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My New daily driver Suburban- so I thought

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by mountainexplorer, Jun 23, 2006.

  1. mountainexplorer

    mountainexplorer 1/2 ton status

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    I was happy after spending $350 of stashed away money for this '80 1/2 ton 4x4 Suburban. It has a 350, TH350/NP205, 12-bolt and 10-bolt, with all the power options, tilt column, and ice cold A/C that worked so good I had to turn it off of the normal setting cause it was getting too cold.

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    Then after logging about 165 miles on it and some time in the field, the rear end started making noises. Sounds like a Gov-Loc kicking in and out and starting to act up. Oh well... maybe I'll just throw 3/4 ton axles under it for now and keep driving it.
     
  2. sweetk30

    sweetk30 professional hooker Premium Member

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    3/4 tons + 4" lift + 35" tires = one sweet lookin ride.


    and you know you have the parts in stock. :wink1:
     
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    rjfguitar 3/4 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    Holy crap, yet another vehicle added to the group?
     
  4. roadnotca

    roadnotca 3/4 ton status

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    Probably towed its heart out for the PO.:(
     
  5. mountainexplorer

    mountainexplorer 1/2 ton status

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    I added it to the "Sub-Fleet" page: http://www.allanstrucks.50megs.com/photo_2.html

    It came with a big folder of receipts and lists of work and records from it over the last 20 years. It was owned most of it's life by a mechanic, and everything seemed to be in good order when I got it. The axles seem to be the two items that don't have any rebuild receipts (except for brakes).

    It's rusty, but the a/c works. I've never had a vehicle with a/c that works. I have an 8" all spring lift. Hmmm. The ideas. But the point was to have something to drive that I DON'T have to put time or effort into.

    First thing: check the rear end situation.

    2nd thing: replace the leaky rusted out muffler with a single 3" Flo-Pro exhaust system I kept off an '86 Suburban.
     
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    eclipse 1/2 ton status

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    no 12bolts laying around... good idea, leave as is to drive
     
  7. mountainexplorer

    mountainexplorer 1/2 ton status

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    I have a 12-bolt with 3.07 gears, but I'm thinking the Suburban may be 3.42's or 3.73's. Guess I'll have to pull the cover. I'd probably slap 3/4 ton axles under it just cause I can't stand having something 6-lug for very long. Maybe I'll throw the 8" spring lift under there too.
     
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    and so goes another great stock vehicle into 8 lug fleet, before we know it itll have a D60 under it...you guys watch:wink1:
     

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