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Username Post: Rust Repair, Tailgate Hinges to Body        (Topic#364844)
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04-07-21 03:18 AM - Post#2817633    

Any thoughts of rust repair on a 1994 K Blazers rusted tailgate hinge panel? The hinges have pulled away from the body (due to rust). I have not had luck finding a replacement panel for this purpose. I realize I have a few things to remove to get a good look and access to the area.

I suppose I could post this in "paint and body". I just thought I'd get more specifics for this vehicle here as I've found replacement panels for the previous generation but not this gen...I believe. Thanks.

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04-07-21 06:29 AM - Post#2817639    
    In response to scrambldcj8

this is a url to Fitzee's Fabrications on youtube.
Absolutely the most informative sheet metal craftsman there is on youtube.


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04-07-21 03:27 PM - Post#2817674    
    In response to beagrizzly

Thanks for that link! I'm going to watch that a few times when I get the time.

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04-07-21 03:32 PM - Post#2817675    
    In response to beagrizzly

Even if you found an OE panel, replacement would be extremely difficult. The panel is wider than the opening that is formed by the quarter panels. To get the panel in you have to have the body raised up over the frame. The bottoms of the quarters would have to be above the frame by the height of the panel, or at least high enough to slip the panel in rotated 1/4 turn and then flipped up in place. I replaced one on a Suburban about 22 years ago and had to cut the panel in half and slide the pieces in place and butt weld them back together. It decreases the width of the panel by the width of the kerf of the blade used to cut it, but there was enough adjustment in the hinges to make it still doable.

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04-11-21 04:01 AM - Post#2817839    
    In response to wagonman100

Wagonman, I agree I wouldn't go to that extent. I would access/remove/prep best I can and get something in there. Busy past few days and plan to get in there and see how extensive the issue is sometime soon. I don't need the vehicle very often and can take my time..a functioning tailgate is 100% needed on a Blazer vs say a P/U where it matters less :laugh :

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04-15-21 03:44 AM - Post#2818064    
    In response to scrambldcj8

Southern/western donor cut to fit so you can weld it in might do it.

My old 89 Suburban had that problem, when I accidentally broke the back window (still not sure how I did that) the tailgate fell off as there was nothing holding it on. I replaced it with barn doors, but that's probably not an option on a Blazer.

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04-16-21 12:19 PM - Post#2818172    
    In response to Bill K.b

I've actually kinda wondered if a change to barn does was a possibility as it was available on later GMT400 Blazers (96+ IIRC?). It makes getting things out of the back easier as you don't have to reach over a tailgate with heavy items....but long objects would require a strap to keep the doors together. Hmm, got me thinking now.....

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