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Old 05-04-2002, 09:22 AM
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Talking suicide doors & flip front end

hi fellow rodders i am looking for help.i am rebuilding a 1987 S-15 into a show truck & i want to build a flip front end & suicidoors on it but i dont have any plans or photos to help me out. if anyone as any info on this please e-mail me thanks in advance

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ther is a company that makes one.. a complete fiberglass one with hinges and everything.. hang on........ let me find it....http://www.up22.com/S10.htm#GM-816
i think that was it.. i dunno doesn;t look liek thats made for a flip front end.. just a light fiberglass piece.. i know there was one i saw somewhwere that had hinges and everythign and it looked fairly simple... but if i were u and owned a s-15... o wait i do own a s-15 jimmy.... well anyway... i would do a custom job myself

suicide doors shoudl be fairly simple..... here's a truck with them..... <a href="http://www.truckworld.com/Street-Scene/01-bernards-83-blazer/bernards-blazer.html" target="_blank">http://www.truckworld.com/Street-Scene/01-bernards-83-blazer/bernards-blazer.html</a>
that has to be one of the coolest trucks i ahve ever seen......

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thanks oldcarguy85 thats what i plan to do my own flip front end i just need info on how do build the hinge system.yes tim's blazer his awsome & thats exactly what i want to do to the doors but i dont know how to make the hinges if anyone can help it would be greatly appreciated.i plan on building a 383 stroker for my S-15 i will be making a web site soon to show progress i am doing a frame up resto at this moment i have the truck all dismantled & starting on the frame .thanks for any help & if anyones has good web sites on S-15 please let me know thanks
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<a href="http://www.google.com" target="_blank">www.google.com</a> to the rescue, Blue-Max. Typing in "GMC S-15" results in 8,000 references. Typing in "suicide door" yields even more. Try it - you'll like it.
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aaaah i found it (with the aid of http://www.usbody.com/82-02%20S-10,%20S-15,%20S-Series.htm

there ya go
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Hey Blue-max I am planning to do a flip on my 66 f-100. I can't find much info either. I just picked up Custom Classic Trucks Aug 2002 Issue and they flip a 53 f-100. If you find any good stuff please let me know. I am not using a fibreglass front end and expect a few challenges. Cheers!
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Blue, I have done a tilt nose on 55-59 Chevy Trucks, 54-66 F-100's, a 53 Bel Air, and a 65 Plymouth. The last one was the best. (you learn from your own mistakes)
a) Do not bolt thee fenders directly to the hood. Measure the space between the two and keep that gap for alignment sake. I used washers and then filed the crack with black silicone, enough to give a straight black line.
b) Plan out your fenders. Do you want the entire fender to go or cut off the dogleg and attach it to the cab. I like cutting the dog leg. When you tilt it, you don't have to duck under the fender. The trick to this is either hiding the cut with body lines or chrome trim
c) Establish a hinge point.Do this using a heim joint or tie rod end type set up. This gives you the ability to adjust the nose after you have driven it a while.
d) The other thing that comes to mind is the front bumper. You either have to have the tilt clear the bumper or hinge the bumper with the nose. The latter is easier, but the draw back is if you hit something a little too hard, you'll screw up the entire front end.
Just think before you cut and plan out things like wiring harness and a way to stop the nose from going to far in a tilt.
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usbodysource or vfn fiberglass should be able to help you out with the front end. You may have to fabricate your own tilt mechanism however. Definitely cut off the lower rear part of the fender. If you don't, you'll be kicking yourself in the a** later on.
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bump to top... I would like some info. on the door hinges(suicide) too..

Steve



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OK, OK, Ok,OK.........I Just Found This!!! I Saw A Article A LONG Time Ago About Building Your Own Metal Flip Front....Any Iderererers.... rasford
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