1983 ¾-ton Chevy Suburban "Sasquatch"

83 Suburban

Here's a pic of my beater in Moab a few years ago.

It's an '83 Suburban 3/4-ton. Why a suburban? Kids! And lots of them. The burb'n proved to be great on the trails and on the rocks, it was one of my favorite vehicles. Sasquatch was left in Colorado when I moved to Texas. Given some time, I gave it to my brother, who later sold it. Sigh!

When I still had it I added a 6" suspension lift, 35" TSL/SX Super Swampers (on 16.5" rims), and Bushwacker cutout fender flares (removed while wheelin). One of the first changes was to add Warn locking hubs up front (I hate full time four wheel drive). Back drivetrain was a stock semi-floater 3/4-ton axles with the stock 3.73:1 gear ratio. Thanks to my "granny" low I still got a respectable crawl ratio.


I bought this pretty cheap from a guy who replaced it with a newer suburban. It was a hunting truck that "would go anywhere." Notice the cool [not] rear backup lamps on the top. The guy told me he needed the lights to close gates on dark roads. The body wasn't in great shape, a dented door, and rust forming. Can you see the duct tape holding part of the moulding in place?

Specs:
1983 K20 3/4T Chevrolet Suburban, 350 cid engine, 4bbl rochester carb, 40 gallon gas tank, trailer brakes, towing package, 150K+ miles, 4-speed tranny with "granny" low, NP208 transfer case, open semi-floater differentials (corporate) with 3.73:1 gear ratio, seats 9, no fluff! Stock crawl ratio is about 63:1, not bad.