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1976 GMC Motorhome
« on: Mar 16, 2016, 18:21:38 »
In case anyone is interested in this I don't see the harm in throwing up a build thread here.

It's been going for about 6 months so it will just be old updates for now until I catch up.

We'll start from the beginning.

The GMC motorhome is the only motorhome ever manufactured by a major car company.
In the 70's it was the creme of the crop, 455 cubic inch beast of a motor from a Toronado, independent adjustable rear air suspension, luxury interiors, the whole package. Beast mode.

Fast forward about 40 years and now they are mostly dilapidated or kept running by a very devoted and passionate group of (old) folks.
I have yet to see any one besides mine that has the kind of attention to detail and modern design that I am going for.

As I brought her home:
4500 bucks, in decent shape other than the paint.


The original plan was to gut the interior and do her up nicely. That all changed, but we will start there anyway.
Did a sketchup of the basic design.


First thing I did was focus on the dash. I wanted to keep the retro feel to it but make it modern to fit the new interior.
So we recovered the old crazy 70's green pleather stuff with marine vinyl:


Also painted the funky green plastic with a white epoxy paint:


Then added some walnut accents to the dash vents:



From there I decided to really step the dash up and made a completely new dash panel from walnut and inlaid a tablet in it. The tablet is connected to a wideband 02 sensor for AFR, a vacuum gauge, a transmission and oil temp gauge, as well as controlling all the stereo stuff and gps etc.
Mockup:

And finished product:


Offline VonYinzer

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Re: 1976 GMC Motorhome
« Reply #1 on: Mar 16, 2016, 18:27:09 »
Yessir...
Like a river that don't know where it's flowin'
I took a wrong turn and just kept goin'

Offline stroker crazy

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Re: 1976 GMC Motorhome
« Reply #2 on: Mar 17, 2016, 02:32:30 »
Mmmmm …

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Offline andycafe

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Re: 1976 GMC Motorhome
« Reply #3 on: Mar 17, 2016, 04:09:09 »
Yes please  :D I'll sign up for this show  :)

Offline hillsy

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Re: 1976 GMC Motorhome
« Reply #4 on: Mar 17, 2016, 04:41:14 »
It would be cool if you painted it like this....



Offline Brodie

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Re: 1976 GMC Motorhome
« Reply #5 on: Mar 17, 2016, 06:25:06 »
Yep. I am on board for this one.
I'm not sure, but don't ask Brodie.

Way to many build and half done projects to list here.
Sr250, Gs750, Z50A, XV1100, A10, Z160A.

Offline andycafe

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Re: 1976 GMC Motorhome
« Reply #6 on: Mar 17, 2016, 07:35:38 »
I knew there would be one  ;D



Offline B541Niner

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Re: 1976 GMC Motorhome
« Reply #8 on: Mar 17, 2016, 08:10:45 »
Following along. Proud owner of a "creepy white van".
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Offline DesmoDog

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Re: 1976 GMC Motorhome
« Reply #9 on: Mar 17, 2016, 09:08:52 »
My dad was impressed by these back in the day, if only I had a place to store something this big...