Suburban Restomod

1988 Chevrolet Suburban

Condition: Used
Make: Chevrolet
Model: Suburban
Doors: 5
Year: 1988
Mileage: 17832
VIN: 1GNGV26KXJF189380
Color: Gray
Interior color: Black
Vehicle Title: Clear
Item location: Charlotte, North Carolina, United States

Description for Chevrolet Suburban 1988

*Major overhaul, including engine, transmission, electric, HD axles
* custom built Chevrolet LS V8 6.0L
*Updated A/C, audio equipment and interior
*Available for immediate inspection at our office in Charlotte, NC


This 1988 Chevrolet Suburban has been comprehensively sorted and modernized. The highlights include a modern, Chevrolet "LS" 408CI stroker V8 engine conversion mated to a renewed Turbo Hydramatic 400 automatic transmission using updated electrics, heavy duty axles, Warn locking hubs, updated air conditioning, high end audio equipment and a nicely finished interior with limousine-style seating for rear passengers.

The result is a no-fuss, turn-key "square body" Suburban that offers more power, better reliability and surprisingly good on-road manners. No carburetors, ignition points, or borderline dangerous 30-year-old electrics to deal with here.

A solid example when purchased, the truck would undergo a major overhaul beginning at the end of 2013 to bring it into the 21st century. Originally Navy Blue, this half-ton Suburban was completely repainted in the Charcoal Grey Metallic color that it wears today. This included door jambs, engine compartment, etc. that were all refinished in black. Following paint, a marque specialist CMD Automotive carried out the mechanical work and their detailed invoices are retained and amount to around $20,000 alone!

The project was an open-checkbook affair with the shop given the authority to make everything right. There's frankly too much to list, but here are some more details on the build of the truck:

Custom built Chevrolet LS V8 6.0L/408CI stroker engine
*Forged crankshaft
*LS3 cylinder heads
*LS6/Z06 Corvette camshafts
*JE pistons
*H-beam rods
*Custom dual exhaust system using oxygen sensors and ceramic coated headers
*High-end LS conversion kit using modern ECU and assuring all functions/gauges operate as they should
*Modern fuel injection and ignition systems

*Custom built TH400 (Turbo Hydramatic) 3-speed automatic transmission
*Heavy duty axles (GM 10-bolt 8.5" front, GM 14-bolt 9.5" rear) with G2 aluminum protective covers
*Warn locking hubs
*Modern air conditioning components
*Power steering and dual-circuit, vacuum assisted brakes
*Slotted front disc brakes rotors and stainless-steel braided brake lines
*Dual 12V batteries, modern blade-style fuse box and updated wiring harness
*Suspension lift using Bilstein high performance shocks
*High-end audio and infotainment using Pioneer & Kenwood components
*iPod connectivity & Bluetooth integration
*Back-up camera
*Custom interior upholstery with limousine-style seating
*N-Fab steps bars
*18" Dick Cepek custom wheels
*35x12.5 Pro Comp Xtreme A/T tires

... and perhaps most importantly, there's a train horn when you really need to get someone's attention!

Beyond this, other brake, suspension and steering components were renewed, and fuel & charging systems refurbished as necessary, to ensure everything was up to speed.

These trucks, along with Broncos, Scouts and early Land Cruisers are on the climb and one could simply not build a similar truck for anywhere near the asking price. If you're looking for turn-key fun that you can throw friends and family in, this is it.

To fully appreciate this brute come and check it out at our offices in Charlotte, NC.