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Truck tailgate on k5!!!

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by TC4x4, Oct 22, 2006.

  1. TC4x4

    TC4x4 1/2 ton status

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    Has anyonw ever or heard of anyone putting a regular pickup truck tailgate ona k5. Is it possible? thanks
     
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    Yes, and yes.

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    dremu Officious Thread Derailer Premium Member

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    Oh alright, you wanted a useful answer.

    Any 73-87 pickup tailgate will fit. You'll need the mounting hardware from the donor truck, including the two bottom nubs (round steel gizmos, maybe 1.5-2" across) and the two folding straps for the sides, plus whatever bolts and such they require.

    The Blazer will already have the mount points for this, so it should be a bolt-on affair. LMC lists a tailgate for soft-top equipped trucks, i.e. without a rear window, which IS a pickup tailgate.

    There are cosmetic differences over the years, but mechanically they're all the same.

    Duh, you'd hafta get a FLEETSIDE tailgate, as IIRC the Stepside gates are different.

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    this is a common up grade to a K5. respectfully, try using your search option and searching for these kinds of questions. if its been thought of, its been discussed here before. probably many, many times.

    its not that people here dont mind helping you out but this is just the kind of question that a simple search would allow you to find a ton of threads on this subject. as said in the previous post, yes that fit on a K5.
     
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    IIRC, the Search is only available to paying members, now... or maybe only a limited search? I donno, 'cuz I coughed up =))

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    The K5's in the 70's that came equipped from the factory with a soft top, had a pickup gate intalled as OEM.
     
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    Dontoe, you may yet eclipse me as the king of the pic whores =))

    Nice truck, btw, and whenever HF gets around to shipping me my air-over-hydraulic ram, I'm building a bender to make me a stinger jes' like yours :D

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    Very nice. How much lighter do you think the truck tailgate is than the windowed one?
     
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    Don't know.......... 100 lbs maybe?
     
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    That's what I thought. Another member made a comment once saying that they thought that the windowed tailgate wasn't that heavy. Having swapped them during my body swap I thought differently.
     
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    What about sealing the gate if you are concernedabout the fumes for passengers? I always stayed away from this due to the exhaust gases rolling in.
     
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    Umm, how is the top sealed against the tailgate? :rolleyes: :thinking:

    If it's a soft-top, it's just snapped there, so that gap is no worse than that of the tailgate and the bed ... and if there's no top, the point is moot.

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    Never considered that side of the point. Thanks for the insight. I just remember a long time ago when this was brought up that Stephen Watson stated that was the million dollar question or something like that and it made me stop to think considering he had done that. I guess my thinking is over.:D
     
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    i did it to my 83 it was a bolt on deal[​IMG]
     
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    i believe there is a 60-70 lbs difference between my old window gate and the pickup one i threw in. i remember weighing them, just not the exact numbers.
     

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