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smacked up my ride - now what??

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by camango, Nov 9, 2002.

  1. camango

    camango Registered Member

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    hey guys -
    i crashed my 1988 GMC Jimmy last weekend - head on collision. needless to say, the beast still runs and drives, which is more than i can say for the other car. I am, however, concerned with the safety of driving my truck, as well as the feasibility of fixing it. here's the damage:
    - passenger side fender crushed
    - pass. side frame slightly bent (truck drives relatively straight)
    - leaf spring is banged up
    - hood, grille, lights, bumper all damaged

    i'll have a pic soon - but until then, based on this info can an assumption be made as to whether i should try and fix this truck or buy a junker w/ a good body and make a frankenstein?

    keep in mind that i'm poor, so budget is the main factor
    too bad i had no collision, huh?

    thanks in advance for any info.
     
  2. trailblazer87

    trailblazer87 1/2 ton status

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    The frame damage is the only real problem, everything else can be fixed with a donor vehicle. A good frame shop could have it fixed for a few hundred bucks if you do the prep work yourself, I will be doing this myself for my rear end. I was rearended a year ago and used the insurance check for lift, tires, locker, front tube bumper, etc /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif
    The last 6" of each frame rail is bent, got a quote for $300 to have them straightened if I do the prep work myself, which involves pulling the old bumper and hitch.
     
  3. imiceman44

    imiceman44 1 ton status

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    Something like this?
    Accident
    I drove it home, even though I had a radiator leak, no problem.
    The frame horns were pulled in by the bumper.
    My brother was driving and he hit a concrete center divide, head on going 60
    He didn't feel a thing, he says it was like driving into sand.
    Needles to say afetr that he only drove big trucks like this.
    /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif
    Sorry to hear about your truck
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  4. imiceman44

    imiceman44 1 ton status

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    By the way, what we ended up doing was locate another truck that had a perfect frame, and very few rust holes, and we just switched over everything after doing a frame off restoration.
    Will be posting some of the pics in the process of the rebuild.
    BTW we bought the other truck for 200 it was trashed but good frame and body.
     
  5. zakk

    zakk 1/2 ton status

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    get a s-10 body and slap it on.

    the only problem will bethe frame tweak.
     
  6. camango

    camango Registered Member

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    sounds like the move - i'd love to do a '72 blazer - hmmmmmmmm...........
     

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