** First camping trip of the season was great! The truck cruised up mountains in 100 degree heat without any problems. This Truck is awesome for ... Show morecamping*** This is my 1990 Chevrolet Suburban Silverado 2500 (heavy duty 3/4 ton). I bought it in 2007 for $1,200. It was in great shape, except for the sun-baked paint and faded carpet. It was always a California car, so there was no rust or rot anywhere. It had only 117,000 original miles, a clean car fax report, excellet interior (except some carpet fading), loaded with every option and almost everything worked. NOTE: Needs paint and minor items.Beach Bourbon is equipt with a Fuel Injected 7.4L, 454 c.i. big block, a newly rebuilt TH400 transmisson, a 14 bolt 10 1/2 inch rear end with 373 gears and ABS brakes. This truck has a factory tow package can tow anything with this power train and heavy duty suspension without any noticable loss of power! I towed a 20 foot fishing boat, and it felt like I was not towing anything at all - what a beast! It is also fully loaded with captain's chairs, roof console, roof rack, running boards, power windows and door locks, front and rear air conditioning and stereo. I plan to keep it in stock original condition. I know this truck needs paint, and some other cosmetic work. I bought the truck as an inexpensive truck for hauling kids and dogs to the beach, hauling stuff from Home Depot, Costco and garage sales, towing boats and going camping. I haven't cared that the truck is ugly because I don't worry about scratching her! If I wanted a perfect suburban, I would have spent 20 times more for a newer shiney one! Ugly as it is, I fell in love with this truck! In fact, the whole family loves this truck! The kids love it and would rather drive in this old thing than our newer nicer rides; and the dogs goe nuts when I say the word "truck".Last year the truck was stolen from our home, and used by smugglers to run illegal aliens. I was devastated to see the truck missing, and relieved when they found it abandoned in a state park. The rear window had been kicked out, and the steering column was wrecked, but otherwise it was in releatively good shape. Don't even get me started on this topic, especially since I had to pay the impound fee to get MY OWN STOLEN TRUCK BACK! 'The next year it was stolen AGAIN and used in burglaries of local businesses; but we got it back the next day! Stolen TWICE and recovered both times. At this point we realized this truck is not going anywhere, so we better start fixing it up.Below are pictures of how the vehicle looked when originally purchased: Show Less
So what have I done to this truck so far? Mostly, I've done repairs and maintenance. Lube & tune, new brake booster, new water pump, new power steering uni... Show moret, two new tires (due to a freak blow out), fixed gas gauge, rebuilt the transmission and replaced fuel injectors. MY PLANS FOR THE FUTURE ARE: Maintenance - brake pads. Repair - blower motor, window molding, find a stereo faceplate for existing stereo and hopefully nothing else! Restoration/upgrades - Front bumper guard, rear bumper, and PAINT! I want to repaint it the original GM French blue to keep it as original and stock as possible. I thought the truck might have originally been two tone blue with a white stripe. The codes in the glove box show it was a single color (rather than two tone) of GM French Blue.Since the paragraph above we have done lots of things to the Suburban, starting with a rebuilt engine using the original block. Despite a good engine, the timing chain broke on the freeway and resulted in bent rods and we had no choice but to rebuild. Fortunately we had a great rebuild and this truck is stronger than most on the road today. (see before and after PIX below) The 454 is awesome as usual! We also got new paint out of respect for the truck and since we decided to take it out to more formal family outings. Check out the pix above. Now we have been to Sacramento (twice - 10 hr road trip each way), Big Sur, The Mountains (multiple times), the desert and countless beach outings. This truck has taken as much care of us as we have of it. UPDATE: in 2014 we went on a cross country summer road trip! Other than popping a fan belt in the Arizona heat, we went almost 5000 miles in comfort and style for one of the best road trips of all time.