Completely Restored 1966 Chevrolet Carryall Suburban Restomod w/5.3l LS Swap
The Suburban is the only automobile marque that has stood the test of time. It all started in 1935, and it’s now the longest-running car brand in history, with eleven generations under its belt. This 1966 Chevrolet “Carryall” Suburban Restomod pays honor to that illustrious history. It’s one seriously elegant and distinctive SUV for the modern era, combining vintage style with some amazing aesthetic and feature enhancements.
Despite the fact that four generations had preceded this one, the 1960-66 models (particularly the restyled and tremendously popular ’64-’66 and higher variants) were responsible for a rapid increase in SUV sales that would last until today. Sure, the previous models sold well, but the 4th generation body style truly captured people’s attention and sold far better than its predecessors, paving the way for the ‘Action Line’ Suburbans to take off a few years later.
You can see why this 1966 Chevy Suburban Restomod draws so much attention to itself by quickly glancing at it. Yes, one will see the typical toughness to it, and it’s sturdier and beefier than previous models. However, its gun metal grey and black exterior complement that timeless aesthetic while still providing a sense of vibrancy with its modern LED headlights and LED sequential taillights. The Suburban’s regular stylistic features are combined with some well-applied and subtle changes to create an SUV with a clearly bespoke yet practical appearance. Sure, it’s a conversation starter, but we bet you can see yourself driving it around and having a lot of fun with it.
This 1966 Chevrolet Suburban is a little lower than others with a 4′ drop coupled with a new suspension and shocks. However, there’s still enough room for its vintage rims and newer Goodyear tires. With only two doors for the driver and passenger, the long panels and wide windows down each flank, and a traditional liftgate/tailgate set-up out back, make this a fan favorite at auto shows. Moreover, the Suburban has a highly distinctive design from the sides. Fit and finish are show-quality and you won’t hesitate to put this ‘Burban to work. The big black grille, combined with the chrome bumpers, door handles, and mirrors, enhances the high-impact grey/black finish even more.
Inside, there’s a completely custom interior that’s incredibly comfortable and well-thought-out. Moreover, its sheer size is also amazing, with plenty of cargo space. The comfy, superbly shaped, and stitched power leather bucket seats, and central console, fit nicely in the front cabin and were upholstered in lovely two-tone patterns.
The back seat was finished to match, and bespoke side panels with integrated cup holders were made back there, so even the rear passengers will feel like royalty. The ornate door and side panels were upholstered to match the theme, and that custom center console is a thing of beauty.
Inside the dash, which was also painted to match the truck’s interior, there is a custom LED digital dash and billet specialties controls. The beautiful gauges were put in front of the driver to keep an eye on the beast beneath the hood, and a wood-rimmed billet steering wheel mounted on a tilt column ties everything together flawlessly. The headliner, which extends the length of the roof and is covered in matching black leather appears exceedingly high-end.
State Of The Art Audiophile Sound System… Did We Forget To Mention the Digital Signal Processed 4,500 Watt Audio System?
This world-class restomod couldn’t be considered Elite without an elite audiophile sound system. As a result, we shipped the car to Music In Motion and Scott Miller performed the installation personally. Scott’s an 18-year mobile electronics expert with significant experience performing high-end car audio installations. And, this was a job that got him, shall we say, more than “amped up!”. (click here to see videos of the complete state-of-the-art high-end car audio installation)
Before the system was installed, the entire interior was removed and treated with sound-dampening material. The system starts with a brand new Sony head unit. The front stage is comprised of Arc Audio RS series speakers which include a 6-inch woofer, 4-inch midrange, and a 1-inch tweeter. The tweeter and midrange have been installed in custom fabricated A-Pillars (some of the nicest we’ve ever seen). Custom kick panels were fabricated to house the 6-inch woofers. A pair of Arc Audio coaxials provides rear fill. With the Arc Audio RS speakers, we created staging, imaging, and tonal properties with the highest possible resolution.
The cargo section, which was finished to match the rest of the truck, is where the secret sauce of the installation lies. For example, a custom enclosure was fabricated to house (3) Arc Audio 12-inch subwoofers, five Arc Audio amplifiers, an Arc Audio digital signal processor (DSP), as well as a spare battery, and a separate fuse panel behind easy-to-access compartments. This sound system has a retail price of well over $35,000 and has to be listened to in order for it to be truly appreciated. This car does more than just hammer – it’s an audiophile’s dream. The center image and width of sound make one feel like you are at a concert. This is not a typical classic car audio install. Click here to see what we mean!
“Hear Me Roar” Says the LS Swapped Engine with Flowmaster Exhaust
A Chevrolet LS 5.3L V8 Vortec engine sits in this spacious and spotless engine compartment, which features matching gun metal grey and black paint on the inside fenders and firewall to draw attention to the engine and its components. At the flanks of the block, Vortec valve covers and long-tube headers look spotless, the Ram Air setup at the top lets everyone know this is a fuel-injected monster who showed up to the party, and components like the aluminum heads, cold air intake system (with coned filter), and massive new aluminum radiator up front all turn this engine build up to 11.
A 460LE 4-speed automatic transmission drives a heavy-duty 12-bolt rear end with 3.42 gears, and modern power steering and Wilwood power front and rear disc brakes make stopping all this metal a breeze. The polished stainless steel Flowmaster dual exhaust system sounds positively fantastic, and the newer suspension and shocks help set the stance and make this large Suburban a pleasure to drive and control.
Looking for a genuine one-of-a-kind classic SUV that’s up to date and ready to take you and your passengers on a new adventure? This 1966 Chevrolet Suburban is the one you’ve been looking for. Make a call right now!