Author Topic: what is the bonanza package?  (Read 8902 times)

Offline 79chevykid

  • Newbie
  • Posts: 67
what is the bonanza package?
« on: May 01, 2011, 03:50:14 PM »
so i was at carlisle, PA swap meet this weekend and got a bunch of parts, one of which is a dash pad that has wood grain and says "bonanza" never really heard of this befor and was wondering what it was also the hole for the vin tag isnt there? other than that i got 2 brand new rockers, set of inner fenders, original pass. side fender, a door skin, 2 grills, 4 gauge clusters one has the clock and one has a tach so i think i can make a pretty sick cluster for my truck ;) also a sweet wood grain dash bezel and the valence like piece under the grill. only spent $200 on parts all weekend


« Last Edit: May 01, 2011, 07:52:44 PM by 79chevykid »
1979 short box chevy custom deluxe (project)

Offline bake74

  • Site Supporters
  • Senior Member
  • ******
  • Posts: 5529
    • Build Thread
Re: what is the bonanza package?
« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2011, 04:58:29 PM »
     Look through this thread, it will explain the differences in years and models.
http://www.gmheritagecenter.com/gm-heritage-archive/vehicle-information-kits.html
#1: The easiest and most obvious solution to any problem is 99% of the time correct.
#2: There is no such thing as impossible, it just takes longer.
  74 k10, 77k10    Tom

Offline 79 chevy

  • Newbie
  • Posts: 48
Re: what is the bonanza package?
« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2011, 08:11:28 PM »
i like that dash it is in really nice shape!! i have a 79 bonanza but i  dont really know the difference.
79 Chevy 4x4
Stock for now:)

Offline Grim 82

  • Senior Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 1651
Re: what is the bonanza package?
« Reply #3 on: May 01, 2011, 08:19:10 PM »
That's a pretty good parts score. As far as the hole for the vin not being in the dashpad, some of the older trucks had the vin plate in the door jamb.
Give a man a gun, and he might rob a bank. Give a man a bank, and he might rob the world.

Offline bake74

  • Site Supporters
  • Senior Member
  • ******
  • Posts: 5529
    • Build Thread
Re: what is the bonanza package?
« Reply #4 on: May 01, 2011, 08:25:46 PM »
     1981 was the first year with the Vin # in the dash, 1980 and previous was all in drivers door jam.
#1: The easiest and most obvious solution to any problem is 99% of the time correct.
#2: There is no such thing as impossible, it just takes longer.
  74 k10, 77k10    Tom

Offline VileZambonie

  • Global Moderator
  • Senior Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 14002
Re: what is the bonanza package?
« Reply #5 on: May 01, 2011, 08:45:29 PM »
Don't quote me on this but I believe the Bonanza was a sales promotion badging they did which included "free" extra options. Maybe they used up extra parts at no extra charge but I've never heard of a good reason for the bonanza.
,                           ___ 
                         /  _ _ _\_
              ⌠ŻŻŻŻŻ'   [☼===☼]
              `()_);-;()_)--o--)_)

1974 GMC

Offline 79chevykid

  • Newbie
  • Posts: 67
Re: what is the bonanza package?
« Reply #6 on: May 01, 2011, 09:01:15 PM »
its weird that you say about it being in the door jam, i was arguing with my uncle about where it was cause he was saying it was on the jam on the 79 and 80 trucks but on my original 79 cab its on the dash. on my old dash pad off my truck had no hole so it covered the vin?? i have read alittle about the bonanza being a sales promotion thing.
1979 short box chevy custom deluxe (project)

Offline Cheyenne

  • Registered Users
  • *
  • Posts: 200
Re: what is the bonanza package?
« Reply #7 on: May 02, 2011, 01:03:38 AM »
I have a 1980 and the vin is in the dash I thought it be in the door etc it's right there on the dash..

Nice parts for 200

Offline beastie_3

  • Senior Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 3171
  • Josh
    • My truck pics
Re: what is the bonanza package?
« Reply #8 on: May 02, 2011, 01:29:50 AM »
around 78 they started putting VINs in the dash

Offline 79 chevy

  • Newbie
  • Posts: 48
Re: what is the bonanza package?
« Reply #9 on: May 02, 2011, 02:59:43 PM »
ya my 79 has the vin in the dash
79 Chevy 4x4
Stock for now:)

Offline Cheyenne

  • Registered Users
  • *
  • Posts: 200
Re: what is the bonanza package?
« Reply #10 on: May 02, 2011, 06:33:16 PM »
I had 79 and a 77 ford f150s before they were in the door indiana you have to pay 5 dollars to verify the vin if it's not in dash. So luckily chevy put it in the dash on my 80 the bmv had no fee. I'm from Chicago they never check vins there it's weird here lake county ind by Chicago is strict car emissions 76 and up..


I've heard of Cheyenne silverado Scottsdale etc no bonazana package

Offline 79 chevy

  • Newbie
  • Posts: 48
Re: what is the bonanza package?
« Reply #11 on: May 02, 2011, 07:03:52 PM »
im not real sure but i heard it was just a different trim package.
79 Chevy 4x4
Stock for now:)

Offline 78 Chevyrado

  • Z62 ON-ROAD
  • Site Supporters
  • Senior Member
  • ******
  • Posts: 2451
    • My Photobucket Site
Re: what is the bonanza package?
« Reply #12 on: May 02, 2011, 08:19:35 PM »
My 78 has the VIN in the door frame.
Kenny

1978 C-20, 350/400, 3.73, Graystone Metallic, Raceline Renegade 8 Wheels - 18x8.5, 275/70R18 BFG KO's

Offline Cheyenne

  • Registered Users
  • *
  • Posts: 200
Re: what is the bonanza package?
« Reply #13 on: May 03, 2011, 12:07:14 AM »
So it's a package like silverado etc?

Offline bake74

  • Site Supporters
  • Senior Member
  • ******
  • Posts: 5529
    • Build Thread
Re: what is the bonanza package?
« Reply #14 on: May 03, 2011, 09:58:10 AM »
     If memory seves me right, some where in the 78'ish year they came out with a Bonanza was a package that they offered for a couple of years.   
#1: The easiest and most obvious solution to any problem is 99% of the time correct.
#2: There is no such thing as impossible, it just takes longer.
  74 k10, 77k10    Tom

 


Facebook Comments