1974 GMC Motor Home

1974 GMC Motor Home Resto Mod

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Follow along as we take an average 1974 coach down to the bare shell and transform it into a modern day road trip haven.

 

The exterior was a real challenge.

 

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Here’s a peek at the mechanicals before and after. What a huge drivetrain this coach has and very heavy.

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The front and rear suspension was also completely rebuilt to satisfy our desire for better stopping and handling.300 301 302 302a 303 304 305 306 307 308 309 310 311 312 315 316 317

 

The interior presented problems and challenges also. We removed the bathroom, propane system and water heater to generate needed space for the interior. All interior components were custom fabricated for the coach and fit like a glove.

The old saying is that it’s going to look a lot worse before it starts looking better really applies here!

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5 Comments

  1. Wow, wish I had the space… Quite the undertaking — looks fantastic! Would really like to redo the dash on our ’78 GMC Royale w/’center kitchen, which I “found” in an ElPaso TX hangar about 4 years ago. We’ve been in Fairborn (Dayton) Ohio since the USAF brought us to Wright-Patterson AFB in ’85. Would “love” to take a peek at your GMC sometime… if you allow it?

  2. If anything looks strange I will have to own up to it as I did the restoration completely myself. The air conditioning is handle by center, right and side outlets but most importantly, I have two rooftop units installed and the front unit will leave you with ice hanging from you nose if you want it that cold.

    Not only did I install the four air bag system, but I also installed gigantic anti sway bars on both rear axle set ups.

  3. Randy The most complete rebuild anyone has ever done to a GMC. And everything was done in such good taste We were very pleased to see our 4 bag air suspension that gives stability . The folks that made that beautiful dash made no provision for driver air conditioning ???. Leigh

  4. The dash was removed from the coach, all cracks were ground down and repaired with fiberglass and the entire dash then coated with fiberglass resin. After the resin completely hardened and cured, I then sanded the entire dash to a smooth finish in preparation for a synthetic leather wrap. Using a commercial grade contact adhesive and a heat gun, the dash was wrapped in the covering and re-assembled.

    The old original dashes are very brittle and will have numerous cracks and broken pieces that will need to be repaired. This is not a quick project but is well worth the effort.

  5. Very nice project. I’m curious what you used on the dash. The old plastic covered and looks really good.

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