The 1947 - Present Chevrolet & GMC Truck Message Board Network







Register or Log In To remove these advertisements.

Go Back   The 1947 - Present Chevrolet & GMC Truck Message Board Network > 47 - Current classic GM Trucks > The 1969 - 1972 Blazers and Jimmys Message Board

Web 67-72chevytrucks.com


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 02-19-2019, 08:09 PM   #1
Jeff1971
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2018
Location: Weiser Idaho
Posts: 44
Making a Blazer cab/dash

If you took a C-10 cab from a 69-72, could you cut off the extras, add a Blazer upper windshield repair set and end up with a usable cab/dash. Iíve looked at the Classic Heartbeat pics for their upper bow repair parts and itís hard to tell if thatís the whole upper section or just repair patches. Looking at this because Iíd like an AC cab with no hidden rust goobers.

There are a lot of cabs out there.

Jeff
Jeff1971 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 02-19-2019, 10:02 PM   #2
Blazerowner
Senior Member
 
Blazerowner's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Sutter, Ca
Posts: 1,569
Re: Making a Blazer cab/dash

It’s been done with 76 up blazers, seems like it would work. I’ve owned both and they look pretty much the same other than the header.
__________________
Kirk
72 Blazer CST 4wd highlander
70 Chevelle Malibu
Blazerowner is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 02-19-2019, 10:53 PM   #3
4x41971SWB
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2016
Location: Escondido CA
Posts: 451
Re: Making a Blazer cab/dash

PM sent
4x41971SWB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-20-2019, 03:08 AM   #4
Heydanl
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2016
Location: Vancouver BC
Posts: 16
Re: Making a Blazer cab/dash

There is a difference between a pickup windshield frame and a Blazer/Jimmy windshield frame. There is an internal reinforcing brace at the bottom of the Blazer windshield pillar starting from about a third of the way up the pillar and extending down into the area where the top door hinge is bolted on. A regular pickup frame doesn't have this brace. I am building a Blazer and the windshield frame was rotten, so I did what you're thinking of. I had a parts pickup I pulled the pillars from and modified the top of the pillars to match the Blazer's (which I had cut apart). I drilled out all the spot welds on both sets, so I could blast the pickup pillars and discovered this internal brace. They weren't in bad shape, so I just cleaned them up and welded them into the pickup pillars. I am in the process of replacing the header with the kit you mentioned and yes, it is the complete upper bow. Hope this helps.
Heydanl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-20-2019, 12:19 PM   #5
Jeff1971
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2018
Location: Weiser Idaho
Posts: 44
Re: Making a Blazer cab/dash

Good info. Thanks
Jeff1971 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 04-21-2019, 10:45 PM   #6
YoungPup1977
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jun 2015
Location: no longer dealing w/forum Rats
Posts: 825
Re: Making a Blazer cab/dash

I have taken a 72 c10 cab that was all rusted out in the floor and made it for a 72 blazer Its not that hard to do. Took the roof off and the floor on c10 and also added a AC dash to boot. welded in the top windshield frame. Seems that the only thing on the blazer that the aftermarket has not reproduced yet.....both front and cargo floors are now available, stepdown plate, rear bedsides, wheel houses, doors, even the tow hooks ....all available.
YoungPup1977 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-23-2019, 07:16 PM   #7
69-72
Registered User
 
69-72's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: 204
Posts: 902
Re: Making a Blazer cab/dash

Yes it is possible. That’s what I did to make mine. I’m not sure I understand what sure Heydanl is referring to about extra bracing, I’ve never seen that on any of the blazer windshield frames I’ve taken apart.

A word of caution on the repro upper inner ws piece, do not rely on the visor mount or any of the weatherstripping mounts or visor hook holes. They were significantly off on the one I got, the visor would have been hanging sideways had I used the holes it came with and the visors didn’t even reach the hook mounts.
Attached Images
    
__________________
1969 Chevy Custom Camper 3/4 ton Rust free survivor

1972 Chevy Blazer CST 4x4 Almost Rust free survivor

1972 GMC Jimmy 2wd Undergoing surgery

Last edited by 69-72; 04-23-2019 at 07:24 PM.
69-72 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-20-2019, 04:47 PM   #8
Heydanl
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2016
Location: Vancouver BC
Posts: 16
Re: Making a Blazer cab/dash

Yes it is possible. That’s what I did to make mine. I’m not sure I understand what sure Heydanl is referring to about extra bracing, I’ve never seen that on any of the blazer windshield frames I’ve taken apart.


I'm screwing this up, the above text was supposed to be in a quote box. Anyway, this is the brace I was referring to. It actually incorporates one of the bolting points for the front fender. Mine is a 72, if you've never seen it before, maybe it's a factory upgrade for the last year? I know it was factory, it had the typical spot weld dimples on the pillar exterior, but you've got to really look to see them.
Attached Images
 
Heydanl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-24-2019, 07:39 PM   #9
CG
BlahBlahBlah
 
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Monroe, Wa.
Posts: 15,744
Re: Making a Blazer cab/dash

So maybe Im not understanding ... You can start with lets say a long box C10 of whatever year you like, and they make enough aftermarket parts that you can use a portion of the C10 cab, shorten up the frame, and build an entire blazer?

Im wondering (if this is correct) why this isn't being done all the time. Especially considering how much a roached out blazer is going for these days.
CG is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-07-2019, 11:41 AM   #10
BIG ORANGE
Senior Member
 
BIG ORANGE's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2001
Location: Lancaster S.C.
Posts: 4,477
Re: Making a Blazer cab/dash

I had to do the very same thing with my blazer, yeap brace it up real good and take a lot of measurements too. make sure its square....
__________________

Things happen for a reason!
BIG ORANGE is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-07-2019, 11:48 AM   #11
69-72
Registered User
 
69-72's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: 204
Posts: 902
Re: Making a Blazer cab/dash

Quote:
Originally Posted by CG View Post
So maybe Im not understanding ... You can start with lets say a long box C10 of whatever year you like, and they make enough aftermarket parts that you can use a portion of the C10 cab, shorten up the frame, and build an entire blazer?

Im wondering (if this is correct) why this isn't being done all the time. Especially considering how much a roached out blazer is going for these days.
No itís more for people trying to fix a badly rusted Blazer. There are so many Blazer unique parts that you would pretty much need one to start with
__________________
1969 Chevy Custom Camper 3/4 ton Rust free survivor

1972 Chevy Blazer CST 4x4 Almost Rust free survivor

1972 GMC Jimmy 2wd Undergoing surgery
69-72 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-08-2019, 08:45 AM   #12
lks dcvn
Registered User
 
lks dcvn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Columbus, Ohio
Posts: 3,981
Re: Making a Blazer cab/dash

- the only part that is really needed from a Blazer that isn't reproduced now is a good windshield header.

You would still need a blazer donor for the unique parts.

I will say that there is an increasing list of Blazer parts being produced now. I think I have purchased one of each of them now based on my 2wd Blazer build.
lks dcvn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-12-2019, 03:23 PM   #13
hemi43
Registered User
 
hemi43's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Newcastle Ontario Canada
Posts: 1,063
Re: Making a Blazer cab/dash

Quote:
Originally Posted by 69-72 View Post
There are so many Blazer unique parts that you would pretty much need one to start with
Let's hope it stays that way for a long time. I for one don't really want to see the market flooded with aftermarket Blazer bodies, or fake Blazers made from pickups running around. I don't want our trucks to follow what has happened to the first generation Bronco. There was no less than 40 Broncos at last year's SEMA show, and 95% were Chinese made bodies. YUK !!
__________________
The one that dies with the most tools, wins !
hemi43 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-12-2019, 03:38 PM   #14
4x41971SWB
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2016
Location: Escondido CA
Posts: 451
Re: Making a Blazer cab/dash

Well sorry to say it is coming. I spoke with a guy who reproduces ford and GM bodies.
He is GM authorized and has been given the green light from GM to reproduce full Blazer bodies.
They will be out within a few years or less.
He is in the beginning stages now of building jigs and tooling up.
He also has plans to reproduce single wall tops.
4x41971SWB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-13-2019, 08:50 AM   #15
hemi43
Registered User
 
hemi43's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Newcastle Ontario Canada
Posts: 1,063
Re: Making a Blazer cab/dash

Quote:
Originally Posted by 4x41971SWB View Post
Well sorry to say it is coming. I spoke with a guy who reproduces ford and GM bodies.
He is GM authorized and has been given the green light from GM to reproduce full Blazer bodies.
They will be out within a few years or less.
He is in the beginning stages now of building jigs and tooling up.
He also has plans to reproduce single wall tops.
There goes the value of our trucks !!
__________________
The one that dies with the most tools, wins !
hemi43 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-13-2019, 11:54 AM   #16
raggedjim
Senior Member
 
raggedjim's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Murray, Kentucky
Posts: 2,657
Re: Making a Blazer cab/dash

Quote:
Originally Posted by hemi43 View Post
There goes the value of our trucks !!
I don't know, the original VIN is where the value is. The 69 Camaro's have had complete bodies out there available and they are still big $...
__________________
Roger

'69 ('70?) 2wd Blazer
'70 GMC Jimmy 2wd
raggedjim is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 04:14 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
Copyright 1997-2013 67-72chevytrucks.com