Discussion in '4wd Suburban, Blazer and Jimmy' started by oldretiredafguy, Apr 24, 2020.
One owner '88 GMC back on the road progress.
Looks good and very original.
My 82 came with an external tire carrier. Still debating but will probably move to the inside.
What are your plans, roadworthy or restoration?
Wow, this thing looks like it just came back from the 90s. Running boards look good on Burbs and Crew Cabs IMO, but they look not so great on standard trucks, and they look horrible on your two door MPVs. The good deflector’s an interesting appendage.
This one’s got a lot of potential, I can already see that. Best of luck!
Won't be a frame off restoration, but will be a complete re-do of the mechanical portion, paint and windshield. all new weather stripping, and interior refurb. Since I bought it new, there has never been any accident damage. The vehicle has lived in the high desert of S. Calif and then Texas for its entire life, so there is zero rust (except for the typical frame and axle "rust").
The tire carrier was added when the truck was a week old, mainly to increase interior luggage room for a family of 4 plus my flying gear. It was pretty full on the trip from San Antonio, TX to Victorville, CA in 1988. I still have the interior tire holder that I took off, but I've grown partial to the outside one after 32 years.
The truck is bone stock, except for 4 items: 1. The headlight screens (I just happened to like them in 1988). 2. Two oak magazine racks I mounted on the rear seat kick panels so the kids had their "Own" personal storage space. 3. The outside tire carrier (Discussed in the post above). 4. DeeZee lighted bright tread diamond running boards. These are necessary for me, as my legs are so short they barely reach the ground. My father was even shorter than I am at only 5'5" (He fit very well in the cockpits of WW2 fighters: P-38's, P-47's and P-51's). He rode back with me from the dealership after we picked up the Jimmy, and it was comical to watch him try to get into the truck without running boards. He ordered the running boards that afternoon as a birthday present for me, and we installed them the next week.
The hood bug deflector was added in 1989, after the cross country trip had millions of bugs commit suicide on the windshield. It works very well at pushing them above the glass. this one has a crack, so I hope I can find another one in the clear plexiglass.
Sounds like it will be as close to a frame off as possible.
Buying all of the rubber gets expensive. Much more than when I replaced all on my R10.
It's worth it in the end.
Are you going with the same interior/exterior color scheme?
Thanks for the encouragement. The color scheme is the same that GMC used on their 1988 sales brochure. I saw the brochure in the BX GM sales booth in 1987, and thought it was a sharp looking truck. So that's what I ordered. Only concern I have is finding the triple pin striping. Seems to be a lost or seldom seen art these days.
I remember someone posting the factory style stripes recently. The company had many options.
@bucket or @Craig 85 do you remember the site?
Very cool you bought it new. In for the restore.
https://www.prp.com/Precision has some good rubber products
Can be bought through Amazon or Jegs for much cheaper
I'm in the process for my 1989 JIMMY close to stock redo
Thanks. I was going to call them today, but had to work. Will get it done this week and order the kit for the '88.
I read all 13 pages of your project, you have some serious skills and a boatload of patience. Great job so far. It'll be a Jackson-Barrett Scottsdale candidate if you were so inclined.
My paint guy is losing his shop space; next time you check on yours, would you mind asking them if they are interested in another job? I would sure appreciate it.
Thanks for the info. Will look into them if the paint shop doesn't have a favorite vendor.
My dad used to work at LA Air Force Station when we moved there in '61. I was a teenager, already interested in girls and sports cars. Probably has changed a little since then.
Need everyone's help again. The power rear window is inop using the dash mounted switch. I figure the switch has given up the ghost, as the window switches and door lock switches have. The window will go down using the key cylinder on the tailgate, but not up. Logic says the motor is working (at least one way), the relay is working (anyone ever hear of half a relay failing?) and the down portion of the rear cylinder is OK. Of course, everything was working when I parked it in 2005 after the trans went South (does anyone know why it's always South, not N, E or W?). It is not a pretty sight to see this ancient body crawling over the rear seat to attach a battery drill to the cable to bring the glass back up.
Thanks in advance!
I'd roll down the back window, and open the tailgate. Take off the cover, and see if you have any broken, or chewed up wires. I've never heard of a relay going half dead. I would run some wire to the dash switch just to check it out. Those switches are like hens teeth to find.
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