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Old 01-03-2015, 02:34 AM   #1
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My 86 build

I bought this truck about a year ago, early 2014. The exterior had already been done by the previous owner. The inside was clean, but I can't handle that Burgandy color in a red truck, so I've been working on some projects over the last year. So here's the dash project.
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Old 01-03-2015, 02:39 AM   #2
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After dismanteling the dash, I repainted the lower portion. The red on the ashtray & glovebox didn't match with the rest of the dash.
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Old 01-03-2015, 02:43 AM   #3
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Painted the dash pad Graphite Grey after removing the burgundy paint
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Old 01-03-2015, 02:53 AM   #4
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Installed a new radio & speakers, temp control, a clock-my truck didn't have one. So since I had an empty spot on the meter face, I added an original working clock i found on eBay. I also added led lights in the meter and more courtesy lights along with the BowTie door sills
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Old 01-03-2015, 02:58 AM   #5
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And the finished project. New Billet dash molding & emblem. New dash Bezel, I have the Billet overlay for the dash bezel, but I can't bring myself to cover the new bezel just yet.
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Old 01-03-2015, 04:44 AM   #6
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looks real good, are those the door sills from lmc?
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Old 01-03-2015, 12:11 PM   #7
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Yes the door sills are from LMC.
http://www.lmctruck.com/icatalog/cc/full.aspx?Page=73
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Old 01-03-2015, 11:17 PM   #8
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Looks great. What other plans do you have for it?
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Old 01-03-2015, 11:36 PM   #9
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I've already painted the doors panels and all the interior trim parts.
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Old 01-03-2015, 11:39 PM   #10
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Recovered the headliner & installed new carpet
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Old 01-03-2015, 11:40 PM   #11
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Here's the headliner pic
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Old 01-03-2015, 11:44 PM   #12
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To complete the interior, recover the bench seat & install the new seatbelts. When the finances are there, I would like to get a new steering column, steering wheel and replace all the column levers.
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Old 01-05-2015, 03:36 PM   #13
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Looking good. I like the color combo you have.
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Old 01-06-2015, 04:36 PM   #14
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Re: 86 Dash Project

You did an awesome job! What did you use for the lower dash?
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Old 01-06-2015, 04:42 PM   #15
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Why do you want a new column? Yours appears to be in decent shape, and is tilt.
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Old 01-06-2015, 04:47 PM   #16
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The inside was clean, but I can't handle that Burgandy color in a red truck,
LOL!

That's exactly the same thing the women at my house said. Looked fine to me...



Anyway, in deference to their opinion(s) I changed over to a black interior when I went back together. You can see the results in my build/intro thread below if you are interested.

Having given it further thought - it's even funnier since the red/burgandy '87 was a direct result of their complaints about my red/tan '86 Suburban. They called it the "Rotten Tomato".

I can't win...

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Old 03-20-2016, 01:39 AM   #17
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To complete the interior, recover the bench seat & install the new seatbelts. When the finances are there, I would like to get a new steering column, steering wheel and replace all the column levers.
I actually forgot about starting this thread and thought I'd better update some of the changes over the last year.

I opted out of the new steering column, but did install a new steering wheel & turn signal/wiper w/ cruise control stalk.
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Old 03-20-2016, 01:48 AM   #18
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Other interior changes:

New seatbelts because of the color change. Ran into a bit of a snag there. The PO had broke the weld nut off one of the belts and cut a hole in the floor to be able to put a nut on the bolt. I wondered why I was having such a hard time getting that bolt out, which I ended up breaking. So I had to do the same, I used the hole to install a nut the bolt for the new bolt. Patched up the hole.
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Old 03-20-2016, 02:01 AM   #19
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The seat went through a few stages. The truck came with a 90's seat. I had it re-upholstered, but the guy didn't do it right. He did the whole seat with the one material, so I wasn't happy with that. I then searched for a period correct seat, which I found at a local yard for $50 and had someone else re-upholster the seat like the original seats were for the time. This time I got all the material myself and had a pic in hand, so there would be no question on how it was to look.

I had some left over vinyl from the seat and sent it to CruisinCupholders, they made my console with my material. Perfect color match!!
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Old 03-20-2016, 02:15 AM   #20
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This one is a bit out of order. I did this back when I changed the carpet. I put FatMat down on the floor and re-used the tar mat that was installed at the factory. I followed that up new jute material before installing the new carpet.
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Then behind the seat, I got a new storage tray like the original trucks had.

http://www.usa1industries.com/1973-8...tool-tray.html

I put speaker carpet on it.

Since then, I have carpeted the metal speaker brackets and painted the grille covers. I'll have to get photos and post later.
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Nice work!
Do you mind sharing your radio and speaker set up?
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Old 03-20-2016, 11:26 AM   #23
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Nice work!
Do you mind sharing your radio and speaker set up?
My stereo is a Custom Autosound, got it from LMC. The only thing I didn't like about the stereo, was the cheap black plastic knobs. The original knobs on the old factory stereo would not fit on the shaft. so I found some later model chrome knobs that did fit. I like those a lot better. They are nice and heavy, and not the plastic.

I also did the A-pillar tweeters. The pillar garnishes come in black, so I dyed/painted to match my interior.
http://www.lmctruck.com/icatalog/cc/full.aspx?Page=85


The dash speakers are Kenwood, got them from Brother's.
http://www.brotherstrucks.com/85-87-...tinfo/UDDSA87/

The 6x9's in the rear cab were already there from the PO. They work & sound good, so I didn't replace them.
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Old 05-12-2016, 02:48 PM   #24
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Here is some exterior updates:

Had my vent windows restored by Precision.
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Old 05-12-2016, 02:57 PM   #25
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All my exterior trim was in great shape, but it needed a good cleaning. Used Brasso Polish, and it came out great.

The paint was peeling and faded on the corner trim, so I cleaned all the paint off and repainted the Bowties black.

I was able to find a NOS Chevrolet emblem for the tailgate trim. And to add a bit of a cool note ( at least to me ), my dad worked at GM for over 30 yrs. One of his jobs was stamping the tailgate trim. So I like to think that I actually have one on my truck that my dad made.
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