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Old 01-15-2018, 08:07 PM   #1
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Palf's 1981 GMC

Well I am back with a squarebody again. This one came home with me today.

1981 GMC High Sierra C1500 SWB Stepside
69,912 original miles
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Automatic (T350 I assume so far)
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Only a 250 6 banger, but I like it

I am the 3rd owner
It was bought from a local dealer (step bumper...dealer changed owners few years ago).
2nd owner was the mechanic for it when the dealer didn't handle it. (He also handles my work when I am too lazy or stupid). He did a restore of it in 2014.
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Old 01-15-2018, 08:22 PM   #2
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I like it Bill!
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Do the square bodies have more legroom than the 60-66's?
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Looks like a nice one Bill!
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That's one clean truck you picked up.
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Very nice Bill!
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Do the square bodies have more legroom than the 60-66's?
Yes...Not as much as the 88 & newer, but quite a bit more than the 60-66
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Yes...Not as much as the 88 & newer, but quite a bit more than the 60-66
Here's my 81 I sold around 2003 to a friend of mine.
I'm only about 5'-11" so leg room in my 65 hasn't been issue for me.
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Bill!!!! she's mint. I would love that
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Old 01-20-2018, 06:16 PM   #10
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She is officially my truck. Today was the honorary transfer of the barefoot gas pedal into the .

Hey, Little things for little minds. I have had this pedal in most every toy I have had for the last 30 some years.

Got the tool box in, so I got all my stuff for road trips ready.
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I was wondering when the gas pedal was going in. I saw the front license plate in the first pictures and thought you were slipping with the pedal.
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No Steven, just slow with all this cold lately. Sorry we missed you at the breakfast.
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When you gonna come see me? Now that you have all that spare time.
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Not off the clock yet Krue, almost....well, maybe I am with this furlough.
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So is the white 60-66 gone?

Man, you picked up a heck of a nice truck.

Is a 6" drop in the works?
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Jesse,
Yeah the 64 is gone. It funded this one.

It is a nice clean truck.
As of this time, no drop planned in the near future and if I went at it I would not go as low as the 64. It limited my driving. Krue knows, too many folks live in places that are not friendly to low trucks.

If I did, probably only 2.5/3" front spindles and 4" in rear.
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Yeah the 64 is gone. It funded this one.

It is a nice clean truck.
As of this time, no drop planned in the near future and if I went at it I would not go as low as the 64. It limited my driving. Krue knows, too many folks live in places that are not friendly to low trucks.

If I did, probably only 2.5/3" front spindles and 4" in rear.
My driveway always needs grading.
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My driveway always needs grading.


A 3/4 would look good still too.

At least I got to see the 64 in person once.
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Tweaking, cleaning up things on the ole girl. I have been tracing out wiring trying to figure out why my heat/AC fan controller has an always hot instead of a switch hot power feed. Everything works fine, I just have to remember to turn on heat/AC blower before I get out of the truck.

While working on that I stripped inside down and insulated the inside before I install some tunes into the girl. She is shiny inside now.

Now that this is done, I will get back to setting up the sound and hopefully fire what wire connectin is wrong on the heat/AC.
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Nice score Bill. Is that peel-n-seal?
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Nice score Bill. Is that peel-n-seal?
Yes...I have had really good luck with it in other trucks.
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I have been lazy, so it is time to catch up on some of the stuff I been playing with.

Finished the stereo install. I did not want to take away the radio delete (for now), so I used a marine mount to put in the head unit. I have a dual speaker setup in the factory center location, as well as bigblock73's speaker mounts with 6x9's in the corners behind the seat. I used a flat antenna and hid-it, sorta, on the passenger side A-pillar. Unless you are looking for it it goes unnoticed and reception seems great.
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The 80's wheels had to go, mostly because I found a crack in one and didn't feel like trying to find one to match the rest. Probably not what alot of folks would want, but I got a set of US Wheels like I have on Whitey. They are 15x8, in black. I had some nice Chevy center caps from a 96 C1500 truck and the adapter lug-nuts. So I found some GMC center decals (they are for the 80's ralleys, not the ones for the 90's caps). I like the look. I ditched the 31x10.50's on the front for some 255/70. I still have the 31's on the rear.

Still chasing a few electrical gremlins which might be in the ignition switch and/or tumbler setup.
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looks good Bill !
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