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Old 11-30-2009, 12:18 AM   #1
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Thumbs up 72 Suburban Started

After looking at the 72 Burb in the backyard for 4 years i decided to start working on it, this build is going to be done in steps I removed the front clip and was able to get the motor running so my son and I are going to rebuild the brakes and static drop it, reinstall the clip, paint the rims and put on new tires so we can move it around and take the build one step at a time. The old girl need a LOT of body and metal work. We are going to replace the body panels a little at a time and built a frame later and motor after all the body work is completed. So here is the Photo she looks rough but we believe she can be saved. Vote YES or NO.
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Old 11-30-2009, 01:59 PM   #2
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Re: 72 Suburban Started

I had a running 72 in that condition , but maybe not that bad body wise. I was almost about to get started on it and lucked into a 67 with a better body but with no motor. So I ended up using the chassis and motor from the 72 and putting the 67 body on it. That might be an option for you too, just saying. Good luck.

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Old 11-30-2009, 02:18 PM   #3
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Re: 72 Suburban Started

I bought this one last month and am not sure whether or not to resell it or put it away till I can start on it. I've seen people start with less than you have there and make something special out of it. You mention that you and your son are working on it well that would be incentive enough for me if any of my kids were interested in it. Maybe my 10 year old grandson will be interested in a few years.
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Old 11-30-2009, 07:08 PM   #4
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Re: 72 Suburban Started

Thanks for the advice, worked on it a little today but it was raining in Alabama but the engine sounded great, I will post a vid as soon as I can; here are the photos of today. My camera was dead and I did not get any photos of the full clip off. The left fender needs lower front corners and the right fender is okay. The core is complete gone and I am going to run without the inter fenders will build custom inters later, the hood will work for now and the firewall is in good shape.
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Old 11-30-2009, 11:24 PM   #5
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They all have to start somewhere! My 72 Tahoe started to me as a 3/4 Ton roller, no interior or drivetrain. Not it has 3 row seating out of an 03 Tahoe, 93 Vett C4 suspension bagged, 20's and 22's and an 05 vortec with the 4L60 aod. But it all came one step at a time over a period of time. Keep it up the time you spend with your son with make it all worth it.

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Old 12-21-2009, 04:17 PM   #6
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Re: 72 Suburban Started

Keep on plucking away at her and she will be done before ya know it and you guys will be hitting the local cruise scene
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Old 03-01-2012, 11:17 AM   #7
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Re: 72 Suburban Started

Well it took a couple of years but I have started with the build...Ordered some body panels should be in soon and started teardown... photos coming soon....
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Old 03-02-2012, 10:42 AM   #8
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Re: 72 Suburban Started

glad to see ya back on it....I'll move this thread over to the burb build forum so others can following along there!!!
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Old 03-02-2012, 02:34 PM   #9
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Re: 72 Suburban Started

Thanks Geoff, I went and stocked up on my body work supplys today. I plan on starting the minor repairs this weekend still waiting on the body panels to get here that i ordered. I will be looking for suggestions to help with this build.
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Old 03-02-2012, 02:42 PM   #10
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This is a photo of my last build 68 Camaro/ 355 S.B/ 350 turbo/ 12 bolt rearend... I still have it but only drive it about 4 times a year. This surburban build is something I hope to be able to drive weekly.
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Old 03-02-2012, 04:13 PM   #11
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A few inspirational pictures




This one was pretty cool LINK
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Looking forward to the build...still going to be a father son build?
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Old 03-02-2012, 07:45 PM   #13
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Yes... he has been helping me but when I get off work he is going to work.
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Those are great looking inspiration burbs!!!....keep at it and keep us up to date on your progress!
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Old 03-02-2012, 10:33 PM   #15
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Made some progress today…I got most of the passage rocker panel removed and the front fender sanded with 80grit, the rocker was worst than I thought look like another order of parts must be made.
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Old 03-03-2012, 07:34 PM   #16
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Well I made some progress today with help from Bcubed we removed the front clip,engine,trans and front suspension and will be sending it to be sand-blasted in the morning..
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Old 03-03-2012, 07:36 PM   #17
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Maybe Bcubed will post the photos he has on his phone..
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Old 03-03-2012, 08:03 PM   #18
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Well I was able to upload some photos
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Old 03-03-2012, 08:12 PM   #19
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By the way I guess I need to tell you a little about myself, I am 46 married with 2 sons 22 and 24, I work as a manager for a local ambulance company I have away enjoy working on cars and trucks I have had many vehicles from 67 mustang to a 2006 chevy HDs and everything in between this build will be a weekly driver and I hope it will be able to pull my car trailer and camaro to other shows.
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Old 03-03-2012, 08:14 PM   #20
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This is a photo from my last car show taking at P.C.B back in Nov..
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Old 03-03-2012, 08:16 PM   #21
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This is a another build I have been working on..87 S-10 drag truck with S&W frame 18.5/15/29s ladder bar setup, full roll cage,
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Old 03-03-2012, 08:19 PM   #22
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Here is a photo of my home garage
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Just a few of my toys
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And My daily driver.
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Oh sorry back to the build..Here is the old motor and a photo of the front cab guted..
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