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Tailgate trim Panel

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Rob 85K5, Nov 15, 2001.

  1. Rob 85K5

    Rob 85K5 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    What holds the aluminum <a target="_blank" href=http://wsphotofews.excite.com/023/f3/xi/hK/3h81589.jpg>trim panel</a> on the outside of the tailgate?
    Bolts, Screws, rivits &amp; clips?

    Rob

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  2. tRustyK5

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    It's held on with those cheesy stamped steel nuts from inside the tailgate...

    Rene

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  3. Rob 85K5

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    Are the holes to big to weld alone or do you need a small piece of metal to fill it?

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    I think the holes are only about 5/16" or so...weldable for sure.

    With a smaller hole like that you could use a piece of aluminum on one side of the hole and weld it up, then buff the outside til smooth. This will make it easier to weld the holes up neatly. The steel weld material will not fuse to the aluminum...

    Rene

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    When I painted my truck, I pulled the tailgate banner off and threw it in the garage. The holes, like Rene said, are really small. The body shop filled the holes in before they painted.

    I actually like the way the tailgate looks without the banner- it kinda cleans up the way the a$$ end of the truck looks.



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    Don't throw away those trim pieces! ... apparently they are made out of platinum or some other precious material. I see the "brushed aluminum" bands for sale from LMC for $270 [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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    theres one on ebay for $20...its scrached but not that bad

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  8. 90K5

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    Is there any way to tighten them? Mine is loose on one corner...anything I can do, or is it fine? Thanks

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    The only way to tighten the bolts up is to take the inside access panel off with the window up(I normally do this from inside the truck with the tailgate up). Once it's off you should be able to look inside the tailgate where you'll find the crappy nuts Rene referred to. There's also a chance one of the studs has broken on the banner itself. The whole setup is done pretty cheaply.



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    How about the CHEVROLET emblem? I just put a new tailgate on since my other one was rusted and my old has a good emblem the new one doesn't even have one ....

    Shane

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