New SoCal member with a Suburban

Discussion in 'Member Introductions' started by Gryphon, Dec 14, 2009.

  1. Gryphon

    Gryphon New Member


    New old guy here. After a really bad experience with a 77 Suburban and an even worse time with a Dodge minivan, I spotted a white Suburban languishing on a lemon lot. I only passed that way when they were closed or I was working, but finally went to look at it on a day off.

    It had been a auction buy and sat for several months at this lot. We were terribly upside down on the minivan, but it had to go and we needed more seats. Guy gave us a great deal and the best buying experience from a lot yet, and I drove home my new-to-me 1999 Suburban LS with the 5.7 and towing package. It's the first 2wd truck I've ever owned. I still had my old Jeep CJ7, so the wife drove it most of the time until recently when a move to Cali forced me to sell my Jeep and buy the wife a Saturn coupe.

    We've had the truck for about 3 years now and she will finally be paid for with this year's tax return! (transferred the remainder of the van loan to the truck)

    She's been about the most reliable rig I've ever owned. Not had to do a single thing aside from new tires, oil changes and a fan belt. I now need to replace some front suspension/steering joints and fix the ac. Aside form that, heck, I get 17 mpg at 80 and well over 20 at 65mph and she carries all five kids and all their crap!

    I have plans for her, oh yes. The striping is peeling off and the paint needs refreshed and years worth of door dings need to be bumped out, but she still cleans up nice. When I do the steering joints, I want to look for either some SS454 parts or find some performance upgrades for the suspension. I dropped in a K&N filter already, but am still trying to determine if a CARB certified intake tube is worth while. A custom exhaust (I want rear-exit dual tubes) and a chip or programmer are on the wish-list, along with nicer rims (like a Torque-Thrust style 5 spoke) and hot-rod sized 50 series or so tires for that old-school look and to accentuate the stock raked look. I'd love to repaint her black, but may just find a black Tahoe and rock that too.

    Edit: Got a crappy cell pic for now. I'll get some better shots with the real camera and toss them up later.
    Last edited: Dec 19, 2009
  2. Shorty 71

    Shorty 71 New Member

    Welcome to the forum!!
  3. Eddie Z71

    Eddie Z71 New Member

    Hi, and welcome to the site!:glasses:
  4. adidasboy918

    adidasboy918 New Member

    :sign0016: to the group. Where about in So Cal are you at?
  5. retired2001

    retired2001 New Member

    Welcome to the site! Lots of Sub' on teh site, have fun!
  6. TRPLXL2

    TRPLXL2 New Member

    Welcome to the club!

    Okay I'm visualizing............visualizing,..........visualizing,..........okay got it. That is an awesome looking truck, keep up the great work. J/K would love to see real pictures of it, because my mind is having it lifted with bogger tires and an awesome two tone paint job! :sign0011:
  7. s5belford

    s5belford New Member

    Welcome to the club!!!

    Just a tip for the exhaust... If you are still doing a lot of family hauling with her I'd hold off or get something mild. Don't get me wrong I LOVE my exaust but 90% of the time I'm by myself but if I was always carting around a family I'm not sure I'd like it as much.

    Just a tip for ya, but glad you've put a lot of love into her and it sounds like a great project!!!
  8. GMPartsClub

    GMPartsClub New Member

  9. Chevyboy96

    Chevyboy96 New Member

    Welcome to the site:glasses:
  10. BLK-Z71

    BLK-Z71 New Member

    Welcome to the club!
  11. 09Z71BLKBST

    09Z71BLKBST New Member

    Welcome friend! I have already learned lots of things from this forum. I'm sure you will enjoy this site!
  12. ct9a

    ct9a New Member

    Welcome to the site!
  13. cowboyjarman

    cowboyjarman New Member

    hi nice sounding burb
  14. canislupis69

    canislupis69 New Member

    Welcome to the site!
  15. Gryphon

    Gryphon New Member

    Thanks for the welcomes!

    I tossed a junk cell pic on my opening post. I'll get some better ones later on. I'll have plenty of screwball questions I'm sure. I've been a shadetree mech my whole life. She's in pretty good shape with low miles for her age (about 120k). I've put the last 25 or so on myself, mostly road trips from southeastern Arizona to LA. We're in Palmdale, CA area now, so she gets little driving now except to take the kids to school a couple miles away. Ran her over to Santa Barbara last Thanksgiving...was quite happy with the mileage again.

    Just got a pinstriping book from the library, so I'm starting research on some new striping to replace the peeling wide green stripe some PO laid down. Kind of makes her look like a Forest Service office vehicle.
  16. Scuba0459

    Scuba0459 New Member

    Your Suburban

    I had a 98 4x4 that looked almost identical to yours. it was a great truck. I too had thought about adding exhaust and a intake but then again it was nice to have the quiet ride on the highway.

    I drove mine 380,000 km (about 240,000 miles) and aside from a fan clutch some breaks and tires it required nothing. i upgraded the speakers and put tubular running boards on it along with chrome rocker panel covers. What a great truck


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