89 Suburban - The Canyonero: Battle of $ vs capability

  • Edited: 26 Apr 2020

    So I've been around awhile, and I've decided to start a slow build thread.

    Watch this:

    What I have: 1989 V1500 Suburban Silverado 350/700/241

    Story: This suburban used to be my sisters. She traded it in to the dealership I worked at and three of my friends and I bought it as a side vehicle for camping and roadtrips. I ended up doing most of the work, so they just gave it to me. It had a bent bumper with a broken side support, no back window, missing seat bolts, iffy a/c, gas gauge inop, I even found a sharpie in the gas tank from her kids, but overall it was in good shape.

    My End Goal: To build a moderate, dependable, comfortable, powerful, capable, multipurpose camping, roadtrip, expo style rig.

    Immediate goals: Varies based on availability and whim, but sub box/center console, add bumper and winch, fix some body issues (for both of us, lol).

    Intermediate goals: Roof rack, sliders, Dana 60, Barn doors.

    Long term goals: LQ swap or 12v cummins. canyonaro.jpg

    My Build Theory: I love new custom parts, but even more, I love repurposing things and using scrap/jy parts to suit my needs and give them a new purpose. You will notice little things in my posts that reflect this. I have almost always had a tight budget which forces creativity with regards to customizing. I usually fall between a "might as well" and a "budget" mindset (unless it's a super critical part like brakes). It's too easy to get carried away replacing everything that's not perfect.

    This build will be slow as I am on a single govt income. Links and pics to come! I always value advice and ideas so follow along!
  • Year:
    Suburban V1500
    Trim Level:
    Factory Options:
    Rear AC, tinted rear windows, buckets.
    5.7 TBI, all stock.
    700r4 with air to air cooler, external filter, shift kit, and servo upgrade.
    Transfer Case:
    Rough Country 4”, EZ inch in the rear. Too stiff!
    Dana 44 big bearing, AAM 10.5 with factory discs, DIY pinion guard.
    315/70r17 Cooper ST Maxx
    Stock and flaky white and tan.
    Homemade fold down spare tire bumper, sleeping platform with storage, numerous electrical upgrades, hydroboost...idk read the build.