Thursday, December 4, 2014

5k: Winter Soldier: 1990 Chevrolet Suburban 2500 3/4 Ton 4WD

In 1973 with the release of the 3rd generation of third generation Rounded-Line C/R & K/V, the Suburban was let into the wild as a 4-door vehicle.  This was technically the 8th generation of Suburban and it was built for an amazing 19 year production life cycle, only to be replaced in 1992 by the GMT400 based Burb.  Find this 1990 Chevrolet Suburban 3/4 Ton 4WD currently bidding for $2,550 here on eBay with a few hours to go, located in Etters, PA.

This Suburban started life in service for a hospital according to the seller and has 95k miles on the odometer (although the title paperwork says 195k).  The truck is a 2500 series (or 3/4 ton...which is some strange method of communication between truck sellers and truck buyers, but has nothing to do with a physical ton)  is also equipped with 4-wheel-drive.

Under the hood is a throttle body fuel injected 350 cubic inch (5.7 liter) small block Chevy V8 that is mated to a 3-speed automatic transmission. 

The interior is a bit dirty, but the seller is a wholesale dealer and probably picked this thing up for pennies with a few other vehicles.  A carpet cleaner and some elbow grease will go a long way to make this nicer on the inside.  But at the end of the day it is still more of a beater than a show car.

See a better example of a winter ready cheap beater?


  1. Considering something just like this for a track day tow vehicle. Handy (and safer) to have the cargo space covered but not so nice that you can't throw tires back there. Wonder what it will sell for?

  2. Had one of those, they're quite tough. Since the design dates to the early '70s, there's a bunch of '70s-isms in the controls and build. Not necessarily good.

    Mine was 2WD and the steering was 1970 Buick pinky-finger, couldn't stand it, so I sent the steering box off to Lee Mfg in SoCal for a rebuild and a heavier spool valve torsion bar.

    The baby-quad headlights are awful. GM sold these things in places where US-spec headlights were not acceptable, and had Bosch do up an H4-bulb light for them. I had a set of these, and they were a vast improvement, but good luck finding them now. Converting to one of the other grille designs that accepts a more conventional headlight also requires changing the radiator support, so probably not practical.

    Trivia: the seats use the same Recaro vernier-knob backrest adjuster as did my '70s and '80s Saabs.

  3. eccentric_hundredaireDecember 4, 2014 at 4:31 PM

    I've got an 86 gmc burban, 3/4ton, except mine is 2wd with a 454. Picked it up for cheap and it's been getting my triplets around for 2 years now. Shes not real fond of cold mornings, but it's a 28 year old truck that will carry 9 people, keep up with modern traffic and has never let me down. Once it's warmed up, then again when it's -12 I'm not too quick to get moving either. And the 2wd has way better steering than 4wds. Also true for 90s chevys, not sure about the newer ones as I've only driven 4wds, and the road feel sucks. Oh but back to the suburban, 7 mpg sucks. This one with the little motor probably does better, it's also fuel injected and maybe even a 4 speed auto. Pretty fancy.

    1. eccentric_hundredaireDecember 4, 2014 at 4:34 PM

      Sorry for the rambling response, and miss placed punctuation. I'm being kicked by several 2 year olds.

  4. I've been looking for clean old burb for a winter vehicle. Too bad this one is so far from MN...

  5. Me likey. Man I sure wish I didn't live way way WAY up north and on the other side of the world sometimes.

  6. Surprised it doesn't have vinyl seats and rubber floors seeing that it was a hospital vehicle. I love all things Suburban.

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    1. Not a bad price, if I don't say so myself. Anyone here pick it up?

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