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Old 06-23-2016, 10:02 PM   #1
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72 Plaid Sub

Well, after several years of searching through the forums for invaluable information, I figured it's time to give back. I'm starting this build thread for my 1972 Suburban that I bought back in January. The plan is to restore the interior back to the original look with the correct highlander plaid and repaint the suburban in the original dark blue and white two tone. It's gonna run full Porterbuilt suspension and lay flat on the ground. Looking at LS3 or maybe a newer GM gen v motor. Here we go.

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Old 06-23-2016, 10:04 PM   #2
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Started the tear down a couple weeks ago.
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Old 06-23-2016, 10:08 PM   #3
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More tear down.
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Old 06-23-2016, 10:16 PM   #4
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Got the old motor and trans out.
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Old 06-24-2016, 09:58 AM   #5
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Re: 72 Plaid Sub

Nice burb!
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Old 06-24-2016, 12:29 PM   #6
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Nice burb!
Thanks Rob. Heres a shot of the frame out before the rivet party.
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Old 06-28-2016, 11:57 AM   #7
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Making room for the new Porterbuilt stuff.
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Old 06-28-2016, 12:06 PM   #8
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I cut an X in the top of the rivets with a cut off wheel and then drilled them with a 3/8" bit. I kept the bit sprayed with Aero Kroil and only used 2 bits to remove almost every rivet in the frame. This is not a bad way to go if you don't like using an air hammer/chisel.
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Old 08-16-2016, 01:43 AM   #9
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More progress. Full Porterbuilt roller a couple weeks ago.
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Old 08-16-2016, 01:52 AM   #10
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Was originally going the LS engine route, but now I'm going to try an fit a 2015 Chevy L83 in the suburban. Hope I don't regret that decision.
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Old 08-16-2016, 01:56 AM   #11
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Current situation. Modified the Porterbuilt LS mounts and got the L83 installed. Now I got to figure out the steering rack.
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Old 08-16-2016, 03:57 AM   #12
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Was originally going the LS engine route, but now I'm going to try an fit a 2015 Chevy L83 in the suburban. Hope I don't regret that decision.
http://gmauthority.com/blog/gm/gm-engines/l83/

Type: 5.3L V8
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Ignition system: coil near plug, platinum-tipped spark plugs, low-resistance spark plug wires
Fuel delivery: direct fuel injection with Active Fuel Management
Compression ratio: 11.0:1
Horsepower (hp / kW @ rpm): 355 / 250 @ 5600 (gas – SAE certified)
380 / 283 @ 5600 (E85 – SAE certified)
Torque (lb-ft / Nm @ rpm): 383 / 519 @ 4100 (gas – SAE certified)
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Old 08-16-2016, 08:33 AM   #13
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Really nice build. I would love to do something like this one day. Would you care to share how much $$ you dropped with Porterbuilt?
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Old 08-16-2016, 10:31 AM   #14
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Nice build.
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Old 08-16-2016, 10:35 AM   #15
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subscribing to this one,...
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Old 08-16-2016, 01:29 PM   #16
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That's usually how *it*starts
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Old 08-16-2016, 01:36 PM   #17
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Really nice build. I would love to do something like this one day. Would you care to share how much $$ you dropped with Porterbuilt?
I didn't buy everything from PB directly, but I dropped about $6K with them. Picked up the narrowed PB arms from a board member here and saved about $400 off PBs price. Picked up the shocks and bags online and saved about $100.
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Old 08-16-2016, 03:13 PM   #18
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I'll follow along...need lots of pics though, cause i cant read good...so they tell me
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Old 10-26-2016, 02:29 AM   #19
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Re: 72 Plaid Sub

LS swaps are bomb but are becoming a thing of the past. I will give you props for dealing with the new 5 gen
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Old 12-04-2016, 07:10 PM   #20
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NICE!
Just saw this... Subscribed!
I'm in the process of getting an L83 out of a 2014 Tahoe myself. Planning on getting it installed on my old 1982 Silverado Stepside (Has a 6.2l Diesel in it right now!).
Keep up the good work!
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I'll follow along...need lots of pics though, cause i cant read good...so they tell me
Thanks for service tommys72...


Saw your burb on Instagram. .....😱 😱.
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Old 07-16-2017, 12:50 AM   #22
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Saw your burb on Instagram. .....😱 😱.
Yeah, I've kept up the Instagram account a lot better than the forum. I'm getting back into it now. Should have some updates soon.
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