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Salmoneye    Posted 02-23-2003 at 07:39:41       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Below is a pic of The Wifes newest rig...

It is a 1986 Suburban...Used to belong to my Uncle (the one mentioned below in the day old bread post). He wanted to upgrade, so when he bought his new Suburban, he gave this one to his Grandson...My cousin and her husband put new tires on it, replaced the fuel sending unit, new front locking hubs, and u-joints all around...The grandson then proceeded to put 2000 miles on it...And blew the tired old engine with 177K miles on it...My cousin and her husband then decided that the rig is too much of a money pit, despite the fact that the body was totally redone 4 years ago...It was offered to me for free back at Christmas dinner...

So here it is...I have already located 4 motors in various states...We are going to pull this one and open it up first...If it is rebuildable, we will put the $300 into the kit and have at it...If not, there are so many Chevy 350's out there that it is not funny...

When we got this rig loaded on the flatbed, my cousins husband was happy about haveing his 'parking spot' back...He then asked if I wanted a 'plow rig' too...LOL...I said sure thing...So after snow is done this year I am going back to get his one owner 1987 pickup with a plow...Don't even know if it is a Nissan or Toyota as I was so deleriously happy at that point...I am going to give the plow truck to my Sister as I can already push snow around...

I am such a lucky scrounge...Anybody have anything they want out of their yard???


Greg Vt    Posted 02-23-2003 at 17:36:13       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Nice rig...

You'll be able to squash them Saabs and Volvos in your way with that. ;-)

I got an old "Franklin" stove sitting in the yard the wife wants gone.

Salmoneye    Posted 02-23-2003 at 20:20:51       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Is it all there?
Any cracks in the castings?

Can it wait till after ice-out?


Greg VT    Posted 02-24-2003 at 08:33:56       [Reply]  [Send Email]
As far as I know.

Not as far as I know.


I sent you a couple of pictures I took of it while it was still in the mud room. It has been outside Since November.

I don't recall seeing the Suburban. Does the Starcraft have 'Fish On' painted on the side? A blue Starcraft named the Fish On sounds familiar, or was it the maroon one...

Salmoneye    Posted 02-24-2003 at 08:44:04       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Nope...Boat is 'Scuttlebutt'...

Think it's a Starcraft...18 foot deep-V hull aluminum sorta light greenish anyway...


Ludwig    Posted 02-24-2003 at 08:30:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
Heck I've got one too, been sitting in the camp for 10-15 years. Not cracked that I know of but smokes like a son of a gun! It got pulled from the other camp and stuck in mine.
I've got 3 there actually. One is BRAND SPANKIN NEW, never even had the doors put on. Its a very small one too...

PS Greg...    Posted 02-23-2003 at 20:22:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
You may actually have seen that rig up around Inland Sea over the last decade pulling an 18 foot StarCraft...VT Plate was 'FISHON'...

Yankee in Ok    Posted 02-23-2003 at 15:28:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
Looks like you got a heack of a ride.I would no doubt put a few bucks into that one.I redid a 82 short wide awhile ago.It had a diesel in it and the guy blew it up.I stole it for 1500 and replaced it with a 1967 327 out of a camaro.Econo rebuild and overhaul on the trans and rearend and got 9yrs out of it .In fact drove it out to oklahoma when we moved here and traded it for my 1984 long bed last nov.Good luck with it and if I can be of any help let me know.Keep us posted.

Hal/WA    Posted 02-23-2003 at 14:01:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
You may want to consider a rebuilt long block from a reputible engine rebuilder, which you can probably find locally. Then you get a guarantee.

The 350 Chevy is about the cheapest engine around to rebuild and there are lots of usable cores if your engine is too bad to exchange. A good rebuilder will have questions about what you are putting the engine in. I would suggest a new cam and lifters rather than a regrind. You also might check into new iron heads from GM. Sometimes the new heads are only a little more expensive than completely rebuilding the stock ones.

Changing out the engine is not hard at all and can usually be done in a day or 2. That SUB looks like it is worth putting some dollars and effort into. Good luck!

Salmoneye    Posted 02-23-2003 at 14:58:28       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thanks for the ideas!

Unfortunately...We are on a severe budget (read I am really, really cheap there)...No way I can justify a $1200 crate engine, when I can enlist my John Deere Mechanic buddy to rebuild the whole thing (minus any necessary machining) for $300 and two 18-packs of Molson...Heck of a lot more fun too...

I fully agree that it is worth some money to get back on the road...I didn't even mention above, the year old exhaust, tow package, 4-year old bodywork, etc...The thing is inspected trough August too ;-)

I have found one running motor for $200 with 80k miles,...I found a free one that 'was running when parked' last spring, but I have to take the rest of the vehicle with it, and I already am begining to look like a salvage yard here LOL!

I'll let everyone know what we find inside the motor in a couple months when we get to this project...The Wife is already complaining that the brand new 235x75R15 Cooper's are 'too small'...She insists that it 'just looks silly' and plans on taking her 'mad money' and buying at least 30x9.5's...About all those rims will take...And new rims are right out price-wise...Of course...I may get outvoted there too...


Ludwig    Posted 02-23-2003 at 15:30:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hey, hey, hey!
Them tires would fit on my '88 GMC! Mine are all dried out. Probably 4 years old with only 5000 or so miles but weatherchecked within an inch of their lives.
Maybe we could work a deal here?
Ping me at if interested.

Salmoneye    Posted 02-23-2003 at 16:14:26       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I'll keep you in mind, but can't promise anything...They may end up on The Wifes' current rig, and I may be driving that next winter if we end up keeping it...It is a 1989 Cherokee...It needs springs all around, but other than that is inspectable...Hate to get rid of a rig before I kill it good and proper...


Patria / PR    Posted 02-23-2003 at 12:08:08       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Yeah I do have something in my yard you could use to get some new upholstery for your freebie seats; the skin snakes leave in my porch sinc panel roof crates.


HKH    Posted 02-23-2003 at 08:41:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
Salmoneye, Every summer I have grass tops you can have, just bring your mower over every week or so and take all you want. In the winter you can have all the snow off my driveway. Good luck on the SUV and truck.

I could...    Posted 02-23-2003 at 10:08:56       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Use your clippings in my garden, and the snow to make more 'castles' for The Girl...

Where you live again?


Jimbob    Posted 02-23-2003 at 08:34:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yes sir, nice SUV. Here in Michigan, most vehicles have terrible rust at that age. Bottom of doors, fenders, etc 'blown' out & missing rocker panels altogether. No cheap vehicles here either. A running 1988 2-wheel drive pickup truck with major rust issues & 175,000 or higher miles will bring $2500 to $3000 in Michigan. It could have a major failure any moment after paying that crazy amount of money. The auto dealers have a highly organized & terrible grip here- very organized contributing to inflating vehicle costs.
I am going to Florida to get a pick-up truck at 1/2 that cost, less than 100,000 miles, no rust & is $1500. My father-in-law got it for me.

Salmoneye    Posted 02-23-2003 at 10:07:28       [Reply]  [Send Email]

Them's scarey prices...

October or November of 2001, I bought a 1985 Dodge 100 Custom 2WD, with 70k+ miles...Guy had it hotwired...COuld not find what was wrong...Paid $300 for it...Took me 15 minutes to find the burnt fusible link...I replaced it with 10 guage wire and a 30 AMP fuse...Have put almost 10,000 miles on it since...Haven't so much as changed the oil...


Cindi    Posted 02-23-2003 at 07:49:39       [Reply]  [Send Email]
You are lucky, and even more so that you have the know how to make something of this vehicle. I wish I knew how to do that stuff.

sHan no you dont    Posted 02-23-2003 at 08:03:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
ive done car and truch for to many years and it is a headace just waitin to happen and more so with the newer ones and becides that everybody you know thinks your a free repair shop every time something goes wrong with there car or sombody car they know :(

ps it does come in handy for your own use tho

Salmoneye    Posted 02-23-2003 at 08:01:21       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I had great teachers when I was young...Too bad I didn't pay any attention back then...I didn't rebuild my first engine till I was 30...Did it with the block propped across the arms of an old chair in my yard LOL...

You are never too old to learn!

Didn't your husband complain about the power of that lawnmower a while back? ;-)

I think I see tools in your future...

Cindi    Posted 02-23-2003 at 08:09:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
Who me? Lawn mower......trying to think....

Salmoneye    Posted 02-23-2003 at 08:12:37       [Reply]  [Send Email]

Tough crowd...


Cindi    Posted 02-23-2003 at 08:16:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
OH! Sorry! I just had to replace the belt on the rider mower and because hubby didn't have time and I thought maybe I had been on here bitc**ng about that. Just a coinkydink!

Patria / PR    Posted 02-23-2003 at 11:10:54       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have a lady friend that knows everything about cars. We've some talks about her teaching me how to change the oil and filter, said she's teaching me a few other basic stuff also. hmm..don't know, I'll go for the oil changing, but those 'basic stuff'?? we'll see...:-)

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