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Old 09-16-2014, 11:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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SUBURBICON, Urban Escape Vehicle.

Let the transformation begin, about a month ago while looking for a suburban for another build we came across this, it's a 1989 2wd 2500 completely rust free with a small dent in the driver side door, clean interior and even the windshield is in good condition including the factory tinted glass.

Best part is that it was only 5 miles from my house and only $500.00.







The idea is to build an expo rig that can go anywhere we want to go and take everything including the kitchen sink.

The parts that I already have so far.

Dana 60 with limited slip and 52" springs for the front.
ff14 bolt with locker and 56" springs for the rear.
6.2 diesel with a gale banks turbo.
Np203 and a np205.
Warn 8274 winch.
All kind of parts from diy4x and ORD.

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Old 09-17-2014, 10:29 AM   #2 (permalink)
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It never ceases to amaze me the bargains one can find out there.

The best part of a good bargain is if both sides of the exchange figure they got a good deal.

Last December I found a '93 K2500 Suburban Silverado with a 5.7L/4L80e. It had 205,000 miles on the odometer but from all the indications it would appear as if it has had a recent engine and transmission transplant/update/rebuild. The interior is clean, never been smoked in, all of the power windows work, and the front and rear A/C blows really cold. The body is straight and clean with no parking lot rash or rust. It would appear as if it has lived in a garage all of it's life because the paint is still shiny and not a bit weathered. I had to travel three hours one way to get it but only paid $1,875.00 for it. And I have put on almost 20K miles on the tires that came with it.

I know the dealer from whom I purchased it was glad to sell it at that price and I had seen other 'burb's equipped the same for 3X the price so I know I got a good deal.
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Old 09-17-2014, 10:42 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Looks pretty clean and solid...nice foundation to start with.....

what's with the "tiger stripes" on the tires......pwr washer?
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great body to start with!........ now lets see some cutting!
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Old 09-17-2014, 09:49 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Looks pretty clean and solid...nice foundation to start with.....

what's with the "tiger stripes" on the tires......pwr washer?
Thanks. Ya I wasn't to concerned about the tires.
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Old 09-17-2014, 09:56 PM   #7 (permalink)
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great body to start with!........ now lets see some cutting!
So if I take a foot out of the rear you'll help me weld the body back up.
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Old 09-17-2014, 11:57 PM   #8 (permalink)
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After two hours in the shop this is what I have, don't know if its that easy or I have striped to many of these trucks.



After dropping the Abomb in place I set a bare block in place.



Started working on the cross over steering from Kurt at DIY4X.



Installed the ORD engine cradle.



Did a little fab work to get the 2wd and 4wd motor mounts connected.



Rolled the Dana 60 into place along with 52" springs packs.



After one of my many phone calls to Kurt at DIY4x I decided to move the steering box forward one inch by placing my ORD backing plate forward and drilling the new holes.



Stacked washers between the backing plate and the steering box and welded it all up and ran a drill back through the holes.



Steering lines up much better now.



Reinstalled the radiator support, lined up the mounts and drilled all 16 bolt holes for the A bomb, one drawback that I have found with the 2wd frame.



I have the two inch holes drilled for the bushings and need to pull the tranny to drill out the 8 bolt holes.
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Old 09-21-2014, 08:50 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Like this , but gotta ask what happened to the crewbicon? I waited patiently for the crew to run and drive.
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Old 09-22-2014, 10:56 PM   #10 (permalink)
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The front end is done for now.
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Removed the running boards while I was at it, not only looks better but much safer for me.
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Having a removable bed when having to remove riveted spring mounts would be priceless right now.
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Old 09-23-2014, 07:18 AM   #11 (permalink)
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One could make a business finding clean trucks like that, and shipping them to PA/NJ to sell. I can't find anywhere near a deal like that in that condition. Salt kills all the metal.

I bet you could have flipped that truck for $2500 by me. So $750-$900 to ship, and $1k in your pocket, lol. Good business model for someone...

I'm guessing you're going dual batteries, etc. Are you keeping the stock roof line, or adding a camper pop up to it or anything? I'm hoping you're coating the underside, frame, etc with something for longevity.

Looking good so far on your build though. Keep up the good work.

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One could make a business finding clean trucks like that, and shipping them to PA/NJ to sell. I can't find anywhere near a deal like that in that condition. Salt kills all the metal.

I bet you could have flipped that truck for $2500 by me. So $750-$900 to ship, and $1k in your pocket, lol. Good business model for someone...

I'm guessing you're going dual batteries, etc. Are you keeping the stock roof line, or adding a camper pop up to it or anything? I'm hoping you're coating the underside, frame, etc with something for longevity.

Looking good so far on your build though. Keep up the good work.

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Thanks, you should see what I have found here, next time I'll have to send you a pm.
as far as the roof it should look stock and the underside will get sprayed for when I travel outside the southwest.
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Old 09-28-2014, 02:47 PM   #13 (permalink)
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The old brackets are out and the new ones are in along with the FF14 bolt with locker/
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Looks much better now with the lift, it now sits 8" higher than a stock 2wd.
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Old 09-29-2014, 10:04 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Couldn't help myself from slipping on my 40s to see how it looks with real rubber on it.
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Now then what could I do about the departure angle.
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Going to take the weekend off and run down to the Off road Expo and get some ideas and possibly some more parts.
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Old 10-06-2014, 07:52 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Got a lot of great ideas at the expo that I would love to try, picked up some pats but the best was the great deal that I got on these diff covers from RuffStuff, they are 3/8" thick and very well built.
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Old 10-13-2014, 06:44 PM   #16 (permalink)
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This weekend I was able to take out the interior and start measuring and marking.



cut the bottom of the rear flat, I'm looking at staring with 13" for now, it should be about 1" shorter overhand than a blazer, I can go as much as 16".



I was also able to install the new bushings and 1" body lift from ORD.

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Old 10-14-2014, 06:31 AM   #17 (permalink)
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Awesome! Cant wait to see how the bob job looks. I've thought many times about doing that to my burb.
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I see it all the time and I'm sure there's a reason, I just don't know the reason. Why the "step" in the material removal line? Why not just go vertical?
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4L80e, EcoBox/205 Doubler, 40" ProComps, Rock Sliders, Hidden Winch, Hydro Assist
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I see it all the time and I'm sure there's a reason, I just don't know the reason. Why the "step" in the material removal line? Why not just go vertical?
After the the rear line the body starts to tapper in, so I need to remove the panel where the body is parallel.
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Ahhhhh that makes sense! Thanks.
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Looks great on these 40's! Looking forward to seeing the body mods.
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Old 10-15-2014, 09:29 AM   #22 (permalink)
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Loving this build so far, can't wait to see more...
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Got some more work done today, removed 13" off the rear and with a little more grinding I should be able to piece it back together.
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Got some more work done today, removed 13" off the rear and with a little more grinding I should be able to piece it back together.
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Liking where this is going.
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