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CK5 Sub Culture-Need some advice on burban purchase

Discussion in '1936-Present Suburban' started by mrk5, Mar 14, 2005.

  1. mrk5

    mrk5 The Sticker Guy Moderator Vendor GMOTM Winner Author

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    I'm looking at a '91 suburban to purchase as a family hauler. No minivan for me!

    The guy is asking $3500.

    It has a rebuilt 305 with <5,000miles and rebuilt 700R4 with about 15,000miles. It is lifted with 35s. It has AC but it does not work. The compressor is not seized, at least that's not the problem. A few dings, no rust.

    I haven't driven it yet, and I'm looking for any advice on what to look for. I know the usual GM stuff like the cracked frame @ the steering gear box. Is there anything else different to look for in suburbans?

    What do you think about the price?
     
  2. 2Dogs

    2Dogs 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    A little high with the 305 and broken AC. Unless it is super cherry.
     
  3. BurbLover

    BurbLover 1/2 ton status

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  4. mrk5

    mrk5 The Sticker Guy Moderator Vendor GMOTM Winner Author

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    The 305 seems odd to me too. But now that I think about the phone conversation I had with the owner, I think I know why. He said the motor that was in there went bad and he needed a new motor quick. This was a "built" 305 that a friend of his had that another customer backed out on. It was meant to go in a Camaro. So maybe that's why it's a 305. :thinking:
     
  5. dhcomp

    dhcomp 3/4 ton status Premium Member

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    If it was a built 305, probably for a camaro, then it won't be good in a burb. Like, the power probably won't be at low rpms, and the torque curve probably won't be in the right place. I think i'd rather run a stock 350 than a built 305 in somethign that weighs that much. Is it a 3/4 ton or 1/2 ton? I would try to get a 3/4 just because of the extra durability (frame/axles/etc). A suburban is heavy, and i just sorta think the 1/2 ton stuff is only up to the task for so long.

    but if you find a sweet 1/2 ton, i'd consider it.

    Anyways, thats more than my 0.02
     
  6. tomseviltwin

    tomseviltwin 1/2 ton status

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    I just payed $2000 for a cherry 90(2wd) with a 454. $3500 seems high.
     
  7. Goober

    Goober 1/2 ton status

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    At the risk of getting flamed ........ there is no such thing as a "built" 305.

    The are a fine engine but they realy aren't capable of putting out any real power even when "built". One of the primary reasons is the poor flowing heads. A stock 350 would serve much better and parts would be cheaper too.

    Price seems a little steep for an underpowered replacement engine and non-working AC. Fixing the AC might be a little expensive since it's the old R-12 type.


    But if the body and interior are really clean then it might work out OK.
     
  8. muddysub

    muddysub 1 ton suburban status Staff Member Moderator GMOTM Winner

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    buy mine!
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  9. darkshadow

    darkshadow 1 ton status

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    yeah muddysubs rig rocks

    8 pass, and all ready to roll, has two moters, and if it brakes you know where to find him lol j/k:grin::grin:
     
  10. wildcatkit52

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    I payed $2300 for my 89 1/2 ton... It has some rust but had $1000 in new exhaust, air and everything power works, has American Racing wheels with 32 inch Michelins(NEW) and a great running 350. You should be able to find a better deal than that one. I would steer clear of the 305 also.
     
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    tomseviltwin 1/2 ton status

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    For $500 more you could drive to Utah and buy this bad ass burb. RME
     
  12. firefighter184

    firefighter184 1/2 ton status

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    Scott, you GOTTA buy MuddySub's! Woot a woot a woot woot!
     

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