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Username Post: Van Door Changes?        (Topic#342714)
Bill K.b 
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Posts: 4437

Loc: upstate NY
Reg: 10-24-05
02-17-17 03:54 PM - Post#2677163    

Happened to find a 2005 GMC 2500 van tucked away in a corner of the junkyard with unmolested power window/lock doors.

Anybody know if I can transfer the guts and door panels to 2002 (before the cosmetic and mechanical upgrade) doors? I see a lot of the parts I can buy including the inside door handle all interchange. I actually like the door panels and controls better on the 05.

It's a PITA to get the cross body harness out of these, I did one like 8, 10 years ago during the height of the Cash for Clunkers program, but IIRC as long as you had that and the relays for the locks you could put the whole works into any other van.

Those who can, do. Those who can't, criticize it on the internet.

Driving 2002 Express 2500
2002 Express 2500 extended
1988 G20 conversion
1993 GMC 3500 dually

Plus cars for swap and sale
& yes, I once tried a frame swap on a 51 Chevy.


 
wagonman100 
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wagonman100
Loc: Baltimore, MD
Reg: 11-27-04
02-20-17 08:09 PM - Post#2677729    
    In response to Bill K.b

I can't say 100%, but if the doors are from the same body style, the parts should interchange.

Jay
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Bill K.b 
Senior Member
Posts: 4437

Loc: upstate NY
Reg: 10-24-05
02-22-17 09:19 PM - Post#2678115    
    In response to wagonman100

Hopefully no one's torn the thing up since I saw it last week, going to have to wait a few more days to go have at it. I expect what may be different is the wiring connections. GM likes to mess that up every few years.

Those who can, do. Those who can't, criticize it on the internet.

Driving 2002 Express 2500
2002 Express 2500 extended
1988 G20 conversion
1993 GMC 3500 dually

Plus cars for swap and sale
& yes, I once tried a frame swap on a 51 Chevy.


 
Bill K.b 
Senior Member
Posts: 4437

Loc: upstate NY
Reg: 10-24-05
12-16-18 01:02 AM - Post#2754638    
    In response to Bill K.b

I can finally answer this post.

I think you can swap out entire doors between the two, although the connectors could be different.

However the 97-02 door panel mounts differently, the screws in different spots and the big difference is this panel slides up to come off, it uses a unique attachment and I wouldn't have known that if I hadn't watched a youtube video about it.

Looking at a 2004 door in the junkyard today it appears they returned to the conventional press in pins, moved the armrest mounting and some other things. Maybe you could swap enough bits to make it work but it's not as easy as take one off and put the other one on.

Another fun fact: 2002 dash faces are different from 97-2000. The big plastic piece that goes around the cluster and radio/heater control area. You wouldn't think so but they were changed when GM went to a full double-DIN size radio, making the radio opening taller, and as a result the opening in the dash face changes. Because the separate unit CD player was eliminated, a pocket is molded into the face.

If you use a single-DIN radio in the 2002, you can use the earlier panel. After discovering this I swapped and put a fancy woodgrain trimmed one from a conversion on in the 3500. This because I discovered the difference after buying one and the yard had none newer than 2000. So the good face from my 3500 is now in my 2500, in which I installed a double-DIN radio.

The conversion had a factory fancy AM-FM-cassette and separate CD player below.

And the bottom center piece, below the column, it is way too easy to bend the clips 90' instead of them snapping into place. Every single one I look at has at least one already broken.


I almost pulled the six way power seat track from the conversion, someone took the driver's seat already, but I measured it out and the conversion seats are two inches shorter on the bottom cushion to make up for about two inches of added height on the track unit. So if I used it with my stock seat I'd be two inches taller and if anything I want my seating position to be two inches lower. It also appeared that it used it's own wiring and not factory GM wires.

Those who can, do. Those who can't, criticize it on the internet.

Driving 2002 Express 2500
2002 Express 2500 extended
1988 G20 conversion
1993 GMC 3500 dually

Plus cars for swap and sale
& yes, I once tried a frame swap on a 51 Chevy.


 
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