The Twin Turban’Burban

Way back in 2015 I picked up this 1966 Suburban.

Its been in various states of completion and I wanted to start stringing the highlights together. In 2017, about 2 years after I bought the ‘burban, I somehow got my ass invited to the undiscovered builders showcase at the Car craft summer nationals in Bowling Green Kentucky. Even though I was still building my shop, Mike, Zach, and I started a 5.4 Ford (yes FORD) swap.

From January to July of 2017, we were able to rip out the big block,

and jam in a built 5.4 4V Modular ford with twin Precision 6466’s, 6R80 trans, 9 inch rear, air ride, and engine management from PBH performance. We made it to the Car Craft Magazine summer nationals. It was hotter than the surface of the sun.

Now its mid March 2019.

I left the thing sitting for a month as punishment. Left it strapped right to the dyno. Finally Alex and I took the engine back out and I got my hands on that little bastard. The little piece of aluminum marred up the piston and bent a couple valves, so it was time to do some freshening on some things I neglected on the first go round. Chad, our machinist, put all the pieces back together for me. What I don’t have pictures of is Scott Roth and I trying to fish the piece back out through the intake like everything was going to be fine. It was a couple hours we’ll never get back.

Beginning of May 2019.

The Suburban needed a new intake setup that didnt look like a choo choo train, and I had already chopped up a front entry Holley sheet metal manifold to make that previously mentioned adapter. It was time for a better looking solution. So, a High Ram flange from Holley came in the mail so I got the old buzz box out and went to town. One problem. There is no O-ring groove in those flanges you can buy. Thats when a friend like Scott, and his Haas CNC mill  bailed my ass out. We did some programming and clamping, and just like that I had a flat flange with a groove in it. High Ram top here I come!

June 2019

Chad has the 4V 5.4 all freshened up (even though the starter had more hours than the spark plugs), the new intake manifold has been fabricated, so it is finally time for a repaint and the reinstall. The guys had poked fun at me for using the knock off colors of the teal and white suburban so I decided to go another route. People often asked upon first sight if it was a Hemi. Well why not really make it look like one! Of course I like Chevy orange better so thats what she got, along with a set of the older style valve covers that had the remote mounted coils so I could use a hemi type red plug wire. Little bit of wrinkle black and bingo. Lookin Sharp.