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Re: Tuner4life's 1985 Chevy G20 4 Speed Build Thread
SDMickey #790176 April 05th 2022 3:13 pm
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Originally Posted by SDMickey
Ditto the thought. I'm upgrading the powertrain and most likely the suspension on my 1974 G10 currently ( $$$$$ I don't have ) . It'll be awhile before I can tackle body and paint and interior. When I get ready to tackle the interior I'd like to pick your brain. Your build is a motivation to us all. I wish I had your skills .Fellow Bow Tie Guy chevy

Thank you so much! Of course! Feel free to reach out anytime. That's why I make these posts to share ideas and brainstorm. I'm always down.


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Re: Tuner4life's 1985 Chevy G20 4 Speed Build Thread
shaggy #790177 April 05th 2022 3:24 pm
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Very thorough and professional work there. I am going to be doing a similar electrical set up with batteries on my van except with 240V outlets (I'm in Ireland). If you did a wiring diagram for yours as I suspect you did judging by your sano work, would you mind PMing it to me or posting it here? Cheers Bro.

Thank you! I don't actually have a written wiring diagram for much of this. The wires are all color coded and each color controls a different thing. The battery selector switch and wiring for the batteries is a very standard setup and those instructions can be found all over google. The 110v wall power outlets are simple really. The extension cord plugs into the side of the van, and powers a power strip. The battery chargers plug into that as well as the other outlets scattered around the interior. Those are simply countertop mounted outlet extensions off Amazon and those plug into the power strips as well.

There are a handful of other little tips and tricks that I learned from my dad that I may dive into further, but we did really try to keep everything as simple and modular as possible considering what all is there.

If there is anything specific, I can certainly get you more info.


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Re: Tuner4life's 1985 Chevy G20 4 Speed Build Thread
tuner4life #790215 April 06th 2022 5:42 pm
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Your entire van is Primo. I would love to know how you did your ceiling. It looks like the stars in the night sky. I would love to do the same thing in my 74' Shorty. Do they blink off & on ? chevy

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SDMickey #790246 April 07th 2022 3:56 pm
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Originally Posted by SDMickey
Your entire van is Primo. I would love to know how you did your ceiling. It looks like the stars in the night sky. I would love to do the same thing in my 74' Shorty. Do they blink off & on ? chevy


Thank you!

The ceiling uses a fiber optic kit that I sourced through Amazon. It can twinkle or remain consistent, and it can change through the entire range of RGB colors. It's pretty versatile. For the sake of keeping them look the most like real stars, I leave them white and slowly twinkling when displayed.

Here is the link to the kit that I used:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B016XZHQMA/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I ended up using some fiberglass paneling that I friend helped source for the headliner board, if I would have been thinking, I probably should have just used a factory headliner from a junkyard passenger van or similar, but live and learn I guess.. I covered the board in some faux suede headliner material and that's the end of the easy part..

I then drew a grid on the backside of the board and drew out the 800 dots where the strands would poke through. I drew the grid in order to keep the spread fairly even across the entire ceiling. my grid was about 12"x12" squares and then just make sure that each one has similar number of dots.. Anyways, after that, the process is just to drill a tiny hole and hot glue each strand into the board. After a week or so of working on that, you have a bunch of spaghetti across the too of the headliner that you will need to secure down (I used duct tape). And the bundle should collect at whatever point it needs to in order to go down the wall to the light driver box..

Once the headliner is installed, then you can trim all the strands up flush with the heardliner material..

Here are a few pics of my process, but there are several good videos of youtube showing other people doing it as well.

The panel with suede on it:

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Here is part way through the process of routing and installing the strands:

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And here is the finished ordeal installed before I trimmed up the strands: You can also see the bundle of strands going down to the light driver box just behind the driver's seat.

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Hope this helps! It's a giant pain, but I think the results were well worth it.


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Re: Tuner4life's 1985 Chevy G20 4 Speed Build Thread
tuner4life #790253 April 07th 2022 7:02 pm
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Thank you. Awesome job my friend chevy

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SDMickey #790479 April 18th 2022 8:34 am
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Looking fantastic Jason! We need to get together soon, mine is still in storage.


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Hey Guys, I just joined the site, I’m from just north of Boston MA, and I’ve got a 1984 Chevy G20 DIESEL 6.2L V8
(119k miles) I’m only 18 and know pretty much just the fundamentals when it comes to cars—my older brother is a skilled mechanic, so he’s taught me what I NEED to know, he usually covers the rest. However, given that the van is twice as old as he is, certain specific things are out of his ballpark even though these old chevys are pretty damn straightforward… but I can’t say nothin since it took me a whole day to figure out how to take off these damn interior door handles!! Haha.

I’ll be a decently active member, and if anyone has some questions, always shoot!

Re: Tuner4life's 1985 Chevy G20 4 Speed Build Thread
Bikertrash00 #790482 April 18th 2022 1:05 pm
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Originally Posted by Bikertrash00
Looking fantastic Jason! We need to get together soon, mine is still in storage.


Thanks man! We definitely need to hang out again soon. Sorry, I've just been hibernating and waiting for eternal winter to be over. I'll get a hold of you soon! cheers


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tuner4life #790483 April 18th 2022 1:12 pm
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Y'all could meet at Bluegrass....Osgood IN, on the 29th.....

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