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Old 09-24-2015, 03:06 PM   #76
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Re: What did you do to your Suburban Today?

How did I miss this one?! I have been posting on the truck side. I can't say I did much more then drive it like I have the past few years. I did use it as a truck if that counts?
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Old 10-05-2015, 12:05 PM   #77
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Drove one of them. 99% original 78,000 mile 1969 Suburban vs. flood water...
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Old 10-06-2015, 09:03 AM   #78
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I replaced the starter last night. My solenoid bat terminal was loose and became inconsistent cranking. I replaced with the newer, smaller, higher torque (http://www.summitracing.com/parts/PWM-9112) starter. Of course things are never easy. I had to remove the dust guard because it was scraping when I accelerated and/or turned (only made it one house down). It also starts great when cold but wouldn't restart after I got to work. I noticed last night it was slower after a short test drive.
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Old 10-06-2015, 11:57 AM   #79
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Re: What did you do to your Suburban Today?

Took the hubs off my dana 60 after finally getting the right spindle nut socket.
Progress is slow at the moment. I think I might spend some time detailing the engine bay, etc while I save funds for the next steps.
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Old 10-07-2015, 09:23 PM   #80
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Finished buffing out most of the paint with rubbing compound and installed the 15x5.5 steelies on the front with a slightly smaller tire for more a rake look still need to install the drop spindles and do the disc brake conversion. Ignore my dead grass (due to the drought and higher water rates)
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Old 10-09-2015, 02:00 PM   #81
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Finished buffing out most of the paint with rubbing compound and installed the 15x5.5 steelies on the front with a slightly smaller tire for more a rake look still need to install the drop spindles and do the disc brake conversion. Ignore my dead grass (due to the drought and higher water rates)
Sweet stance!

All the plants are dried up here as well, Can barely keep the succulents alive
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Old 10-10-2015, 10:06 AM   #82
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Finished buffing out most of the paint with rubbing compound and installed the 15x5.5 steelies on the front with a slightly smaller tire for more a rake look still need to install the drop spindles and do the disc brake conversion. Ignore my dead grass (due to the drought and higher water rates)
Looking good!
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Old 10-11-2015, 01:23 AM   #83
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Very Nice sierragrande71 ..
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Old 10-11-2015, 05:54 AM   #84
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Re: What did you do to your Suburban Today?

finished the dana 70 front axle install this week... didn't turn out as planned. never does. but nonetheless... more work, more work, lol
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Old 10-11-2015, 11:39 AM   #85
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Thanks everyone for the compliments! This is what she looked like before I got her.
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Old 10-12-2015, 10:21 AM   #86
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How to install a starter in only 6 days...

Wow, what a task that ended up being. I was able to physically install the starter last Monday night, but it took the rest of the week to get it right, specifically the wiring. I "upgraded" to the newer gear ratio starter which costs more but is smaller, lighter, less current and spins faster. I wasn't aware they are more sensitive to voltage. I rewired the electric fans to be off during start (when hot), I rewired the bat + & - increasing to 2awg wire. After all that, I still had to rewire the solenoid wire to go thru a relay. This gets the starter & solenoid voltage up over 11V...finally...and cranky very quick. I still have to reinstall the dust cover.

I also did a lot of timing gyrations thinking the initial timing was loading the engine too much which in turn was slowing the crank. In doing this, I did see the harmonic balancer seal coming out and a new plug wire gone from an exhaust manifold crack...my next week's entry in this thread.
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Old 10-19-2015, 09:35 AM   #87
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Installed drilled and slotted rotors, new drums, new wheel cylinders, new ceramic pads/shoes, drum spring kit, new wheel bearings/seals. It was a busy day. Huge improvement!! Glad I will not have to do that for a long time!!!!!!
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Old 10-19-2015, 10:29 AM   #88
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How to install a starter in only 6 days...

... I still have to reinstall the dust cover.

I also did a lot of timing gyrations thinking the initial timing was loading the engine too much which in turn was slowing the crank. In doing this, I did see the harmonic balancer seal coming out and a new plug wire gone from an exhaust manifold crack...my next week's entry in this thread.
I spent Saturday getting those things taken care of. Although there wasn't a noticeable difference, there was definitely a comfortable feeling know some issues were resolved.
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Old 10-20-2015, 10:54 PM   #89
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Replaced the windshield washer pump and all hoses for the windshield washer.
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Old 10-21-2015, 01:25 AM   #90
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I started carpeting the rear and made some new side panels along with that installed some rear Morel 6 1/2 coax. Still need to finish it off since my dogs ride back there figured should clean it up
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Old 10-28-2015, 08:35 PM   #91
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Did a 5 lug and disc brake conversion with drop spindles from belltech.
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Old 10-29-2015, 10:06 PM   #92
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Today when I walked by the ol burb I noticed a good layer of dust so I wrote "wash me" on the back window. The next time I walked by I crossed it out and wrote "finish me"
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Old 11-01-2015, 04:01 PM   #93
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It was so nice today we took the Burb to town with our Grandkids to celebrate my wife's birthday.
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Old 11-12-2015, 12:10 AM   #94
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Kinda of an odd idea but something I've been pondering with the theme I'm going for, using a gun rack to haul vintage skateboards, the one pictured is not vintage however just for looks until I find an old 70's longboard.
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Old 11-12-2015, 12:12 AM   #95
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I also just rolled the suburban on to the street to sweep out the garage
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Old 11-13-2015, 02:21 PM   #96
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well i caught mine on fire last night, from hot wires left hanging under the dash from the previous owner. so i added an amazingly real "been on fire" smell to my truck!
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Old 11-13-2015, 04:28 PM   #97
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well i caught mine on fire last night, from hot wires left hanging under the dash from the previous owner. so i added an amazingly real "been on fire" smell to my truck!
Oh wow...hopefully minimal damage!
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Old 11-13-2015, 06:08 PM   #98
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i believe i put it out before it went crazy.
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Old 11-16-2015, 01:42 AM   #99
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Because the weather was so nice, I took him for a little 150 mile cruise around S.W. Manitoba with a few other car guys and gals.
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Old 11-30-2015, 11:11 AM   #100
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Over the past week...

I replaced all the shocks with CPP's brand and replaced the rear lower brackets with the relocation bracket. I may replace the upper bracket too at some point, but this really helped the ride and moved the rears enough to not hit the axle. Nice to have a smoother ride.

The next few days were spent moving stuff from the house into a storage unit. I probably made at least 10 trips. Nice to have the ability to haul.

I took a day off and went to the Daytona Speedway for the Turkey Rod Run which fills the whole infield with classic show cars, clubs and cars/parts for sale . Nice to have a people hauler that doubles a classic show car too. I saw 5 other burbs there which is more than I've previously seen. I hope this means we're growing in popularity and price.

In all, it's a fun, useful vehicle.
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