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sheet metal fitment

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by grumpy, Oct 9, 2001.

  1. grumpy

    grumpy 1/2 ton status

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    Can anyone tell me if sheet metal can be exchanged between a 79 and a 85 K-5?
     
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    I don't see why not. I think they started galvanizing in '88. What are you looking to swap?

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  3. grumpy

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    Ratch,
    Fenders, hood and tailgate. I have a 79 with some rust and an 85 donor vehicle.
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    the hood and fnders are dferent on the on the 85's

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  5. grumpy

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    Do you know if the tailgate will fit?
     
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    i'm 90% sure that it will fit

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  7. grumpy

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    Thanks
     
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    Yes. Common swap. You will need the whole front clip including core support. It's all bolt on except the hood hinges. You will need to measure off the old tub and cut some openings in the cowel box. Straight foward stuff. you will alsoneed the windsheild wiper cowel assembly to work with the new nose. The 88 will have longer steems to fit through the fixed cowel.

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  9. tRustyK5

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    There's a fine write up that takes you through most every detail of the differences and how to overcome them to do this swap.

    <a target="_blank" href=http://coloradok5.com/grilleswap.shtml> New front end on older truck...click here </a>

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    My donor is an 85, does that change anything?
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    No the break in styles was 81...the only part of the article that prolly wouldn't apply would be the wiring harness for the headlights. Although it would be best to use the 85 harness on yours if the new front end has 4 lights. It should plug right in but I'm not 100% on that.

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