I bought this '87 GMC Suburban over a year ago for under $2000. Despite what looks like several paint layers (gray to red, then back to gray), the truck was pretty un-molested in terms of modifications. It drove well, but had a pretty worn out front suspension and interior. The stock engine and automatic transmission were also showing their ages.
What I want out of it:
Now, I've already begun the project, but I will be posting some past progress over the coming days until I catch up with the current state.
- Manual transmission
- Stock-ish, but powerful engine. I'd like to keep the "platform" the same -- use TBI.
- Comfort. Heat and AC should work, decent stereo with Bluetooth, keep cab noise down.
- Capable on rocky roads around Colorado, and in snow. But given the exit angle of the Suburban, it can't be a serious crawler. Think of it as somewhere between an overloading truck and a fun day-trip truck.
- Retain ability to haul 8-foot lumber and other large things.