I just hauled a fine 1984 K20 Suburban from CO and can't wait to get started on it. I have to admit it was the standard transmission 4x4 that realed me in. (Growing up in the mountains I loved driving standard transmissions pickups through the woods.) Theres nothing too rough with her that some general TLC couldn't take care of. I purchased her from her second owner and from the looks of it both were old men so I'm not going to have to strip a lot other mistakes out of it. I have a little laundry list to start: 1. My first step is to get her passed emissions and back on the road. She runs ok and doesn't smoke too much after you let her run so I might get off easy here. I'm hearing stories of denatured alcohol here. 2. Install rear air conditioning. My burb didn't come with rear AC and I'm in AZ. The front AC works great but it doesn't help much when the ice in the cooler is melting in the back. I'll be on the look out for handy ideas here. 3. Lift kits and tires. I'll need her to stand 3-4" higher so I can get some larger meat under there. I understand that I might need to regear the truck when this happens and this will be virgin territory for me. 4. Need more power!!! I'm not sure if the odo has rolled over once or twice yet. I know she smoked pretty bad before I changed the oil and seafoamed the carb. I'm hoping its not rings but I should be pepaired for a rebuild or crate should I need one. 5. Exterior. I'm looking to throw a safari style rack on the top with some additional lighting. I'd like to straighten out some of the dings and dents and either cover the exterior in vynl or rino line the exterior. There's not much point in repainting her since I'll be out in sharp scrub and brush that will just scratch the paint anyway. What I'm looking for is something that will prevent rust when the paint does scratch. My goal is to build a good solid all around fun truck. Something I can use to tote the family around when the wife is busy, use to off road, camp, and hunt, with my buddies and above all have fun with. This will be the first Chevy I've worked on in some time. My family has always been huge Ford fans while I've always been a closet chevy freak. I've always had a passion for the 80's style Suburban and now I finally got my grubby hands on one. I'm an engineer/entrepreneur that works in various industries as a consultant. I know my way around electrons but but these old trucks feed the sole. Anyhow its been a long time since I was busting knuckles on the family ranch fixing tractors so I'll be looking for any advice I can get to keep costs low and my results high. Thanks in advance for all the comments and help.