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Old 03-29-2018, 03:20 PM   #1
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The Burb a long time coming

...well the time has come.

I have owned her since '96, she is on the 3rd motor 4 transmission 3rd Rearend...

Was jacked up in 2000 while I drove other things that used less gas and had a/c

But in '01 when I made the decision I was gonna move on with, vehicle I chose was her.
Put a new battery and filled her with fluids and put the ol 8 lug steel wagon wheels on and she cranked right up ... needed a lil tune on the edlebrock, but when didn't it.
Drove it another 80K+...

Using the reg. info and with some help the mechanic on 1 of the 3 motors ... we figured the truck had over 480K on her.

Some of you may even remember I put her up for sale some time ago, minus the motor/tranny, because I just don't have the REAL time it takes to do it right, so it was sitting.

... but never did sell her

So after talking with the wife an her telling me she knew how much I loved the truck and all the work I had put into her over the years

We decided to give her a new life ... the way I wanted it.

And this will be her story
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Old 03-29-2018, 03:27 PM   #2
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Re: The Burb a long time coming

She was rough after years of use and abuse ... a lot of 5 hour trips uphill one way to go camping ... kids loved it
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Old 03-29-2018, 03:34 PM   #3
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Re: The Burb a long time coming

She didn't always look so bad but ... was feeling that field she once lived in
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Old 03-29-2018, 03:44 PM   #4
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Re: The Burb a long time coming

Scheduled Red to come pick her up, hadn't run in 3 months or so ...

So we coasted her on out to the street and loader her up on a trailer
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Old 03-29-2018, 03:46 PM   #5
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Re: The Burb a long time coming

... once Blake and the guys had her it didn't take long for them to start stripping her down
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Old 03-29-2018, 03:49 PM   #6
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Re: The Burb a long time coming

I mean I was like ... wow
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Old 03-29-2018, 03:53 PM   #7
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Re: The Burb a long time coming

Even here when I last saw my lil sleeper it was full of life ... and now in a deeper sleep
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Old 03-29-2018, 03:40 PM   #8
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Re: The Burb a long time coming

So I made some inquires and did ALOT of research, about a years worth, and I found someone I felt could handle this task and would want to see and be apart of this incredible project.
His name is Blake and he owns Mo Muscle Cars in Conroe, TX http://www.momusclecars.com/
and this is where this transformation will happen.
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Old 03-29-2018, 04:55 PM   #9
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Re: The Burb a long time coming

The frame is a loss, it maybe could be fixed but knowing the plans for this truck it would only get me in trouble in the end, not the most ridged designed frame.

So once again some research is being done, you would think after 47 years someone would be have a frame for these great beast ... but once again when they refer to C10 frame they mean truck so it narrows the search some and adds an increased chance to do what I want with her.

So I sent out an email to some noted frame builders and was surprised to see how few builders have the specs to do a 1971 suburban frame, though only slightly different than the truck frame
only got a response from a small handful
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Old 03-29-2018, 05:04 PM   #10
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Re: The Burb a long time coming

Cool.

And we are practically neighbors. There's a few other local Suburban guys so we'll have to plan a get together one day.

It looks like your Sub and my Sub are in the same condition of disrepair. I need to get back on the metal work.

How's the hatch? I have too many hours de-rusting and repairing mine.

Is the d-door aftermarket? I've heard they are not the best fitting.
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Old 03-29-2018, 05:20 PM   #11
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Cool.

And we are practically neighbors. There's a few other local Suburban guys so we'll have to plan a get together one day.

It looks like your Sub and my Sub are in the same condition of disrepair. I need to get back on the metal work.

How's the hatch? I have too many hours de-rusting and repairing mine.

Is the d-door aftermarket? I've heard they are not the best fitting.

Well I replaced the hatch a year or so before I gave it Blake, I found a used one on this site out of Cali for $250 +shipping and was it pretty decent shape once it was blasted
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Old 04-03-2018, 08:17 PM   #12
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Re: The Burb a long time coming

[QUOTE=Bigdav160;8225232]Cool.

And we are practically neighbors. There's a few other local Suburban guys so we'll have to plan a get together one day.




Maybe a Hill country run after its passed its 250 miles required QC test
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Old 05-25-2018, 02:30 PM   #13
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Re: The Burb a long time coming

[QUOTE=Bigdav160;8225232]Cool.
And we are practically neighbors. There's a few other local Suburban guys so we'll have to plan a get together one day.
[QUOTE=Bigdave160;8225232].


Sweet! Another H-Town area Sub owner along for the ride! Also - I would like to hear about any get togethers the rest of you Sub owners have in mind - A Hill Country run would be awesome!
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Old 06-04-2018, 11:29 AM   #14
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Re: The Burb a long time coming

Hill Country run is required ...

Wife has family in Utopia, TX ...Pop. 252 Beautiful drive and scenery

But will have to wait
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Old 03-29-2018, 05:24 PM   #15
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Re: The Burb a long time coming

and it seems we both appreciate another bow tie as well ...
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Re: The Burb a long time coming

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Truck is looking good! It looks like you found a good shop too, those guys know what they are doing, I can tell by the work so far and support bracing they are using..... Keep us updated.

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Old 04-03-2018, 08:20 PM   #17
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Re: The Burb a long time coming

... Need to make the call to Justin @ Scotts Hotrod and Chassis to get the final paperwork done so they can get started on building it.

Was happy to find someone to do what I want and can see my ideas.
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Along for the ride.....
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Cool build! Tagging along.
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Re: The Burb a long time coming

that's gonna be a nice burb when finished....really like the fuel door idea!!!
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Re: The Burb a long time coming

Thanks ... was only wanting some subtle changes externally ... that only aficionados like us would say, "Hey Wait a Minute"

Gas filler relocation

Shaved Aerial

Shave the third door handle to give the illusion of a 2 door having the sides match.
Figured it would be better than adding a handle to the drivers side rear, maybe not as funny ... but better aesthetically

Then the final touch will be the ghost racing stripes painted over Tungsten Gray ... similar to the ones on my vet but reversing the color scheme
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Chassis first ...
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Cool build! Tagging along.
Copy that!

Gonna be shweeeeet!
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Re: The Burb a long time coming

Wow looks great. I'm planning on putting mine on the rotisserie soon and will have to copy the bracing. Any shots of how the rotisserie arms attach to the shell? Also are they welding in the patches?

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Re: The Burb a long time coming

Here is a shot of the front firewall mounted on the support rail
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