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Side Panels

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by MudFrog, Feb 14, 2001.

  1. MudFrog

    MudFrog 1/2 ton status

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    Hey everyone...
    I'm off of work tomorrow and Friday so I'm gonna attempt to replace my side panels. There was a post a while back about the types of wood ya'll used. I know some used particle board but another piece was mentioned that is supposed to be better and cheaper than particle board. Does anyone know what I'm talking about? Also do ya'll have any tips for me? I'd appreciate it if ya passed them on.

    89 K5 Silverado
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  2. BigTex

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    I wouldn't recomend particle board because once it gets wet it is ruined.
     
  3. MudFrog

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    lol....Ooppps .... I meant ply wood not particle board

    89 K5 Silverado
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  4. cp87jimmy

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    I used 3/4 " MDF(medium density fiberboard) I would also recommend that you seal them with some kind of sealer, Thompsom's, Marine paint. It is more resilient to water than partical board. Also it would seal easier because it is not quite as porous. You can check them out at my site below. Also, more pics coming soon. Let me know if you have any ?'s
    Late,Chris

    <P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1>Edited by cp87jimmy on 02/14/01 07:07 PM (server time).</FONT></P>
     
  5. cp87jimmy

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    oops, here's the addy for my site.....
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  6. MudFrog

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    That looks really really nice!!
    Is MDF very strong? I plan on mounting a high lift jack on the drivers side side panel untill I can get a new rear bumper/tire carrier. I woiuld mount the jack long ways where it stretches out over the wheel well.

    89 K5 Silverado
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  7. BurbinOR

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    I did use particle board (didn't know about MDF then) but have no concern about them because I can't see them getting wet. If my top is off I sure as heck am going to keep the interior dry (carpet, seats, etc.). Guess the issue to me isn't an issue..........for those guys that hose out their interior, particle board is a bad idea. See my 5/8" side panels at the link below............Interior Page.

    <font color=orange>'79 - 406 TPI -<font color=orange> K5#5 - <font color=blue>See it at---&gt;<A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.blazzinor.coloradok5.com>http://www.blazzinor.coloradok5.com</A>
     
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    Did mine in 5/8" particle board. No worries for me, after putting in new carpet, new padding, recovering the seat, putting in 10" MTX speakers, etc. you think getting them wet is even remotely going to happen? Not.

    See them at the link below................

    <font color=orange>'79 - 406 TPI -<font color=orange> K5#5 - <font color=blue>See it at---&gt;<A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.blazzinor.coloradok5.com>http://www.blazzinor.coloradok5.com</A>
     
  9. Michael

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    MDF should be plenty strong.....it's much denser than particle board. I sealed my particle board woofer box with fiberglass resin....just mix it and paint it on. It's totally waterproof and very strong. Resin can be picked up at Wal-Mart, Lowes, autobody suppliers, etc. it works great.....if ya plan on seeing any water.

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    You could also consider marine grade plywood. Comes in the various standard plywood thicknesses but is treated with water and rot resistant chemicals and is intended to be used in boat construction.

    Im sure its quite a bit more expensive than MDF and youll probably have to go to a professional lumber yard instead of the local Home Labyrinth but it will stand up to the elements very well.

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  11. James90

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    I made some out of 11/32 ply wood and had them line-xed
    I have pics at my photo alubm

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    i was thinking of using marine plywood (expensive) covered with marine grade vinyl (not too expensive)
    Or maybe some thin aluminum diamond plate. I once found thin plastic that was diamond plate but i cant find that anymore. If you make your side panels stick out further you can mount speakers in them and hide an amp behind them.
     
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    Mudfrog,

    I recently finished my new side panels, I used .75 MDF. Plywood, particleboard, and MDF will all work. I chose the MDF because it is a little easier to work than the plywood. By that I mean I used a router to round the edges where I rolled the carpet over them. What ever you use, I recommend sealing it. The MDF will hold up better than the fiber board, but both will deteriorate if you get them wet.

    You can check out my side panels on my site at

    derf00.coloradok5.com
     
  14. Cusm

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    James90, IF you don't mind me asking how much did you pay to have all your stuff line-x'd? It looks great. Did you have the floors and sides done as well?
     
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    Derf00,
    That looks awesome. I'm not gonna get the chance to start today like I thought I was but I might drop you a line if I need some help. If thats alright of course.

    89 K5 Silverado
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  16. HarryH3

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    I wouldn't mount a Hi-Lift to any wood panel. Those jacks are heavy! It'll stay there for most driving, but think about what would happen in a rollover or a traffic accident. Do you really want a 40-lb Hi-Lift flying around in the cab with you? That sucker could really inflict some serious damage if it came loose in that situation. [​IMG] Mount it to something very solid and live to wheel another day. [​IMG]

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    Good point, but I want to keep the hi lift inside of the K5 for now. How have ya'll mounted yours?

    89 K5 Silverado
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  18. HarryH3

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    I strap mine to the rear seat frame, laying on the floor behind the seat. You could also somehow fasten it to your roll bar, if you have one.

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    This is for James90, I seen your pics of the interior from your truck. But I was just wondering if you had to scuff the dash and side panels that were made of plastic. And how long ago did you do that, and how well is it holding up. Thanks in advance
     
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    Cusm

    it cost me 600 for every thing that is the floor the doors the dash and all the trim

    LittleJimmy

    I did scuff the doors but not the dash I had it done in july and it is holding up great I just hit it with a little glass claner every once in a wile

    I am thanking about geting the out side done in gray or hunter green line-x



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