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Old 02-23-2007, 06:10 PM   #15
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Old 02-23-2007, 06:13 PM   #16
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Yuki, check up the pics from the Jan '07 Fla Can Opener rally. The person who came to teach and demo polishing pulled his dazzlingly polished vintage Airstream with a terrific vintage Suburban. I'm sure you'll find the combo caught in some pics from that thread. ~G
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Old 02-23-2007, 06:23 PM   #17
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Yuki, check up the pics from the Jan '07 Fla Can Opener rally. The person who came to teach and demo polishing pulled his dazzlingly polished vintage Airstream with a terrific vintage Suburban. I'm sure you'll find the combo caught in some pics from that thread. ~G
Yes, that would be Herb (jbond on the forums.) He has a vintage Suburban that looks awesome with his restored vintage Globetrotter. Congratulations on such a great find!
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Old 02-23-2007, 06:38 PM   #18
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Yuki, check up the pics from the Jan '07 Fla Can Opener rally. The person who came to teach and demo polishing pulled his dazzlingly polished vintage Airstream with a terrific vintage Suburban. I'm sure you'll find the combo caught in some pics from that thread. ~G
Wow that was a big thread! I did find the photos...very sweet looking combination! Thanks for the info.
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Old 02-23-2007, 07:51 PM   #19
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Mel and her hubby bought one a year or so ago with a big block Chevy engine in it. It looks pretty decent. There was one at the Deming, WA TCT event last August from Coguitlam, BC that had a V6 in it - a very unique engine I'd never seen before and I've seen a lot of engines. Anyways, he was going to pull it and put a larger engine, likely a 350 V8, in as it just didn't have the power he needed to pull his vintage very light SOB. These are really neat tow vehicles and when done up they make great touring units. Very multi-purpose. I'll go back to some of my older files and find a few of the places that supply parts for these years of trucks and fire them off to you as I find them.

Enjoy, and pics of the resto will be greatly enjoyed.

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Old 02-23-2007, 07:55 PM   #20
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What a nice rig!! Congrats.
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Old 02-23-2007, 08:46 PM   #21
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You may want to check these folks out. There are several others as well

1960-66 Chevrolet and GMC Pickup, Suburban,Restoration Parts

I've never used them but they do appear to have a good sized list of restoration pieces. I'm sure Mel and the others on the forum have a good list of parts suppliers. If you check out the vintage TV thread on this forum you'll find a few Suburban's that look pretty neat. From those owners you may be able to obtain some tips and tricks as well as to what works best when restoring with towing in mind.

Gosh, are you ever going to have fun with this one. Hey, not that I'm excited for you or anything , just jealous as heck. I love 'burbs - of course my wife will tell you that I love any old vehicle and a drive anywere will elicit a vast number of "holy cow, look at that (whatever the vehicle of the moment happens to be as we drive past), I've always wanted one of those". Oh well, that's just me.

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Old 02-24-2007, 12:37 AM   #22
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Those V-6 engines are GMC 302 cubic inch .talked about in another thread from sometime back .A very long stroke engine ,low rpm torque engine
fitted in many GMC dump trucks .The GMC and the chevy being basically the same suburban or carry all (the travelall competitor name) .Anyhow ,not
a good engine for towing at freeway speeds and really an antique for the most part .a solid 350 V-8 and a 700R-4 or 4L60 E should do the trick ,oh
and that yellow and white is strikingly classic on that suburban ,really gives the vintage feel ,the more pastel look rather than a loud yellow,like the
early 60s impalas had . anyway ,happy restoration there and don't forget the front disc brakes for sure.

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Old 02-24-2007, 06:21 AM   #23
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We just purchased a 1964 Chevy Suburban to restore to use to tow our '64 Bambi II. Can anyone recommend any good sources for parts or point us in the direction of any good Suburban forum links.
NICE. Looks like you are determined to keep the hubby hoppin! Can't wait to check it out.

Robbins Auto Supply out of Dover can get you most anything you need. I use them for my '62 and the Peanuts parts.
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Old 02-24-2007, 07:24 AM   #24
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The bushings in the steering column for the shifter wear out, and can cause the shifter to try to put the transmission in two gears at once (very exciting when it happens, but bad for the transmission). Many (most) people bypassed the column shifter for this reason, and installed floor shifters. If you want it to be original, the bushings are not that hard to replace, but require dismantling most of the column. And, of course, finding the bushings. If you don't care about originality, you can use the pickup truck floor shifter, available at most auto parts stores. You will have to cut a hole in the floor cover for the transmission to do this.
All this, of course, assuming it has not already been done.
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Old 02-24-2007, 08:29 AM   #25
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The bushings in the steering column for the shifter wear out, and can cause the shifter to try to put the transmission in two gears at once (very exciting when it happens, but bad for the transmission).
This vehicle has that issue. One must be very careful when shifting from first to second.

We are interested in putting the V8 engine in this vehicle -- does anyone know offhand if the V8, when installed from the factory, still used the 3-speed on the column?
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Old 02-24-2007, 08:56 AM   #26
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This vehicle has that issue. One must be very careful when shifting from first to second.

We are interested in putting the V8 engine in this vehicle -- does anyone know offhand if the V8, when installed from the factory, still used the 3-speed on the column?
You almost have to shift the transmission into reverse, before being able to go into second.
The V8 models also used the on the tree shifter for the base models, I had one in a 66. When you do this, it would be a good idea to replace the plastic bushings inside the pivot that goes between the block and frame, the clutch will depress easier.
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Old 02-24-2007, 11:13 AM   #27
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Sharp looking rides...make sure you get the tow/haul switch installed!
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Old 02-24-2007, 11:27 AM   #28
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Cool!

Nice find! We bought our '65 last May. It's got the barn doors too, and we're set to have it painted this Spring, most likely in a black/silver combo (yeah, we don't mind overwhelming people with silver when we go down the road!) Silverleeper (aforementioned hubby) has promised to send you some links. Good luck, and keep us posted on your progress!
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