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To make tail-gate open in sideways on K5?Who did?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by kuht, Jun 2, 2006.

  1. kuht

    kuht Registered Member

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    :confused: :confused:
     
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    southernspeed 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    I haven't seen it done on a K5. It would be tricky (difficult) though as the tailgate is so heavy.
     
  3. kuht

    kuht Registered Member

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    Yes it is exact... And if to make 3 powerful loops? It would become very convenient
     
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    fabjunkie 1/2 ton status

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    Maybe use some side hinges off of an old Ford station wagon that had the side swing gate? Would take some work, but could be cool if done right.
     
  5. southernspeed

    southernspeed 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    yeah but I'm thinking maybe the upright wouldn't be strong enough when the 'gate is swung open. There's no real bracing in that direction.
    How about something like 2 piece Suburban doors?
     
  6. supersize75k5

    supersize75k5 OrganDonorRacing.com

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    I had redone my 75 with a tube gate, but was able to re-use the hindges

    just take a 3x3" x 1/4 inch peice or angle and weld it to the cab/latch/fender support corner near the gate, the plate the ploor with some 1/4 inch and spread the load into the nearest body mount, mine lasted and was pretty beefy,

    I dont see why it could not be done to the factory tailgate, however the factory hinges are all wrong for how you want it to close or funtion
     
  7. pauly383

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    We have all these wonderful tech articles available from the main page .

    Under technical articles is this http://coloradok5.com/packitup.shtml

    Which shows this very nice homemade tailgate :D

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    You would have to search old posts , but you can probably find a discussion on this subject .
     
  8. k2mslskier

    k2mslskier 1/2 ton status

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    check this site out. www.tiregate.com I'm thinking about doing the one with the vertical tire holder.
     
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    But then again that horizontal one looks pretty cool. They must have just added that one.

    It says made only for fullsize trucks but I'm sure it could be made to work on a K5.
     
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    jekbrown I am CK5 Premium Member GMOTM Winner Author

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    man... this guy is in Russia talking about modding a K5. Anyone else think that rocks? :thumb: And to think, just 20 years ago we wanted to kill each other. :)

    j
     
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    Any truck tailgate from our bodystyle will fit a blazer. Now stepside gates willnot, but full width bed gates are as wide as blazers, so if you really want to spend the 700 bucks on the tiregate, order it for a 73-87 truck.
     
  12. kuht

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    Cool!!!!
     
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    Guys! All many thanks for the information from Moscow, Russia! We Shall meet in confe

    Guys! All many thanks for the information from Moscow, Russia! We Shall meet in conference! Anton
     
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    pic whoreeeeeeeee:doah:


    I like the idea of round tube, the one im doing on the 86 is currently being cusnstructed that way, much cleaner
     

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