1971 Chevy Suburban Redux

A chronicle of the rebuilding and rebirth of an American classic &mdash the
1971 3/4 ton Chevy Suburban.

1967-1972 Chevy Suburbans

Since high-school back in the mid-90s I’ve had a strange sort of crush on the classic 1967-1972 Chevy trucks. A buddy of mine had a ‘69 Chevy C10 longbed. The floorpans had rust holes and I thought it was pretty cool to blast around town in that old Chevy, watching the pavement below us through those rust holes. It had a small block Chevy 350 in it, and it just seemed to have some real personality.

As an adult I’ve owned lots of SUVs, and the most useful vehicle I’ve ever owned was a 1999 Chevy Suburban. Huge, comfortable, versatile. I sold it a few years back for a smaller SUV. I tried a couple of Jeeps, but just missed the big Suburban too much. While in the market for a later model Sub, I came across this old 1971 Chevy Suburban that had been sitting in a barn in Kirksville for years. It was easily in my cash-budget for purchasing a new vehicle (although I had to know repairs and restoration would bloat that budget significantly).

I took a chance, and so far I’ve been pretty pleased. It’s a restoration in progress, that’s for sure. But I still get that sort of adventurous feel that we got back in high school cruising around in the ‘69 C10.

Here’s what Wikipedia has to say about the 1967-1972 Chevy Suburbans…

“The second generation Suburbans are easily recognized by having only a single drivers side door and two passenger-side doors. They were available in both 2-wheel drive and 4-wheel drive models. Engines included the V6 (e.g., Chevrolet 292-cubic-inch I6, and GMC 305 cubic inch V-6), and small-block V-8s of the current model year (e.g., 283, 307, 327, 350, 400-cubic-inch V-8s.) For the first time, a 3/4 ton version was available.

1971 saw the introduction of disc brakes on the front wheels, and 1972 was the last year for coil spring rear suspension on 2WD models.”

These old Subs have a lot of cool history, and this blog is just my own way of chronicling the rebirth of this particular 1971 Chevy Suburban.