Famous Trucks: The 1982 GMC K2500 Sierra Grande from The Fall Guy

Updated on Jan 27, 2024

Every auto enthusiast’s hobby spawns from a few possible places. Firstly, a childhood collection of 1:64th scale toy cars–a hobby that often follows us into adulthood. Secondly, a gearhead neighbor or relative with a souped-up, well-maintained fleet in the driveway. And thirdly and arguably most impactful: an affinity for auto-themed films and their respective hero cars; think Nicolas Cage’s 1967 Shelby Mustang “Eleanor” from Gone in Sixty Seconds, Paul Walker’s Mark IV Toyota Supra in The Fast and the Furious, or Burt Reynolds’ 1977 Pontiac Trans Am from Smokey and the Bandit.  

In such films, the vehicles driven by our favorite protagonists are often as or more beloved than the characters behind the wheel, plunging us head-first into the world of automotive modifications that’d eventually consume our minds (and wallets). It’s this concept that spawned the idea behind our newest recurring series on RealSource: Famous Trucks. This series involves dissecting some of the most iconic screen-used vehicles from our favorite films and television series. 

In this article, we’re tackling ABC’s The Fall Guy or, more specifically, the 1982 GMC K2500 Sierra Grande piloted by Lee Majors as the rough-and-tumble Colt Seavers. We’re covering everything there is to know about this iconic movie pickup, including its on-screen usage, fun facts, and a build breakdown of the parts and accessories we recommend to build a replica of your own! 

So sit back, buckle up, and get ready for this segment of Famous Trucks!

The Show: The Fall Guy

The Fall Guy follows our tough-guy protagonist, Colt Seavers, played by Lee Majors. Seavers, as a Hollywood stuntman moonlighting as a bounty hunter, he utilizes his impressive physical prowess and stunt-driving experience to his immense advantage, catching fugitives with the assistance of his cousin, Howie Munson, and love interest/fellow stunt person, Jody Banks. 

The trio, alongside Seaver’s iconic 1982 GMC K2500 Sierra Grande, spends most of the series leaping through the air in pursuit of bad guys, resulting in The Fall Guy’s iconic 33 high-flying action shots.

The Truck: 1982 GMC K2500 Sierra Grande

In the series, Colt Seavers pilots a heavily modified square-body GMC K2500 pickup sporting the luxurious Sierra Grande package. Though the truck is said to be a 1982 model, the screen-used pickups varied from 1981–1986 models, depending on the episode. The gold/brown two-tone pickup sports a 4–6-inch lift kit, chrome brush guard, chrome wheels, oversized tires, and a tubular roll bar with several halogen auxiliary lights

Other features include the massive “Fall Guy Stuntman Association” logo stretching across the hood, a CB radio with a bedside-mounted whip antenna, and a pair of hoop steps on either side of the cab.

The Jump Trucks

Though General Motors supplied numerous K2500s for filming, The Fall Guy’s early stunts and jump sequences burned through so many standard pickups that GM eventually produced specially engineered jump trucks for the series. 

The jump trucks featured beefed-up suspension systems, heavy-duty axles, additional safety gear, and a mid-mounted V8 powertrain for weight distribution, eliminating the wrecks and nose-dives of early-season pickups.

Build Your Own The Fall Guy–Inspired Truck!

We’ve all dreamed of sitting behind the wheel of our favorite silver screen hero cars, and Colt Seavers’ 1982 GMC K2500 is no exception. If you’ve ever considered building a replica, RealTruck has the parts and accessories to do so! 

In this section, we’re breaking down the parts and accessories required to transform a bone-stock square body into a full-fledged The Fall Guy tribute.

Platform

To kick off our replica of Colt Seavers’ GMC pickup, we’ll first need a platform. For full-screen accuracy, you’ll need to locate a 1982 GMC K2500 4x4 with the Sierra Grande trim package; however, any 1973–1987 GM 2500 pickup in a 4wd, long bed, single cab configuration can fit the bill. Most identifiers, like trim, grilles, headlights, and emblems, can easily be replaced with 1982 model year GMC components, resulting in a mock ‘82 Sierra, but who’d know besides you?

The Body

Next, let’s look at some identifiers on the body. The pickup features a unique two-tone tan and gold paint job with red pinstriping separating the two colors. Being a Sierra Grande package, the K2500 also features chrome factory front and rear bumpers, a chrome grille, polished body side moldings, and polished fender trim. 

On the pickup’s hood lies a large custom logo sporting the iconic eagle, stars, and “Fall Guy Stuntman Association” text.

Grille Guard

One of the K2500’s standout features is its classic polished grille guard housing two 6–8-inch round off-road lights and a winch with a classic roller fairlead. Though we can’t comment on the exact parts fitted to the original screen-used pickups, we carry several vintage-inspired parts that’ll fool even the most avid The Fall Guy viewer! 

For a grille guard, we’d recommend a product like the Go Industries Chrome Winch Grille Guard, sporting a timeless chrome design and integrated winch mount. Pairing this guard with a classic Mile Marker HI Series Hydraulic Winch and a pair of KC HiLiTES Daylighter Halogen Lights will make for a nearly identical setup!

Wheels & Tires

The screen-used K2500 sports a set of 16.5x10 chrome-plated steel wagon wheels and 36x15r16.5 Dick Cepek Fun Country tires; however, neither are readily available considering the discontinuation of 16.5-inch sizing due to safety issues with tire de-beading. This being said, we’d recommend the next best thing: a set of 17x10 polished aluminum bullet-hole wheels for lower overall weight and superior strength, like American Racing Polished AR172 Baja Wheels. Wrap these wheels in a modern 35x12.50r17 tire, and you'll have a setup that rides as good as it looks!  

We offer several mud-terrain and hybrid-terrain tires with classic tread/sidewall designs that’d look right at home on a square-body pickup, like the Mickey Thompson Baja MTZ P3 or Toyo Open Country M/T.

Lift Kit

Depending on the episode, seasons, and whether you’re watching a stunt or hero truck, The Fall Guy GMC K2500 rides on a 4–6-inch suspension lift. For a primarily street-driven vintage pickup, we’d recommend a kit like the  Superlift 4" Basic Lift or Superlift 6" Basic Lift, offering outstanding ride quality and durability that won’t break the bank!

Roll Bar

Finally, let’s discuss the uber-eighties roll bar found just behind the cab of Colt Seavers’ pickup. The Fall Guy truck features a classic tubular roll bar in a chrome finish, harkening back to the truck scene of decades past. 

For our replica build, we’d recommend a classic, tubular roll bar like the Go Rhino Bed Bar, featuring a classic tubular design that’s available in a lustrous chrome finish. The screen-used pickup also features a pair of rectangular and round halogen lights, like the Rugged Ridge 7-inch Rectangular Off-Road Lights and KC HiLiTES Daylighter 6-inch Halogen Lights

With all of the above accessories on order, you’ll be well on your way to building the screen-inspired replica of Colt Seavers’ 1982 GMC K2500 Sierra Grande you’ve always dreamed of…just don’t go leaping through motorhomes or jumping 10-foot fences to catch perps! 

As always, we offer all of the parts and know-how to piece together this build and countless others at RealTruck. For additional information, check out the rest of our articles on RealSource, and don’t hesitate to contact our knowledgeable support staff with any product inquiries or order assistance!

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