One evening my friends and I are gathered around the gaming table as we did every week, before the Viral Lockdowns. Casually chatting about the difficult time we were having with my other Project truck and it's need for a rebuild, which is disheartening but its 51 years old. my friend mentions he has an old Diesel Suburban he drove for a little while and loved but something or other was wrong with the drivetrain and he parked it and used it for storage in the early 2000's. but now he needed a spot to put a greenhouse. so my husband and I talked about it and decided instead of trying to retrofit the diesel into the blue oval we'd see if the drivetrain issue was fixable and the whole truck worth keeping. we get a close-enough sized tire on a rim to it'll roll onto a flatbed, the other 3 miraculously still would hold air. keys have long ago gone missing, so the ignition had to be drilled out... it did not want to and fought about it. The affair became personal, but eventually the steering got unlocked and put into neutral and the truck pulled into a good loading position for the tow truck to bring it across town. so get it plopped onto the concrete pad and start checking things out and evicting spiders. throw some batteries in it and test the fuel. even as long as it sat the diesel wasn't jellied or varnished. and the damn thing started. I was expecting tooth and nail problems, but it started. water pump screaming like a banshee and threw a belt, but hey i'll take it. I'd thought that it being a Chevy and something they made for what seems like forever it'd be easy to find things. I was incorrect, lol. so a custom water pump backing plate was created out of stainless for it at my husbands work. New water pump, backing plate, belts, hoses, flush, filled the transmission and fuel pump return lines are in, brakes all around/ wheel studs and new rims and tires as the removal of the old ones was difficult. I've cleaned out the inside and shampooed the seats, they're surprisingly good, no rips in the velour, that carpet is pretty hashed though, and a couple of the door interiors are pretty done from sun damage. one door doesn't open and the barn doors don't like to open, and in need of a new windsheild and passenger rear door window but for the price of the truck who can complain all that much? so what's next? buy and install some basic outdoor carpet from the big box store and install, remove dash and remove vinyl, smooth out with bondo, sand, primer and paint with tan bed liner and paint the front floor with bedliner as well.