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Old 08-07-2004, 03:46 PM
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putting racks on

Hi everyone....

Well, Here I am again
How is everyone's projects comming along?
Mine was at a stand still for awhile but now I need more info.

re: Son's 1984 S-10 blazer 4X4.

The car does not have racks on top of it and my Son wants to go to a "Pick- Your- Part" yard and take them off of a blazer there. (he wants to stay "stock") We can't find them to order, all we can come up with are those dumb looking after market ones that strap on .

Will this be hard to do?
The Headliner is already out and it is just the metal top.
In your opinion is this something that I/we can do ourselves?
Do you think there will be a leaking problem?
My son has some welding skills, so I thought that if we weld the bolts on the inside of the car and screw the racks on from the top (which from what I have seen they screw in from the top anyway)
useing some sort of silicone sealer on the threads to seal the bolt as they screw in
Am I way off track here or am I a little bit close?

One more problem If anyone can help, I am sorry to ask this, but, can you give me some 1-2-3 (step by step) instructions on how this might be done?..................I Will Love You Forever!

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Old 08-07-2004, 04:11 PM
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Yeah, you'll probably have to take out the headliner on the donor vehicle. Even though there are riv-nuts on the roof of the blazer and in theory you should just be able to unscrew from the top, chances are that they're seized in the thread and will probably just turn the riv-nut and not actually come undone. Try without removing the headliner first, you might get lucky. If not, take out the headliner, take a pair of vice grips with you and hold the riv-nut while turning from the top. Keep all the parts of the rack including the shoe pads between the rack and body.

I wouldn't recommend welding anything. Once you have the donor rack in place just drill through and use a screw (with a head that fits in the stock hole, preferably stainless so it won't rust), washer and nut. If you want to use something to seal, I don't recommend any silicone, because it can wreak havoc if you ever want to paint the vehicle. Use window glazing material or something similar. It never gets hard, is very sticky and will definitely not let any water penetrate.

This is really a walk in the park project. Like everything else, don't rush it and you'll be fine.
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Thank you sooo much Fly.......( OK, I love you forever now.........lol)

But can't I just use the screws, nuts & bolts from the donor vehicle? And what about the shoe pads? will I need to get new ones or do you think the old ones will still be good?

But just drilling a hole and screwing the racks down into the riv nuts is that all there is to it?

won't it leak?

Will the shoe pads work as a leak barrier?

I'm not a "Mickey Mouse" kind of person, If I'm going to spend the time on something worth having then I would rather spend a few extra $$ and a little bit more time on it then to have to go back and try to problem solve or repair later ......just a pet peeve of mine I guess!

And Yeah, by the way the car IS going to be painted at the end (White)

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Old 08-07-2004, 07:25 PM
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You can use the screws from the donor vehicle (if they come out in one piece), but the riv nuts are permanently on the donor vehicle and you can't remove them. My brother the parts guy just showed up and told me that the riv-nuts are available at your local GM dealer. So don't drill the holes until you get them.
If you're planning on painting the truck, make the holes (take measurements from the donor vehicle) then paint it and put the rack on after painted. That way you can use silicone, and it makes for a better job anyway. I still recomend some other type of non-silicone sealant though.
The shoe pads are not a leak barrier, and most likely they will be in good shape.
I've attached a pic of what the riv nut looks like. My brother happened to have a set in his truck. (no kidding)
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Old 08-07-2004, 07:27 PM
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sorry didn't work with the last post. I'll try adding the pic again.
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