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Calling all 80's Suburban Lovers...

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I was searching around like always and came across a 1988 Chevrolet Suburban 2500 2WD with a 454 BIG BLOCK and the Turbo 400. This black beauty has NO RESERVE, and only 67,500 miles on her. Bidding is around 1,200 currently. If I was closer and was half nuts I would snag this thing for a road tripper. Here is the link... I am sure XP, and 68 will fall in love with this thing.

1988 Chevrolet Suburban 2500 2WD 454ci. BIG BLOCK

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As long as it's an '88 and not an '87 or prior...if you want it make sure it doesn't have side-saddle fuel tanks.

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She IS a beauty, but disqualified for a few reasons:

1. Distance. It's 3500 miles away.

2. TAILGATE! This is a big no-no for anybody that uses their Suburban like a Suburban is meant to be used. Slamming these tailgates does wonders for the delicate electrical and mechanical components inside that raise and lower that rear window. Sure, there's an access panel, but at $120 a pop for rear window motors I'm all set. Plus, here in New England, the bottom sill would rot out so fast that in about two years I would open it and it would fall onto the ground.

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As long as it's an '88 and not an '87 or prior...if you want it make sure it doesn't have side-saddle fuel tanks.

That was the '73-87 pickups that had those, I thought the 'burban always had the tank in the back center..

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I would prefer barn doors because it means no struts to wear out. However I'm not hardcore enough to turn down such a clean example if I were in the market for one.

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That was the '73-87 pickups that had those, I thought the 'burban always had the tank in the back center..

You would be correct. Plus the Suburbans didn't move to the GMT400 platform until '92MY.

Anyway, nice looking 'Burban!

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I would prefer barn doors because it means no struts to wear out. However I'm not hardcore enough to turn down such a clean example if I were in the market for one.

I'm confused... what struts? The only thing I can think of is that you're thinking of the 90's style tailgate 'burbans where the upper glass swings up (with struts) and the tailgate swings down. The 80's burbans have roll-down glass in the tailgate.

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As long as it's an '88 and not an '87 or prior...if you want it make sure it doesn't have side-saddle fuel tanks.

You DO know that NBC later admitted they rigged those crash test right?

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I personally prefer the tailgates because I can attach a vise to them and use them as a mobile work bench, but to each his own.

It is a personal pref. thing, I don't care. I like each for different reasons.

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You DO know that NBC later admitted they rigged those crash test right?

Irrelevant. Are you really trying to argue that a vehicle with the gas tank mounted OUTSIDE THE FRAME isn't negligent design? And yes, GM was aware of this by the time they were designed and put into production.

You would be correct. Plus the Suburbans didn't move to the GMT400 platform until '92MY.

Anyway, nice looking 'Burban!

Thanks for the clarification.

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