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The Humble Beginnings of My New Tailgate.....

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Waxer, Apr 4, 2002.

  1. Waxer

    Waxer 1/2 ton status Author

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    I started fabbing this out of 1" square tubing, .120 wall. Used expanded steel as you will see. I used the stock hinges off a pickup which bolt to the body of my K5, and I just welded the counter parts on the tailgate. I'm also using the stock support arms and will be using some quick releases for a latch system. Here's a link for the pics...

    <a target="_blank" href=http://pics.rockreadyk5.com/tailgate/>http://pics.rockreadyk5.com/tailgate/</a>

    lemme know what you all think. Thanks
     
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    I LIKE IT!!!
     
  3. Waxer

    Waxer 1/2 ton status Author

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    thanks =)
     
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    Aha! Finally I'm ahead of you on something! /forums/images/icons/laugh.gif

    Looks great, I did one like that many years ago. Square tube and expanded metal. Then used the factory hinge mechanism (scavenged cups from the tailgate, etc). I even used the factory latches and pull mechanism but I sort of regretted it. It didn't look real nice but worked well. I modified it a bit to make it look better but was too lazy to make major changes. I would still use the factory latches, just come up with nicer way to pull them both at the same time…
     
  5. Waxer

    Waxer 1/2 ton status Author

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    hahhaa are we like the same person but from different realities somehow one the same one or something? Ok that was pretty dense, but what the hell. =)
     
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    here is what i did (assuming the reason for this was rearward visibility)was to run a <a target="_blank" href=http://www.yeild2me.rockcrawler.com/images/rearbump.gif>"pro-net"</a> on the back. i have a soft top, and a pick-up tailgate, so removing it is a breeze. the pro-net can remain on when the tailgate is on without getting in the way. now, i can see out the back, and all my stuff is semi contained if a tie down slips or something. works pretty good.

    i do like the metal expanded steel look though.

    rob
     
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    I'm thinking of trying to do a custom tailgate but I want to use JUST the outer skin atached to the factory henges. Or even fashion my own henges and have a tailgate that swings out instead of folds down....
     
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    Nice Job! You need to weed out some of those pics though. I almost quit looking before I got to the end of the list, but I'm glad I looked at them all. The last one was the one I wanted to see after I looked at the gate in the up position. I also like how you've trimmed the fenders. It looks like I can shed a few more pounds off mine.
     
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    I will have more detailed pics tomorrow during the day. Those were last minute at night, hence them sucking.
     

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