Disaster! 1969 GMC Suburban


No, the vehicle’s not a disaster! GMC and Chevy Suburbans have been a frequent choice for emergency support vehicles, offering 4WD capability, toughness and the necessary room to be useful. This 1969 model still wears it’s paint scheme from when it was in use with the Dolton Emergency and Disaster Agency in Dolton, Illinois. The big SUV is for sale here on eBay, where the opening bid is $2,800 with a reserve but the buy-it-now is $4,000. It’s showing less than 23,000 miles, which may be accurate if it has spent most of it’s life as an emergency vehicle. I’m surprised to see the rust, though, as most fire department and emergency vehicles seem to get excellent care and are kept indoors and well-waxed. I’m guessing this one has been in the private sector for a while. It runs and drives, although little information is given apart from that, and I’d really like to see some interior and under-vehicle pictures as well. Maybe the seller would provide those if asked. Would you leave the graphics alone, restore them, or take it in a completely new direction? Let us know in the comments.


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  1. Bobsmyuncle

    Very cool truck. I’d leave the paint, no question. Love it!

  2. Andrew M

    was kinda surprised to see the straight six under the hood. but love that patina. whoever did the lettering on this one (by hand) did a pretty darned good job on it. I’d buff it to whatever shine the paint will give and leave it be. Awesome truck.

  3. JW

    Born and raised in Illinois so the rust does not surprise me because we salted the heck out of everything from our food to our roads. Now for it’s age it doesn’t seem that bad and since I now I live close to LMC truck parts warehouse/store I definitely would love this truck and keep it as original as possible. I love the trucks from the 50’s through the 70’s and the buy it now is not a bad price for this truck if the 4 wheel drive works.

  4. RickyM

    Definitely agree – leave the lettering as it is and give a great big buff up ! Great find.

  5. JW

    Auction ended without 1 bid. I wish I had the extra cash that thing would be in my driveway tomorrow.

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