As some of you already know I am a terrible thread artist.
My pictures will be somewhat blurry, likely out of focus, and the lighting will certainly be bad.
My posts will lack detail, no part numbers or useful information for others to use, pretty much the opposite of the things I like.
But here it is... another disaster in the making.
My dad bought this '66 Suburban at the legendary Pate swap meet at Texas Motor Speedway. He bought it on a bit of a whim, it's rustier than ideal and has really only been cosmetically upgraded.
Big wheels and lo pro tires, disc brakes all around but not really implemented well. No rear e-brake cables but the forward cabling and rods is still zip tied to the frame. Coil over helper shocks in the rear and too long of front shocks.
All that aside it has a really cool vibe. There is no AC, heat only. That's a death sentence for a North Texas ride. The 283 and glide work well but with no OD it really limits the distance I would want to trip in it. My mom and dad go to Robbers Cave every year, a 214 mile one way trip. That trip for my uncle and others that are running old school power-trains has been hell.
So it became clear we needed a couple key items if we were to keep the truck long term.
My dads buddy had new Mr. GoodWrench long block that he could have. So my dad wanted to buy a new carb, intake and headers. I priced those items and we quickly saw it was going to be allot more expensive to go old school than he thought given we still needed to get a overdrive transmission and we were getting quotes for a 700R4 were in the thousands.
I jumped on Craigslist to look for some donor engines and found several 5.3/4L60E combos in the $1000-1500 range. That was allot more inline with our planned budget and solved all of the powertrain concerns. We started looking for suitable engine and my uncle found a failed '65 project that had a 5.3/4L60E already in it. He wanted the truck but doesn't like new fangled technology so we bought the engine with "tuned" PCM, shorty headers and modified harness for $1800.
With that solved we ordered a Vintage Air Gen IV surefit system.
Lets start the pictures!