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Old 09-14-2017, 08:29 AM   #1
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New 81 Scottsdale, whats up with the interior?

Hi Guys,
I just bought a 1981 Scottsdale! I am really impressed with the condition, it has not been repainted or restored, the only rust I can find (even with it on the lift) is a spot the size of a dime in the bed. there is a bit of surface grunge on the roof but not structural! What is really baffling me is the interior, The dash pad is a beautiful light tan and the door panels are the same, I cannot find any reproductions the same color, the Saddle color offered is much darker than what the truck has! Any suggestions????
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Old 09-14-2017, 08:45 AM   #2
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nice truck...is it this color? I think there is a dark saddle as well
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yep...there is a dark saddle...
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Re: New 81 Scottsdale, whats up with the interior?

after looking through interior pics on this forum, here is what it looks like.....Like a really light tan or cream color!
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yep...there is a dark saddle...
That's much much darker!
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nice truck...is it this color? I think there is a dark saddle as well
That is also darker it almost matches the lower part of the two tone paint exactly
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does it still have the spid in the glove box? something looks odd about that dash..could it be a custom?
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I would think it should have shape more like this
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does it still have the spid in the glove box? something looks odd about that dash..could it be a custom?

Those are pics I found that represent the color. I don't think its custom, it is identical to my buddy's factory dash. The SPID is still there in perfect shape, ill take pics tonight!
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ohhhh. I didn't catch that pic wasn't your truck...what I'm talking about is the shape of the dash..look at the shape of it to the right of the instrument panel..your pic has a drastic slope to it... mine has more of a shelf to it..
may have to wait on Seymore to step in and clear the air...he'll probably know
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here is an actual pic I expanded!
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Re: New 81 Scottsdale, whats up with the interior?

When it comes to the Saddle, it comes in Light or Dark. Well I should clarify, the pad is lighter than the door panels.

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Re: New 81 Scottsdale, whats up with the interior?

Where can one find a light saddle dash pad, I have searched the big suppliers
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Re: New 81 Scottsdale, whats up with the interior?

Try Cheyenne Pickup Parts. Call them before you order and talk to Henry about color/shade.
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Where can one find a light saddle dash pad, I have searched the big suppliers
I believe there is a vendor on this site and USA1 has dash pads too. They have the dark. Let me see if I can find the vendor.
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Re: New 81 Scottsdale, whats up with the interior?

I am going to call him, even the light tan one in his pics is quite a bit darker!
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I am going to call him, even the light tan one in his pics is quite a bit darker!
let us know what you find out.
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Re: New 81 Scottsdale, whats up with the interior?

That almost looks like Buckskin or Parchment. Wonder if it was redone at some point? But the SPID would be of great help.
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Re: New 81 Scottsdale, whats up with the interior?

what would be the chance of it being painted at one time or other?
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Re: New 81 Scottsdale, whats up with the interior?

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ohhhh. I didn't catch that pic wasn't your truck...what I'm talking about is the shape of the dash..look at the shape of it to the right of the instrument panel..your pic has a drastic slope to it... mine has more of a shelf to it..
may have to wait on Seymore to step in and clear the air...he'll probably know
You are correct; the "sloped" version is '73-'80; the flat version is '81 and beyond.

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Re: New 81 Scottsdale, whats up with the interior?

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here is an actual pic I expanded!
This looks a little too smooth, which makes me also wonder if it has been painted (which would wash out the grain a bit).

To be honest I don't remember GM having a dash pad that light in color. We tend to design dash pads in the darker colors in an attempt to control how much they get reflected back onto the windshield. Take a white sheet of paper and lay it on the dash and you will see what I mean.

I say all this to say you might prefer the darker pad, even though it might not be technically "correct". I suspect I would.

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Re: New 81 Scottsdale, whats up with the interior?

I took a really close look at the dash , it doesn't look to be died or painted! Here are some better pics !
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Re: New 81 Scottsdale, whats up with the interior?

Yours isn't Saddle at all, it's Doeskin.
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Yes sir, but I cannot find a replacement doeskin dash anywhere ?
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