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 1973 - 1987 Chevrolet & GMC Squarebody Pickups Message Board

Web 67-72chevytrucks.com


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 09-13-2017, 08:17 PM   #1
GMC85HighSierra
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2016
Location: USA
Posts: 50
1987 GMC Truck: Fleetside or Stepside?

Hi all, just seeing what people's thoughts are about a stepside bed on my 1987 GMC Truck. It's a long bed truck 305 2wd 1/2 ton. Thanks
Attached Images
 
GMC85HighSierra is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 09-13-2017, 08:55 PM   #2
mongocanfly
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2015
Location: alabama
Posts: 4,005
Re: 1987 GMC Truck: Fleetside or Stepside?

if your keeping it a lwb I'd just keep it fleetside ....my .02.... a good stepper bed may be hard to come by anyway..and the expense of one may be more than the projects worth unless you already have one
mongocanfly is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 09-14-2017, 10:17 AM   #3
LT7A
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 463
Re: 1987 GMC Truck: Fleetside or Stepside?

I like fleetsides best myself, but I do think stepsides look cool. The LWB stepsides are not common and don't look as proportional to me. I think your truck looks cool. I would lower it a bit, not alot, clean it up and drive it. Looks like there's a couple of things you could do to straighten it a bit but I think it looks good even if it's not perfect. Maybe you are going to do a full resto, you didn't say so maybe my comments are irrelevant. But I throw them out there since a truck doesn't have to be perfect for me to think it's cool.
LT7A is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-14-2017, 11:09 AM   #4
RotaryRocketeer
Registered User
 
RotaryRocketeer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2017
Location: OKC, OK
Posts: 73
Re: 1987 GMC Truck: Fleetside or Stepside?

Stepside makes it look like a dog with a big head and a little body haha. Fleetside all the way.
RotaryRocketeer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-14-2017, 11:15 AM   #5
GMC85HighSierra
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2016
Location: USA
Posts: 50
Re: 1987 GMC Truck: Fleetside or Stepside?

Thanks for the inputs. I thought about lowering the truck, but my dad hates lowered vehicles. Right now I plan on just driving it around how it is and fix things here and there, like the grille. How hard is it to take a 67-72 Chevy long box stepside and put the 73-87 fenders and steps on it? I found 2 67-72 boxes near me I could get pretty cheap: one is $250 and one is $300. Thanks
GMC85HighSierra is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 09-14-2017, 11:39 AM   #6
RotaryRocketeer
Registered User
 
RotaryRocketeer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2017
Location: OKC, OK
Posts: 73
Re: 1987 GMC Truck: Fleetside or Stepside?

Just lower it. Bet Dad won't hate it enough to raise it back up!
RotaryRocketeer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-14-2017, 01:30 PM   #7
Jstock85
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2016
Location: Brandon,MS
Posts: 335
Re: 1987 GMC Truck: Fleetside or Stepside?

Fleetside
Jstock85 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-14-2017, 02:04 PM   #8
Desert_Eagle02
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2017
Location: Texas
Posts: 133
Re: 1987 GMC Truck: Fleetside or Stepside?

In my opinion, fleetside. It looks good as is. If you really want to go step side then go for it. Its your truck so build it how you want it. If you lowered it a bit and put a step side on it with a nice wood floor, I think that would look sweet.
__________________
1978 GMC K25
Desert_Eagle02 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-14-2017, 07:41 PM   #9
aussie87
Junior Member
 
aussie87's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: Perth Australia
Posts: 31
Re: 1987 GMC Truck: Fleetside or Stepside?

I personally prefer the Stepside om my 87, but I might be a bit biased.
__________________
Andy

1979 Corvette
1987 Stepside
2012 Holden Calias
aussie87 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-14-2017, 08:21 PM   #10
GMC85HighSierra
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2016
Location: USA
Posts: 50
Re: 1987 GMC Truck: Fleetside or Stepside?

I'll probably leave it at stock height; it already sits kinda low (and I don't feel like changing out the suspension components ). Never done a lowering kit on a vehicle; only a lift kit (We mostly have 4x4s around here, except for 2 trucks: my 87 and my dad's 76).

I planned on doing a stepside, but things just changed. My dad had a short box stepside I was going to use for parts, and I was going to hunt down a long box stepside and put the short box's parts on it. Turns out my dad sold it today while I was at school . Guess I'm sticking with fleetside now... (unless I can find a long 73-87 stepside box...).

We got the truck almost running; it turns over and starts, but then dies because the TBI isn't getting gas. Gonna replace fuel filter tomorrow; hopefully that'll get it running (it's probably clogged). I have never heard this truck run, but it sounded great from the little I got to hear. Replaced gas tank, gas tank straps, sending unit, undercoated frame, coil, cap and rotor, some fuel line hoses; that's all right now . Thanks again for your guy's inputs.
GMC85HighSierra is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 09-14-2017, 08:49 PM   #11
mongocanfly
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2015
Location: alabama
Posts: 4,005
Re: 1987 GMC Truck: Fleetside or Stepside?

if you do want to lower it just a little it can be done for basically no money...front coils can be cut and pull a few leaves from rear to level it out...
mongocanfly is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 09-15-2017, 01:15 AM   #12
LT7A
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 463
Re: 1987 GMC Truck: Fleetside or Stepside?

Sounds like you are doing a good job getting it into good running condition. Build thread?

I say lower it since your Dad sold the parts you wanted. That'll teach 'im. haha
LT7A is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-15-2017, 10:00 PM   #13
xs-style
Registered User
 
xs-style's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Lawndale, NC
Posts: 579
Re: 1987 GMC Truck: Fleetside or Stepside?

Does anyone but me remember the custom classic trucks issue from a few years back that had a feature on a long box C10 in that same color combo? When I get home I'll try to look up what issue it was. I bet you'd like the write up.
__________________
1978 Scottsdale - celebrating 10 years of teaching me profanity
1990 Silverado - bought in Nov. 2016 and it's already catching up - Sold
1987 k5 blazer - branded total loss claim - project TLC

Events attended:
Spring GOG 2011
Dale JR car show Summer 2012
Gathering at Tommys pickup parts
xs-style is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-16-2017, 12:43 AM   #14
WyattTX
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2015
Location: Down south
Posts: 344
Re: 1987 GMC Truck: Fleetside or Stepside?

That is a pretty good looking truck as it is. I would get it running good and leave it be, and then you can decide whay modifications you want to do to it. As for a stepside, if you can find a long step bed, buy it. They are not common, and I think I might be one of the few people on Earth that prefer long steps to short steps. But Fleet side beds have more storage space, so I Think you got the better of the 2 already. If you must have a long step, get a much more common short step bed, and stretch it. That would probaly be easier than finding a clean long step bed.
WyattTX is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-16-2017, 03:56 AM   #15
andrewmp6
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Louisville,Ky
Posts: 5,799
Re: 1987 GMC Truck: Fleetside or Stepside?

Quote:
Originally Posted by mongocanfly View Post
if your keeping it a lwb I'd just keep it fleetside ....my .02.... a good stepper bed may be hard to come by anyway..and the expense of one may be more than the projects worth unless you already have one
You know they did make some long bed step sides right ?
andrewmp6 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-16-2017, 07:57 AM   #16
mongocanfly
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2015
Location: alabama
Posts: 4,005
Re: 1987 GMC Truck: Fleetside or Stepside?

^^^^ I know they made a lwb stepside...doesn't mean I like em..short steps look good...that's why I said if he's keeping it lwb I'd just leave as is...
mongocanfly is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 09-16-2017, 10:48 AM   #17
xs-style
Registered User
 
xs-style's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Lawndale, NC
Posts: 579
Re: 1987 GMC Truck: Fleetside or Stepside?

http://www.hotrod.com/articles/1010c...et-trucks/amp/

There's the article I mentioned.
__________________
1978 Scottsdale - celebrating 10 years of teaching me profanity
1990 Silverado - bought in Nov. 2016 and it's already catching up - Sold
1987 k5 blazer - branded total loss claim - project TLC

Events attended:
Spring GOG 2011
Dale JR car show Summer 2012
Gathering at Tommys pickup parts
xs-style 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 07:45 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright 1997-2013 67-72chevytrucks.com