Family outgrowing its vintage Suburban

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Some families opt for Chevrolet Suburbans as more children are added. But in the case of the Pick of the Day, this 1960 Chevrolet Suburban is being sold because of family growth.

“The reason why we are selling her is because of our growing family,” the private seller says in the vehicle’s advertisement on ClassicCars.com, “having a classic car is amazing but it’s time for me to get a dad car and buy a classic when we can afford to have 2 cars at once.”

You might wonder why a vintage Suburban isn’t large enough for a family. But remember, these were 2-door vehicles, and this one has had its the reupholstered rear seat moved to the center position, with the fold-down front passenger seat providing egress.

The truck has its stock 235cid inline 6-cylinder engine linked to a stock 3-speed column-shifted manual transmission, the seller reports, adding that the engine was rebuilt less than six months ago and has been driven only 4,000 miles since (the car is the seller’s daily driver).

“The truck runs, drives, shifts, and stops great!” the seller adds.

“All electrical works great; I added a manual oil pressure, temperature, and voltage gauges. It stays running great with amazing oil pressure, stays cool under 160 degrees, and holds power great.”

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There is a “small slow leak” of gear oil in the rear end, which the seller says just needs a top off about three times a year. 

The seller also reports that a part is needed so the horn functions and so the turn-signal relay functions. The signals work, he says, “but don’t relay automatically” (which we take to mean they don’t automatically cancel after the turn is completed).

The ‘burban has been a lifetime California vehicle, has a few rust spots (detailed in the advertisement) and was last painted “about 6 years ago.” The transmission was rebuilt 4 years ago.

The Suburban is located in Capistrano Beach and is for sale for $23,700.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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