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Old 06-10-2015, 09:23 PM   #1
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I bought a '75 GMC Eleganza a couple weeks ago and decided to begin getting it in shape. $1395. for 6 new 16" aluminum wheels, $1200 for 6 Michelins from FMCA advantage program, $229. for new entrance step and waiting for Holland Motor Homes to get to work on some other projects. When I bought it I looked and thought $10K would get it in shape. I got started today.
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Old 06-10-2015, 09:27 PM   #2
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whenever i see them for sale, owners want big bucks for them....if they actually sell for big bucks, it could be a good investment
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Old 06-10-2015, 09:30 PM   #3
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Sounds like our Magna! I knew it needed all new tires, new starting and house batteries, then the engine blew, and Cummins ISX engines aren't cheap to fix. And we still need new tires and batteries!
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Old 06-10-2015, 10:05 PM   #4
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Always liked those. Lots of info on the web about fixin them up.
Here's a link to their history of manufacture.

https://history.gmheritagecenter.com..._GMC_MotorHome
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Old 06-10-2015, 10:48 PM   #5
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Just starting on our '86 CC. (40' Cat Pusher) Wish us luck!!
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Old 06-10-2015, 10:55 PM   #6
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Wish you luck and many happy travels with your GMC ... those were high on our list for many years but never found one I was willing to put in the effort and/or cash... Great rigs! Still envious every time I see a nice one done right!
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Old 06-10-2015, 11:03 PM   #7
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I bought a '75 GMC Eleganza a couple weeks ago and decided to begin getting it in shape. $1395. for 6 new 16" aluminum wheels, $1200 for 6 Michelins from FMCA advantage program, $229. for new entrance step and waiting for Holland Motor Homes to get to work on some other projects. When I bought it I looked and thought $10K would get it in shape. I got started today.
Cool looking couch. Always like it's design.

I've thought about doing a rehab on one but don't have the patients.

Good luck to you. How about some pictures???
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Sounds like our Magna! I knew it needed all new tires, new starting and house batteries, then the engine blew, and Cummins ISX engines aren't cheap to fix. And we still need new tires and batteries!
I've read about your expensive hobby - fixing your coach. But... Very nice couch.
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Just starting on our '86 CC. (40' Cat Pusher) Wish us luck!!
PICTURES!!! PICTURES!!!!! We need beginning and progress pictures!!!!!
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Wish you luck and many happy travels with your GMC ... those were high on our list for many years but never found one I was willing to put in the effort and/or cash... Great rigs! Still envious every time I see a nice one done right!
There are GMC clubs with these couches in all stages of... Recreation. Really neat to tour when they're on exhibit.
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I looked at several in all prices. I had a '03 Mountain Aire that had 6 steps up and my legs gave a problem with that. I bought my Roadtrek from my neighbor and sold the Newmar a year later. I now have 2 again but I can use the Roadtrek until I get the GMC ready. This one has only 55,800 miles on it and the interior looks great for original. I drove it 200 miles home with only a minor problem. It ran out of gas and I had to switch the tank switch 1 mile from the gas station where I had planned to stop. I looked at several around Mich. with one that they should be paying someone to haul away for only $5500. This was $10K and I planned on another $10K to get it in shape. I would like to take it to Orlando to let the GMC Coop do some work on it but have to get a rear wheel bearing working better first and that takes a special tool. I need to get it in shape for Alaska next year.
My daughter's in-laws have a '77 GMC so there is one in the family already.
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I'm sure I don't know what you are talking about. The rear wheel bearings are just any car or light truck front wheel bearings. I just had mine open for a 150K repack.

Now, the front wheel bearings are a different story. But when the guy that does them gets on line that is just a money job and it only has to get done once. Or, you can get the 1 ton front end kit.

Are you on GMCnet???

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bsinmich: I always liked the look of those GMC Eleganzas. A guy down the street has one on his driveway that he is restoring -- been working on it several years, it looks like. You are going to turn a lot of heads when it is done.

Be sure to post some pictures so the rest of us can have fun with your new hobby, too!

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Old 06-12-2015, 06:31 PM   #14
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I do not know what model it is but the fastest RV in the US is a GM.

The fastest in the world was built from the drawing board up to be faster but the fastest in the US is a stock GM body with an added spoiler.

The engine and drive train however are most defiantly NOT stock.
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