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Old 02-17-2011, 06:37 AM   #1
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1970 Chevrolet Suburban: Project "Beach Wagon"

1970 Chevrolet Suburban

Background:
About 2 years ago I started looking for a late 60ís or early 70ís Suburban with a number of specific options as an around town cruiser and beach wagon; something fun for the family. The key criteria were the amount of rust, any accidents and ultimately price.

I finally settled on a truck that was advertised as rust free, accident free, four speed, four wheel drive with 63,000 miles on the original small block 350 and still in its original red-orange paint with a liftgate. The two owner truck was first sold in December 1969 and serviced its entire life at the same dealership that sold the car. All the paperwork came with the truck.

The plan:
A complete frame off restoration with a few upgrades along the way, the most significant upgrade will be replacing the carburetted 350 with the E-Rod 5.3L (available in early April).

Taking cues from Hart_Rodís project, there will be some sheet metal reworking to get things looking just right, and the interior needs to be customized so that I can have fold flat seats on the passenger side (both front and rear). The seats must be able to fold completely flat, have head rests and look the part for a 1970 truck. Oddly, this is proving to be the most difficult part of the project to date. But I think four subtlety modified 1969 Camaro bucket seats (with headrests) will meet my needs.

Other upgrades will include Vintage Air, Retro Sound radio and speakers, replacement floor in the cargo bed with integrated tie down points, and Classic Instruments 7 gauge instrument cluster. Iím also changing the color to a 1968 Camaro color called Tripoli Turquoise (http://www.69pace.com/paint1968tripoliturquoise.htm) and adding roof marker lights.
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Old 02-17-2011, 06:42 AM   #2
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Re: 1970 Chevrolet Suburban: Project "Beach Wagon"

"Rust Free" never is:
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Old 02-17-2011, 06:51 AM   #3
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Re: 1970 Chevrolet Suburban: Project "Beach Wagon"

Progress continues:
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Old 02-17-2011, 06:54 AM   #4
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Getting the gaps just right:
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Old 02-17-2011, 01:42 PM   #5
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Re: 1970 Chevrolet Suburban: Project "Beach Wagon"

It is looking good!
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Old 02-17-2011, 02:26 PM   #6
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Re: 1970 Chevrolet Suburban: Project "Beach Wagon"

Looking great so far, and your progress is moving fast to get it off the frame!
I like the way you pull the body up, I think that is probably the safest way I have seen it done.

I am curious about the Vintage Air system you plan to run. I often think about doing that with my burb, since it gets flippin hot here in the summer. I just wonder how the Vintage Air holds up, on cooling such a large space in side a burb. I haven't looked recently, but do they have a system specifically for Suburbans?

Looking forward to seeing more progress!
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Old 02-18-2011, 04:49 AM   #7
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I am curious about the Vintage Air system you plan to run. I often think about doing that with my burb, since it gets flippin hot here in the summer. I just wonder how the Vintage Air holds up, on cooling such a large space in side a burb. I haven't looked recently, but do they have a system specifically for Suburbans?
I plan on running their Gen IV Sure Fit set up. I dont expect it to cool the full interior space; but having it blow cold directly on me will be worth the price of the kit.
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Old 02-18-2011, 03:49 PM   #8
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Re: 1970 Chevrolet Suburban: Project "Beach Wagon"

Wish I had a lift to pull the body off and a garage that would fit the lift. Looks good so far.
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Old 02-22-2011, 04:49 PM   #9
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Re: 1970 Chevrolet Suburban: Project "Beach Wagon"

nice work...i think they ment "RUST FREE" they werent going to charge you extra for the rust !!
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Old 02-22-2011, 04:57 PM   #10
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Re: 1970 Chevrolet Suburban: Project "Beach Wagon"

Looks like a pretty solid start despite those rust areas and will be a great driver with your planned upgrades!!!
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Old 02-22-2011, 11:20 PM   #11
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Looks like you're starting out with a nice burb to begin with. I'm looking forward to following your progress .... its looking good!
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Old 02-22-2011, 11:30 PM   #12
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Re: 1970 Chevrolet Suburban: Project "Beach Wagon"

Sounds like a fun project. Nice raw material too!! Almost makes me want to paint mine so it shines like that--almost.
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Old 02-23-2011, 12:13 AM   #13
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Re: 1970 Chevrolet Suburban: Project "Beach Wagon"

wow when i seen the first two pics i was thinking okay cool hes gonna refresh this survivor!then i scrolled down.....beautiful job on the burb, looks awsome great burb has nice rims tires and hub caps to!
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Old 03-05-2011, 09:46 PM   #14
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Re: 1970 Chevrolet Suburban: Project "Beach Wagon"

Anymore progress?
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Old 03-07-2011, 02:02 PM   #15
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Re: 1970 Chevrolet Suburban: Project "Beach Wagon"

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Anymore progress?
No pictures to show at the moment, but the body and frame are being media blasted this week.
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Old 03-22-2011, 04:06 PM   #16
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Frame back from the paint shop:
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Old 03-24-2011, 08:08 PM   #17
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that looks really good!!!
what kind of paint did you use?

I was debating powder coating my blazer frame but not sure.
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Old 03-28-2011, 02:24 PM   #18
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I was debating powder coating my blazer frame but not sure."

The frame was powder coated. The body has come back with a few minor areas of rust to be addressed:
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Re: 1970 Chevrolet Suburban: Project "Beach Wagon"

Very nice!
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looks very nice! when does it go to paint?
i see your staying with drums up front, any reason why? you said your putting vintage air in it and an erod engine so its not going to be an all orig. and disks are so much nicer to stop big trucks with larger tires

keep the pics coming!!! i love my blazers but have a big soft spot for 4wd burbans!
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Old 03-29-2011, 05:57 AM   #21
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looks very nice! when does it go to paint?
i see your staying with drums up front, any reason why? you said your putting vintage air in it and an erod engine so its not going to be an all orig. and disks are so much nicer to stop big trucks with larger tires
71 - thank you. I'm still waiting for a few bits and bobs that need to be sorted out before the metal work is completed. If all goes to plan, it will be heading into the paint shop within the next two weeks.

Regarding the drum brakes, it was a cost / benefit decision. The drum brakes worked very well; too well as they stopped on a dime. Upgrading to disc brakes would have been an improvement, but only at the margins. The bigger issue is avoiding brake lock and consequently relearning how to manage my braking to prevent it. Having said all that, I would have made the change to discs if a simple ABS aftermarket option was available. To me, that would have justified the cost.
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Old 04-13-2011, 01:26 PM   #22
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A few update pictures of the body about to go back on the frame after the interior had been painted. The color is Tripoli Turquoise (a 1968 Camaro color).
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I love that color....and your screen name. The Clash rocks.
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Old 04-13-2011, 03:04 PM   #24
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WOW...your interior paint looks better than most peoples exterior paint !! looking good, love the color
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I very rarely see people paint the whole interior very nice..
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