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Old 02-01-2021, 05:29 PM   #1
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1985 Suburban Scottdale

So I've been on the forum for a while posting about a few other trucks of mine like my Dad's (now Mom's) 48 Suburban and a string of OBS projects I've had over the years. I've put a picture or 2 of my square on here, but never really made a post about it. Here it goes:

Bought the 1985 Suburban in Aug of 2015 with about 106k miles after finding it on Craigslist. An original Ohio truck with only 2 previous owners (one of them for about 2 weeks) with no obvious rust. Stock 350 with upgraded TH400 installed. Being a Scottsdale it had rubber floors, no power options, and limited interior plastics. But all 3 rows were there and pretty clean.

Over the 1st winter I lowered the burb with CPP 2.5" spindles, 2" springs, and a flip kit for a 4.5/6" drop. I quickly learned why the truck had air shocks in the rear as the leafs sagged ALOT. For a quick fix I put in a cheap add-a-leaf kit and rolled with it. I also did some routine maintenance and ended up with long tube headers and custom exhaust. I also slapped some 20s on the truck and rollled that way until the next winter...

Next 'off-season' I worked on the interior. New sound deadener and radio/speakers all around. The headliner was recovered front to back while all the plastics were re-dyed blue. I raided another burb for all the rear plastics and I made up the lower panels and had them covered so behind the 2nd row wasn't just sheet metal. I put in new carpet and recovered for the front bench before a new dash pad was finally installed.

Then the vent window seals were howling, so I replaced those (still howls, but a lot less). I did a lot of other seals and felt on the front doors and tailgate while I was at it. Then before another 'nice weather season' I bought new 22s with tires and put some helper bags on the rear. Which gets me to where the truck sits today..
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Old 02-01-2021, 05:32 PM   #2
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Re: 1985 Suburban Scottdale

Here's some pics from the interior project...
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Old 02-03-2021, 12:20 PM   #3
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Re: 1985 Suburban Scottdale

Looks great!

How does it ride with 22's vs. the 20's? Did you notch the rear? How did you set up the bags? How's the rubbing on the front?
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Old 02-03-2021, 03:15 PM   #4
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Re: 1985 Suburban Scottdale

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Looks great!

How does it ride with 22's vs. the 20's? Did you notch the rear? How did you set up the bags? How's the rubbing on the front?
Thanks! I don't think the ride is much different on the 22s vs the 20s. I was running a 255/45/20 and went to a 265/35/22, so overall diameter was pretty much the same. An extra inch of sidewall all the way around never hurts, but it's not rough or anything.

I have not notched the rear but might some day. It's pretty close, but since putting the bags on I've never hit the frame rails. The helper bags are mounted to the leafs with an upper bracket off the frame. Basically a kit like pictured from Switch.

Up front I'll hit the inner fenders 2-3 times a year when I'm on the highway and run across an avoidable bump/dip at 70-80mph. Also, when my brother and I both sit up front (we're fat.. lol) I'll sometime catch outside tire on an inner lip. That's just bad offset on the wheels more than anything. I've considered going back to 20s in the front and a bigger tire in the rear for a staggered look, but it's not really because of rubbing or anything.
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Old 02-04-2021, 02:45 PM   #5
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Re: 1985 Suburban Scottdale

Mine is staggered with 18/20 with 255/45r18 in the front and 295/45r20 in the rear. I want taller front tires so it raises the front up a bit and hopefully keeps my control arms from hitting. I currently hit on the inner fenders, rub the wheel lip when turning, and hit control arms so I need to do something!!! Not enough backspacing up front is a big part of it IMHO. Of the more reasonably priced wheels, seems that Coys and Detroit Steel wheels have the backspacing I need available. I like the Coys new C10 wheels, but the color is off to me in the pics I've seen. Need to see some more on square bodies before I decide.


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Old 02-05-2021, 02:51 PM   #6
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Re: 1985 Suburban Scottdale

Nice! I think I got lucky on offset because my 20s were leftovers from a different truck and I just put'em on. A friend put some 20s on his 85 pickup after grilling me on tire sizes and had all kinds of issues rubbing. When I upgraded to 22s without issues he about shot me lol I've just not had that problem luckily.

I'm currently working on motor and trans upgrades. I've got a 700r4 being rebuilt and am going through a 350 from a low mileage 1990 Suburban. Planning Holley Sniper with Hyperspark ignition, intake, small cam and some long tube headers. Really wanted an LS but the 350 fell into my lap, so I figured I'd play with aftermarket EFI instead. Overdrive and the extra HP should be nice. Now if I can convince the wife to spring for Vintage Air, I'd be set
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Old 02-05-2021, 04:10 PM   #7
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Re: 1985 Suburban Scottdale

Tinworks Fabrication now makes a 73-87 (and 88-91) SUBURBAN only c-notch that includes the body mount.
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Old 02-05-2021, 04:21 PM   #8
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Re: 1985 Suburban Scottdale

Those wheels really brought it to life. Good looking truck!
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Old 03-25-2021, 02:23 AM   #9
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Re: 1985 Suburban Scottdale

That's a great looking Suburban. You've done a bunch of upgrades too. Should be nicer and nicer to drive.
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Very clean and nicely done!
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