This '64 suburban was purchased by Matt in 1992 as a project vehicle and
work truck. At the time it was virtually bone stock except for
upholstery, paint and wheels. It was equipped with a 300ci. V6 motor,
2-speed Powerglide transmission, 2-wheel drive 1/2 ton chassis, and low
profile street tires.
The buildup was designed with daily driving and utility as the priority.
Off-road ability and innovation was also important. A four coil
suspension was designed for ride quality and uniqueness. The rest of the
modifications were included to modernize the vehicle as well as for easy parts
The SUB is equipped with a small block Chevy motor, bored and stroked to
383ci, Turbo 400 tranny, part time converted NP203 X-case. Axles are
Dana 44 front, corporate 14 bolt rear, both equipped with 3/4 ton disc
breaks and open diffs. The front suspension uses ford upper shock/spring
perches and steering box, custom built steering linkage and panhard bar,
Pathfinder (now Advanced Conversions) radius arms and shortened front CV
drive shaft. The rear features an A-frame link and panhard bar. No lower
locating links. The coil springs are designed to drop out of their lower
perches for max articulation. The frame is original but heavily
modified for the suspension modifications, added stiffness and strength.
Custom front and rear bumpers as well as sill guards protect the body.
The rear fender wells have been enlarged to accommodate 35" tires but
currently rides on 33" AT's. power steering, power breaks, Autometer
gauges, CB radio, Pioneer stereo and Optima battery round out the
package. The SUB was featured in 4X4 Power magazine, Apr. '98 issue,
photographed the day after the conversion was completed. The fabrication
of virtually all the components on this vehicle were performed by the
owner, Matt Peterson, and was the seed that inspired the formation of