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Tailgate Trim Question

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by beefcake83, Apr 8, 2001.

  1. beefcake83

    beefcake83 1/2 ton status

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    Anyone know exactly how the tailgate cover panel attaches to the actual gate? This is the brushed aluminum panel that covers the recess. Also, the 'GMC' emblem there, how is it fastened to the panel? Thanks!

    Gary Graham
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  2. Blazer_Boy

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    Take off your access plate on the inside and you should see some screws with funny looking nuts on them. I think there are four or so. Just unbolt them and pull of the panel. Then you can remove your lettes.

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    Ain't looked at mine but it's gotta be bolted thru inside..you'll hafta get inside the gate with the window up. I had to do my crank-handle by taking the glass out. HTH

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  4. Can Can

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    The guys above have the right idea- From the inside of the truck, with the window rolled up, take off the access panel. There should be five places where the banner bolts through the tailgate. You should be able to see what looks like a 7/16 nut, but it is actually a really cheap hollow kind of .........well............imagine a hollowed out wing-nut without the wings!!!!!! That's the best way I can explain them- you'll see what I mean. ANYWAY, spin those suckers off and go outside and pull off the banner- it might be a little tight but she'll come. If you're planning on keeping and re-using the banner, go easy because it's pretty flimsy.

    The emblem is attached to the banner with the same set up. The banner has to be off the truck to access the emblem- my Chevrolet was attached in three places, but I'd imagine your GMC might only have two or even one bolts.

    In case you're curious, I took mine off and replaced it with a reflective black Chev sticker when I painted my truck. I got the sticker from Jeff Lyons(Jeff427) on this board. Take a look at the final product in my photo album below.............



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    I was thinking of replacing mine with diamond plate. The factory banner is getting a bit nasty looking and I figured a piece of diamond plate would look mean and be durable to boot.

    &lt;edited&gt; well now that I've looked at Canmores I like that look. Did you just weld in the holes where the old banner bolted up? Looks alot better than I thought it would.&lt;edited&gt;

    Dan, '86 K5, 5.0L v8, NP208, TH700R4, open 10bolts front and rear, 3.43gearing, K&N filter, 31x10.50R15 Trailhandlers<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1>Edited by BigBrownK5 on 04/08/01 09:46 AM (server time).</FONT></P>
     
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    CanmoreK5 - I had no idea that the tailgate skin under the tin banner didn't recess alot. From your pics it looks pretty flat. Sweet looking Blazer... Thanks, Gary

    Gary Graham
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  7. Can Can

    Can Can Pusher Man Staff Member Super Moderator

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    BigBrown: The body shop welded the holes up before the paint went on. I wasn't sure what it was going to look like, either. I had a whole bunch of different ideas about ways to fill in the tailgate, but I ended up being really happy with it empty. The sticker Jeff made me helped to finish it off nicely.

    I've had LOTS of positive comments about the tailgate from other K5 guys. A couple of guys have ended up removing their banners too. I guess somebody had to do it first!!!!



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    Hey Gary!!! Good to have you back- I noticed you'd left us for a little while.

    The recess is actually only 1/8" deep. You can notice it's there on lighter colored paint(like my silver metallic), but on black or dark colored paint, the lip doesn't even show up and the tailgate looks flat.


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  9. beefcake83

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    Paul - Yeah, I had to go play in the sand in Saudi for three months... glad to be back. My Jimmy has the same paint scheme as yours, and my light grey part of my paintjob is pealing off more and more each week. I also see others with the same problem. GM must have done a crappy job on them. Thanks for the info, and hopefully I'll be around for a while.

    Gary Graham
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