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#830862 - Wed Feb 29 2012 07:10 AM 1952 Suburban Update / MNSmith  
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Hmmm. Last post was 2006!! Yikes! Been busy with work, promotions, work........ A buddy hit me up and after many years wants to go racing again. He wants to (re)build a fuel altered and a top fuel FED cackle car. So I says to him, "do you know what would make a good push car?? My Suburban!!" Ahh, all it takes is a little spark!! So, out with the grand dreams of a full on pretty car! Let's get 'er back together and drive it for a while!! A little primer, a few windows...... Same web page, more pics added!! Feel free to ask questions, if you like!!
http://www.bunchobikes.com/1952suburban3.htm



#834939 - Tue Mar 13 2012 06:15 PM Re: 1952 Suburban Update / MNSmith [Re: MNSmith]  
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#835102 - Wed Mar 14 2012 03:32 AM Re: 1952 Suburban Update / MNSmith [Re: MNSmith]  
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......coming along nicely. Thanks for the pics.


1937 Chevy Pickup
1952 Chevy Panel
Pictures in my Photobucket
1950 Chevy Coupe

I'd rather walk and carry a Chevy hub cap than ride in a Ferd.
I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you smile

#835150 - Wed Mar 14 2012 05:28 AM Re: 1952 Suburban Update / MNSmith [Re: Achipmunk]  
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Thanks!!


#840324 - Sun Apr 01 2012 07:23 AM Re: 1952 Suburban Update / MNSmith [Re: MNSmith]  
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A little more cleaning, a little more paint.

http://www.bunchobikes.com/1952suburban4.htm


#840532 - Mon Apr 02 2012 02:32 AM Re: 1952 Suburban Update / MNSmith [Re: MNSmith]  
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Your definitely making progress which means your getting closer and closer and thats what motivates us to keep on doing it.


1937 Chevy Pickup
1952 Chevy Panel
Pictures in my Photobucket
1950 Chevy Coupe

I'd rather walk and carry a Chevy hub cap than ride in a Ferd.
I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you smile

#841723 - Fri Apr 06 2012 04:31 PM Re: 1952 Suburban Update / MNSmith [Re: Achipmunk]  
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Time to address the passenger side windows. A little more rot there but the pieces are saveable for now. I do have to make an outer molding lower retainer bracket. Time to dig out the nibler.


#841874 - Sat Apr 07 2012 04:12 AM Re: 1952 Suburban Update / MNSmith [Re: MNSmith]  
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#842096 - Sun Apr 08 2012 02:26 AM Re: 1952 Suburban Update / MNSmith [Re: MNSmith]  
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Looking goooooood! Comin right along a bit at o time. Keep us up to date!


Stranger
Frank in Iowa

1955 Second Series Chevrolet Shortbox NAPCO with a Rockwell Transfer Case
"Mater's Cousin"
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#843985 - Sun Apr 15 2012 04:04 PM Re: 1952 Suburban Update / MNSmith [Re: Stranger]  
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Side widows are done. As long as there is no more rain in the forecast, I can peel the cargo doors off, grind off the paint, put them in black and reseal the glass. I also got new glass for the side doors. Time to work on them things.


#844122 - Mon Apr 16 2012 01:50 AM Re: 1952 Suburban Update / MNSmith [Re: MNSmith]  
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...your an inspiration to a lot of folks. Keep it going and thanks for keeping us posted. Way to go.


1937 Chevy Pickup
1952 Chevy Panel
Pictures in my Photobucket
1950 Chevy Coupe

I'd rather walk and carry a Chevy hub cap than ride in a Ferd.
I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you smile

#845566 - Sun Apr 22 2012 01:46 AM Re: 1952 Suburban Update / MNSmith [Re: Achipmunk]  
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Passenger door glass is done. Gonna make page 5 later. Stay tuned.


#845589 - Sun Apr 22 2012 03:15 AM Re: 1952 Suburban Update / MNSmith [Re: MNSmith]  
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So Cal


#849398 - Mon May 07 2012 03:55 AM Re: 1952 Suburban Update / MNSmith [Re: MNSmith]  
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Grill. Time to get serious about the front sheet metal. Started stripping the barn doors.

http://www.bunchobikes.com/1952suburban98.jpg

http://www.bunchobikes.com/1952suburban5.htm


#849400 - Mon May 07 2012 03:57 AM Re: 1952 Suburban Update / MNSmith [Re: MNSmith]  
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Trust me. That grill is a lot straighter than it was on page one!


#849701 - Tue May 08 2012 06:20 AM Re: 1952 Suburban Update / MNSmith [Re: MNSmith]  
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#855984 - Sat Jun 02 2012 05:33 PM Re: 1952 Suburban Update / MNSmith [Re: MNSmith]  
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Multi tasking. Brakes, stripping the front of the motor, fitting the inner fenders, figuring out the power steering, finding exhaust flanges that fit, considering using the original radiator.................


#857840 - Sun Jun 10 2012 01:29 AM Re: 1952 Suburban Update / MNSmith [Re: MNSmith]  
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Got the juice portion of the stop it done. On to the power steering and fabbing an alternator bracket.

http://www.bunchobikes.com/1952suburban5.htm

Last edited by MNSmith; Sun Jun 10 2012 01:29 AM.

#857849 - Sun Jun 10 2012 01:55 AM Re: 1952 Suburban Update / MNSmith [Re: MNSmith]  
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....looking good. Your definitley gaining on it. The end is in sight...isn't it!!


1937 Chevy Pickup
1952 Chevy Panel
Pictures in my Photobucket
1950 Chevy Coupe

I'd rather walk and carry a Chevy hub cap than ride in a Ferd.
I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you smile

#857870 - Sun Jun 10 2012 04:11 AM Re: 1952 Suburban Update / MNSmith [Re: Achipmunk]  
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Yep. Plugging away. Have to work hard at not getting ahead of myself.

Thanks!


#860128 - Mon Jun 18 2012 06:07 PM Re: 1952 Suburban Update / MNSmith [Re: MNSmith]  
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Darn brake lines. Hmmmm. The morning dew sure leaves a big puddle under there. ACK! Looks like I have a leaking union. So I change that out and, nope, starts dripping even faster! And that union ain't in an easy to get to place, neither! Out comes the whole rear line. Time to make a new one...........

Meanwhile, the power steering side of the block is starting to look like something. I'm even playing with the headers.


#860857 - Thu Jun 21 2012 05:37 AM Re: 1952 Suburban Update / MNSmith [Re: MNSmith]  
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Brake leak fixed. Next!!


#862333 - Wed Jun 27 2012 03:59 AM Re: 1952 Suburban Update / MNSmith [Re: MNSmith]  
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Work continues on the power steering plumbing. Plans to use the original radiator fell through when I pressure tested it and found too many pinholes. So I'll keep using it for mock up. Some exhaust tubing showed up in the mail. So did the Tuned Port wiring. AND, I'm making a pile of things to go to the chromer. The modified Corvette serpentine system seems like it will work out. AND I think I'm getting close to wiring it all up. I'm thinking of re doing the gauge pod with modern guts. I don't want to plumb a oil pressure tube ( teen horror story ) and I don't want to use the coolant pill tube. I want to use senders.

I know, I know. More pictures. I'll work on that too!


#862336 - Wed Jun 27 2012 04:05 AM Re: 1952 Suburban Update / MNSmith [Re: MNSmith]  
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....you will most definitely like the serpentine system. Looks like your making good progress.


1937 Chevy Pickup
1952 Chevy Panel
Pictures in my Photobucket
1950 Chevy Coupe

I'd rather walk and carry a Chevy hub cap than ride in a Ferd.
I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you smile

#869772 - Thu Jul 26 2012 11:31 PM Re: 1952 Suburban Update / MNSmith [Re: MNSmith]  
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Plans, for now, is to do a wood floor in the cab. Gonna need a complete metal tear out but this will do for now.

New pics. http://www.bunchobikes.com/1952suburban5.htm


#869956 - Fri Jul 27 2012 08:08 PM Re: 1952 Suburban Update / MNSmith [Re: MNSmith]  
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Carry on brother. You da man. Sure want to see some of the pics of the build on the wood floor...thanks for sharing.


1937 Chevy Pickup
1952 Chevy Panel
Pictures in my Photobucket
1950 Chevy Coupe

I'd rather walk and carry a Chevy hub cap than ride in a Ferd.
I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you smile

#888438 - Wed Oct 10 2012 10:40 AM Re: 1952 Suburban Update / MNSmith [Re: MNSmith]  
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No recent updates. Been helping a buddy restore the 1971 world champion top fuel dragster for his friend who's been diagnosed with ALS. We wanted to get it to the October Hot Rod Reunion but looks like we won't make it. So now we are trying for the World Finals in November. I'm still on track to get the Suburban on the road and running the first quarter of 2013. We wanted to use the Burb as a push car but that won't happen anytime soon. If anyone is interested, I have pics of the dragster!!


#888443 - Wed Oct 10 2012 10:53 AM Re: 1952 Suburban Update / MNSmith [Re: MNSmith]  
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..its admiral of you do to take the time to do this for someone. Yes, I'd like to see a pic. If you can't post here send it to my email address in my profile. Good luck on all your doing.


1937 Chevy Pickup
1952 Chevy Panel
Pictures in my Photobucket
1950 Chevy Coupe

I'd rather walk and carry a Chevy hub cap than ride in a Ferd.
I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you smile

#888480 - Wed Oct 10 2012 12:46 PM Re: 1952 Suburban Update / MNSmith [Re: MNSmith]  
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Dragster Pics. Overall goal, get it restored for cackling, not racing. Basically for show.

http://www.bunchobikes.com/schultzandglenn.htm

One of my jobs was to make tank brackets. The goal was to temporarily attach the period tanks without welding on the frame (the frame is still NHRA certified.) Success on the oil tank. Not so much on the nitro tank. I miss measured and the tank sits too far back and too high. Not easy to do this stuff when the dragster is in one county and I'm making brackets in another. Try number 2 coming next..............

The Hemi still needs to be built and dropped in.

I actually have more pics of the other stuff I've been working on. Blower, manifold, injector.


#888555 - Wed Oct 10 2012 07:54 PM Re: 1952 Suburban Update / MNSmith [Re: MNSmith]  
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Thanks and good luck. You can do it.


1937 Chevy Pickup
1952 Chevy Panel
Pictures in my Photobucket
1950 Chevy Coupe

I'd rather walk and carry a Chevy hub cap than ride in a Ferd.
I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you smile

#917940 - Thu Feb 07 2013 07:52 AM Re: 1952 Suburban Update / MNSmith [Re: MNSmith]  
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Well, days are short which means less light which means not much in pictures. But, I've been working on little things. You know, the 5 minute jobs that never end. Tax return is coming, so that will mean radiator, mufflers and a few other necessary items. I'm getting a little excited because I think I am still on target to make this thing run by March. Work also continues on the race car stuff.


#917962 - Thu Feb 07 2013 09:16 AM Re: 1952 Suburban Update / MNSmith [Re: MNSmith]  
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north Idaho
Hay Mark I was just looking at your pictures.The Burb is looking good. Your gas tank sure looks like it might work for my 37 panel. Can I ask where you got it and how many gallons it is?




Why work on one truck when I can work on two and get half as much done.

1937 Chevy 1/2 ton panel
1938 Chevy 1/2 ton pick up


#918027 - Thu Feb 07 2013 01:53 PM Re: 1952 Suburban Update / MNSmith [Re: MNSmith]  
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So Cal
Thanks!

It is the stock 1951 tank that came with the vehicle. I modified it for fuel injection.


#927593 - Thu Mar 14 2013 11:26 PM Re: 1952 Suburban Update / MNSmith [Re: MNSmith]  
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Maybe I'm still on target??? More pics!! http://www.bunchobikes.com/1952suburban6.htm


#931891 - Sun Mar 31 2013 01:55 PM Re: 1952 Suburban Update / MNSmith [Re: MNSmith]  
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Still plugging away. Gotta get the intake figured out. Finalize the exhaust. Figure out what to do about the VSS and speedometer drive. Install the new radiator, install the new trans cooler lines. Throw in some engine wiring and I should be able to fire it pretty soon. Then I'll move on to wiring lights and the dash.

http://www.bunchobikes.com/1952suburban121.jpg


#931946 - Sun Mar 31 2013 06:58 PM Re: 1952 Suburban Update / MNSmith [Re: MNSmith]  
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Mark, that engine sure looks like it's nestled in there real good. you gonna be cruising SOON.


1937 Chevy Pickup
1952 Chevy Panel
Pictures in my Photobucket
1950 Chevy Coupe

I'd rather walk and carry a Chevy hub cap than ride in a Ferd.
I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you smile

#935794 - Sun Apr 14 2013 10:51 PM Re: 1952 Suburban Update / MNSmith [Re: MNSmith]  
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So Cal
Shiny stuff installed / fitted. More new pics.

http://www.bunchobikes.com/1952suburban6.htm


#938927 - Sat Apr 27 2013 01:28 AM Re: 1952 Suburban Update / MNSmith [Re: MNSmith]  
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Got the engine belt in. Really not as easy as that just sounded. It took a lot of work!!


#946031 - Mon May 27 2013 12:06 AM Re: 1952 Suburban Update / MNSmith [Re: MNSmith]  
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A couple of pics added. Been really busy with the dragster stuff. Seems like there is a show every weekend!

http://www.bunchobikes.com/1952suburban6.htm


#946218 - Mon May 27 2013 09:48 PM Re: 1952 Suburban Update / MNSmith [Re: MNSmith]  
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.....yeah, but your making PROGRESS yahoo


1937 Chevy Pickup
1952 Chevy Panel
Pictures in my Photobucket
1950 Chevy Coupe

I'd rather walk and carry a Chevy hub cap than ride in a Ferd.
I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you smile

#946259 - Tue May 28 2013 01:58 AM Re: 1952 Suburban Update / MNSmith [Re: MNSmith]  
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Thanks for the support, Alvin!!


#953204 - Fri Jun 28 2013 01:34 AM Re: 1952 Suburban Update / MNSmith [Re: MNSmith]  
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Burb is looking good Mark. Keep up the good work, it will pay off!! thumbs_up


#953243 - Fri Jun 28 2013 09:17 AM Re: 1952 Suburban Update / MNSmith [Re: MNSmith]  
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Thanks! Starting to get serious about the wiring!


#954132 - Tue Jul 02 2013 10:26 PM Re: 1952 Suburban Update / MNSmith [Re: MNSmith]  
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Well, got some wires up through the floor to mount the fuse panel and computer under the seat. I need to make a plate to cover the tool hole to mount everything on top. I'm going to have a real minimum approach to wiring with capacity at the fuse panel to add when I have to. I have an October deadline. My buddy is threatening to get an era correct station wagon to use as a push car if I don't get this thing going. Unfortunately, that dragster also requires a lot of work and the funny car needs to be ready for October, also.


#956458 - Mon Jul 15 2013 01:22 AM Re: 1952 Suburban Update / MNSmith [Re: MNSmith]  
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So Cal


#957779 - Sun Jul 21 2013 01:28 AM Re: 1952 Suburban Update / MNSmith [Re: MNSmith]  
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I hooked up the battery. Cranked the motor until I had oil pressure ( temporarily hooked up the oil pressure gauge. ) First time this thing has had a cranked motor or oil pressure since I bought it in 2006!! Maybe tomorrow I'll put some spark and fuel to it to see what happens!


#957980 - Sun Jul 21 2013 09:23 PM Re: 1952 Suburban Update / MNSmith [Re: MNSmith]  
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Sounds like your ready to Rock n Roll, Mark. I'm waiting to hear it purring like a kitten. Hope it goes well.


1937 Chevy Pickup
1952 Chevy Panel
Pictures in my Photobucket
1950 Chevy Coupe

I'd rather walk and carry a Chevy hub cap than ride in a Ferd.
I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you smile

#958108 - Mon Jul 22 2013 09:20 AM Re: 1952 Suburban Update / MNSmith [Re: MNSmith]  
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Minor set back. That poor brand new fuel pump has been sitting in an empty tank for almost 7 years. I put 12v to it and it was a no go. Need to order a new one, drop the tank and replace. Which is a good thing anyway since I think I still had one pin hole left in the tank that needed attention. Wiring is coming along fine. Maybe today I can get get some wires on the back of the fuel gauge.

Trust me Alvin, when I get it fired up I'll take some video and post it up on this thread! Still a ways to go but getting much closer.


#959055 - Fri Jul 26 2013 12:49 AM Re: 1952 Suburban Update / MNSmith [Re: MNSmith]  
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Got a start button: http://www.bunchobikes.com/1952suburban137.jpg

And some gauges ( until I have the originals updated ): http://www.bunchobikes.com/1952suburban138.jpg Start button mounted.

I still need to order the fuel pump.


#961897 - Wed Aug 07 2013 11:04 PM Re: 1952 Suburban Update / MNSmith [Re: MNSmith]  
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Alright, let's see. Fuel pump parts should be in tomorrow. I don't have any lights but all the wiring is there. I just need to hook them up! I have no radiator fan. Well, at least not installed yet. I need to put the plug wires on the drivers bank of cylinders. I need to put the correct Delphi connector on the harness for my HEI. Otherwise, all sensors are hooked up. I guess, once that fuel pump is in, I just need to check for pressure at the rail. Hopefully those dormant injectors will be fine. If I have the time, I don't see why I can't fire it up. Getting excited, for sure!!! I need to find a place for the temp sender. I think the only place I have is in one of the heads. Most of the wiring went under the plenum, down the bell housing and under the cab. My goal wasn't to make it a super clean look, but it's looking clean enough. This is gonna be fun! I'm going to need new tires as the old ones are separating just from sitting so long. They weren't the newest in tires to begin with. AND, I still need to have the VIN verified and registration finished up! A lot of five minute jobs! Hopefully I will post more pics soon.


#966489 - Sat Aug 24 2013 01:06 AM Re: 1952 Suburban Update / MNSmith [Re: MNSmith]  
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Okay. Got the fuel tank back in. Got all the ignition wiring done. Found a way to properly install my idiot lights. Cranked for oil pressure, put the prom in, put all the fuses in, key on for fuel pressure. I can hear the pump whirring, so that's a good thing. Checked the schrader at the rail and I have fuel ( with pressure.) Boy, you can smell the varnish! That worries me a bit more as the injectors might be sticky. Now, I know I said I'd take video of the first fire up, but I want to crank it to see if it would even catch. So I crank. Very tiny signs of life. Mechanics 101. Check for fuel, check for spark. I do two birds with one stone, I throw some ether down the throat. Yeah, it has spark. It kicks over good. So those injectors must be stuck.


I spray ether and crank, spray either and crank, etc. It's actually to the point where it will start on its own and idle roughly. But there are still some stuck injectors. Between the heat and the work, I'm feeling pretty beat. Me hands hurt a bunch too. So, I have it on a rough idle and you can really hear the air draw through that K&N filter. I can also hear a knock coming from the passenger lower area??? Remember, I'm on the West coast, and I bought the engine / trans from back East. Supposedly good condition with only 88k on it. I haven't run this enough to really warm it up. I also still have a little more cooling system work to do. Set up the fan, find a place for the temp sender and install the overflow. So I really don't want to run it just yet until I can see what the temp is.

The engine showed up dry but the old filter with oil still in it was on it. I still have that old filter. So I cut it open to see the contents. No metal, nothing abnormal. Definitely no bearing pieces. So, I need to do something about my cooling issues. Then I want to run that motor through a heat cycle, see if it will loosen some stuff up. Who knows what moisture or whatever got in there while it sat when I owned it. I mean, I kept it covered when it rained, but I did have the headers off and exposed throttle body. Maybe that "knock" will go away.

I'm tired. This was stuff I did over the past few days but today I spent the whole day not doing anything. Did I mention that I also worked on the dragster putting the blower back on, new header and some other stuff. Actually, today I measured stuff and started making my next parts list. And I managed to break the overflow nipple at the cap housing. Gonna have to fix that.

On a positive note, at one time I put it in gear and I could feel the transmission engage. That and the idiot lights look like they are working. The CEL goes out after the engine starts running and so does the generator / alternator light. I haven't checked voltage yet, but I'll take it as a good sign. Yes, it is the alternator that came with the motor.

Your thoughts?


#966665 - Sat Aug 24 2013 08:10 PM Re: 1952 Suburban Update / MNSmith [Re: MNSmith]  
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So Cal
I threw it through one heat cycle. A lot of rust in the antifreeze. Going to have to flush that. The more I fire it, the smoother it gets. The knock isn't as loud but you can still hear it pretty good on the video. Guess I should bring home the vacuum gauge to see how the valves are doing and maybe the compression gauge.

http://youtu.be/jY7vKiNVbng


#966703 - Sat Aug 24 2013 10:09 PM Re: 1952 Suburban Update / MNSmith [Re: MNSmith]  
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"your thoughts"

Well, I think you have a big smile on your face this afternoon. No cigars yet but it does breath!
Mark, give yourself a pat on the back, its OK, then go get two hot dogs and a big Pepsi. Kick back and take it all in. You are well on your way to a road trip. Thanks for posting and updates. I'm watching you smile


1937 Chevy Pickup
1952 Chevy Panel
Pictures in my Photobucket
1950 Chevy Coupe

I'd rather walk and carry a Chevy hub cap than ride in a Ferd.
I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you smile

#967771 - Thu Aug 29 2013 08:41 AM Re: 1952 Suburban Update / MNSmith [Re: MNSmith]  
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So Cal
I'll see if I can't get a few more pics up today.

Well, y'all talked me in to it. I wasn't going to install turn signals but I modified all the lights for them in case I wanted to down the road. Guess I'm going to throw on the bullet lights out back and a turn signal switch. At night, that single tail light just isn't enough! Plus I'm a big fan of glass lenses, so two more out back will be really nice!!

Wiring continues. All those little 'street legal' details that need to be accomplished!!

Hmmm. If AAA is open Monday, maybe everything will be in place for me to inaugural drive it down to the office to finish the registration process?? Get me some plates and be legal?

Yeah Alvin..........BIG SMILE!!!!


#968085 - Fri Aug 30 2013 06:40 PM Re: 1952 Suburban Update / MNSmith [Re: MNSmith]  
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Okay. That was a fail. I got a lot of parts in. Still waiting on tires and headlights. Been installing some little items.

Amongst the parts I ordered was a speedometer needle. Took apart the speedo to find out that it was bad anyway. Tried to jimmy it to get the needle to work somewhat, that was a fail. Oh well, took a deep breath, found a red lid from my creamer container to make a new high beam indicator lens. Repainted some other parts some non traditional colors. Installed the needle any way. The thing has a bad clock spring. So it will either indicate 0 mph or 60 mph all the time until it finally breaks. But it should count miles just fine. If I need MPH, I'll just break out an old GPS that I have. I don't use it much anymore because I use my smart phones' Google Maps to keep me from being lost.

Work continues..............


#968496 - Sun Sep 01 2013 08:03 PM Re: 1952 Suburban Update / MNSmith [Re: MNSmith]  
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BIG SMILE NOW!!!!!

Got the cooling system locked down. Fired it up again. Really let it cook this time! That "knock" is quieter and quieter. Maybe a bit of rust on something that is cleaning up? Maybe I'll roll it forward on its own power to clean up my work area. Still have a little more wiring to do, brake light / TCC switch. I really need to clean up all my tools and work areas so I can readily find all the tools I need. I think I'm close enough. Friday might be the day I make it legal then start all the shake down runs! Still a lot of little things to do!!


#969728 - Fri Sep 06 2013 12:01 PM Re: 1952 Suburban Update / MNSmith [Re: MNSmith]  
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Wow. It's a little loud in the cab. Need to get some insulation going. Also, time to work on security. Gotta get the window locks back in and the door locks. The engine will need some finessing. Trans, brakes, etc., will all need fine tuning.


#969794 - Fri Sep 06 2013 05:13 PM Re: 1952 Suburban Update / MNSmith [Re: MNSmith]  
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#971798 - Sun Sep 15 2013 11:32 AM Re: 1952 Suburban Update / MNSmith [Re: MNSmith]  
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Finally, eh?? Updated page with more pics and video!

http://www.bunchobikes.com/1952suburban7.htm


#971847 - Sun Sep 15 2013 04:17 PM Re: 1952 Suburban Update / MNSmith [Re: MNSmith]  
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Oh wow, what a good story. Have got this update in the Gallery now, including the video! Will be anxious to see the October story at the race!

Thanks for all the work - here and there.

Peggy


#971982 - Mon Sep 16 2013 08:59 AM Re: 1952 Suburban Update / MNSmith [Re: MNSmith]  
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Thanks Peg!


#974769 - Fri Sep 27 2013 08:55 AM Re: 1952 Suburban Update / MNSmith [Re: MNSmith]  
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I know what that knocking is!! Time for a new power steering pump! I think the alternator is letting go too. Gonna replace both of them! The little bugs are starting to go away. As they do, the motor is getting quieter and the RPM's are becoming more acceptable. I'm driving it more. At least more further distances and higher speeds. I'm getting more comfortable with this old machine as time goes on! A new speedometer head should be delivered today. That will give me, at least, a ballpark idea of how fast I'm going. Fuel gauge is giving me issues. Sender?? Gotta do some testing. I hope I don't have to drop the tank again! I decided to go electric on the wiper motor. It was the path of least resistance. That should be coming in the mail pretty soon.


#976410 - Fri Oct 04 2013 09:02 AM Re: 1952 Suburban Update / MNSmith [Re: MNSmith]  
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Doh! And here I'm thinking the fuel sender is a 0-30 ohm like stock. I dug through my old receipts to verify and it looks like I have a 240-33 ohm. New gauge ordered. Thrashing and fixing continue to get it ready for the road trip in three weeks. Wiper motor showed up. Time to install that, too!


#978023 - Fri Oct 11 2013 10:40 PM Re: 1952 Suburban Update / MNSmith [Re: MNSmith]  
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So, I'm tired of the drivers door popping open. I figure it's time to get new latches. BTW, I spent all night testing out the push bar on the dragster while at the same time we were adjusting the clutch on the dragster. Push up to one end of the yard, then back down. It was almost comical. Somebody should've been taking video!! Finally got the clutch adjusted and was able to push to 35 mph and spin the Hemi motor. I think that part of this whole project is ready to go. Just got to drive the whole mess up to Bakersfield!!

I've been a little stressed and worried. How is this Suburban gonna do out on the open highway?? I really haven't taken it out for any freeway runs! I already know the front sits a tad bit too low, so the tires rub. I put in some of those little twisty-doo coil spring thingys and brought the front up a little. That will work out great with the 50+ lb push bar on the front bumper, the tuner and crew inside, all while pushing that top fueler down the return road. Eventually, I'll have to get some proper, non-sagging springs or mess with the wheel offset. You know those Camaro clips are a little wider than the stock track.

So, doors popping open. I figure, let's go 30 miles south to The Truck Shop and pick up some new latches and outer handles. What better way to test the 'Burb than to drive it down there. Without getting in to a whole lot of description, what a pleasant ride!! A whole lot less stress and worry. I'm going to have a lot more confidence when I head up to Bakersfield. I'm even to the point to where I want some tunes in my ride. The iPod and little speaker will have to do for now. On the plus side, no commercials!

And another plus. I topped the tank before I left. Drove down, drove back, topped the tank again. The 1986 Corvette is rated at 22 mpg hwy ( less than the same year Camaro. ) By my rough math, I did 20-22. Not bad. The mpg and overdrive, it will be a nice drive when I go on my little journey.

Okay. Back to work. Latches, middle seat, horn.............


#978075 - Sat Oct 12 2013 02:18 AM Re: 1952 Suburban Update / MNSmith [Re: MNSmith]  
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Mark, just remember, leave room for a chipmunk, I'm riding with you!!!

Way to go. Seeing what you've done is the highlight of my day smile


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#978115 - Sat Oct 12 2013 06:17 AM Re: 1952 Suburban Update / MNSmith [Re: Achipmunk]  
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Originally Posted By Achipmunk
Mark, just remember, leave room for a chipmunk, I'm riding with you!!!


Will do!! chug

Originally Posted By Achipmunk
Way to go. Seeing what you've done is the highlight of my day smile


Thanks!!


#978578 - Mon Oct 14 2013 02:41 PM Re: 1952 Suburban Update / MNSmith [Re: MNSmith]  
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Holiday today, work for two days then pack up and go.


#979514 - Fri Oct 18 2013 06:45 AM Re: 1952 Suburban Update / MNSmith [Re: MNSmith]  
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Well? Made it here in one piece. No issues to report. Tomorrow will be some pushcar practice.


#979738 - Sat Oct 19 2013 01:49 PM Re: 1952 Suburban Update / MNSmith [Re: MNSmith]  
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Yesterday, I got to push start the fueler on a practice run. THAT WAS COOL! This is going to be fun. I hear this can be watched live on Bangshift.com The parade of cars starts at 6 pm Pacific time, Saturday. There are a few Stovebolts here and there doing push duties. There is a panel around here that, if it wasn't a panel, could be a twin to my ride. I think I'm the only AD Burb here. There are other Burbs.


#980385 - Tue Oct 22 2013 01:30 PM Re: 1952 Suburban Update / MNSmith [Re: MNSmith]  
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http://youtu.be/Sph1STn-Evk

Story to follow. We are the third pair down. If you watch long enough, you'll see my ride 2 more times as I was voluntold to go push another car.


#981638 - Sat Oct 26 2013 08:23 PM Re: 1952 Suburban Update / MNSmith [Re: MNSmith]  
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Me doing my job: http://youtu.be/vduOEEccXh4

Me doing more work: http://www.bunchobikes.com/1952suburban159.jpg

OK. Thursday. Packed my bags, a tool bag, some fluids, a bag of safety gear, my ipod with a little external speaker system, extra jackets and two coolers full of ice and water. I cranked up the engine and let it warm up a little. My wife put my boy on the bus then sat in front of my Burb 'cause she didn't want me to go. I leaned out the window and told her, "I built this thing, do you really want to sit in front of it??" Play time was over. Time to go.

I hopped on the California freeway system and.....sat in traffic a bunch. Yeah, I shoulda left real early. A lot of stop and go traffic. Everything was working good. Music was cranking. A good test for the cooling system which passed with flying colors. Didn't really have any issues except when traffic speed picked up and I went to merge in to the lane to the right of me. I looked to the right and when I looked back, my lane was stopped. I had to swerve to the right to avoid hitting the guy in front of me. Next on the "to do" list, a rear sway bar.

I got to the Castaic area when my 2 cups of coffee started talking to me. Stretch time! I stopped at a McDonalds and figured I would get an Egg McMuffin or such. Duty done, time to climb the Grapevine. When this thing drops in to overdrive, the RPM's are pretty low. The whole vehicle buzzes! You start noticing when you climb the grade and it drops out of overdrive. Climbed the hill, no problem but felt like horsepower was dropping off near the top. Anyway, up the Grapevine, through Gorman and back down the other side. Good time to see if the brakes work well. They do!

Got to south of Bakersfield and figured it was a good time to check fuel. Remember, the gas gauge isn't working just yet. The Suburban has a 16 gallon tank. I put 7.5 gallons in. That makes me feel good! I should be able to do the whole weekend AND drive home. Onward and upward. Through Bakersfield and on to the track. I actually took the wrong off ramp and had a nice drive through some groves. Got to the gate and called my people for my credentials and passes. In I go. I install the pushbar and kick back, take in the place. Not much going on in the place as it is move in day.

Friday. Some more move in going on. Some cackling. Some testing. Some racing. The Burb is parked in a designated push car parking area. Early, we fire up the dragster to do some tuning and make sure everything is working well. Our driver arrives. By late afternoon it is time to try a push start. The dragster is one of the longer ones made back in the day. I bring the Suburban around, we push the dragster out of the pits and I get behind it. We haven't even made the right turn out the pit road yet. They need to push it backwards. I need to back up. Pit road is full of racers trying to get to the staging lanes. I have a golf cart right on my back bumper and they aren't moving backwards. Chaos multiplied. We finally get the dragster around. I get behind it. We finally start moving towards the staging lanes. http://www.bunchobikes.com/chrrstaging.jpg After getting up through the staging lanes, we finally are waved forward to do a push start. The dragster roars to life with a bang like an M80. http://www.bunchobikes.com/1952suburban159.jpg All works well. We push back to the pits, park the dragster and I park the Burb. The big show, Saturday night is next!


#981660 - Sat Oct 26 2013 11:08 PM Re: 1952 Suburban Update / MNSmith [Re: MNSmith]  
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Mark, Congrats! Looks good! More pictures please.
Don


#981900 - Mon Oct 28 2013 02:42 AM Re: 1952 Suburban Update / MNSmith [Re: MNSmith]  
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.....some guys are having waaaay to much fun smile


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#983086 - Fri Nov 01 2013 11:29 PM Re: 1952 Suburban Update / MNSmith [Re: MNSmith]  
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He he. Pictures. I wish. I was the guy doing the work. No time to take pictures. There should be plenty on the web by now. Pics and video.

So, Saturday. We get there early. I see a guy using my push bar as a rest so he could take pictures of the parade of cars going by. No worries. We do a morning cackle to make a little noise and make sure all is good with the dragster. Sometime during the day, an engine builder comes by and asks our crew chief about the tune up. After a little discussion, he gives him a few tips to use. We do a late afternoon fire up to make sure the dragster has heat in it for the big parade. Boy does it sound and look good! Those tips really paid off. When I'm not busy working or helping with the dragster, I go wander. I look at other cars, the small swap meet, etc. I wander after the afternoon fire up and when I get back, I see everyone getting busy. Time to get to the lanes! We end up near the front of the mass of dragsters. Funny car finishes running. Seems we are in the way of some roadsters. The roadsters have guest of honor and such. We are told to push up past the mass of dragsters so the guest can drive through. So there we are out where everyone can see us. I hear over the loud speaker the crowd being given the details of our car. Cool! The parade hasn't even started and our dragster is being pointed out. Of course, my Burb right behind it. We wait, and wait. Then, a few dragsters start to push / parade down the track. Two cars go then I have someone banging on the back of my Burb saying " Go, Go, Go!" Mind you, I've never done this before. I don't want to go first. I want to watch a little so I can see what has to be done. Oh well, down the dragstrip we go. Uneventful. Although I could have paraded slower.

We get to the other end and turn on to the fireup road. Now we wait for the other 60+ dragsters to parade. While I'm sitting there, Steve Gibbs, the guy running the whole deal, sneaks up to my drivers window and startles me a little. He ask if I would volunteer to come around and push another dragster that doesn't have a pushcar. What am I going to tell him, no? He gives me quick instructions, then disappears. A few moments later, he comes back with white shoe polish and writes a big "2" on my passenger windshield. He squeezes a little too hard and white stuff goes all over my cowl. He tries rubbing it off. Whiles he's doing that, I tell him "Don't worry, I got more black paint!" This gets him laughing. That's a good thing, to get Steve laughing!!.............


#993743 - Fri Dec 20 2013 06:44 AM Re: 1952 Suburban Update / MNSmith [Re: MNSmith]  
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Waiting our turn: http://www.bunchobikes.com/sng138.jpg

So, let's see. Steve Gibbs is laughing. Steve Gibbs. Who is Steve Gibbs?? He is THE MAN!! He ran NHRA as the Competition Director for many years. Some say the NHRA has gone down hill since he retired. http://www.bunchobikes.com/stevegibbs.jpg After he retired, he MADE the NHRA Museum. He is now semi retired. http://www.bunchobikes.com/stevegibbstoday.jpg He runs most of these NHRA Nostalgia shows. So when Steve asks if I'll push another car, you bet!!

So, we're in line waiting. Off goes the first car. Steve then asks us to roll up and wait. He sends off another car. We wait. Then he waves us on. What a thrill!! Our dragster fires up. Funny, later on when I talked to our driver, he says that that is the earliest he ever fired up. See, he knows how to put on a good show and he knows it is about the show. When they used to push start for racing, they would wait until the very last minute to fire so that they could conserve fuel for the race. Weight is everything and having that heavy nitro in the tank helps keep the front end from flying up in the sky. Tonight, this thing is going to burn fuel for a half mile. 1/4 mile down the fireup road and 1/4 mile up the track. Plus a few extra minutes to wow the crowd.

In the Suburban, I have the Crew Chief, the Crew Chief's wife, the owner, his wife and me. Since we are going to push another car, the Crew Chief is going to roll out of the Burb as I drive past to go to my next push. I ask the owner of the dragster to stay with me in case I need any help at the other end. The ladies stay with us too. I only have the front row and the middle row. Enough for all of us.

So, the dragster fires up. I follow him but then I need to stop. That darn dragster is so long it won't make the turn back up the track. It needs to be pushed back and turned again. Up he goes. Now, the volunteers or workers aren't clear on how things work. Half of them want me to go on the other side of the wall where most of the push cars will end up going. The other half say, "No. He has the '2'! He goes up the track!!" I follow the dragster up the track. Our driver makes his way down the track and turns in to his spot as directed. I slow enough for the Crew Chief to get out and I continue down the track with the rest of my passengers. Hey! First time I've ever been down a drag strip and it's in a 1951 Chevrolet 3106!!

But why am I telling you all of this???? Watch for yourselves!! In HD with sound!! http://youtu.be/vduOEEccXh4

By the way. Watch as that engine takes heat and the flames get longer and longer and longer........... More to come. Next, I go around to push another car.


#1037945 - Thu Jun 26 2014 03:59 AM Re: 1952 Suburban Update / MNSmith [Re: MNSmith]  
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Eh. Dang water pump gave out.


#1129009 - Sun Oct 11 2015 08:25 PM Re: 1952 Suburban Update / MNSmith [Re: MNSmith]  
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Been a little while. Just painted the inside rear walls. Small parts and trim are at the powder coater.


#1129173 - Mon Oct 12 2015 10:08 PM Re: 1952 Suburban Update / MNSmith [Re: MNSmith]  
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need some pics when he powder coated pieces come back.


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#1129418 - Wed Oct 14 2015 04:34 AM Re: 1952 Suburban Update / MNSmith [Re: MNSmith]  
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#1129550 - Thu Oct 15 2015 01:36 AM Re: 1952 Suburban Update / MNSmith [Re: MNSmith]  
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Good work Mark. Doggone it, some guys have all the talent!!


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#1129612 - Thu Oct 15 2015 02:15 PM Re: 1952 Suburban Update / MNSmith [Re: MNSmith]  
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Thanks Alvin!!


#1135306 - Fri Nov 20 2015 11:29 PM Re: 1952 Suburban Update / MNSmith [Re: MNSmith]  
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Well, let's see. Got some headliner done. I'll give a thumbs up on using ABS as a medium instead of cardboard. Got my trim back from powder coat and installed it. Took it to various shows and got a lot of compliments. I'm going to add a trans cooler up front just because I don't want to cook the trans again. In fact, that is my goal for 2016 along with the regular work. Regular work will be to finish painting the inside. 2016 goals are to install a trans cooler, rear sway bar, and finally purchase the shorter A arms from Fatman and install those. Also, I'd like to finally grind all the outer layers and put it in a coat of epoxy. More pics for your viewing pleasure:

http://www.bunchobikes.com/1952suburban175.JPG
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#1135307 - Fri Nov 20 2015 11:35 PM Re: 1952 Suburban Update / MNSmith [Re: MNSmith]  
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BTW, back when the water pump when out, I was sold a wrong rotation pump. Had over heating problems going to one of the events. Changed the pump there. Solved the problem. That there is the explanation on the trans over heat comment. I think all is good now in the cooling area of things but it sure wouldn't hurt to add that trans cooler. Maybe later I will relate the chain of events on that little ol' water pump!


#1135318 - Sat Nov 21 2015 01:03 AM Re: 1952 Suburban Update / MNSmith [Re: MNSmith]  
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Mark, you give me bunches of ideas as I have yet to put my headliner in the panel. I did use the ABS firewall cover piece and liked it. Sooo many ideas! That's a good looking headliner.


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1952 Chevy Panel
Pictures in my Photobucket
1950 Chevy Coupe

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I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you smile

#1136395 - Thu Nov 26 2015 08:54 AM Re: 1952 Suburban Update / MNSmith [Re: MNSmith]  
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Great job on the headliner. thumbs_up

John


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#1136703 - Sat Nov 28 2015 02:01 PM Re: 1952 Suburban Update / MNSmith [Re: MNSmith]  
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The abs looks far more solid than the cardboard I have seen installed in other "restored" suburbans. Great job!


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#1140364 - Sun Dec 20 2015 07:53 PM Re: 1952 Suburban Update / MNSmith [Re: MNSmith]  
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So, when the water pump was giving me fits, he motor would cook and the trans would boil over dumping trans fluid on the exhaust. Luckily, no fires. I do have a small extinguisher bolted in the back. When I was at the races, I fixed the water pump and have had no overheating problems since. However, while driving back home from the races, I hit the pass at 70+. Uphill it was booking and the motor stayed cool, but the trans got a little hot. It, again, pushed a little oil out the dip stick tube. I slowed down a bit, things cooled down and I had no problems the rest of the way home. Well, it was, literally, down hill the rest of the way. So, one of the projects I needed to do next was a trans cooler in addition to what is already plumbed through the radiator. Enjoy the pics. The last picture shows the old connection to the radiator with the new connection to the cooler. The choice was make it look pretty or make it service-able. I went with service-able. I can break the connection right there and connect to a trans flush machine when needed.

http://www.bunchobikes.com/1952suburban186.JPG
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#1169691 - Thu Jun 16 2016 05:50 AM Re: 1952 Suburban Update / MNSmith [Re: MNSmith]  
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Well, been spending a lot of time just going in to the shop and staring at the thing. Did a little bit more than just stare at it today. Working on painting the dash.

http://www.bunchobikes.com/1952suburban191.jpg
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#1169800 - Fri Jun 17 2016 01:15 AM Re: 1952 Suburban Update / MNSmith [Re: MNSmith]  
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Mark, progress is progress, no matter how much, or how little. It will get done! Thanks for sharing.


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1950 Chevy Coupe

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I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you smile

#1182861 - Fri Sep 16 2016 04:15 AM Re: 1952 Suburban Update / MNSmith [Re: MNSmith]  
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No, no. Not sleeping. More paint. Seat riser, dash, door jambs and currently grinding on the inner doors. I'll get pics up soon. Oh yeah, added new side panels. No more cardboard. Now with ABS. Added some walking area / courtesy lighting and speakers. Finalized the spot light install.


#1183247 - Mon Sep 19 2016 03:16 PM Re: 1952 Suburban Update / MNSmith [Re: MNSmith]  
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As promised, pictures.

http://www.bunchobikes.com/1952suburban194.JPG
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#1187449 - Wed Oct 19 2016 01:25 PM Re: 1952 Suburban Update / MNSmith [Re: MNSmith]  
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Finished the paint up front, dash, jambs, doors. Next will be the rear landing and doors. But first? The drag races. Yep, that time of year. Oh yeah, added some lighting to the underside of the dash to give some general foot well lighting. Now I'm going to give some thought to some door switches. I have plenty of room in the jamb for the rear door. The fronts look like they might be a little tight. So I might have to rethink the normal switch.

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#1187461 - Wed Oct 19 2016 03:13 PM Re: 1952 Suburban Update / MNSmith [Re: MNSmith]  
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nice, you might consider moving to the Project forum where
folks can see whats up... you have done a lot of good work


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#1187594 - Thu Oct 20 2016 04:20 AM Re: 1952 Suburban Update / MNSmith [Re: MNSmith]  
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I thought the Project Forum was invite only?


#1209069 - Sat Mar 18 2017 12:18 AM Re: 1952 Suburban Update / MNSmith [Re: MNSmith]  
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Okay! Rear doors are off! Time to sand and paint!


#1213255 - Sun Apr 16 2017 12:53 AM Re: 1952 Suburban Update / MNSmith [Re: MNSmith]  
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#1213268 - Sun Apr 16 2017 01:28 AM Re: 1952 Suburban Update / MNSmith [Re: MNSmith]  
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Only thing I can say is Good Job. I wish I had your patience! Thanks for the update pictures.


1937 Chevy Pickup
1952 Chevy Panel
Pictures in my Photobucket
1950 Chevy Coupe

I'd rather walk and carry a Chevy hub cap than ride in a Ferd.
I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you smile

#1213342 - Sun Apr 16 2017 12:51 PM Re: 1952 Suburban Update / MNSmith [Re: MNSmith]  
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outstanding sir!!


id rather be playin!!!

#1213378 - Sun Apr 16 2017 04:59 PM Re: 1952 Suburban Update / MNSmith [Re: MNSmith]  
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Thanks all!! I work on it as time and budget allows.


#1213758 - Wed Apr 19 2017 03:32 AM Re: 1952 Suburban Update / MNSmith [Re: MNSmith]  
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#1213812 - Wed Apr 19 2017 01:54 PM Re: 1952 Suburban Update / MNSmith [Re: MNSmith]  
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#1214035 - Fri Apr 21 2017 01:51 AM Re: 1952 Suburban Update / MNSmith [Re: MNSmith]  
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Looking good man!


Phillip

"ODSS book club librarian"

1941 Chevy Suburban
1949 GMC Suburban
1945 GMC half ton truck
1946 Chevy COE

http://s1291.beta.photobucket.com/user/TrknGMC/media/IMG_1873_zpsd16f64ec.mp4.html?sort=3&o=0

http://s1291.beta.photobucket.com/user/TrknGMC/library/

#1214108 - Fri Apr 21 2017 02:53 PM Re: 1952 Suburban Update / MNSmith [Re: MNSmith]  
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I hate weatherstrip adhesive. Quite messy. It doesn't help that my tube of black was no longer effective. Luckily, my tube of yellow was up to the task. Tried something different. Tried to mask of the area that I didn't want to have glue get on. Worked reasonably well.

Except for installing the windows, I'm about done with the back doors. The paint and body work turned out the way I wanted on the inside. The exterior could use a little more smoothing. I did a temporary fix for the everlasting drooping handle. I ground off about 3/16" from the tip and coated the raw end with some silver paint. Now it clears the door panel. I've fitted the window rubber, now I just need to superglue the ends together. When I removed the tail light at the beginning of the project, I yanked a wire out of the socket, so that needed repair. I soldered a new contact to the offending wire. Then did the same to the good wire so both would match height wise inside the socket.

Car show season is upon me. I definitely have push truck duty in June and at the end of September. In fact, I was supposed to take it for push car duty on May 4, 5 and 6 in Tucson but plans changed and I will be hauling a really nice shoebox Ferd for a friend. I also want to drive it as the weather is nice. But that roof and the hood are calling to me!! They both want to be ground down and coated with that nice Southern Polyurethane Epoxy Primer!! Guess I have some scheduling and decisions to make!

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#1214162 - Sat Apr 22 2017 12:15 AM Re: 1952 Suburban Update / MNSmith [Re: MNSmith]  
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Your doing good work, Mark. I also cut a 1/4" off my rear door handle and shot it with some chrome paint. Heck, you never see the end anyway! The handle was so close without cutting it. Smart move....continue on and continue keeping us updated!!


1937 Chevy Pickup
1952 Chevy Panel
Pictures in my Photobucket
1950 Chevy Coupe

I'd rather walk and carry a Chevy hub cap than ride in a Ferd.
I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you smile

#1214259 - Sat Apr 22 2017 11:32 PM Re: 1952 Suburban Update / MNSmith [Re: MNSmith]  
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The first time I got rear glass rubber from Classic Parts, the stuff was somewhat hard. When I installed the glass, a lot of the inner lip tore off. I wasn't afraid the glass was going to fall out, so I just left it. This time around, the rubber I bought from Classic seemed to be softer. I laid it in the opening and cut it 1/2" longer than needed. I superglued the two ends together. I also opted for new glass with green tint to match my windshield glass. The glass installed without using any kind of lube. Pretty easy morning. Reattached the rear apron and bumper. Time to unload all the Pergo I put in there to store and make the Burb fit in the shop. I'm also going to wash it and dust out the inside. I have a Sunday microbrewery/car show to go to tomorrow. So I might as well drive it there!

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#1214296 - Sun Apr 23 2017 03:57 AM Re: 1952 Suburban Update / MNSmith [Re: MNSmith]  
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BTW, Alvin. The difference between new glass and the old is night and day!


#1214764 - Wed Apr 26 2017 03:52 AM Re: 1952 Suburban Update / MNSmith [Re: MNSmith]  
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Thanks for the response, Mark. I don't have the need now but somewhere down the road I may put new in. Thanks for the update. They are always welcomed.


1937 Chevy Pickup
1952 Chevy Panel
Pictures in my Photobucket
1950 Chevy Coupe

I'd rather walk and carry a Chevy hub cap than ride in a Ferd.
I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you smile

#1214875 - Wed Apr 26 2017 11:37 PM Re: 1952 Suburban Update / MNSmith [Re: MNSmith]  
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Replaced the drivers cargo door bumper and took one of my old side handles, applied Alvin's Tech Tip, and converted it to make a non-droopy cargo door handle. Instead of a grinder, I had a new toy to play with. A mill/drill. So I chucked in an end mill, made 4 flats, then took it to the final fitting with my die grinder and a sanding disc. Fits super snug!

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#1214910 - Thu Apr 27 2017 02:27 AM Re: 1952 Suburban Update / MNSmith [Re: MNSmith]  
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Where did you find the cargo door bumper? Nice work.


Phillip

"ODSS book club librarian"

1941 Chevy Suburban
1949 GMC Suburban
1945 GMC half ton truck
1946 Chevy COE

http://s1291.beta.photobucket.com/user/TrknGMC/media/IMG_1873_zpsd16f64ec.mp4.html?sort=3&o=0

http://s1291.beta.photobucket.com/user/TrknGMC/library/

#1214925 - Thu Apr 27 2017 03:23 AM Re: 1952 Suburban Update / MNSmith [Re: MNSmith]  
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Phillip, its been a while but I got mine from Steele Rubber. Kind of expensive for one little rubber bumper but they were the only one I found to have them. Paid over ten bucks 4 years ago.

...Mark, if you found them somewhere else please clue us in. I have a friend that will need a couple soon.


1937 Chevy Pickup
1952 Chevy Panel
Pictures in my Photobucket
1950 Chevy Coupe

I'd rather walk and carry a Chevy hub cap than ride in a Ferd.
I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you smile

#1214942 - Thu Apr 27 2017 06:19 AM Re: 1952 Suburban Update / MNSmith [Re: MNSmith]  
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https://8020.net/40-2849.html

Thickness is pretty close and a slightly bigger diameter. I would also suggest a bigger washer than what they ship it with.


#1214955 - Thu Apr 27 2017 02:48 PM Re: 1952 Suburban Update / MNSmith [Re: MNSmith]  
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Nice! I will get mine ordered. I have my old one on my work bench and have wondering where do I find one of these??

Appreciate the photos too.


Phillip

"ODSS book club librarian"

1941 Chevy Suburban
1949 GMC Suburban
1945 GMC half ton truck
1946 Chevy COE

http://s1291.beta.photobucket.com/user/TrknGMC/media/IMG_1873_zpsd16f64ec.mp4.html?sort=3&o=0

http://s1291.beta.photobucket.com/user/TrknGMC/library/

#1215025 - Thu Apr 27 2017 11:23 PM Re: 1952 Suburban Update / MNSmith [Re: MNSmith]  
Achipmunk  Offline
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Thank you Mark. I believe a new one will tighten up my rear door a bit without having to finagle the latch catches. Your our hero!


1937 Chevy Pickup
1952 Chevy Panel
Pictures in my Photobucket
1950 Chevy Coupe

I'd rather walk and carry a Chevy hub cap than ride in a Ferd.
I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you smile

#1215069 - Fri Apr 28 2017 02:43 AM Re: 1952 Suburban Update / MNSmith [Re: MNSmith]  
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That's what I noticed about mine. The door sat where I wanted it to be, but the old bumper had a gap between it and the rear sill. With the new rubber, it rests on the sill. I haven't driven it yet to see if there are any less squeaks, but I like what I see.

Glad I could help!!


#1218887 - Sat May 27 2017 06:16 AM Re: 1952 Suburban Update / MNSmith [Re: MNSmith]  
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Okay. So, as I've mentioned a few times, I use the Suburban to push a vintage dragster around. It's a show thing. Looks something like this: http://www.bunchobikes.com/1952suburban159.jpg

Anyway, I had made an attachment to my front bumper to attach the push board to. When the push board wasn't there, the attachment looked like ugly bull horns and was a shin beater if you weren't watching where you were going. So, I decided some time ago to move the receiver behind the front bumper. I still have a little more work to do, but the picture tell the story. After June, since I have a couple of shows to attend, I will again remove the bumper and pieces to take to have chromed. Enjoy the pics!

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#1218917 - Sat May 27 2017 03:34 PM Re: 1952 Suburban Update / MNSmith [Re: MNSmith]  
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Texas
Mighty sweet pusher you got there!


1946 1.5-Ton Chevy Shorty Bus
In the Stovebolt Gallery
More pix on Flickr

All my best --- Tango

#1219818 - Sat Jun 03 2017 01:50 AM Re: 1952 Suburban Update / MNSmith [Re: Tango]  
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So Cal
Originally Posted By Tango
Mighty sweet pusher you got there!


Thanks!!

Made the hole fillers. They are spring loaded. So when I pull the pins, they pop out an inch or so. That way they are easy to remove. I buffed what chrome was left on them. So now it looks like two post-it notes on the bumper.

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Next up was to remove the tailshaft housing, reset the drive gear for the speedo with a new clip. New seals, new bushing for the yoke and new driven gear with more teeth to slow the speedo down a little. Not much in pictures for that except for the aftermath with a shot of the VSS.

http://www.bunchobikes.com/1952suburban302.jpg


Gratuitous pic of the driveshaft decal.

http://www.bunchobikes.com/1952suburban303.jpg


#1221874 - Sun Jun 18 2017 11:49 PM Re: 1952 Suburban Update / MNSmith [Re: MNSmith]  
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So Cal
Been going to a lot of car shows lately. One thing I managed to do was adjust the front sheet metal. Aligned the hood and closed up the gaps between hood and fender. I think my drivers inner fender is a '54 as that's what a previous owner put on the truck for a replacement fender. I changed to a proper fender long ago. Holes didn't line up whatsoever at the grill. Made new holes. Bolted the fender through the inner fender to the grill. It's amazing how many squeaks go away when you do that. I still need to replace the drivers outer cowl panel along with the inner to outer piece. But that will come much later. I have another show or two next weekend. Then I can put the thing back in the shop and start grinding and smoothing the roof. I'll need it ready for another show or two in September. Plans are to spend a couple of summer months getting the roof in epoxy primer and, hopefully, even the hood and front fenders! Oh yeah, the front bumper should be going to the chrome shop also.


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