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"Old Yellow"

Owned by Chris Harmon
East Hampton
Long Island New York
(out near Montauk Point)

25 May 2009 Update
# 983

From Chris :

Just to bring you up to date on my 1942 Suburban. I have been working on "old Yellow." She's got new brakes with a power booster, new springs, new front end parts, new tires, new Crager mags, dash gauges. I've been driving her when weather permits, and job sites are clean.

Hopefully paint and an interior is in her future.

If anyone knows of adaptor kits to replace the knee action shocks, let me know. They are 67 years old and still working, but I am sure the shoe is going to drop if I keep driving her as I do.



07 January 2005
# 983

From Chris:

Hey out there. Here are a couple of photos of my 1942 Chevy Suburban that I just purchased.

The story goes that this truck was one of 2000 Chevy Art Deco trucks built at the Tarrytown NY plant, sent to a storage area up near West Point and slated to be shipped overseas for use as an ambulance. Fortunately, a supply Sergeant got in over his head in a card game with a couple of local boys and only 1999 trucks went over in that shipment. This one saw us as an ambulance in a small upstate town and was later bought and the butchery began.

When I bought it, it had been re-powered with a 305 Chevy with an a.t. It hadn't run in 19 years when I bought it. I have been working on it little by little. I did get it running and believe it or not, it runs pretty good. However, it is going to get a 350 crate motor.

I am missing things like mirrors (I am told it was a blackout model and never had them), emergency brake set up, dash gauges, door gaskets.

The body is actually in great shape [ rear view ] and I look forward to making a daily driver out of her. Anyone that can offer any insight on this project can email me.

Thanks for the great site. I came across your site when I was looking for parts.

Chris Harmon


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