TL;DR - I should be bringing home a square body Suburban later today.
I've been wanting a square body Suburban for a while now. I started off looking for a 6.2 Diesel, but those are really hard to find, so I widened my scope to include gas. (Many have been swapped to better diesels instead of the 6.2 / 6.5 as well.) I also wasn't looking for a show or even perfect truck, and cheap ones were, well, cheap.
Yesterday I was browsing FB marketplace (instead of working) and found a potential. 1988 Suburban Silverado in light blue, 350 with a turbo 400 (pretty sure). Far from perfect with the front fender a bit crunched, but the rest of the body and the interior was in really good shape.
My brother in law went with me to check it out, and in person it presents about like the pictures. Engine and transmission were working great, but on the first stop the brake pedal went nearly to the floor. We got out and checked, and the front pot of the reservoir was completely empty, while the larger pot to closer to the firewall was fine. Luckily we were near an auto parts store so we picked up some brake fluid and topped it all off. The brakes got a little better, but clearly will need to at least be bled.
(Short aside - does anyone know which part of the reservoir serves which brakes? The pot to the front of the car, which was a smaller reservoir, was the one that had no fluid. Does that serve the front or rear brakes?)
Anyway, even with limited braking the driving experience was pure nostalgia. My first car was a 1982 6.2 Diesel Suburban, and this pulled at all the right heartstrings. I negotiated (not well, he took my first counter offer) to $3300 and I'm pretty happy with it given what square body prices are doing right now. I didn't have the cash, so I left a $100 with him and will go by today to pick it up.
There are lots of little things to fix - brakes, front fender, front door, get the AC working, headliner, a couple of cracked windows, small rust spots around the doors, and on, but most parts are REALLY cheap and available. I can get a whole new fender locally for $113. Even if I spend a couple thousand fixing those things up and i lose interest I can probably turn it back around and come close to break even.
Just look at it though, in all it's (un)aerodynamic glory. Did I need another Suburban? No. Did I need another project car? Nope. But I'm excited.
How can you look at the old school Suburban font on the rear and not just smile?