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Old 01-05-2019, 12:13 PM   #1
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1970 4x4 burb worth saving?

Few months back i drug an original paint 1970 4x4 4spd 1/2 ton, barn door, uncut dash suburban out of the weeds from a guys backyard.... it is crusty... has no engine and needs basically all the bottoms of the doors and complete floor pan replaced, as well as rockers and rear quarters. So my question is... is it worth saving? I know some die hards will say they all are, im just wondering if the options are enough for me to sink hundreds of hours into it.. its definitely an intimidating challenge. I will post pictures tomorrow, i have to get out there and pressure wash it today.
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Old 01-05-2019, 12:17 PM   #2
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Re: 1970 4x4 burb worth saving?

Yes!
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Old 01-05-2019, 01:05 PM   #3
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Re: 1970 4x4 burb worth saving?

Here is a few pictures from when i picked it up.
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Old 01-05-2019, 01:29 PM   #4
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Re: 1970 4x4 burb worth saving?

Looks like a nice K20 not too rusty but you know how that goes..
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Old 01-05-2019, 01:44 PM   #5
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Re: 1970 4x4 burb worth saving?

vin code's a 4x v8 1/2t burb '70 built in Freemont.. fender badge jives..

but looks like 8 lug front n back, axles swapped?

I'm not a barn door fan but they have a fair sized following.. same with 4spd.. I like manual trans for chore work but gets bothersome for lengthy driving..

power steering, three row seats and rv mirrors a big plus.. otherwise fairly plain option list..

can't tell exactly how bad lower rust is but solid blue no trim would still make a good looking driver with decent paint blend or black lower belt, etc.

if the engine wasn't gnawed out by beavers and easily replaced, good opportunity for a crate upgrade.. or maybe even an ls conversion if a lot's missing in the engine room..

good luck!
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Old 01-05-2019, 01:51 PM   #6
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Re: 1970 4x4 burb worth saving?

It is 3/4 ton axle and suspension swapped, the engine bay is completely stripped as well as the wiring, I already have a dirty dingo x-member laying around from a previous build so id probably go that route.. I dont typically drive very far so the 4spd is fun. I only ever build drivers, show quality is too expensive for my taste and i prefer to enjoy my rigs without the worry of door dings. Best part of the rig is that i bought it for 400$, it came stuffed to the roof full of extra parts, which i already sold enough to pay for the burb so with a clean title i basically got it for free! The work is intimidating but i think in the long run it would be worth it for a badass burb.
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Old 01-05-2019, 02:39 PM   #7
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Re: 1970 4x4 burb worth saving?

I like the way you think! sounds like a plan... get to work!

btw: great minds think alike, I'm saving both of these





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Old 01-05-2019, 04:03 PM   #8
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Old 01-05-2019, 05:07 PM   #9
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Re: 1970 4x4 burb worth saving?

Well im currently about to break ground on building a 30x36 shop so the burb wont get a whole lot of love till that is complete... I had a feeling most people would suggest i save it, and i agree. It seems to me like the 1/2 ton 4x4s werent very common? i cant find production numbers anywhere, if they even exist for the 70s.
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Old 01-05-2019, 11:38 PM   #10
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Re: 1970 4x4 burb worth saving?

I vote to save it. If nothing else resell it to some one that will restore/fix it and double or triple your money. Jus' my 2 cents.
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Old 01-06-2019, 09:57 AM   #11
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Ive got a loaded rust free 1970 4x4 with automatic teach AC
Etc. they're still out there just rarely seen.
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Old 01-06-2019, 10:21 AM   #12
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Shoot me a PM if you decide its too much hassle to deal with. I have a buddy that's looking for a parts burb to use for his build. Might be enough worth saving between the two that will make one really nice one.
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52Napco thats a sharp lookin burb!I still have yet to see another 70 1/2 ton 4x4 with a 4spd. I know theres some out there i just havent seen any in person.

CG I will keep that in mind, thanks!
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Re: 1970 4x4 burb worth saving?

My vote is to save it. But when I win the lottery there will be people who will claim I wasted my fortune trying to be like Jay Leno.
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52Napco thats a sharp lookin burb!I still have yet to see another 70 1/2 ton 4x4 with a 4spd. I know theres some out there i just havent seen any in person.

CG I will keep that in mind, thanks!
Ok thanks, Ill hold off telling him though. Hate getting him excited lol
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Old 01-08-2019, 08:34 PM   #16
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Re: 1970 4x4 burb worth saving?

Mine was pretty rusty too but I saved it.

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Old 01-09-2019, 03:51 PM   #17
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Mine was pretty rusty too but I saved it.

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I just checked out your build thread, nice work! Mine looks about the same condition as the one you took the sawsall to lol.
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I just checked out your build thread, nice work! Mine looks about the same condition as the one you took the sawsall to lol.
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LOL, there is an answer that's to the point.
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Yikes!

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Thanks for the vote of confidence! haha it will definitely be a lengthy build thread if I get around to making one
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Re: 1970 4x4 burb worth saving?

i would say, just get it and save it ( depending on the price and if you are interested in it )
throw it to the side ( what is a few more months of sitting till you get to it, its obvious sat a lot longer than that )
once the the project is over ( as the garage is finished ), you can roll it in \

half the time i have noticed, its searching for a project ( near by and at a decent price ), imo
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i would say, just get it and save it ( depending on the price and if you are interested in it )
throw it to the side ( what is a few more months of sitting till you get to it, its obvious sat a lot longer than that )
once the the project is over ( as the garage is finished ), you can roll it in \

half the time i have noticed, its searching for a project ( near by and at a decent price ), imo
Oh i already own it, its in my driveway, and so far im into it a whopping 10$, so im doing alright. Im actually going to make a 6 hour round trip drive this weekend to oregon to pick up a set of wheels and tires ive wanted on a rig for a long time. Im saving her!
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