The Bruin

  • Here is a 1989 Suburban I just picked up. It was a research rig for the University of Wyoming. Prof. Hank Harlow used this truck to research bears all over the rockies. The research included how bears hibernate and applications in medicine concerning muscle deterioration. He would crawl into bear dens while they were hibernating and take samples, what a total badass. This truck has sat for 10 years since his retirement and was just sold at auction where I bought it. The researchers named it "The Bruin" and my buddy Tyler stuck a bear toy to the dash up in Colter Bay (Tetons) about 20 years ago. The name and toy will be staying.
    I already have 2 lifted squares, (crew cab and k5) so this truck will most likely just stay a utility rig. It has a great drivetrain but isn't much to look at right now.

    Specs:
    1989 V2500 Suburban
    TBI 350, possibly only 79,000 miles.
    Manual trans, SM465
    NP241, (to be verified)
    Barn door
    Bench seats, rubber floor, manual windows/locks

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  • Year:
    1989
    Make:
    Chevrolet
    Model:
    Suburban
    Interior:
    Bench seats, rubber floor, manual windows/locks, AC, tilt column
    Factory Options:
    3/4 ton, Manual, Barn doors
    Engine:
    TBI 350
    Transmission:
    SM465
    Transfer Case:
    NP241
    Steering:
    Stock
    Suspension:
    Stock
    Axles:
    10 bolt, SF 14 bolt
    Wheels:
    Stock
    Tires:
    Maypop
    Paint:
    Some of its left, grey