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Back in a Chevy (Not an SS but very close)

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So as much as I love driving my BMW I really missed having a full size truck. With a growing family, and a restaurant with a ton of catering business I decided it was time to get something bigger.

 

So I decided I wanted to buy a Suburban or a Yukon XL and I either wanted a Denali or a 2500, then I came across this and had to buy it.

 

It's a 2006 Suburban LTZ, if you have never heard of one you are not alone. The LTZ is a special 2006 only Suburban with AWD and the LQ4 (335hp/375trq), basically a Chevy Denali. It also has some of the same trimmings as the Z71, and the same chrome 20's as the SSS.

 

This one happens to be missing the wheels and the side steps but oh well. I will probably try to find new steps. It does have some pretty nice carbon fiber trim.

 

I'm very excited to be back into a full size Chevy. It has 137k so I will have to see what kind of maintenance I need to do. I should probably go ahead and change out the transfer case fluid.

 

Basically it feels a lot like being back in an SS but with a little extra cargo area

 

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Good to see your still around man.

 

That's a good looking Burb. The Carbon fiber trim is sweet. The SSS wheels would look better than whats on her. Are you thinking about other wheels?

 

How's the C10 project coming along?

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Pretty cool! Surprising to hear it came with the SS wheels originally. I've never seen one like that.

 

The carbon fiber bezels are factory? Hmmmmmm.................

 

Richard

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Good to see your still around man.

 

That's a good looking Burb. The Carbon fiber trim is sweet. The SSS wheels would look better than whats on her. Are you thinking about other wheels?

 

How's the C10 project coming along?

Thanks man! As far as the 20's go I am a little torn. As much as I think it would look good to have the SSS wheels back on, the tires on their right now are brand new highly rated Highway tires, so its hard to justify getting new tires and wheels right now. Especially since my wife needs new wheels on here Denali bad since they are peeling and look like crap.

 

My 69 project has been put on hold infidelity. I just dont have the time to finish her. It has been completely re-painted and is ready to be put back together, but I need new wiring, fuel lines, brake lines, then all the exterior trim, lights, bumblers, etc... as well as all the interior components. Maybe one day I will get to it. My dad and I have actually been talking about the possibility of selling it. Thats if we can find someone who wants to buy a half finished project.

 

I also took possession of my Grandpas old 77 Chevy so I also have that to work on. e4dda51e320c9ea19b058eda086407cb.jpg

 

 

Pretty cool! Surprising to hear it came with the SS wheels originally. I've never seen one like that.

 

The carbon fiber bezels are factory? Hmmmmmm.................

 

Richard

Yeah the carbon fiber was available from GM dealerships. The dash and the window switches are hard to come by but can be found on ebay occasionally. The center console carbon fiber (which I dont have) is still available from GM dealers. I might have to get the center console section so I can finish it all off.

 

 

According to the Carfax, the Suburban spent its first couple years owned by a Chevy dealership, so it was probably used as a loaner vehicle. And I know from experience that they like to loan people fully loaded vehicles in order to try to entice people to buy new ones. So the delaership probably threw on the Carbon fiber to get people to get excited about a new one.

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Grandpa's 77 looks great for it's age. Liking the license plate.

 

Sorry to hear that the 69 project is stalled. It was looking good in the last pictures I saw of it.

 

Strictly out of curiosity, What sort of money would it take to take her over?

 

The carbon looks better every time I see it. It's got me thinking too.

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Grandpa's 77 looks great for it's age. Liking the license plate.

 

Sorry to hear that the 69 project is stalled. It was looking good in the last pictures I saw of it.

 

Strictly out of curiosity, What sort of money would it take to take her over?

 

The carbon looks better every time I see it. It's got me thinking too.

 

Thanks. Yeah the 77 is a lot of fun, and it brings back a lot of memories driving her. Its in pretty good shape and it only has 31k original miles. But since it has been driven so rarely and it sat for years, literally everything leaks. The Freon on the AC lines have completely leaked out, every gasket on the engine, transmission, transfer cases, etc... are leaking. So it will take a little while to replace everything that needs it. The interior is also faded and craked, but the truck has very little rust. Its mostly surface rust and no major rust on frame or the body, other than the typical rust that nearly every square body gets at the wheel wells on the bottom rear quarter panel.

 

Yeah as much fun as I thought the 69 project would be a lot of fun I realized it was going to take a lot more time and money than I thought. We spent quite a bit already on all the replacement panels, body and paint work, and I know there is no way we could sell it for everything we put into it. But we knew going into that that it might cost us $25k plus to completely finish her, yet it would only be worth like $15k. So I have no idea what I would let it go for. I would have to discuss with my dad and see what he thinks.

 

The carbon fiber trim looks great. I remember years ago on the forum everyone wanted the carbon fiber trim, but it was already impossible to come by even back in 07 and 08. Back in 2012 when I still had my SS I wanted to do all the carbon fiber trim but could not find anything but the center console (which is still available from GM). So I went with some of that aftermarket stuff that you stick on, but I was not a huge fan of it. I think Im definitely going to have to get the center console trim and finish everything off.

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Damnit man, I like the hell out of that Burb. Might have to look around and find one for myself when I get the old Dmax sold. Very nice sir!

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Damnit man, I like the hell out of that Burb. Might have to look around and find one for myself when I get the old Dmax sold. Very nice sir!

Yeah it's pretty cool and I had no idea they existed. I saw LTZ and 6.0 and just thought the dealership made a typo and originally I dismissed it. Glad I looked it up

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I had one as a company car back in the day. Let me see if I can dig up a picture. They like the SSS didn't sell well. Too much money at the time. The one I drove had sat on a dealers lot for some time......

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Thanks. Yeah the 77 is a lot of fun, and it brings back a lot of memories driving her. Its in pretty good shape and it only has 31k original miles. But since it has been driven so rarely and it sat for years, literally everything leaks. The Freon on the AC lines have completely leaked out, every gasket on the engine, transmission, transfer cases, etc... are leaking. So it will take a little while to replace everything that needs it. The interior is also faded and craked, but the truck has very little rust. Its mostly surface rust and no major rust on frame or the body, other than the typical rust that nearly every square body gets at the wheel wells on the bottom rear quarter panel.

 

Yeah as much fun as I thought the 69 project would be a lot of fun I realized it was going to take a lot more time and money than I thought. We spent quite a bit already on all the replacement panels, body and paint work, and I know there is no way we could sell it for everything we put into it. But we knew going into that that it might cost us $25k plus to completely finish her, yet it would only be worth like $15k. So I have no idea what I would let it go for. I would have to discuss with my dad and see what he thinks.

 

The carbon fiber trim looks great. I remember years ago on the forum everyone wanted the carbon fiber trim, but it was already impossible to come by even back in 07 and 08. Back in 2012 when I still had my SS I wanted to do all the carbon fiber trim but could not find anything but the center console (which is still available from GM). So I went with some of that aftermarket stuff that you stick on, but I was not a huge fan of it. I think Im definitely going to have to get the center console trim and finish everything off.

 

I waited more years than I wish I had to buy a second truck as a daily in order to keep miles off of the SSS. I tried a Toyota Corolla for a while, and it's a great 250,000 + mile beater, (Ya can't kill them), but I am a truck guy.

 

Now I am realizing how I really have to think about driving the SSS to keep problems like you talk about with your Grandads 77 from happening.

 

I can sympathize with you an the money you've got in the 69 versus what you could expect to get out of it. The announcers for the Barrett Jackson auctions frequently make the comment that it's common for vehicles not to bring the money that it took to build them. (Just like you can't expect to get your money out of mods at resale time.

 

I remember one of those rounds of excitement about the CF trim. Shoulda looked for some back then I guess.

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So I did a search on cars.com with no radius restriction and there are 8 LTZs for sale and they all have the carbon fiber. So I'm assuming that all the LTZs came that way

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The one I had did not have the carbon fiber trim.... it may have been an option as an add on accessory.... I don't recall it's been a while....

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I always wondered if the carbon fiber trim was an option, I had an 07 classic RCSB that was fully loaded and it had the carbon fiber trim as well.

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I always wondered if the carbon fiber trim was an option, I had an 07 classic RCSB that was fully loaded and it had the carbon fiber trim as well.

I don't think it was an option from the factory but I have seen truckd for sale with the carbon trim and I think it was added at the dealership to make the truck more custom

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Pull the build sheet/rpo codes at the dealer or through compnine. If it's a factory option, not dealer or aftermarket, it will be listed there.

 

Wonder how hard it would be to hydro-dip pieces to match that...also wonder what the original process was.

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