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01 April 2009
From Rich :
I found this 1951 GMC Suburban on eBay. This Advance Design 'Burb used to be a Missouri school bus back in the day.
These trucks are rare in Western West Virginia. I won the bid and made the 480 mile trek to the Chicago area, picked her up, and brought her back to her new home.
The body is surprisingly solid with only three very small rust holes. The VIN tag ID's the truck as a GMC, which is backed up by the GMC logo on the dash. However, someone had an idea to restore this truck as a Chevrolet. The fenders, grille, core support, and hood came stored in the rear and are all Chevrolet parts.
I plan to street-rod this Suburban. I was torn over the school bus history for a time, but decided to scrap the bus and hot rod this puppy.
A small block 350, chopped top, bagged s10 frame, pearl white and purple paint are in this rig's future. She will be undergoing a complete frame-off just as soon as the new garage is completed.
It looks like Rich is going to have himself an "Old School" street rod.
~ John Lucas,