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Old 07-04-2005, 07:01 PM   #51
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Old 07-04-2005, 09:20 PM   #52
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Good Day

I unexpectedly got more time today to play with the blazer. (4th)
In the a.m. my wife agreed to help put the hard top on.
It's missing the side glass and has no hatch so it's alot lighter than one that's complete.

Flopped the firewall into place and put on the top.
Almost looks like it'll work.
Some strategic cutting/grinding and it should drop into place.

I'm getting pretty excited to see it truely whole. This is to
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Old 07-05-2005, 07:51 PM   #53
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Very cool, VT. You're awfully brave to execute that windshield splice. Looks good! How did you measure to make sure the windshield would fit well? I'd have been tempted to tack it in place with the windshield and gasket installed. Curious!
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Old 07-06-2005, 06:18 AM   #54
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Very cool, VT. You're awfully brave to execute that windshield splice.How did you measure to make sure the windshield would fit well?
Not brave, it's what "had" to be done to save the blazer, no choice in the matter.
I had my 70 swb truck with the windshield already out to measure against so it wasn't all that bad.
Just used a tape believe it or not. Must of measured at least 1K times though.

I'm at the point of final fit now. Got the floor seams all lined up, tops bolted in place and will put the doors on next trip up there.

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Old 07-09-2005, 09:32 PM   #55
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...Just used a tape believe it or not. Must of measured at least 1K times though. ...
I think I measured once and cut at least 1000 times
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Old 07-10-2005, 01:00 PM   #56
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Installed door - Sorta

Got the passengers side front lower pillar tacked where it needs to be.

Couple pics of how well the floor seams came together too. (at least one is working for me)

When I separated both parts (tub/cab) I saved as much good metal as possible, the sections that have big gaps are the places where rust was living.
To be filled in/repaired at a later date when it's all lined up and done.

Hung the pass side door but it won't line up for crap.
When I line up the lower body line where it needs to be, the top of the wing window is smashed against the top of the windshield frame.
Anybody have some good tips?

In my own defence, I did go measure a cab every which way possible and then crossed it over to the blazer tub before getting out the welder.
To my amazement, everything was right on the money...every measurement was the same as the truck cab.
So in the beginning I figured, 'heck this will be quick and easy'...NOT
Still trying to get it to fit correctly.
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Old 07-10-2005, 02:04 PM   #57
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It is hard to tell by the pictures but it looks to me like the whole firewall needs to be tipped forward. It looks like the top needs to come forward to me also. If thats true, that would fix the alighnment problems. WES www.ClassicHeartbeat.com
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Old 07-10-2005, 02:14 PM   #58
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It is hard to tell by the pictures but it looks to me like the whole firewall needs to be tipped forward. It looks like the top needs to come forward to me also. If thats true, that would fix the alighnment problems. WES www.ClassicHeartbeat.com

I was thinking the same thing. But, assuming, that the top is bolted to the sides and the top of the windshield frame then it should be sitting correct. With the assumed bolts in the top, can you "adjust" the top to to slide it forward any? Even a millimeter or two may give you the adjustment you need for the door. Another thought I had, maybe now you need to readjust any spacers in the body mounts.

Awesome work VT!!!!!
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Old 07-10-2005, 03:38 PM   #59
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Thanks for the input and yes your correct.

If everything was tipped forward it would go along way to taking care of the alignment issues with the door, although then the top wouldn't reach the frame.
I did unbolt the top and try to shove it forward but it hit the back of the door. Can't go any further.

The biggest problem/issue/confusion... is, as it sits right now, it has EXACTLY the same demensions as a truck cab door opening. I even checked my green blazer against it...yep, all three are the same!
Not a 1/16th different here or there but right on the money. That's the whacky thing.
I even measured point to point on an X and even that agrees.

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Old 07-10-2005, 06:30 PM   #60
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Update

Went back to the shop cause this was buggin' me.

Decided to hang the other door and see if the issue's were the same on both sides and it turned out they were.

So that got me thinking "body mounts" or lack of anyway. (tubs just sitting on the frame)(cept for the small wood shim I had put in) DOHH!
Turns out once I removed the block of wood under the rear door pillar body mount and moved it up to the mount under the firewall...thing's magically changed.

Didn't have time to line everything up but the gaps now look alot better.
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Old 07-10-2005, 08:43 PM   #61
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I wish you would make another trip down here to help me fix all my gaps
and issues with my body panels and doors, it's been driving me freak'n
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Old 07-11-2005, 02:17 PM   #62
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Well, that is a good deal that the gaps are looking better - what a project!
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Old 07-16-2005, 01:15 PM   #63
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So, when you coming to help me with mine? :p

I just posted some pics and information.

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Old 07-17-2005, 07:46 AM   #64
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So, when you coming to help me with mine?
I guess when I help you bring the big block truck to your place.
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I guess when I help you bring the big block truck to your place.
Touche!

How much time do you have? I found a boatload of bondo on my windshield frame.
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Old 07-17-2005, 02:36 PM   #66
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How much time do you have? I found a boatload of bondo on my windshield frame.
I just happen to have parts/pieces of one that's solid, I'm sure we can save it.
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Old 04-24-2006, 01:58 PM   #67
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Re: Little Body Work on the Blazer/Tub

Any recent pics on that project? Looks great so far!!
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Old 04-24-2006, 04:03 PM   #68
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Re: Little Body Work on the Blazer/Tub

Body mounts would be my thought on your door problems. I have a lot of the floor pan rockers etc. Cut out of mine. My doors close fine but I had windshield frame sag eventhough I had braced prior to cutting. I shimmed the old body mounts eventhough I know when I put the new mounts in it will change again. But it helped me with my alignment Seems like you got a pretty good handle on it
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Old 04-24-2006, 04:13 PM   #69
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Re: Little Body Work on the Blazer/Tub

Looking good Kurt
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Old 04-24-2006, 06:38 PM   #70
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Re: Little Body Work on the Blazer/Tub

So, you decided to keep it huh? My loss...

Wish things would have worked out...although, the blazer I had got sold anyways (double )

Wish I one again! Will shortly...hopefully...shoot, I wish you still had those two trucks that you were selling!
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Any recent pics on that project? Looks great so far!!
No, nothing new.

Had to get it out of the shop for the winter, it's still sitting outside under cover.

The only thing I did prior to the cover up was to prime the bare metal areas to protect against rust.

There's currently way to many iron's in the fire and this one doesn't really need to be done for 5/6 years anyway.
It's for my daughter when she's 16 and right now she's only 10.
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Old 04-25-2006, 04:50 PM   #72
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Re: Little Body Work on the Blazer/Tub

Know the feeling. Too many projects. Doing the same job on my K-5. Started jacking the body around when I saw things not lining up and found that it makes a big diference. I got a new body kit I had found in a truck in the yard. (abandoned project). I am gonna stop everything and put the new mounts in before trying to line anything up. Also getting the frame checked at a frame shop is a good idea if you got the bucks. We do frame off restos at my shop and even if the vehicle has not been hit it is a good idea. (we learned this the hard way).
Right now i'm trying to get a header in any condition as long as it's straight. I can have fresh metal fabricated and welded. Mine was rusted and rolled, so there isn't enough there to work with. Also do you know if the pickup pillars are the same length as the Blazer ones? The Blazer ones appear to be taller than the pickup ones to accomodate the roof fit. Something you might want to take note of when you resume your project. Thanks for your time, Jon.
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Old 04-25-2006, 06:11 PM   #73
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Holy time-warp.
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Old 04-25-2006, 08:47 PM   #74
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Also do you know if the pickup pillars are the same length as the Blazer ones? The Blazer ones appear to be taller than the pickup ones to accomodate the roof fit. Something you might want to take note of when you resume your project.
According to the crash book, trucks and blazers share the same windshield.
Going by that alone would make me say 'yes' they are.

I went around my junk and measured everything I could, both blazer and truck windshield frames and thay all measured the same for me.

Thanks for the input, noted.
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Old 04-26-2006, 01:04 AM   #75
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Re: Little Body Work on the Blazer/Tub

Hey VT you would be surprised how quickly that 5-6 years will creep up on you. Better get going on that project. Glad to hear the mounts worked out for you. If I were you, I would bolt down the entire tub tight, just like it would be when finished and then brace everything again before you start welding. Maybe a port-o-power to brace the windshield frame from the floor to the frame would work. I did the same thing but on the rear of my 66 fastback Mustang. The top also sagging without the windows in there could lead to a potential problem. Just having mine off of the frame so much changes because the sag so much. Good luck with this one.
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