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welding rear quarters after floor swap ?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by riz, Sep 16, 2001.

  1. riz

    riz 3/4 ton status

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    <font color=purple> As you all know, I just completed a rear floor and tailpan swap ............. everything is bolted in place but has not been welded. If it's all bolted in is it safe to say I can weld the floor to the side pillars on the rear of the quarters and everything should line up for the tailgate ? I would assume so since it's in the same place as the old floor with it all bolted in and the topper in place. I have a guy coming tomorrow night to weld it if it's o.k. ............if there's something I'm overlooking, please let me know a.s.a.p. ! Thanks

    I'll post a pic of what I'm talking about in a bit.

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    The only thing I would be careful of is the width of the rear opening of the box. Make sure both rear support posts are 'plumb' and that your width is wider than the tailgate...[​IMG]
    I would think 1/4" wider than the tailgate all the way up would be close to factory.
    As for the welding to the inside along the sides at the rear make sure it is tacked in many places, otherwise the welding will cause the floor to dip up or down from the heat.

    Rene

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    <font color=purple> Thanks Rene ! Here are some pics I just shot ....... Sorry if they're not that clear but it's midnight here and the lighting was way of treble light.

    http://www.geocities.com/rizmonkey

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    <P ID="edit"><FONT class="small">Edited by riz on 09/16/01 10:58 PM.</FONT></P>
     
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    <P ID="edit"><FONT class="small">Edited by riz on 09/16/01 11:00 PM.</FONT></P>
     
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    <font color=purple> Whoops, I guess I can put them all on 1 post !
    http://www.pressenter.com/~kevjohn/weld4.jpg
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    <P ID="edit"><FONT class="small">Edited by riz on 09/16/01 11:05 PM.</FONT></P>
     
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    Um...all I get is this.
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    The resource requested /~kevjohn/weld3 cannot be found.
    If you feel that this is a configuration error, please contact the administrators or the author of the referring page.


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    I get that on each link...

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    <font color=purple> Yup, I forgot the .jpg thing ! D'OH ! Try now.

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    Yup, thats what I thought you were talkin about. I'd cut a 2x4 as a brace between the box sides for when you weld it. The welds will try and pull each side inwards. I don't think having the hardtop bolted on will be strong enough by itself, although it may be.
    For the rest I would say stitch welding it would be more than enough. a 1" weld and a 2" gap then another 1" weld etc...after its welded up use a good quality seam sealer for the rest.

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    <font color=purple> What part of the tailgate am I going to have to measure exactly ? I want this to go together well after all I've done to it . What part of the rear opening am I measuring as well ? I'm just trying to cover all my bases ! You know me !

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    How about some pics of the sweet looking Impala? I'm dying to get my paws on one of those!!!

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    Riz, measure the over all width of the tailgate. Then add a bit so there is a small 'body gap' between the gate and the sides.
    65" or so seems to come to mind...I'd measure mine but its so far out it wouldn't be accurate. My box sides at the top are 1" wider apart than the bottom width of the tailgate. Subsequently my tailgate does not open anymore. I had to use a 2 ton chain come-a-long to get it to close and latch.
    This is all due to the accident I had in the spring...

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    <font color=purple> Thanks Rene ! I'll do my best tomorrow !

    Here's a couple of the Impala .............. It's for sale too ! Wanna buy it ?

    http://www.pressenter.com/~kevjohn/riz65.jpg

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    She's a beauty Riz!!!

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    <font color=purple> Thanks ! I love her ............ if it doesn't sell before winter, I'll just do the next thing on the list to it ! I'm thinking of replacing the whole front suspension from Harmon's ....... It will ride a lot better than it does already if I do. Some of the bushings are old and cracked so doing that would be a big improvement ........... I'll just have to heat the garage real good first !

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    It would be a shame to sell a car that nice...it looks like you've put a lot of work into it so far!

    How long have you had her?

    Rene

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    <P ID="edit"><FONT class="small">Edited by tRustyK5 on 09/17/01 12:50 AM.</FONT></P>
     
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    I would install the tailgate and line everything up and then bolt it down, then weld the tailpan to the column. I don't know if this was your plan, but this is the way I did it.

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