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Re: Tuner4life's 1985 Chevy G20 4 Speed Build Thread [Re: tuner4life] #756954
February 17th 2020 11:47 am
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Now that's a retro idea ! Looks great.


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Re: Tuner4life's 1985 Chevy G20 4 Speed Build Thread [Re: tuner4life] #756981
February 18th 2020 1:04 pm
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Alright, here's the quick little overview of wrapping parts like I do.

What you need:

-Upholstery vinyl material (Automotive or marine grade, at minimum 2 way stretch, 4 way is better) What I am using here is 2 way stretch Marine grade Spradling "whisper Ebony"
-Weldwood Landau Top Adhesive (We get it by the gallon)
-Brushes for glue. We use foam ones because they are cheap (you will ruin a couple on each part you complete), Regular bristle brushes may work a little better
-Red Scotch brite
-Wax/grease remover
-Paper Towels
-Exacto or sharp utility knife
-Good scissors
-Heat gun


The first step is to prep the part by sanding (I use a red scotch-brite), and then wipe down with wax and grease remover. Remember to do a couple inches on the backside too so the vinyl will stick.

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Then you want to cut a piece of material that is plenty oversized to cover your part. Be generous, the worst thing is coming up short after you have completed most of the panel

Start with simple shaped parts, the more you do, the more you will learn how the vinyl stretches and conforms. There are a ton of little methods and procedures that I can't really explain, you just have to practice.

First thing I do is find a flat area in the center of the part. This will be your initial attachment point for the vinyl.. Then apply glue to the material in that initial spot, as well as to the part where the material will attach. The glue is a contact adhesive, so let both parts dry for 10 minutes until they are dry/tacky to the touch, if any comes off on your hand, they aren't ready yet. Once the glue has set, attach the parts together. Be careful because once they touch, you don't really get another shot..

If you don't wait for the glue to dry, the parts won't bond together at all.


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Once you get the material initially attached, just work your way to the edges.. I kind of forgot to keep taking pictures at this point, but basically just keep gluing sections and work towards the edges.. Attend to any wrinkles as they happen, stretch the material out and use the heat gun as necessary to help the material conform to odd curves.

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After the entire face is attached, you will need to trim around the edge. I usually leave 1.5" of extra material to wrap over, but it depends on the part. You will also need to trim corners and make relief cuts as needed so that the material will wrap over to the back side without puckers or wrinkles. Of course I don't have a good picture of this procedure, but here is what the back may look like when you are done:

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There are a bunch of good videos on Youtube showing the actual process better than I can explain it. This one is especially good.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IaSm3zoWrAo


And here are the parts finished and together! I just need to finish the smoked covers.

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Re: Tuner4life's 1985 Chevy G20 4 Speed Build Thread [Re: tuner4life] #756983
February 18th 2020 1:20 pm
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I also received my 12 volt fridge yesterday and I'm way more excited about it than I should be.. It is a Ausranvik brand from Amazon. I chose it mostly because of the dimensions and the good reviews, but it also has some cool features.

Most of all, the best part is that it works like an actual fridge instead of a typical 12 volt power cooler. Meaning that it will run a compressor until it reaches the desired temp, then it shuts off and isn't a huge constant battery drain. This design also allows precise temp control and it will actually get down to temps well below freezing. I tested it in the house on max power setting (in the van it will be on "eco" mode instead), but it brought the internal temp to 5 deg F in about 30 minutes. I was impressed.

It also has a battery saver mode where you can set what the lowest voltage you want the battery to get to, and it will shut off the fridge if the voltage gets too low to save the battery.

Anyways, I'll talk about it more as I'm installing and using it, but I'm very happy with it so far!

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Re: Tuner4life's 1985 Chevy G20 4 Speed Build Thread [Re: tuner4life] #756985
February 18th 2020 1:32 pm
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Well dang! I thought that was paint, but you're doing it way nicer! I too watched that same guy wrap a dash in leather, I love his work! I found lots of higher level trim pieces recently for my van that I'm going to be doing the same thing. Thanks for sharing!


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Re: Tuner4life's 1985 Chevy G20 4 Speed Build Thread [Re: tuner4life] #756999
February 18th 2020 6:16 pm
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Coming along really nice. I pulled two 1970's wall sconces out of a bathroom we're remodeling in the house we are working on. Thought about using some simulated LED candles in those in the Queen Anne's Revenge. Looking killer as always man.


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Re: Tuner4life's 1985 Chevy G20 4 Speed Build Thread [Re: tuner4life] #757002
February 18th 2020 7:18 pm
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Nice work your doing!


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Re: Tuner4life's 1985 Chevy G20 4 Speed Build Thread [Re: tuner4life] #757035
February 19th 2020 11:03 pm
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Jason. Greetings from Maryland! Last time I've been through Indiana was back in '83 on a trip to Nebraska with my folks in our then-new G20 conversion van. My God, it's beautiful country out there in the heartland!
Anyway; It's taken about a week to read your build thread from the beginning, but well worth the patience juggling between work and policing my turbocharged 4 year old twin boys and 5.5 year old boy! Whew!

Anywho.. Bud, your build on your van has left me without words. OK, here goes. I'll start by saying you're incredibly talented as many people have stated. More so than you probably know yourself. You have the potential to build a business and make a hell of a lot of money as a result. You have a vision and do whatever it takes to make it happen without second guessing yourself. Your incredibly blessed to have a Mrs. that not only supports your passion but shares it with you, and a hell of a group of friends! As corny as it sounds your van... is a very lucky van indeed to have stewards like you that will ensure it will be around a VERY long time.

Re: Tuner4life's 1985 Chevy G20 4 Speed Build Thread [Re: tuner4life] #757044
February 20th 2020 9:18 am
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Thank you all!

And thank you GVANFAM! I'm glad you enjoyed the read! I do this mostly to document things for myself so I can look back on what I did later (think the binders of pics that some old timers display at car shows), but this is so much more fun because I can engage and interact with everyone during the process! Unfortunately due to social media, there are fewer and fewer good build threads out there and it's a shame really..

I completely understand trying to juggle family and everything else, We have a 4yo and a 2yo as well and they definitely make things... Lets say "interesting" trying to get these builds accomplished lol.

We thank you so much for the heartfelt compliments! (Wife reads this too despite not having an account) I am truly blessed to have such a supportive spouse and close circle of friends. I couldn't do nearly as much of the stuff I do without all of them. As for making a business out of it, the work my wife has done on the van has encouraged her to launch her own upholstery business. She has done a few projects already and has more on the schedule. I couldn't be more proud of her! As for the van, the goal is to build it to last as long as possible. It will definitely get used hard but we're in it for the long haul. We're just enjoying the ride along the way.

cheers


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Re: Tuner4life's Big Ballin, Racecar Haulin, 4 Speed Manual G20 [Re: tuner4life] #757060
February 20th 2020 6:15 pm
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WOW what a difference from then to now ….
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Re: Tuner4life's 1985 Chevy G20 4 Speed Build Thread [Re: tuner4life] #757067
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You're quite welcome! That's great news on the upholstery entrepreneur! If you don't mind...I'll keep you two in mind when I need upholstery work done. Haha It wouldn't bother me sending it out. Also, (second to FAST355 aka "1983G20") I also know a good bit about "LE9" 305's.. As well as 305's in general. I thought I saw you mention it in a post from long ago, but didn't want to go resurrecting an old thread.
There's actually a great deal of potential sitting there under that doghouse without tearing into it very far. What you have is not the standard pedestrian 305 at all. In fact, I have a low mileage "LE9" I'm sitting on for my next project. I understand you have your heart set on an LS swap.. However, if you want to go there feel free to P.M. Oh, there's one thing I've been wondering. How have your poly bushings been working out for you in your rig? It's been a while, what's your take on them? Rough-squeeky- good or bad? Those G vans put bushings to the test!

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