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Tubing doors.

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Dieselmh, Nov 26, 2001.

  1. Dieselmh

    Dieselmh 1/2 ton status

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    I know that this is the wrong year model for you guys, but I thought it might get seen more here. I'm open for any suggestions about tubing doors. Here is my original post on the 1st gen section.

    Has anyone built/known anyone that has built tubing doors for a 1st gen? I want to build doors for my '70 out of either square or round (prefereably round) tubing and was trying to find if anyone may have some rough dimensions/instructions/hint/tips for me. I know that all K5s will have slightly different dimensions, but I'm not very good at sketching things out. I usually just have to do it, and make corrections as I go, which could get expensive/frustrating. I was just wondering if anyone may have some instructions somewhere as well as hinge and latch ideas. Should I use the factory hinges and door latches, or build my own? If anyone has any info or could point me in the right direction, I'd really appreciate it.


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  2. DuneRunner

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    I was wondering if you knew of any laws for your state. Weather you need a floor lip or not (so stuff would not fall out) (like a heep's side rocker) just my .02¢[​IMG]

    I my self am making cut out doors. similar to a heep's half doors.

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  3. Dieselmh

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    I have talked to one DPS officer, and one state inspection place, and they both said that I don't need doors as long as I have seatbelts. Neither one of them mentioned having a lip, but I could easily weld a small piece of square tubing or metal stock to the floor to take care of that. Right now I run it with no doors and haven't had any legal problems yet. I just like the way that tube doors look and it would add some strength and safety too.

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    Be sure to take pics if you decide to do it ! I am Seriously considering doing this , incorparating it into a custom cage .

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    I'm really gonna try to do this. I was just trying to get some ideas first. I hate to just start bending and welding without some sort of plan, but I'm not good at engineering. I'll probably just build one out of cheap square tubing first, then after I get it to work right, I'll use it as a template for one that looks better.

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    Mock one up with cheap thin electrical conduit first...

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    Good idea, I hadn't thought about conduit. That's why I need help, I'm not good at thinking ahead, I just do it and make it work. That usually means I spend more time and money than I need to.

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    Still requires trial and error,,,just doesn't waste spendy tubing getting it right. We want pics when yer done though!!![​IMG]

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    I don't remember where i got this, probably from pirate4x4 somewhere, but check this out...<a target="_blank" href=http://photos.yahoo.com/bc/maxcrack/vwp?.dir=/Other+4x4+stuff&amp;.src=ph&amp;.dnm=Tube+half+door.jpg&amp;.view=t&amp;.done=http%3a//photos.yahoo.com/bc/maxcrack/lst%3f%26.dir=/Other%2b4x4%2bstuff%26.src=ph%26.view=t>Tube Half Door</a>

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    Yeah, that's what I'm thinking about doing. That looks pretty good, I'm also thinking about cutting some lightweight aluminum sheets that I can quickly add/remove to them so that I can minimize the amount of mud that gets slung in while I'm playing, but can take off when just cruising.

    Diesel

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    Maybe get some 1x1 wood that you could easly make a mock up. Of course you wount be able to get bends but a close enough size to work.

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    I think these look good: <a target="_blank" href=http://aor4x4.com/nerfbars.htm>http://aor4x4.com/nerfbars.htm</a>

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    Now those are some sweet doors! Too bad they don't make them for the 1st gen K5s. I also didn't want to spend that much, but it gives me something to look at. Mine probably won't look nearly that good when I'm done, but there's always hope. Thanks for the pics.

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