I did the same to mine. I bought some door edging and put it on where I had used the body saw to trim the fenders. It looks much better. I hacked mine about 6" from rear of fender but my cut was made 13" down from the bodyline. I wanted to cut as high as yours but I think I got plenty of clearance from the cut I made. I like the looks of it too! You need to get that Mall-Running Poser out and get some scratches in the paint. [​IMG] I always say this about my K5: "It looks good from far, but i'ts far from good"

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  7. CK5

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    Mudzer, let's see some pics with the cuts and the new meats. Believe me, there is scratches all down the thing, but the lighting and the color white are awesome, I took the pic just after I washed it in the garage with the 300 watt bulbs on and the sun shinning in, I believe I just found the perfect light for all my future pics. [​IMG]

    I almost forgot, I sprayed some white rust perventive paint on a piece of cardboard and then used a small brush to paint the fresh exposed metal.
    Steve
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  8. CK5

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    jcg - yes I have the pics you are looking for, I will try to get them all up with a tech article next week, still have a few reviews to get done yet. By only having 6 inches of fender at the bottom it turned out sturdy, no flapping in the wind or anything. I cut under the bolts that hold the inner fender to the body so no strength issues there.

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    Is there also a pic of the inner tub at the back? That is what I am concerned about. Other than that, it looks great. Way better than i would have thought with that much cut out.
    Great... another job for the spring. Boy am I going to be busy!

    Mike


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    looks great steve. Is that you in the top pic? time for a trim, pal!

    I hate to be a stickler on tiny little details, but are those ORD HD front shackles I spy it the closeup pics? I thought you were running the Hill4wd shackles? Just an observation.

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    Looks good, bout time you hacked that thing, I would have had some seriously cut tires or nasty crinkled fenders if I had let mine that long. I have hacked out all I can on the front, including all the inner fender I could and still have protection from crud being thrown in the engine bay. Not to mention both my inner fenders are used as mounting points. I also hacked out part of the metal in the floor pan, just the seam that sticks out towards the front tire. The only way I can make more room now is with a sledge hammer, or re doing my floorboards!

    4" to 6" of lift, cut out the fenders and slap on some real rubber, the only way to wheel.

    Depdog

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    <font color=green> hey steve what kind of paint did you use on those fenders after you hacked em? i got a place or two i have to repair temporarily till i get it in the body shop, just thought id see what you used on that open metal..

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    Yeah I know about the time thing, my inner fender was pushed back from the tire rubbing quite a bit and with Moab just around the corner I needed to do something fast. I plan on running 37's here in the next few weeks and then it's 38x15 SX's when they come out in a 16" size late this year or early next. What I will do to make them fit with my 5" lift is move both axles outward about an inch or so. I will see how this goes with the 37's before I cut that seam though, I should be OK because I am only running 12.5" wide tires, the width is where it realy gets you. Chris Geiger (sp?) redid his floorboards for more room on his Toyota and looked pretty cool, with a K5 there is even more room so that might be something you should do when you go to bigger tires, you know you will, 36" look small now. [​IMG]

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    The paint I used was just krylon rustolym or something like that from a rattle can.

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    CK5 In my underwear Administrator Premium Member GMOTM Winner Author

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    Umm, no that is not me in the pic, I don't have that much hair. [​IMG] I took the hills off when I installed the Dana60 to keep the same ride height, the 60 spring perches sit almost an inch higher than the 1/2 ton axles so I switched to ORD (1/4 of lift) and was close to the same height, I play with parts all the time to get the setup I need, so if you see something one day it may be something different the next.

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    Geez Steve, you had my hopes all up with the title of this post.

    I opted to pound the seam flat while I was bashing in my floor boards with the baby sledge.

    Pete

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