Streetside Classics-Dallas/Fort Worth
5400 Sandshell Dr
Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX
No other automotive nameplate occupies the same time-tested status as the Suburban. Getting its start all the way back in 1935, some eleven generations later it's the longest continuously running brand in automotive history. This particular 1969 Chevrolet Suburban 'Skool Bus' is a fitting homage to that extensive legacy, albeit with a Big Cheese spin that we absolutely love. Combining classic styling with a school bus aesthetic theme and several featured upgrades, it's a seriously tasteful and unique SUV for the ages.
Although five generations had hit the market before this one, it was the '67-'72 models in particular that fueled a sharp rise in SUV sales that would carry on to this day. Sure, the earlier versions sold, but this body style really caught people's attention and sold more than four times better than its counterpart a few years earlier. Look at this Suburban and you can see why. It's got a classic ruggedness to it, sturdier and beefier than earlier versions. Its bright yellow exterior compliments that timeless look while at the same time giving it a definite vitality. Well-applied and tasteful modifications combine with the Suburban's standard styling features to create an SUV with a decidedly custom yet utilitarian appearance. Sure, it's a conversation piece, but you could also see yourself behind the wheel, taking it out on plenty of adventures. The exposed air-cleaner popping out from the hood previews the monster underneath, and the correct decals throughout the body shout out this Chevy's past as a maintenance vehicle for a California school district. It's got a very distinctive look from the sides, with only three doors for the driver and passengers, long tinted windows down the flanks, and a set of ambulance-style doors out back that are a huge upgrade over the standard liftgate. A 2-year build process transformed this Suburban from an old-school fleet vehicle into the custom show-off piece you see today, and with only 90 miles on the restoration everything is still fresh and looks amazing. The finish is extremely nice and the high-impact yellow finish is brightened even further by the spacious chrome grille, bumpers, door handles and oversized mirrors, all of which look brand new and glisten in the sun.
Inside is an incredibly spacious, comfortable, and well thought-out 3-row interior that still smells new. Its sheer spaciousness is impressive as well, as there's plenty of room for cargo even with all three bench seats. The two-tone vinyl material on the seats almost has a Houndstooth look to it, which was a wonderful choice against the yellow paint, and the door panels and panel covers in the back were all covered to match. The padded dash is black to match, and all the floors were covered in durable Kevlar spray-in material that is tough as nails and makes clean-up a breeze. Ahead of the driver is a stock black steering Chevrolet steering wheel mounted on an original-style column, and just beyond it the factory gauge bezel is filled with crystal clear Dakota Digital gauges that better monitor the engine's vitals. Up top a custom one-piece black headliner runs end-to-end and helps insulate the cabin, while tunes are provided via a modern AM/FM/CD/AUX head unit inside the factory dash slot. Out back, the cargo area was finished in the same Kevlar material found up ahead, and even with the 3rd row latched in there's still plenty of room to haul half of Home Depot away with you.
A fresh Chevy 454 V8 big block sits in this amply-sized and very clean engine compartment, decked out in matching Kevlar paint on the inner fenders and firewall that makes all the components really pop out, including the blacked-out block itself, along with the tunnel ram chrome air cleaner, the polished intake and adjoining risers, and the bright valve covers at the flanks. Dual 4-barrel Holley carburetors and long-tube headers help build power, while the serpentine belt system, modern alternator and gel-cell battery, and big aluminum radiator with dual electric fans ensure this Suburban is very reliable out on the street. A TH400 4-speed automatic transmission with a shift kit spins a heavy-duty 12-bolt-rear end with 3.73 Posi-traction gears, while power steering and power front disc brakes make moving all this heavy metal quite manageable. Underneath, the 3-inch Flowmaster dual exhaust system sounds great with or without the electric cut-outs enabled and it's surrounded by a nice, straight undercarriage that looks exceedingly unblemished since the restoration was completed a scant 90 miles ago. The stance on this Suburban is just right, punctuated by black steelies with chrome Baby Moon hubcaps and beauty rings that are wrapped in 265/75/16 Goodyear Wrangler radials.
Looking for a truly unique classic SUV that's equipped for the present and waiting to take you and your passengers on a new chapter of adventures? This '68 Chevy Subu
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