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Well Im moving the Blazer over here for a lil wile, its my daily driver so its hard to keep it down for very long. I was looking at all the rust starting to set in and I had some time to do something with it, hoping I can get it to slow down till I get some patch pannels and learn how to weld a bit better. The driver side rocker pannel is the worst spot on the Blazer, for now I have put some rust converter on it and filled the holes with fiberglass. I can only do a lil bit at a time so this is going to take some time before I get the hole truck looking good. It would be easier if she wasnt my daily driver lol. :crazy: :floored:


will have pics soon :exit:

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I sorta like rust if it's in the right places. :floored:

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I sorta like rust if it's in the right places. :floored:


This is the only benefit I can think of off the top of my head. (Thermite is a mixture of iron oxide and aluminum powders.)

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I sorta like rust if it's in the right places. :floored:

:floored: Im not sure if I want to know lol ..... the rust thats setting in on the blazer is in the rocker pannel on the driver side and the rear wheel well on the passenger side :banghead: If I had the time and money I would tub the back and narrow the frame to make room for some wide rubber :punk:

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BOHICA wrote:
TDave00 wrote:
I sorta like rust if it's in the right places. :floored:


This is the only benefit I can think of off the top of my head. (Thermite is a mixture of iron oxide and aluminum powders.)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rdCsbZf1_Ng

BOHICA that thermte is some pretty mean stuff lol hope the blazer never has a fight with that lol :floored: :exit:

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Rust on a truck.....on a truck bro. :mrgreen:

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Its not rust its patina.

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Its not rust its patina.

I wish it was patina .... I am starting to get rust holes , I have 4 days off this week and should be able to get the pics off the cam onto the comp and will have them uploaded . Im hoping it stops with the rain so I can do a little more to it wile im off lol

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well atm I have ran into some problems with the pics..... it seems the roommate we kicked out last week liked the camra better than we did and took off with it lol, so far I have sanded the top down to the jell coat and I have painted the half cab white to match the shell. I have also taken all the trim off the truck and I am going to start some rust repair were the trim was attached also going to get the little dents and dings smoothed out wile Im at it

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Got the hood sanded and some what painted , I am also going to take the factory 1/2" blocks out the back and get her to transfer the weight a lil better.

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Pics?
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as soon as I get a camra Ill post some D150 the roommate we had stole ours :(

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Ok yall , I know its been a bit since I started this thread . Here are some of the pics of the work so far ........
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This is the worst of the rust on the Blazer , and this is the after pics , I had to hurry to seal it up and will go back to finish smoothing it out soon .
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All these pics are of the driver side rocker.

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this is what the truck looked like a few months ago
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the roll pan here was made by me its the first one I ever made lol and the first one I have ever destroid by bottoming out the back of a truck :handface:
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I have taken all the trim off of the Blazer but the badging is still on it , so far I have sanded the fiberglass top , painted the half cab to match so it don't look funny ..... lol and I have also sanded and smoothed out the hood . I primed the hood and then painted the center of it white . this is what it looks like so far ..........
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Im no were near done with it and Im starting to like how its looking , but I would like some feed back from yall and some ideas cuz I am thinking about the sides as well with the trim , not sure if I want the trim back on or not and also thinking about painting the sides white in the area were the trim would suround it but if I do paint the sides then would it look better with the trim back on it ? :fb: Yall notice the role pan in the back .... I have been looking for a pan for a wile but can't seem to find one for the Blazers so I made the one that is there now , it is the second one I have ever made and in my opinion it looks 100 times better than the first :mrgreen: hand made , I dont have a metel break so I used a couple of scrap 4x4 posts a hammer and all 130 pounds of me to make it :floored: what do yall think of it? Mind yall I still have to mount the tag and tag light .

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Nice little K5! I like the second roll pan, looks good. i'd like to have a 4x4 like that to play in! Only one thing i see wrong with it......what is hideous bowtie shaped thing on the front???? it needs a Ram's head on it, then it would be PERFECT! :floored: :LUV:

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:floored: lol Im stuck on the bowtie's :mrgreen: plus the ram chargers dont have the removable tops :haha:

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I have the 2" drop shackles in the rear installed I also took out the 1/2" lift blocks between the leaf springs and the rear end ......... she looks like she is ready for the drag strip at this point ...... I still need to get the front down about 4 1/2 or 5" to make the wheels look right in the wells
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Personally, I think the front only needs to come down about 2"

(The wheel well openings on 1973-87 are not symmetrical)

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I think 4" or 5" but I like mine raked.


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Personally, I think the front only needs to come down about 2"

(The wheel well openings on 1973-87 are not symmetrical)

yep I know .... the front wheel wells are about 2" higher then the back but I like the nose to sit down a lil lower then the back
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I think 4" or 5" but I like mine raked.

:agree: what I want to do is make the rear suspension softer than it is now but keep the back a lil higher then the front so on take off the back squats and hooks up :mrgreen:

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:floored: lol Im stuck on the bowtie's :mrgreen: plus the ram chargers dont have the removable tops :haha:


Actually, the older ones do. They're hard to find, though.

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madmatt wrote:
:floored: lol Im stuck on the bowtie's :mrgreen: plus the ram chargers dont have the removable tops :haha:


Actually, the older ones do. They're hard to find, though.

wow learn something new all the time ..... if you come across a pic let me see .... I've never seen one so they got to be real rare

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Well I got the front down today and I'll be posting pics soon, still messing with the ride hight but its getting close to were I want it. :mrgreen:

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If you do a significant drop in the back (6 inches, maybe 4), you'll need to have the driveshaft shortened or you'll start tearing up transmissions. It's something on the tailshaft, but I forget what.

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BOHICA wrote:
madmatt wrote:
:floored: lol Im stuck on the bowtie's :mrgreen: plus the ram chargers dont have the removable tops :haha:


Actually, the older ones do. They're hard to find, though.

wow learn something new all the time ..... if you come across a pic let me see .... I've never seen one so they got to be real rare


http://www.cardomain.com/ride/2233294/1 ... ger/page-2

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Cool, I may have seen one around and just know what I was looking at.


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If you do a significant drop in the back (6 inches, maybe 4), you'll need to have the driveshaft shortened or you'll start tearing up transmissions. It's something on the tailshaft, but I forget what.



Mine was dropped about 5" and I never had a problem but that is about the max without some work


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How long did you have it? It takes a little while for the problems to start showing up. Like I said, though, I can't remember if it's 4 or 6 inches.

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Thats a nice Ram Charger :punk: , and I have the front of mine down about 5" and the back down just over 2"... I might bring the front back up an inch or so and the back down about an inch, Im still playing with it.

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How are you adjusting the front?

Aaron, I beleive the problem you're talking about is with a flip kit. It changes the pinion angle and actually starts to shove the yoke too far into the tailhousing during extreme suspension travel. I've seen people drop the rears with shackles, hangers, and lowered leaf packs without this problem, but a flip kit will do it just about every time. It may have something to do with the way the spring arcs during compression, and it changes when the axles postion is changed.


Now, Matt, let's see how she's looking with the front down.

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Here are the picks of the nes stance :mrgreen: ... let me know what yall think. :5150:
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Man oh man, I like it as is :punk:


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How are you adjusting the front?

Aaron, I beleive the problem you're talking about is with a flip kit. It changes the pinion angle and actually starts to shove the yoke too far into the tailhousing during extreme suspension travel. I've seen people drop the rears with shackles, hangers, and lowered leaf packs without this problem, but a flip kit will do it just about every time. It may have something to do with the way the spring arcs during compression, and it changes when the axles postion is changed.


You may be right. We talked about this at Wyotech and my cousin had it happen to this truck, but I don't know if they used a flip kit. It was just mentioned at school that a significant drop will cause that kind of problem. You probably are right, actually. Thank you for setting me straight. :wink:

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I like it!!!!! :punk:


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Now you just need my rallies. :wink: :lol:

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Now you just need my rallies. :wink: :lol:


:mrgreen: if I ever get the money up I'll give you a shout :wink:

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Truck looks good Matt!

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thanks yall .... I hope I can make it to the show on the 16th so yall can see the truck up close and I can meet everyone

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I'll have to stop by one afternoon and say Hi at the WH

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Post Re: My 79 K5 Blazer
one thing you could still do is make the whole top white , kinda draw a line from the removeable top forwarth and paint everything above that , top of the doors , hood a little bit of the fenders .
i think that would look better
little trick i learned while painting cars you can get the paint under the windowrubbers by wedging some thin cord under there lifting it off the metal , safes some time taping stuff off and cutting it exactly around the rubber seal and you dont get those raised edges around them


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I'll have to stop by one afternoon and say Hi at the WH

:mrgreen: :agree:

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one thing you could still do is make the whole top white , kinda draw a line from the removeable top forwarth and paint everything above that , top of the doors , hood a little bit of the fenders .
i think that would look better
little trick i learned while painting cars you can get the paint under the windowrubbers by wedging some thin cord under there lifting it off the metal , safes some time taping stuff off and cutting it exactly around the rubber seal and you dont get those raised edges around them

Im going with more of a factory two tone . I did the hood based off of some of the trucks I've seen.... still havent seen a blazer with a two tone hood like it yet, still need to get the sides painted but thats going to be a wile... no funds atm

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Well seing as how I have now funds right now all I have been doing is piddling with the trim, I repainted the Cheyenne badges and added two 350 badges , also I reinstalled the upper and lower trim and changed the pin stripe in them from red back to black. I also took the OEM style mirrors off and put some smaller / sportier ones on.
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Post Re: My 79 K5 Blazer
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Post Re: My 79 K5 Blazer
You bringing it to White House?


Sun Jul 10, 2011 2:04 pm
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Post Re: My 79 K5 Blazer
method2mymadnes wrote:
You bringing it to White House?

:rolleyes: hoping so but the funds are so drained its going to take a merical to make it happen :drama: I'm crossing my fingers

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Post Re: My 79 K5 Blazer
well ya'll after we get incometaxs back I am thinking about updating the front to the 89-91 burb/blazer duel head light front end, going to be looking for all the info and a complete clip if anyone can help it would be great as far as parts and info ..... and opinions too :D

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Post Re: My 79 K5 Blazer
Well yall its been a lil wile since I posted an up date on the Blazer, I have done some more work on her since then, so far I have put her on a diet and she has lost about 500 lbs. I took all the guts out ove the tail gate, removed the back seat and removed the front buckets and center consle made a wood bed cover, also installed a bench seat out of an early 90's model 1500 so I can put the fam in there still. I will have pics soon, please let me know what yall think ... I finaly got her to were she is getting about 16-17 mpg's.

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Post Re: My 79 K5 Blazer
Congrats on getting some work done on it. Will be waiting on the pics.

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