Welcome to the Hooniverse Classic Truck Weekend. Last weekend I went to the rain soaked American Truck Historical Society Truck Show that was held in West Springfield, Mass. It peaked my interest, and so I thought I would do a complete weekend identifying and highlighting some Classic Trucks that you may or may not have known about. Some were in the show, others were accidental discoveries from my research across the web. So sit back, and relax, and be prepared to learn. We will start with this eBay listing about a Vintage Chevrolet Suburban with only 21,000 original miles.
This looks to be an original United States Air Force vehicle, which explains the color and the low mileage. According to the listing:
1952 Chevrolet Carryall Suburban, 21,XXX ACTUAL miles. This vehicle is pretty much all original, and I believe it is pretty much 100% functional as far as I know. This vehicle runs like the old proverbial “Swiss watch”. The vehicle has a Rebuilt Carburetor, Rebuilt Generator, Rebuilt Starter, New Master Cylinder, Rebuilt Brake System, New Exhaust System, and New Rear Shocks. All necessary bodywork and painting in the Original Dark Blue Color and was professionally done. We believe that this vehicle was from the Duluth Minnesota Air Base, and you can see the original USAF painted stencil with original inventory number. This vehicle has the original 216 engine, which runs beautifully and goes down the road nice and straight as you can see in the YouTube Video. It has the original 3 speed manual transmission (3 on the tree). I personally drove it on a 100 mile road trip and everything performed well. The radiator is solid. The wipers are the original vacuum style motor, and they work fine as you can see in the video. All servicing has been done as far as checking fluids and greasing as necessary. It has been upgraded to radial tires which have reasonable tread and are of an appropriate size and the speedometer is pretty accurate, as tested with my GPS unit. In the video you can see it cruising at 65 MPH like a dream. It’s been upgraded with original style turn signals (It originally only had one brake signal on the drivers rear, and that original bracket is still there), and now has a license plate holder with light so it’s street legal as well. *****The previous owner had the clutch replaced, as somehow it got damaged when he had the vehicle towed so it is like new. In the video I forgot to honk the horn which does work with the original horn button. The wood floor with original anchors in the rear is nice and solid. We do not believe it ever had rear seats as this was a Military Utility Vehicle.
With over six days left, the latest bid for this magnificent truck is $2,025, with an unmet reserve. The Buy-it-Now price is $14,000, which is not unreasonable. Take a look at the listing here, and tell me if this Suburban is one in a Million. Oh, and here’s that video…
[youtube width=”700″ height=”394″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lKL5IdVERlA[/youtube]
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