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tailpan brace rusted out... big jo b to replace??

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by wedgeindy, Jul 29, 2002.

  1. wedgeindy

    wedgeindy Registered Member

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    The thing that the tailgate hindges connect to is rusted out (tailpan??). Looks like it's held on each end by 4 bolts. I'm thinking there has to be more to it then that... How much work is it to replace this thing??

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  2. littlebubba

    littlebubba 1/2 ton status

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    You better believe there is more to it than 4 bolts. There are a bunch of spot welds to remove in order to completely replace the panel. You need to get it down to bare metal to see where they are. You'll need a mig or tig welder to do the job of replacing it. Not a job for an amatuer or for the faint of heart!
     
  3. Itali83

    Itali83 1/2 ton status

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    here is what I did to my 4x4. My floor was also rotted so I replaced the whole thing. I was 17 when I did the project, I'm very mechanically inclined so this project didn't bother me at all but it was really time consuming because of all of the cleaning and painting. here are the pics of what my truck looked like and what it does now and you can see if your's in as bad or not. Hope this helps. http://community.webshots.com/album/22742026nbhEtBOZnc
    Ben 87 Jimmy
    Rust=Bad
     

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