Hi all, New to the forum, new to square bodies. Just picked up my dream truck actually, after a long time of wanting a square body: 1990 Suburban R1500 2wd with 350 TBI, 700r4 automatic, 10 bolt rear axle, worn out stock suspension, factree front a/c only, bench seat with velour upholstery, power tailgate, power windows and locks. It's a SC survivor with totally rust free rockers, frame etc, no accidents. It does have surface rust on the roof, which I'll be addressing very soon. The truck is mostly stock, except for a terrible respray that hasn't aged well. I would have preferred unmolested, original paint, no matter how poor of a condition. The interior is, however, unmolested. So there's that. Judging by the interior sheet metal and door jambs, the original primary color is grey metallic. Also, I can see some remnants of a white secondary color, that was between the belt line and the lower body molding. I'll get better pics of it. According to square body sales brochures, this is called 'deluxe two-tone'. Currently, the truck rides on stock 15x10 rally wheels (trim rings removed) that were painted black, and the tires are crappy 29" Mastercraft Avenger GTs in terrible shape except one new tire (yes, the one in the pic hehehe). Goals for this truck: -Restore everything to like new or better condition, have a reliable and comfortable daily driver that can tow a trailer from time to time. -5 speed NV4500 transmission swap. -LSD diff, maybe an Auburn bc they're affordable (input?) -Keep the 350 TBI (I love fuel injection, call me crazy) -Convert to 2500 springs front & rear, with beefy sway bars -Upgrade at least the front brakes, but only once everything else is tuned up and works as it should. -Tuck the hitch between the frame rails with the receiver behind the bumper (like newer Suburbans), for better departure angle and cleaner looks. -Convert GMC grille to Chevy grille bc I think it looks better. -Possibly, eventually convert entire front clip to 73 - 74 parts bc it's my favorite front end. -Proper paint job once the 'Burbskis runs, drives, steers and stops as it should. -20" Torq-Thrust II wheels with 30 to 31" Michelin tires. (The Michelins are a key ingredient in bringing the handling, steering and braking into the 21st century, as tires make the single biggest difference.) -Front bucket seat w/ center console conversion, but must be in matching color. -Overhead console and improved interior lighting throughout. -Major sound deadening and temp insulation efforts are in the plans. -All new rubber window and door seals, they're ALL SHOT. -Great sound system with a focus on sound quality. I actually own most of the components already, as I've been into car audio (and home hifi) for many years. I'm simply transferring my active front stage with time alignment from my previous car, plus adding 2 12s because I have the space. My trusty old 5 channel amp will run the whole show, with a Pioneer PRS-80deh headunit (time alignment, electronic crossovers, stereo 16 band eq). Tweets are NVX XSPTW 29mm units (monsters), mids are 6.5" Focals. -If I win the lottery, I'll swap in a 6.0, but that's only after everything else is dialed in. I really have no problem with a properly running 350 TBI. The 350 runs great, but needs a few tune up parts. It had a badly leaking EGR valve that I already replaced with a AC Delco unit. That was a big improvement. Overall, I want my Suburban to be a street truck that handles as good as a modern SUV on the road, stops as good as possible, can tow my 20' enclosed trailer from time to time, is quiet and comfortable commuting in and on long road trips, starts every time without fuss, and doesn't leave me wanting for an actual late model SUV. While doing all of this eventually, I also appreciate the style and charm of a classic American truck (hence the '73 front clip plans) that stands out in a parking lot full of modern, boring crossovers, Camrys and Tahoes. No offense to anyone who has a modern, boring crossover, Camry or Tahoe. That's just not for me. To me, the square body trucks are that perfect blend of classic American 'get out of the way' truck with metal bumpers, while being modern enough (with a little help) that one can daily drive them without hating life. I'm starting this thread to share the progress of this slow restore with fellow square body enthusiasts, and I also look forward to your input and suggestions. My feelings can't be hurt, so fire away.