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Old 04-27-2013, 03:40 PM   #1
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Finally bought another Suburban

Many years ago I sold my '72 Suburban that I affectionately named the "bronze beast". Many newer Suburbans and several '67-'72 trucks later.....oops, I almost left out the Dodge Town Wagon I bought (because I couldn't find a decent Suburban) I fianlly brought home a 1972 K20 Suburban.

The best news is the truck is unmolested and everything is there.

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Old 04-27-2013, 06:19 PM   #2
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Re: Finally bought another Suburban

Here's a couple pics. I through in one of the Town Wagon in case no one has seen one. They didn't make many.
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Old 04-27-2013, 06:30 PM   #3
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Looks like a beauty!
I love 4x4 Suburbans!
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Old 04-28-2013, 04:39 PM   #4
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Nice Burb! Looks like a good list of options. How'd you find it?
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Old 04-28-2013, 10:44 PM   #5
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Re: Finally bought another Suburban

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How'd you find it?
A friend spotted it in a storage lot near Tomball. He knew I was looking for one.

The engine appears to be a L82 from a '78 Pacecar Corvette. Trans is a TH350. Would a 3/4 ton had a TH400 from the factory? The Eaton rear is gone and a 14 bolt is in it's place.
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Old 04-29-2013, 03:37 PM   #6
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Re: Finally bought another Suburban

I remember that truck in Tomball. When I started looking for an old Burb a year ago, it was on Craigslist. I wanted it , so I emailed seller. No response. The ad stayed up so I emailed again. No answer. I dropped it, but then the seller renewed the ad! So I emailed again, no answer. By that time I had found my current Burb and had it shipped to Houston. And then about a month later, I get an email from the guy saying "still interested"?

I never even got to see it. How is it?
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Cool burb ... I love the Dodge.
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Old 04-30-2013, 08:52 AM   #8
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I never even got to see it. How is it?
Like a 40 year truck would be; a mix of good and bad.

The good:
  • Like you said, well optioned
  • Doesn't look like it's ever been wrecked and is 99% complete
  • Runs strong and drives straight.
  • Rockers and floor look good
  • Has original dealer installed tow hooks
  • Seats have been redone. New foam and covers

The not so good:
  • Steering box needs to be rebuilt
  • Miss matched gear ratios front to rear. The Eaton was replaced with a 14 bolt
  • Some rust thru on the doors, upper wheel arches, lower tail gate
  • A/C compressor is on a box in the back. Was not reinstalled after engine transplant.
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Old 05-01-2013, 01:20 AM   #9
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Re: Finally bought another Suburban

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Like a 40 year truck would be; a mix of good and bad.

The good:
  • Like you said, well optioned
  • Doesn't look like it's ever been wrecked and is 99% complete
  • Runs strong and drives straight.
  • Rockers and floor look good
  • Has original dealer installed tow hooks
  • Seats have been redone. New foam and covers
  • The Eaton was replaced with a 14 bolt

The not so good:
  • Steering box needs to be rebuilt
  • Miss matched gear ratios front to rear.
  • Some rust thru on the doors, upper wheel arches, lower tail gate
  • A/C compressor is on a box in the back. Was not reinstalled after engine transplant.
Great looking Suburban. Nice find.

The 14-bolt is a great unit. Tough as nails and easy to get replacement parts for. Not so much the HO52/72 they replaced. I moved this to the good side of your list.

What gears are in it front & rear now?
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Old 05-01-2013, 03:49 PM   #10
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Re: Finally bought another Suburban

It looks like it could be the sibling of mine with that SPID! haha Nice score man! Glad to see another Burb (4x4 at that!) in Houston!
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