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Old 02-01-2008, 02:47 PM   #1
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Hi all

In the process of bringing my 1960 GMC Suburban back to life as a driver. My father is the original owner purchasing this in late 1959 several months after I was born.

Learned to drive in this rig and it was my first driver. Heck of a party wagon in High school.

Time to rejuvenate this puppy. It's all original. Finished the front end, brakes and clutch slave cylinder. Drove it for the first time since 1980.

What a TANK !

So anybody else have a 60-62 Suburban ?
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Old 02-01-2008, 02:54 PM   #2
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Congrats on getting that thing back on the road! I know its a wonderful feeling to bring something back to life. Are you going to keep it original? I see a lot of these trucks tricked out at shows, but I like the original look with minor upgrades the most.
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Old 02-01-2008, 03:15 PM   #3
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Going to keep it, and restore some minor things back to original. MY son originally wanted to "lower" it, boom box it etc.

That AIN'T going to happen !

Still have the original hubcaps. I do need to find 2 -16-inch rims to match the other 3.

I am having a hard time on what color to paint it. I am leaning towards the original dark green and white.
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Old 02-04-2008, 03:31 PM   #4
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Still have the original hubcaps. I do need to find 2 -16-inch rims to match the other 3.
I have a several different original rims that I'm not going to use. Let me know if you're interested
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Old 08-09-2008, 11:59 PM   #5
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CaptainFab,

Do you have any 15-inch original style rims for a 1960 GMC ? I can send a picture of what I need to match. I definately need one, could possibly use two.

Have some body work finishing up, should be primered in about a week, and then I get it home to start on the interior.

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Old 08-10-2008, 12:11 AM   #6
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Old 08-10-2008, 11:14 AM   #7
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OK...here is a picture just as body work was getting started. By next week it will be primered and most body work completed. There will still be some left to do.

It runs, and is drivable if driving a tank on city streets is legal

In process of getting some tires on it that aren't 28 years old.
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Old 08-10-2008, 11:22 AM   #8
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I don't know how traffic is is Tucson these days but you might want to think about a brake upgrade. Drum brakes in todays traffic are scary anymore.
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Old 08-10-2008, 04:09 PM   #9
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That Burb looks to be in pretty good shape.

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Old 08-22-2008, 04:55 PM   #10
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It really is in good shape. All original. In fact my father just found, and gave me the original invoice, window sticker, owner's manual, sales brochure and some other logs and paprework.

Here are some shots of the body being stripped down to bare metal. Should be primered today.

Does anybody know if the rear window side rubber molding is "special" or is there a "roll" that can be bought? Wondering if it has to be premolded due to some of the curves of the windows.

This is the original paint. Seeing it stripped off is like seeing your own sister naked.
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Old 08-22-2008, 04:57 PM   #11
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Here are some of the original documents my Dad gave me
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Old 08-22-2008, 05:02 PM   #12
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This one too. Turn signals and a heater as an option.
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Old 08-22-2008, 05:25 PM   #13
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The tires are more than the two tone paint... I wish vehicles were still this classy looking and as cheap.
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The tires are more than the two tone paint... I wish vehicles were still this classy looking and as cheap.
And I guess that you are wishing that you made the wages that they did in 59-60
I can remember making $2.07 in 1962 which was pretty good then
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Old 08-22-2008, 07:53 PM   #15
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Thats cool as hell...In 1958 grandfather used to drive a 58 impala as a cab and had a 58 Impala conv. as his everyday car. He had the vert still after i was born and always told my mother he was saving it for me! Needless to say I never seen the car? I always thought it would be cool to have a car or truck passed down. U know how much 58 verts are going for these days? $$$$$! Not that i would have ever sold it!
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Old 08-22-2008, 07:55 PM   #16
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By the way I have a 65 Sub im doing. I wish mine was an early 60s...But I still love it!
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Here are some of the original documents my Dad gave me
That green one is a cab over??
I never seen a 60s gmc cab over.
Im going to do a cab over soon. Make it a crew cab dually!
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Old 08-24-2008, 12:00 AM   #18
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That green one is a cab over??
I never seen a 60s gmc cab over.
Im going to do a cab over soon. Make it a crew cab dually!
Channeled on big semi's.
If you look in the background of this picture, you will see the 65 pick-up my friend customized into a semi-extended cab. That was his dad's 65 P/U that was handed down to him.

He had to add to cab once kids were added to the picture.
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Old 08-24-2008, 12:51 AM   #19
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Cool 'burb. You don't see many Gmc's that vintage.
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A quick hijack for sixty2large:
the tower of power gmc, and the red one was on ebay last week in pa(kinda your area) 409 powered , and sold for 3200, top speed 45 mph! there was no way I could have driven to montana at that speed.
My local wrecking yard has a chev and a gmc of those type cabover, both 6 cylinders though...
OK now back to the Burb, love it , can't wait to see all the progress....
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Old 08-24-2008, 07:52 PM   #21
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Heres my 66 suburban that is in the factory two tone of dark green and white. I drive it everyday !!! hope these get you pumped up to get that suburban on the road !!
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A quick hijack for sixty2large:
the tower of power gmc, and the red one was on ebay last week in pa(kinda your area) 409 powered , and sold for 3200, top speed 45 mph! there was no way I could have driven to montana at that speed.
My local wrecking yard has a chev and a gmc of those type cabover, both 6 cylinders though...
OK now back to the Burb, love it , can't wait to see all the progress....
The red one is bad....3200.OO? Did they make crew cabs?
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The red one is bad....3200.OO? Did they make crew cabs?
one might have seen one extended for a fire engine perhaps in that style of cab
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this was all I had...
that burb with the twin turbos... wow! must be fun!
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try www.steelerubber.com for weather stripping. They are a bit pricey but I have heard nothing but good things aobut their products. I think if you are going to restore it, it needs to be the original colors and you can get that paint at www.tciglobal.com They are based in San Diego.
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