1952 Chevrolet Suburban
Just finished this former Kansas school bus. (After picture above ... here is one before.) Tried to turn it into the ultimate retro SUV. The concept was to keep an original look with a modern (and hot) drivetrain. The restoration was done with the help of Steve Richards of USIRON Restorations in Madison Heights, Virginia.
In its original condition, the truck looked as if it was hit by a meteor shower -- lots of dents and some rust. It was brush-painted with latex house paint and the original Stovebolt 6 engine had a cracked block which had been epoxied - ?. All the coolant ran out of the motor the first time we started it.
We kept the stock frame and welded on a Mustang II IFS (actually from a Mercury Bobcat) w/stock height spindles and with Monte Carlo power disc brakes up front, as well as on the Cadillac Seville rear end. This Burb is powered by a new GM crate motor (350ci/330hp) mated to a TH400 auto through a Lokar 23" floor mounted shifter. It breathes through silver ceramic coated hugger headers and dual exhausts (Flowmasters).
The interior upgrades include: air conditioning, tilt wheel/column, retro steering wheel, original radio converted to AM/FM. We kept the original front seat and found some TF middle and rear seats (which fit AD trucks!). All were re-upholstered in black vinyl. All the mouldings (inside and out) were replaced with stainless. Even the inside steel windshield moulding was polished to a high shine.
Interior : before and after !
I was lucky enough to find a perfect set of fender chrome, an NOS accessory grill guard and a perfect original Fulton sun visor. Aftermarket spotlight and fog lights were also installed. The resto was started in August 2003 and the Burb was just put on the road. It's a good-looking, fast and comfortable "head turner"... and I love it!
The pictures on the far left are the original condition pics of the truck, with it's original interior and motor. The pictures on the right are the completed restoration.