Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Electurban almost complete


Chevy Ave Restoration (CAR)has been hard at it on our 1959 Buick Electra - moving it over to a more modern 1975 Suburban 1/2 Trailering Special (it has 3/4 ton rear springs). The major modifications are complete, and the body is mounted. We are now replacing those 3/4 ton rear springs w/ 1/2 ton springs to lower the rear end. Once the front hood is on, the front bumper - the front will drop some. The rear, once 1/2 ton springs are mounted and gas tank installed w/ gas, trunk loaded for STREAMIN!, and tongue weight of the SOTR, will drop significantly too. Right now, it looks like a 4x4 beast sitting there. The 454 and Turbo 400 power plant will serve well. Now, anything mechanical required will be easier to find parts wise for a 1975 Chevy Suburban vice a 1959 Buick. Oh, that is Virginia's (a blog reader) 75 Argosy 22 footer being prepped for its new paint job. Her 73 Olds Wagon is in the shop being prepped for paint too - the reason my Buick has been relocated to the other garage bay. Virginia's gonna have a sweet Vintage package there as well. Very cool! - CAR specializes in Vintage vehicle restoration but you wouldn't know it with the line up of Airstreams over there - from old ones to new ones having work done.
My dad and I towed the SOTR back over to CAR to get back in line to have the electrical finished and a dead bolt installed. The reason my dad helped is because the fridge and stove are just setting in the SOTR right now. My house to CAR (my parents live next door) is 5 miles; 7 the way we drove (better roads). I road in the trailer to hold the fridge and stove put such that they do not slide around in there. You ever done it. It is amazing that they things stay together. All the creaks, squeals, noises from the springs, and movement in there, kind of scary. And didn't they used to have intercoms between the tow vehicle and trailer and ride back there? Amazing.