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1988 Chevrolet R20 Suburban 454 Bbc Th400 Heavy Towing Package Not Running on 2040-cars

US $1,450.00
Year:1988 Mileage:154291 Color: GREY/BLACK /
 GREY
Location:

Oneco, Florida, United States

Oneco, Florida, United States
Transmission:TH400
Body Type:6 DOOR SUV
Engine:454
Vehicle Title:Clear
Fuel Type:Gasoline
For Sale By:OWNER
VIN: 1GNGR26N5JF121759 Year: 1988
Interior Color: GREY
Make: Chevrolet
Number of Cylinders: 8
Model: Suburban
Trim: SLIVERADO
Drive Type: RWD
Options: FACTORY TOWING PACKAGE, FACTORY ENGINE OIL COOLER, HEAVY DUTY GM CORPORATE REAR AXLE, HEAVY DUTY 8 LUG FACTORY WHEELS, POWER STEERING, POWER BRAKES, DUAL OPTIMA BATTERIES
Mileage: 154,291
Power Options: Power Locks, Power Windows
Sub Model: R20
Exterior Color: GREY/BLACK
Condition: UsedA vehicle is considered used if it has been registered and issued a title. Used vehicles have had at least one previous owner. The condition of the exterior, interior and engine can vary depending on the vehicle's history. See the seller's listing for full details and description of any imperfections.Seller Notes:"NOT CURRENTLY RUNNING, APPEARS THAT TIMING CHAIN HAS JUMPED,LOTS OF NEW PARTS AND MONEY INVESTED IN RECENT YEARS, TIME FOR HER TO FIND A NEW HOME, GREAT FOR TOWING TRAILERS, THIS ONE HAS ALL THE HEAVY DUTY GOODIES."

OK FOLKS,.....THE ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION ALONE ARE WORTH MY ASKING PRICE....PLUS OFFY  INTAKE...AND TBI PARTS....ETC....SO, IF YOU HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR ONE....NOW IS YOUR CHANCE....THIS ONE HAS DONE A PERSONAL BEST OF 16MPG SO FAR, AND SHE CAN ONLY DO BETTER IF YOU WANT TO FINISH OFF WHAT I STARTED :)...IF YOU WANT IT....NOW IS THE TIME...SERIOUS BUYERS INQUIRE AS NEEDED,THANKS.

THIS IS "BETSY"....SHE HAS BEEN MY BABY FOR THE LAST FEW YEARS, BUT RECENTLY HAS WORN OUT HER WELCOME WITH ME, AND I HAVE REPLACED HER WITH A K5, SO IT'S TIME FOR THIS R20 TO FIND A NEW HOME. THIS IS A 1988 CHEVROLET SUBURBAN R20 TOWING PACKAGE MODEL, THIS IS ONE OF THE LAST "TRUE ORIGINAL SUV", FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO REMEMBER THE GOOD OLD DAYS, THESE ARE FAMILIAR TO YOU. WHEN I WAS A YOUNG LADD,  WE SAW MANY OF THESE TOWING THE FINEST TRAVEL TRAILERS OF THE DAY, THIS WAS "THE" TRUCK TO HAVE IF YOU OWNED AN AIRSTREAM, OR BASICALLY ANY GOOD SIZED TRAILER BACK THEN.

I ACQUIRED "BETSY" FROM A GUY WHO USED TO HAVE A MARINE BUSINESS, AND HE USED HER TO TOW 20-40 FOOT PLEASURE BOATS WITH WHEN HE DID DELIVERIES, THE REST OF THE TIME SHE SAT UNDER A POLE BARN.  FROM WHAT I CAN RECALL, THIS TRUCK HAS BEEN IN FLORIDA FOR THE BETTER PART OF 20 YEARS OR MORE. SHE MUST HAVE ORIGINALLY COME FROM THE NORTH, AS SHE IS A VERY RARE FACTORY "HEATER ONLY"MODEL, MEANING SHE WAS ORDERED WITHOUT A/C TO BEGIN WITH, JUST SEE THE FIREWALL FOR LACK OF AN EVAPORATOR HOLE.  HOWEVER, SOMEONE HAD FACTORY AIR INSTALLED AT SOME POINT, AS I DISCOVERED THE EVAPORATOR IN DASH UNIT WHILE ATTEMPTING TO INSTALL A NEW STEREO SYSTEM. THE CONTROLS ARE STILL IN THE DASH TOO, AND SEEM TO WORK THE BLEND DOORS PROPERLY. APPEARS AS THOUGH SHE ORIGINALLY HAD CRUISE CONTROL TOO, BUT I NEVER DID DECODE THE RPO TO CONFIRM THAT OR NOT.

THIS IS A VERY RARE UNIT, IT NOT ONLY HAS THE 454 WITH TH 400 TRANS BEHIND IT, BUT IT HAS THE LARGEST REAR END CORPORATE GM EVER INSTALLED...THIS IS BASICALLY THE SAME REAR YOU WILL FIND IN THE MILITARY VERSIONS. IT APPEARS TO STILL HAVE THE 4.56 GEAR, BUT I NEVER DID CONFIRM THAT, I WAS TOLD IT WAS CHANGED TO 4.11, BUT FROM WHAT I CAN TELL, IT LOOKS LIKE IT WAS NEVER CHANGED. I'VE NEVER EVEN HAD THE WHEELS OFF, NEVER HAD A REASON TO, SHE STOPPED FINE AND WAS BEING DRIVEN A FEW DAYS A WEEK UNTIL A COUPLE MONTHS AGO. THIS IS A SOLID TRUCK, YOU WILL BE HARD PRESSED TO FIND ANOTHER SUBURBAN THAT IS AS CLEAN UNDERNEATH AS THIS ONE, YOU WILL NOT FIND THE DREADED ROCKER PANEL ROT UNDER THIS ONE.
THE PICS SAY A LOT, BUT SHE IS NO WHERE NEAR AS SHINEY AS I HAD HER EARLIER THIS SUMMER, BUT SITTING IN THE DRIVE WAY HAS STARTED TO DULL HER AGAIN, TIME FOR YOU TO COME RESCUE HER AND GIVE HER A NEW LEASE ON LIFE :)

I'VE SPENT A LOT OF TIME, SWEAT, BLOOD, MONEY, AND SOME TEARS ON THIS ONE OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS, BUT SHE HAS FINALLY PUSHED MY LAST BUTTON, NOW I JUST WANT HER GONE. SHE IS NOT CURRENTLY RUNNING, AND I BELIEVE A JUMPED TIMING CHAIN IS THE CULPRIT, BUT I COULD BE WRONG. RECENTLY I'VE INSTALLED A NEW DISTRIBUTOR, WITH MODULE, COIL, WIRES, CAP,  ROTOR, PLUGS, YES MSD, WITH CARDONE DISTRIBUTOR, SHE HAS A NEW ALTERNATOR, NEW AC DELCO IN-TANK FUEL PUMP, NEW GAS TANK, NEW GAS TANK STRAPS AND HOSES INCLUDING THE FILLER HOSE. NEW POWER STEERING PUMP AND HOSES WITHIN THE LAST FEW YEARS. RECENTLY NEW WINDOW MOTORS, INSIDE DOOR HANDLES, TRIM, LOCK SWITCHES, WINDOW SWITCHES, AND SEALS ON THE RIGHT SIDE PASSENGER DOORS. I ORIGINALLY INTENDED TO DO A MINOR RESTORATION ON THIS SUBURBAN, BUT THAT TURNED INTO A NEVER ENDING PROJECT AS I WAS TRYING TO DRIVE HER AND USE HER FOR WORK AT THE SAME TIME. AS SUCH, SHE IS A WORK IN PROGRESS THAT I HAVE SPENT OVER $3500 ON TO DATE, INCLUDING HAVING THE TH400 REBUILT LESS THAN SIX MONTHS AGO.

SHE STILL NEEDS THE WINDOW MOTORS AND SWITCHES AND SEALS DONE WITH THE SAME CARE ON THE DRIVERS SIDE TO MAKE THAT STUFF RIGHT, STILL NEEDS A DECENT STEREO INSTALLED, COULD STAND TO HAVE THE FRONT SEATS RE-DONE, AND ONE CUSHION ON THE BACK SEAT, DASH PAD, ETC, MICKEY MOUSE STUFF BASICALLY. IF YOU WANT TO INSTALL A/C, THAT IS ON YOU, I NEVER NEEDED IT, WAS GOING TO JUST ADD OSCILLATING FANS INSIDE, AS THE VENTS HAVE ALWAYS WORKED GREAT, ESPECIALLY AT NIGHT DURING THE COOL SEASONS. RIGHT NOW THE DASH IS PARTLY DISASSEMBLED, BUT ALL THE PARTS, INCLUDING THE GM RADIO WILL BE INCLUDED. I EVEN HAVE THE FOUR, NICE, ORIGINAL FACTORY HUB CAPS THAT WILL BE INCLUDED. ONCE I GET MY STUFF OUT OF THE INTERIOR, I WILL TRY TO POST A FEW MORE PICS OF THE INSIDE. THE HEAD LINER WAS REPLACED JUST BEFORE I BOUGHT THE TRUCK, AND I ALSO REPLACED THE PASSENGER SIDE REAR VIEW MIRROR WHEN I DID THE WINDOW MOTORS. THE UPPER METALLIC GREY  PART OF THE TRUCK WAS REPAINTED ABOUT FIVE TO SEVEN YEARS AGO FROM WHAT THE PREVIOUS OWNER TOLD ME, BUT THE REST OF THE PAINT IS MUCH OLDER, THE LOWER GREY APPEARS TO BE ORIGINAL.

THE FRONT GRILLE WAS ALSO ANOTHER PROJECT I DID WHEN I ADDED THE TRANSMISSION COOLER AND ELECTRIC FAN, THAT I NEVER DID GET WIRED IN, BUT IT FREE WHEELS AND COOLS JUST THE SAME. THE RADIATOR IS THE ORIGINAL HEAVY DUTY BRASS FOUR CORE AND IS IN GOOD SHAPE, THE FAN CLUTCH HAS BEEN REPLACED TOO. THE GRILL WAS A PROJECT UNTO ITSELF, LOTS OF TRIM PIECES, PAINTING, FITTING, ETC, AND I ADDED CHROME HEADLIGHT BEZELS, ALL FOUR HEADLIGHT BULBS ARE NEW AS WELL.

SHE HAS A VINTAGE OFFENHAUSER HIGH RISE DUAL PLANE INTAKE MANIFOLD NOW, THAT MADE A BIG DIFFERENCE, AND ALL OF THE TBI FUEL SYSTEM HAS BEEN REBUILT OR REPLACED WITHIN THE LAST TWO+ YEARS, INCLUDING A CUSTOM PROGRAMMED PROM FOR THE ECM, ALSO NEWER. I'VE TUNED AND TWEAKED THIS BABY FROM A LOUSY "9 MILES PER GALLON" WHEN I GOT HER, TO THE 16 MPG SHE CAN NOW ACHIEVE WHEN DRIVEN PROPERLY.  YES, THAT IS CORRECT, I'VE MADE THIS TRUCK DO 16 MILES PER GALLON, THAT HAS BEEN TESTED REPEATEDLY OVER A 60 MILE ROUTE THAT I TOOK ROUTINELY, TRAVELING AN AVERAGE OF 55-60 MPH AS CONSISTENTLY AS POSSIBLE. DO NOT EXPECT TO GET THAT IN TOWN, I'VE SEEN AS LITTLE AS 10 MPG, AND AS MUCH AS 12 MPG IN TOWN. HOWEVER, I ALSO HAVE A 3.42 RING AND PINION BRAND NEW IN THE BOX, WITH BEARINGS AND PARTS TO REBUILD THE REAR INTO A MPG HIGHWAY MINDED UNIT,  BUT NEVER GOT AROUND TO INSTALLING THEM, THEY WILL ALSO BE INCLUDED WITH THE TRUCK.

ALSO FORGOT TO MENTION SHE NOW HAS 1.73 ROLLER TIPPED ROCKERS ON THE DRIVER SIDE HEAD, BUT NEVER GOT TO FINISH THE OTHER SIDE, THE REST OF THE COMP CAMS ROCKERS WILL ALSO BE INCLUDED WITH THE TRUCK.

SO, IF YOU ARE FEELING FRISKY, AND ARE READY TO TOW-HAUL HER HOME, AND TAKE THE FRONT OF THE ENGINE APART AND DO A TIMING SET ON HER, BE MY GUEST, I AM OFFERING THIS SUBURBAN AT LESS THAN HALF OF WHAT I HAVE INVESTED, JUST TO GET HER OUT OF MY DRIVEWAY. I'VE GOT TOO MANY PROJECTS, NOT ENOUGH TIME, NEED THE SPACE,.etc..TIME FOR HER TO FIND A NEW HOME....SERIOUS INQUIRIES ONLY PLEASE, THANKS.

DAVE

AS ALWAYS, THANKS FOR STOPPING TO TAKE A LOOK, AND HAPPY EBAYING!!! :)

FULL PAYMENT "WILL" BE DUE WITHIN THE 3 DAYS AS ALLOWED BY EBAY, YOU "WILL" BE SENT A BILL OF SALE BY ME FOR YOU TO SIGN, AND YOU "WILL"RETURN IT TO ME, THEN I WILL EXPRESS MAIL YOU THE TITLE OVERNIGHT, SIGNED AND DATED BY ME OF COURSE.

THEN  YOU CAN MAKE YOUR SHIPPING ARRANGEMENTS. IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A CLUE WHERE TO START, I CAN GIVE YOU THE NUMBER OF A RELIABLE SHIPPER, AND OR GET YOU AN ESTIMATE (AFTER  THE END OF THE AUCTION, OR YOU CAN DO YOUR OWN HOMEWORK FIRST) AND MAKE CONTACT WITH THE NATIONAL SHIPPERS, BUT YOU WILL BE PAYING FOR "ALL" OF THE SHIPPING YOURSELF, WHICH ON AVERAGE WILL COST $350-$950  DEPENDING ON THE DISTANCE FROM ME TO YOU. FOR ESTIMATES SAKE, YOU WILL NEED TO KNOW SHE IS ABOUT 18.5 FT LONG, AND PROBABLY WEIGHS CLOSE TO 8000 LBS WITH HER HEAVY DUTY OPTIONS.








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