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Title: 1984 GMC C1500 Stepside "pinky"
Post by: VileZambonie on April 22, 2016, 02:04:17 PM
I figured I'd show pinky some love and gave her a heart transplant.

1984 GMC C1500
(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXcUdRbng3Q0ZPZmc)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXbFhjNEJqNm5QR3M)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXMHowWGs4UDF0aTA)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXaEZ4QTlDOVV6UGs)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXejJUaGotWW5jSFE)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXbzV5MjRmeHUxaFU)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXdTBGMjQyc0twaDg)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXQXQ5aHlranRIQVk)



Title: Re: 1984 GMC C1500 Stepside "pinky"
Post by: Captain Swampy on April 22, 2016, 02:44:24 PM
Looks like a lot of fun! Sure must turn heads. It has a nice clean look.
Title: Re: 1984 GMC C1500 Stepside "pinky"
Post by: LTZ C20 on April 22, 2016, 03:28:06 PM
I like how there's no front bumper, it's shaved into the fenders and lower grille area.
Title: Re: 1984 GMC C1500 Stepside "pinky"
Post by: bd on April 22, 2016, 04:03:48 PM
I still think that is one sharp looking truck!  Masterful workmanship!  When did you get the original concept and begin the build?

I wonder how the bed would look in rosewood?
Title: Re: 1984 GMC C1500 Stepside "pinky"
Post by: VileZambonie on April 22, 2016, 05:52:57 PM
I'm sure I'll change the bed floor when I redo this truck but for now I am happy it's back together, burns serious rubber and is fun to drive. I'm back on the orange truck now and intend to get that completed before I am back on the 74. When I bought this truck it was already pink and the story I got was the guy who had it painted pink did missionary work and aids research so he probably wanted to use this to support cancer awareness but unfortunately he passed on. I tried to talk to the people he worked with but they knew little about the truck. I am glad that it has been able to carry the torch for him, we used it for breast cancer awareness and for parades a few times too. I intended to paint it like an ez-cheez orangy-yellow color but other projects prevail and I live with 3 girls so.....pink stays for now :)
Title: Re: 1984 GMC C1500 Stepside "pinky"
Post by: VileZambonie on April 22, 2016, 06:08:35 PM
Engine specs: 14093638 casting 4 bolt roller block, .030" flat tops, 1258062 Vortec heads, 3 angle seat, back cut valves & guides cut down for .530" lift, cam .495"/.515" lift, PP air gap intake, Edelbrock carb, shorty headers, dual exhaust, flowmasters.
Title: Re: 1984 GMC C1500 Stepside "pinky"
Post by: fitz on April 22, 2016, 08:12:29 PM
Great looking truck & motor.
It's always interesting to see your projects come together.
You have put together an impressive collection.
My personal favorite is the blue truck with the aluminum slots.
The orange truck is coming along nicely.
The 74, well, that truck is out of my league ( it's probably worth more than my house).
Can't wait to see your plans for the 75 Blazer.
Keep us posted on all of your rides.
Title: Re: 1984 GMC C1500 Stepside "pinky"
Post by: VileZambonie on April 22, 2016, 08:15:06 PM
Fitz, thank you. I am very much looking forward to building the Blazer but I have to wait until the 74 is completed for sure. I want to enjoy it before I'm dust LOL
Title: Re: 1984 GMC C1500 Stepside "pinky"
Post by: blazer74 on April 22, 2016, 10:54:28 PM
Super Sharp Head Snapper!
Title: Re: 1984 GMC C1500 Stepside "pinky"
Post by: VileZambonie on May 02, 2016, 03:54:17 PM
I put together a set of Intellitronix gauges for this truck. I have to say the Dakota Digital gauges are easier to install and more plug n play as I like the set I have in my 74 but these work for this truck. Since this was my first time trying these out these are not detailed instructions. I will do another detailed video/instructions in the near future. I will also edit this post a few times to update pics.

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXOW5jbzlvN1FIQTA)

The factory cluster needs to be gutted. You need to cut down the 4 holes where the idiot lights are below the surface of the housing to allow for the board to fit correctly. There is less cutting involved in a factory gauge cluster. Retain the printed circuit and remove all bulbs except for the signal bulbs if you want to retain the factory signals as well.

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXcmJxSWp0OWFUMGc)

Make a few relief cuts in the housing to clear the solder joints. You will also want to cover these solder joints with electrical tape after the board is secured to prevent them from shorting on the metal bezel.

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXY1pQYUxhM08yRWc)

Run heat shrink over the wires on the boards for protection.

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXX1FWUUNSUEt5eEk)

Once you have them in place, test fit them to the bezel. I had to drill an auxiliary hole in the board to properly align the voltage gauge as it sat up too high.

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXMUZVVHlUNVEwc1k)

Once the boards are properly secured, run electrical tape over the exposed solder joints to protect them from contacting the metal bezel. Attach the metal bezel and clean the acrylic lenses. I secured them using a hot glue gun.

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXdENjVnJ2NDhPTEU)

Run the wires for the VSS, oil pressure and tach. You can use the factory wiring for the temp sender and note you will need a 1/8" pipe Tee to maintain the oil pressure switch for your choke. You may also need a 3/8"-1/8" bushing for the temp sender.

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXNERKSVBselRoUXc)

Solder, heat shrink all of your connections. I used 3 connectors to allow the gauge cluster to be removed and installed very easily. I robbed these off of a GM clunker, there are 14 pins altogether.

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXU05OejFad3g3WTQ)

The fuel sender is not connected in this but everything does work. I mounted the button next to the radio bezel but forgot to snap a pic. Will get one later.

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXTl8xSWFISkVaYzg)

Here is the straight on view through the steering wheel.

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0B8yVwIOnwzXXaTVHM1RBUVRaUkU)


Title: Re: 1984 GMC C1500 Stepside "pinky"
Post by: VileZambonie on May 02, 2016, 08:48:21 PM
Quick video

https://youtu.be/_j7smqC7ZLs
Title: Re: 1984 GMC C1500 Stepside "pinky"
Post by: Dan75k20 on May 03, 2016, 02:24:22 PM
Vile nice truck

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Title: Re: 1984 GMC C1500 Stepside "pinky"
Post by: Stewart G Griffin on June 11, 2016, 02:07:40 PM
That's very interesting, but can you change colors?
Title: Re: 1984 GMC C1500 Stepside "pinky"
Post by: SUX2BU99 on October 02, 2016, 08:43:19 PM
Sharp looking motor. So clean. What brand of headers?

I haven't been year in quite a while but nice to see you still have this. Sharp truck.
Title: Re: 1984 GMC C1500 Stepside "pinky"
Post by: 79 Royal Sierra on October 16, 2016, 03:09:33 PM
Beautiful truck and wheels, along with a very well built 350. Good luck on your other builds, and keep up the good work. God Bless
Title: Re: 1984 GMC C1500 Stepside "pinky"
Post by: VileZambonie on July 26, 2017, 08:53:53 PM
That's very interesting, but can you change colors?

Negative but they offer them in other colors
Title: Re: 1984 GMC C1500 Stepside "pinky"
Post by: VileZambonie on May 24, 2020, 07:52:03 AM
Haven't updated this in a long time so I'm sure I'm forgetting many things. I put exterior door handles and locks back on. Never cared for the shaved doors and poppers. Put a factory set of black seatbelts in and got rid of the grey Monte Carlo belts someone put in there. I added a NSS since it would start in any gear and someone just twisted the wires together with a wire nut. Added backup lights and a reverse light switch. I changed out the single headlights to dual headlights and while I was at it put LED's in. Not a huge fan of the single 6054 lamp look. The exhaust was butchered and had ugly wide mouth chrome tips. The passenger side was run under the crossmember so I fixed all of that mess and redid the exhaust over the crossmember with new tips. I added a vapor canister since someone removed that as well and just left the hose hanging there. Of course someone also removed the AC because well ya know that robs horsepower ::) Anyway so I put AC back in it. I decided not to use any of the original stuff that was still there. Glad I did because the Evaporator had a hole in it and was jam packed with a mouse nest. I went with a sanden 508 compressor and made my own hoses, new liquid line, accumulator, pressure switch, evaporator, orifice tube, condenser and compressor. I still have some other things to do to it but I wanted to go through the whole truck and get all the things "undone" from prior molesters.

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=1jFeSR33KU1Srel4khbxgHNrhkIXpLJC8)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=1S6J0ew0Ef_ns_kblgYyjHF-NRDrkmewN)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=12Iu80xU9Oumn8w4Rx1-lyLHxquMHjD0X)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=1KWgCMxz8sJnUCzW1wBKtOqOcmbcwXhiW)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=1jV2COluOUhHXVqkr1v0lDw5Fi-pJ3BLQ)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=1cGMrkaAgchIDyjLEwn_q34arE1SnOIZt)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=1ARiPQ1wmyFvj3d3tAzrKV_PPewjKE1r_)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=1FG9EVIUh-LXy-OQ_Xuzf30XXTIEFuve1)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=1fDoEJGTUMc-w1e6f78_YN-Cws9JOd2lV)
(https://drive.google.com/open?id=1jFeSR33KU1Srel4khbxgHNrhkIXpLJC8)
Title: Re: 1984 GMC C1500 Stepside "pinky"
Post by: Mike81K10 on May 24, 2020, 03:18:51 PM
Nice ride and I like the way those gauges turned out.
Title: Re: 1984 GMC C1500 Stepside "pinky"
Post by: VileZambonie on January 01, 2021, 06:54:04 PM
I haven't been good about updating my own stuff I've been so busy. Pinky got some love again along with a posi, rebuilt the carburetor and fine tuned the timing. I took her out after the rain washed away the salt and broke in the posi :)

Title: Re: 1984 GMC C1500 Stepside "pinky"
Post by: frotosride on January 02, 2021, 03:50:16 PM
I really like Pinky! Posi is always nice!!

Was wondering how you like those Intellitronix gauges now that they have been in there for several years.
Title: Re: 1984 GMC C1500 Stepside "pinky"
Post by: VileZambonie on January 02, 2021, 06:09:44 PM
They are the last set I'll buy. Dakota Digital makes quality stuff, so I'll stick with them.
Title: Re: 1984 GMC C1500 Stepside "pinky"
Post by: frotosride on January 03, 2021, 01:10:41 PM
Loud and clear...