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softops and tailgates-what works??

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by belly, Mar 13, 2001.

  1. belly

    belly Registered Member

    Mar 10, 2001
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    Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
    Will the tail gate from a 70's C20 fit a 73/74 K5? (Mine has more rust than the Titanic and enough body filler to make it float). I'm ready and willing to modify any hinges or locking devices Im just curious as to the fit. Any help greatly appreciated.
    By the way this site is godsend to those of us who have a K5 outside the US, only found it two days ago and am still having trouble tearing myself away. A big thanks to ColoradoK5!
  2. tRustyK5

    tRustyK5 Big meanie Staff Member Super Moderator GMOTM Winner Author

    Jul 23, 2000
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    E-town baby!
    As long as the donor tailgate is from a 73 or newer truck it should be a doable swap. I'm pretty sure you'd have to get the hinge points off of the donor truck as well. The real fun will be trying to acheive a decent seal at the sides and bottom of the tailgate. I would also have a look at how the two different tailgates latch, I know they're different.
    Good luck


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  3. HarryH3

    HarryH3 1 ton status Author

    May 31, 2000
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    Georgetown, TX
    You'll need to get every little bracket, hinge part, etc. from the donor pickup. I've seen K5's with pickup tailgates, so it is possible to do the swap. Getting a weathertight seal may be a challenge, but it seems to me that someone on this site has already solved that problem. I'm sure they'll speak up soon.

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  4. Zepplin

    Zepplin 1/2 ton status

    Aug 29, 2000
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    Bay City, MI 48706
    I plan on doing the pickup tailgate swap on my Blazer. Once I put on my soft top I would probably never go back to the hard top anyway. Plus I have no guts in my Blazer tailgate. But, last time I checked JC Whitney sells tailgate rubber seals for pickups. It simply fills the air gaps that most tailgates have when they are closed. It would probably work for this application too.

    74 Blazer

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