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Re: Tuner4life's 1985 Chevy G20 4 Speed Build Thread [Re: tuner4life] #748518
May 17th 2019 12:58 pm
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Still looking awesome, keep it coming man. Love it.

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Re: Tuner4life's 1985 Chevy G20 4 Speed Build Thread [Re: tuner4life] #748519
May 17th 2019 1:19 pm
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Originally Posted by tuner4life
I have to put it in reverse and slide the seat forward and back a few times, but it clears by less than an inch all around!

Seriously awesome, plus the fact the van is a manual trans, besides i doubt you'll be swinging while you're driving lol. Honestly one of the biggest reasons i'm super gun ho about restoring my pops old van was seeing pics of your van.

Re: Tuner4life's 1985 Chevy G20 4 Speed Build Thread [Re: tuner4life] #748522
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Thanks everyone!! I'm so happy to hear that this thing is motivating people to restore these old vans!


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Re: Tuner4life's 1985 Chevy G20 4 Speed Build Thread [Re: tuner4life] #748624
May 20th 2019 8:35 am
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Wiring is underway! My dad is an OCD electrical guru when it comes to this stuff. He doesn't seem to think there will be any issues getting everything wired up in the next week or so.. Here's a quick example of his work in the Overhead console:

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I also finished up the main electrical panel what will go on the left wall behind the driver's seat. This took longer than I would have liked, but I'm very happy with how it turned out. The back panel is 1" away from the sheet metal body so there won't be any dents or issues with that. The right side is an open cavity with a removable cover. In that area will be the fuse blocks and buss bars. This section of the panel is bumped out a few inches. The left side of the panel will be hidden behind the wall and the minibar will fit in that area so I had to make it shallow. Hope that makes sense. Inside of that will be wire paths and maybe a few small parts that won't need to be accessible often.. The cover for the fuse panel will be upholstered to match everything else.

There is also a small compartment on top of this that houses the light engine box for the fiber optic headliner. The depth of this whole panel was driven by the size of that part, and it fits perfectly!

Hopefully the pictures explain everything better than I did.. I'm exhausted lmao

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I also finished up several of the wiring pass-thrus in the floor and was able to get the bedliner sprayed all the way up to the front seat area. That part will come a little later. Raptor liner is good stuff. Looks great and easy to use.. However, I don't think it is super heavy duty. I'd be cautious using it in a truck bed that will get abused, but it works great for my floor which will be mostly covered.. I guess we'll see how well it holds up in this step well..

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Re: Tuner4life's 1985 Chevy G20 4 Speed Build Thread [Re: tuner4life] #748626
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Re: Tuner4life's 1985 Chevy G20 4 Speed Build Thread [Re: tuner4life] #748630
May 20th 2019 9:52 am
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Looks amazing, wiring is such tedious work amazing that it looks so neat with that many wires, props to your dad and props van is coming along great.

Re: Tuner4life's 1985 Chevy G20 4 Speed Build Thread [Re: tuner4life] #748673
May 21st 2019 8:39 am
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I have some of the best friends in the world. A group came last night and helped with a variety of odds and ends mostly little things that will eventually be hidden later on.. Got wiring ran from the main electrical panel up to the front for the underglow, fan override switch, and others. Also got the wiring on the right side pulled through the floor and safely inside.

Painted all the plastic trims for the Toyota front seats:

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Got the jack storage finalized in the left rear corner. I need to find a place for the lug wrench, but I may just clip that to the side.. We'll see;

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We got the buss bar panel made which is located on the right side in front of the rear wheel well. These will be redundant buss bars from the left side to run switched accessories and whatnot. There is also a large power stud for the deep cycle batteries to connect to.

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Lastly, I made mounts for the rear speaker pods. These are marine pods like would go on a ski boat. The brackets will be mostly hidden behind the wall panels once they are installed so they didn't have to be pretty. Just solid.

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I will probably be inside tonight helping to fit the new skins to the front seats. They are turning out great so far!


Lots more to come soon! This is entered in a show that we will be leaving for on 5/30 so hopefully we can get everything done.


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Re: Tuner4life's 1985 Chevy G20 4 Speed Build Thread [Re: tuner4life] #748724
May 22nd 2019 8:44 am
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Last night we did a bit more of the wiring and got the final section of the floor bedlined. Happy to be done with that step. Now we can pattern and cut the floor covering.

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Re: Tuner4life's 1985 Chevy G20 4 Speed Build Thread [Re: tuner4life] #748725
May 22nd 2019 8:49 am
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Also, I found this cool little trick I am so excited about!

I wanted to find a way to leave the barn doors open if we are at a show or something, but not have the dome lights run the battery down. I happened to have a spare door jamb switch from a Saab 9000 laying around the shop, and I remembered that these switches have a cool feature. If you push the pin in 3/4 of the way in and twist it to the right, it will stay put and the dome lights will be off, it will self-reset the next time the door is closed. I was hoping that the measurements would be close enough to work for my application in the van, and sure enough it does! And fits amazingly well!

All you need to do to make this fit is drill the existing hole at the top of the right B-pillar out to 9/16, and add a small hole underneath for the mounting screw. It fits well and almost looks factory. I figured I might need a shim or something on the door to reach the switch, but it reaches exactly the correct length already. No shims or spacers needed. I love it when a plan comes together!


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Re: Tuner4life's 1985 Chevy G20 4 Speed Build Thread [Re: tuner4life] #748729
May 22nd 2019 10:04 am
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awesome thats a nifty little feature for a door jamb switch. Curious not sure if theres a major difference in wiring, but mine has switch on the dash to the right of the steering column to shut off the interior lights. I assume you're van isnt equipped with it, regardless this is a much easier way than having to remember to turn a switch on and off all the time.

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