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Shock Mount Job Blues - Any suggestions?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by beefcake83, May 21, 2001.

  1. beefcake83

    beefcake83 1/2 ton status

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    Well, I've put this dreaded job off for too long, and this weekend decided I needed to get it done. (Wollered out holes) Besides, riding around with no rear shocks is no fun. I started on the driver's side first, since it uses a bracket. I removed the factory bracket by cutting off the factory rivots with a air-chisel to prevent sparks. I was able to get the bracket off and get the front two rivots out of the frame rail, but the rear two are still in the frame. I need to find a way to get them out. The fuel tank is in my way, and if I can help it, I'd like to avoid dropping it if I can. The 3" body lift proved to make the job alot easier (probably the only plus for having it). So I have 3-5" of clearance between the frame and cab, but it isn't enough space for a 90 degree drill. The rear rivots are flush with the frame top. Any one have a suggestion? Can't wait to tackle the passenger side hole in the frame itself... Joy. - Gary

    Gary Graham
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    Both my rear shock mounts on mine were trashed .For the drivers side one rather than pull the bracket for repair, I dropped the tank and welded a 3/16 thick washer with corect size hole to the bracket cuz the hole in my bracket wuz way boogered.Thepassenger side mount hole was like a hole inside of a hole.It was broken out of the frame,you could put you finger in the hole and move it around in the frame.For that one I ground a v in all the cracks,welded them up, and then welded a 3/16 washer over the hole to stregnthen the area around the hole.I dont jump it but play on the rocks and in the mud some times and the repair has held up.

    All work and no beer makes Frizz a dull boy
     
  3. beefcake83

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    Tell me more about the actual tank drop... I'm running the gas out this week, and plan to drop mine this weekend and get this job overwith. Thanks, Gary

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    2Dogs 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    Tank drop - floor jack with big wooden frame or board and blocks. If you are doing it by yourself, spend some time and build a good wooden cradle.
    Loosen straps at bumper - place jack and cradle under tank and take up the weight of the tank.
    Remove straps.
    Lower tank an inch or two.
    Crawl up between diff and tank to access all fittings (filler hose and vent, fuel line, and other stuff if I forgot)
    I am assuming you have mecahnical fuel pump so you will not have electrical connections.....
    When you think you have everything disconnected, lower 1or 2 more inches SLOWLY and then double check for missed connections.
    You should inquire to others with this year on replacing sending unit or any other common failure parts before you start. I dont know if there are any problems or gothcas on your year - mine is a 91 and I pulled the tank for the fuel pump.
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    Hey thanks Dave - Sounds like the norm.... Good point on maybe looking at the sender while the thing is out. My gauge seems to be dead on at the moment, but if it's not too spendy, I may as well given the chance. Thanks again. - Gary

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    The first place to look if your guage doesn't work is the ground wire to the sender...that is usally the culprit.

    Dropping the tank is no big deal. I ran a thread chaser down the ends of the tank straps so i wouldn't have to fight rusted threads the whole way. Use lots of PB blaster or another good penetrant and they shouldn't break.

    Rene

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